Day 7 Tiger Safari at Ranthambore National Park

Trip Start Feb 08, 2013
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Trip End Mar 01, 2013


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Friday, February 15, 2013

Day 7 Ranthambore National Park
We had a thunderstorm here in the middle of the night - sounded like a canon going off!
We had to be up and ready to get on the next jeep around 6:45 am!
We had every layer imagineable on - plus a blanket round our legs!
The jeep safari went to a different area this time, and took us underneath a 1000 year old fort and some ancient shrines.
There were numerous spooky looking banyan trees with roots reaching down from the branches. Apparently there are around 50 tigers in the park - each with their own territory as they are solitary creatures (apart from when they have cubs). We saw Black-faced monkeys, a family of wild boar, crocodiles, spotted deer, gazelle, antelope. In addition this is a Twitchers paradise - we saw Kingfishers, lots of Peacocks, Treepies, a Grey heron, an Eagle in a tree, a Painted stork, and a Woolly-necked stork.
But no tiger! (the mud made spotting tracks even more difficult today).-Its like trying to find a needle in a haystack! But the haystack is 400 square km!
We returned to the resort to find our bed beautifully decorated with flower petals! (see photo)
We took a trip into the village to see a government sponsored initiative to support the women of the park area in marketing their handicrafts! Beautiful hand worked embroidery on silk, throws, cushion covers etc. We treated ourselves to a wall hanging and I got a beautiful pair of silk pyjamas!
After lunch we had another safari trip - a different zone with a different guide and driver and a lovely young couple from Mumbai as fellow passengers. This time we saw: many of the more common animals as before - monkeys, deer, gazelle, plus yet more bird species such as a
Brown faced Owl
Parakeets
Egrets
Spotted Owl
Brown owl (apparently different from a Brown FACED Owl!)
Vultures....
Oh, and a Tiger!
YES! WE ACTUALLY SAW A REAL LIVE TIGER IN THE WILD!!!
It was getting into our last hour in the park, and the guides had somehow checked all the likely spots in this particular zone , and narrowed it down to one area. The vehicles gathered first in one spot, and watched and listened and waited - but nothing was happening. We drove off with an air of resignation. Then we drew in behind another jeep to see what they were looking at - and there he was! A fabulous male Bengal tiger in all his glory just striding amongst the undergrowth! We couldn't believe our luck! In no time at all the rest of the jeeps arrived on the scene - then it became a competition of vying for the best viewing position - with each crew trying to guess where the tiger would head next! He came really close and just strode off down the road, obviously quite used to jeeps and excited humans!
So it was a really memorable day, and we've been grinning ever since! Especially as no one else in our resort got to see him!
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Comments

andrea mukhtar on

Hi , yipee! you saw a tiger wow that really did make the safari experience for you. It brings it back that these majestic creatures are in danger of exinction and even in this protected area it is terrific to see one. Lovely place you stayed and amazing to see the care the ladies had put the petls in a very pecise design. We have seen spinking of rose petals on us and in the room perhaps for welcome honour and pleasant fragrance but not put in a design like that. I look forward to seeing your silk pyjamas ( Hindi word) I lkiked your train stories also. Yes the staring gets to us big time. We are just back from the wimbledon Tandori restaurant having eaten a biriani dish and again Chris was wondering if you were getting tired of Indian food? I thought not that you would be spoilt for choice in your hotels. We have just started half term today.

Gilly on

Exciting for you to see the tiger, safaris are so wonderful in the midst of nature. Look forward to flowers on bed when I visit. Good to see Erin. Enjoy. Gpx

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