Sariska Tiger Sanctuary

Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Sariska Tiger Reserve - a short 4 hr bus journey north of Jaipur.
We were ahead of schedule and instead of heading straight for the next city I had the great idea of visting one of India's few Tiger Reserves.

We rode with the Bus Driver in the front cabin. A comfortable spot with a good view of the scenery.

As we neared our stop people crowded onto the bus and we were joined by a friendly few, in the front cabin.

'You go to Sariska? Ha ha ha..."
"No lions...all dead."

No, I said we're going to see the Tigers (der!)

"Sorry, tigers."

What do you mean no tigers!

"All Dead!"

And with that the bus stopped and let out the poor tourists onto the deserted dusty road... we had arrived at Sariska....The only Tiger Reserve in India without any b***dy tigers! Nice one...!

The Park Ranger was very nice about it though. He patiently explained that the 20 odd adults they did have were all poached out, the last one around a year ago. However, he assured us that there is still plenty to see in the park besides tigers. They even have Jaguars...but the chances of seeing them are pretty small.

The difficulty is that the park encompasses a few small villages and it is very difficult to distinguish between poachers and villagers.

At the moment they are in the process of relocating the villages and then will replenish thier stocks from other parks around the country...probably in 2008.

That's just!    He could see we didn't quite share his enthusiasm.

There is lots of wildlife in the park...mostly Tiger food in the form of deer but we also saw a king cobra, peacocks, monkeys, wild boar and lots of different birds.

We also visited the nearby Hanuman temple.

The next day we choose to take a ride around the surrounding hills. From The Royal Hunting Lodge ( now a hotel ) we took some magnificant Polo horses out amoungst the hills.

We made the most of the time there and in the end had a relaxing time...a nice change from the hecticness since we arrived.

We arrived back in Jaipur in time to take our night train to Udaipur...our next stop.
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