The eagerness to see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger in it’s natural habitat took me all the way from Bombay to Sawai Madhopur, just so that I could visit the Ranthambore National Park and catch atleast a glimpse of this beautiful and highly endangered creature. But fate had other plans and despite all my attempts, my wish to see the Royal Bengal Tiger still remains just that. After much research, I had picked Ranthambore over the other National Parks as chances of tiger sighting here are considerably high owing to the semi deciduous forests that make up the national park. In addition to tigers the forest is also home to other interesting animals such as the sloth bear and the leopard. I unfortunately didn’t see either as well.
Ranthambore is a 2.5 hour drive from Jaipur. The best way to get there is by road, so that you have a vehicle at your convenience, but if that’s turning out to be expensive, then one can always opt for the trains going to Sawai Madhopur on a regular basis. For the one’s looking to splurge, the Oberoi Vanyavilas or Sherbagh are perfect options and for those looking at something slightly cheaper yet luxurious I would recommend the Anuraga Palace Hotel. I stayed at a hotel by the name of Vanya Mahal which was managed by the Orchid group of hotels, but I wouldn’t really go back there as I didnt find the service, the food and the amenities upto the mark for the price they were charging. Although I must add here that the staff was quite courteous and took feedback positively.