Ranthambore National Park
This is the main attraction of the Sawai Madhopur District and a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Tigers are the main attraction in this park and it is also a part of the Project Tiger. This is more of a forest covering a large area where tigers are left to roam around at their own will. There are instructions instead for tourists and not the animals at all. Forest safaris are the best thing you can enjoy here and the tigers hunting by themselves in full view looks like a rare view. The Ranthambore Fort is like a watch tower on top of a hill inside the national park anf you can do a lot of photography from here. There are other animals found here in this forest too.
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Our day one (actually evening) was spent moving around in the property to familiarize ourselves with it. The property has a great swimming pool in it. Starting from 3 feet deep and spreading to 9 feet depth. A good combination for all type of tourist sizes. Obviously we Indians love water and our evening was spend in it. The resorts souvenir shop has great t shirts and some handicraft items for you to take away as a memento. I loved there 2 hammocks that gave me a great value time with my daughter who loved the swinging on the hammock part with her loving parent. It was a perfect father daughter time. Her sweet questions pouring in and my swingy revert made our day. There barbecue area is big and comfortable. Cultural performance is a must watch too.We had opted for the morning jeep safari which we thought would be a great ideal time for tiger watching. We got up early (around 5.30 am) as per plan. The excitement in my daughter to see a tiger was so strong that she didn’t complained as we woke her early. She was all excited and ready to go in just 30 min. usually we have a hard time waking her every morning at 6.30 am for her school. We opted for rout number 6 for our safari. Just to update you the national park is divided in various zones for safari. Zone 6 is where we went for our tiger search. Please carry your photo id proof as it would be required for the safari.Our jeep took us into the forest which was actually like going on a desert safari with only difference that you have to go up a hill of stone and rocks in place of sand. The safari is a fun filled exciting ride of 3 hours. In these 3 hours you are as alert as a spotted dear and as active as the tiger itself. There is a mixed feeling of fear, excitement, curiosity, wander, expectations. I would say the feeling is like a rainbow. Luck plays an important part in spotting the tiger in these safaris. We were not that lucky though to find the majestic beast. But surely we caught some tiger trails on the ground which was equally exciting. Who knows that the tiger was closely watching us but we couldn’t spot it. Safari that went after us had an opportunity to watch the beast live in action. We were also lucky to spot the spotted dear, Mongoose, Nilgai, Chinkara, Sambhar. Peacock was present in abundance. Variants of birds like vulture, kingfisher, swallow and many more also play a great role in coloring the sky of the national park. Make sure you are empty stomach and do carry caps, glares, water bottle, binoculars and a great camera for shooting. Odomos and sun cream is also important.With a little disappointment in our heart of not seeing the majestic beast we moved back to our resort. I say little because the tracks (pug marks) were equally intriguing for us all. I am sure I couldn’t see them but they surly saw us up close. The weather was hot so we did not opt for the afternoon safari. Another reason was the presence of my tender daughter whom we thought might fall sick in the sun. Simple natural parental instincts.We utilized our rest of the day by visiting some other properties and resorts at the vicinity. The best part of a tourist or traveler is that no hotel or resort stops you from entering their premises. After all we are there potential future guest. We visited around 7-8 properties. Just for the fun of it. Evening was spent in the pool with friends and my daughter. My daughter who was little scared to get in the pool the previous day was transformed into a fish and didn’t wanted to get out of the pool. Somehow after 2-3 hours she agreed to come out as she was hungry. The food was really a great treat for the taste buds. I would personally like to thank the chef who made the non-veg item for the buffet. Pretty seasoned cook.Next day was our departure day. With big heart and promise to the park of returning again we got into the jeep that was supposed to take us to the station. Really it was a great adventure trip. The all mighty had another adventure planned for us on our way. Our jeep got punctured on the way to the station. We took a local jeep for transportation. With 10 min of departure we hit the station and rushed to our train and somehow managed to get in time.Promise is strong in our heart to the great beast. We will surely meet again. This time in person and face to face. No more track or pug marks chase. Purely Men in the wild not men verses wild as in the discovery channel.
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
You can inform your Canter driver the location of your hotel, they usually provide your a door pick-up. The Morning safari starts from 6 or 6.30am and ends by 9.30 or 10 am as per the season of your visit. We were ready by 6am and the canter arrived by 6.15am letting a small window for our selfie's and photo bombing. The morning weather was so cold and the breeze would freeze you down. Do carry a blanket if travelling with childrens and Senior citizens. You can observe several similar vehicles racing one another to reach the Sanctuary main gate. On the way you can gaze the amusing mountain range and a spectacular sunrise which plays its own poetry along with the cold breeze.We entered the safari zone number 3 by 6.40am, the forest was decaying its out growth of the year during our time of visit. As soon we entered we had a small intro and istruction session from the guide who was accompanying our canter. Once he completed his brief speaking, we started hearing calling from many animal breeds. To make it easy, animals talk to each other like humans they signal each other through voices, body gestures. This varies across animal breeds. Like birds, monkeys help animals on land as Deer, Samba, Jungle Hog etc. The guide said to maintain silence at any cost. Canter started crawling over clutch without making much sound. The callings started to move away so we headed towards it. We came across lot of Spotted deers, Sambas and Peacocks. The morning sunrays rushing through the jungle haze and the dense growth is a beauty by itself. Slowly many canters and gypsy vehicles started moving towards the same direction.A voice appears that there comes the tiger. Every eye ball starts rolling on that way and we spotted our life's firsttiger open in wild walking meters away from me and this time it is nor in cage. It was massive, huge and empowering. The color of the tiger when morning sunlight carassing its skin is a beauty to watch for hours. Fact-cats usually are active during sunrise or sunset hours going for a kill, leopards are night crawlers. It was moving towards Northe east where there is a open gazing slopes covered by dry tree. Zone 3 and Zone 4 shares a beautifull lake on its spreads you can gaze several deers, hogs, chitals, large variety of birds and Alligators. We saw a Jungle cat too. Samba's from here grow so large. We sighted two more tigers and several other jungle breeders. The weather was awesome and it was a pleasant and thrilling experience. We spotted two tigers in the morning safari and one more in the evening safari.The
A place of outstanding beauty, this is the same lake which is in front of the hill on top of which the Jogi Mahal is situated. The clean and crystal like waters of the lake is where you will find a number of wild animals and reptiles cooling themselves or quenching their thirst. The best sight is of the crocodiles and of course of the deer which come here to drink water. Safaris around this area is a nice thing to do and photography comes hand-in-hand of course.
In the Khilchipur Village of Ranthambhore, the Dastkar is a non- profit organization of the region. This is a women centric organization and they specialize in handicrafts which are again put up at exhibitions and sales. The main work that they do are making eco- friendly bags and totes, slippers and sandals, tie and die works, clay and black pottery. When you visit this place, you can not only get a view of the culture of the locales here but also buy a lot of these beautiful items at quite cheap rates.