Ranthambhore National Park – Change of Pace

Trip Start Apr 24, 2011
Trip End May 13, 2011

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Thursday, April 28, 2011

We rose before dawn today and joined another group of travelers to explore Ranthambhore National Park by "cantor", a large truck-like vehicle with a platform on top for seats. Our objective was to spot the tiger for which the park is famous. Ranthambhore is the best place in India to see tigers in the wild. In this endeavor, we failed, but it was a sublime failure.

We ended up seeing a surprising wealth of wildlife in this corner of the state of Rajasthan known for its hot, dry climate. The park is set around several lakes, providing water and foraging grounds for a large number of birds and animals: huge numbers of spotted deer and samba deer (almost as big as our elk), black-faced langur monkeys, peacocks (India's national bird) engaged in their mating dance, peccaries, the odd crocodile, and a host of birds, both large waders like cranes and ibex and small colorful birds.

The day was divided into four parts – early morning game drive – return to the lodge for breakfast, down time, and lunch in the heat of the day – return to the park in late afternoon for another 3 hour game drive – back to the lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening.

We were apparently one of the few parties to get skunked in our tiger-quest. We talked to 3 or 4 other groups and all had seen tigers - close up. The closest we got was fresh tiger paw prints in the dust and a spotted deer kill that had happened earlier in the morning.

But as I said, it was a satisfying defeat, and we enjoyed some great photo ops!
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Dani on

Glad tigers are the norm at the park - bet you'll see some next time!

john on

very nice photoes

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