Our safari end around 10:30 am and we stopped over for some tasty kachori aloo subzi from a shop on the opposite side of the Park’s entry gate. We dropped the couple at their hotel and proceeded to the FRH where hot breakfast awaited us.
I remember going through the clicks with glee…….I cannot forget how the landscape of Ranthambore charmed me and how thankful we were for the tiger sighting. The couple who rode with us had done an evening safari the day before and they had seen a tiger hunting, even though it all happened swiftly (maybe they were our lucky mascot, who knows )
Sharing some inputs that may help you plan your trip:
> If you have 3 days in hand, opt for a road trip. It has a fun element to it. Else there is always a train & flight
> If you wish, do an online booking for your safari (plan ahead) through the Rajasthan Forest Department link https://fmdss.forest.rajasthan.gov.in/ . Though the best & hassle free option is to do it through your hotel concierge. Direct booking at the park itself can be a bit of a gamble during peak season.
> Summer season (April-May-June) are the best for tiger / wildlife sighting, but with rising temperatures you would need to be well protected from the sun and dehydration. The Park can be visited and enjoyed through out the year except during the monsoons when it is closed for the public (July-Aug-Sep)
> If possible choose a gypsy over a canter for the reasons shared, at the beginning of the post, even though the latter is cost effective
> Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as per season. Keep the colors neutral and in sync with forest shades. (I did spot some women in bright colors). Cover your face with scarf and head with a good sun hat to keep yourself safe from the harsh weather and dust. Not to forget a good sun block if you are tripping in summers. Winters can be extremely chilly so carry warm clothes, caps, mufflers etc accordingly
>Each individual must carry their own bottle of water. The gypsy seat had covers with pockets and I could keep my stuff easily in them.
>Avoid taking small children on such safaris as certain situations require stillness / being silent and one cannot expect a child to understand this. I was quiet surprised to see a family taking along a 1-2 year old child along and no one stopped them at the check post. Though later there was a ruckus on an infant being inside.
> For heavens sake do take advantage of the loo break that you get. There was a huge fight in a canter where a woman was wanting to step out to relive herself and the guide & driver not allowing. We were all at the Padam Talao waiting for the tigress. The situation was very risky but I guess the two succumbed to the joint voice of travelers. Thankfully nothing untoward happened when she & her companion got off. This can be perilous, so do not even think about it.
> You are not allowed to carry any eatables so please be true to yourself and not sneak in any.
> You will be picked and dropped from your hotel by the gypsy / canter so be on time and not eat into the safari time.
> Please do enjoy the landscape and the forest for all its treasures. Be happy even if you do not spot a tiger ….. maybe you are meant to come again for another safari or another trip ????
> Do carry your binoculars as some moments are reserved for our eye lenses; it could be a tiger sighting too. Do not waste time trying to capture it in vain.
The time is just right for a trip to Ranthambore…….. hope you make one this year!
You can read about Things to do in Ranthambore here, Ranthambore, as good as it sounds!
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