Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan where the Aravali and the Vindhya mountain ranges meet. There are ancient ruins scattered all over the park which are now the haunt of many wild animals. Ranthambore boasts of many natural hideouts for tigers and other wildlife. The beauty of the park is also enhanced by lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The park is open for visitors from October through to June, and weather wise the best time to visit is during the winters, from November to February. Tigers are frequently sighted in the park but sightings are almost guaranteed during the months of March and April. A Jungle Safari can be an exciting experience. You can hire jeeps for exploring the park. Ranthambore is accessible by road from Sawai Madhopur the nearest village which is well connected by railways and road. The nearest airport is in Jaipur. Besides the National Park, Ranthambore Fort and Surwal Lake for bird watching are nearby places to visit.

Best time to visit: November to February
Languages spoken: Mewari, Hindi, English
Climate: Very hot summers and cold winters
Activities: Jungle Safari in Ranthambore National Park, Exploring Ranthambore Fort, Bird watching at Surwal Lake

Ranthambore – Meeting the king of the jungle

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इस बार हमें 2 नंबर गेट से प्रवेश करना था और इस बार ड्राईवर व गाइड भी समझदार लग रहे थे उन्होंने हमें आश्वासन दिया की वो हमें इस बार बाघ दिखा देगे . वो रास्ते मै अपने अनुभव बता रहे थे थोड़ी देर बाद गणपति का मंदिर भी दिखा जिसकी बहुत मान्यता थी मंदिर के बाद जंगल मै प्रवेश किया, लगभग १० मिनट गाडी चलाने के बाद ही ड्राईवर और गाइड आपस मै बात करने लगे और उन्होंने गाडी बहुत तेज दौड़ा दी, हम कुछ समझ नहीं पाए लेकिन कुछ बोले नहीं, ५ मिनट बाद ही वो बोले की कैमरे निकाल लीजिये क्योकि सामने ही एक बाघ था जो पानी मै आराम कर रहा था,

उन्होंने बताया की ये मादा है,हम सभी बहुत रोमांचित महसूस कर रहे थे क्योकि हम बाघ के बहुत नज्दीक थे, अभी १० मिनट ही हुए थे की पीछे से वन अधिकारी की जिप्सी आ गयी जिसमे वो खुद नहीं था लेकिन उसके कुछ गेस्ट थे उसकी जिप्सी आने के सभी जिप्सियो को वहा से जाने का इशारा कर दिया गया, हमारे ड्राईवर ने भी गाडी आगे बढ़ा दी

हमने उसको मना किया की वो ऐसा क्यों कर रहा है तो बोला  कि अधिकारी साहेब ज्यादा देर खड़ा नहीं रहने देगे इसलिए थोड़ी देर बाद घुमा कर वापिस ले आऊगा बड़ा गुस्सा आया और मैंने उसको बोल भी की हम लोग पैसे खर्च करके इतनी दूर सिर्फ बाघ देखने आये है तो उसने बोला की आप इसकी शिकायत कर सकते है। 15 मिनट बाद हम वापिस उस्सी जगह आ गए उस समय वह सिर्फ 3  गाडी थी जिसमे एक अधिकारी की और बाकी 2 भी खास लोगो की ही थी।   देखकर फिर गुस्सा आया की वो खुद क्यों अभी तक वहा है लेकिन किसी को कोई फ़र्क नहीं पड़ा और लगातार उनकी गाडी ही बाघ के सामने रही।

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Ranthambore – My Machaan???

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We broomed the place under the tomb with a make shift Jhadoo and sat down; it gave us fantastic view of partly dried lake with deer grazing in the marsh. Amazingly there was no Machaan, to tell you the truth we forgot that it was a must at all the locations. Hours passed and we documented the deer and small carnivorous animals. At sunset, the wind direction changed and I could smell very strong tiger urine as and when the wind blew. It began to worry me a bit due to my experience in jungles watching and spotting tigers; I knew we were in the tiger territory for sure.

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Ranthambore

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Ranthambore tiger reserve was organizing its annual animal census in the nation park and was looking for volunteers. Initially we thought that it would be just like a jeep safari in Jim Corbett National Park and would be fun to count the wild animals for a national level census.

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On the way to Ranthambore

Rocky Ranthambore

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Whenever I used to think of Rajasthan picture that came to my mind was of majestic forts, beautiful palaces, colorful festivals, golden sand dunes…

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Delhi – Ranthambore : Road Review

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So our set of chun-chun chidiyas ranging from three kids aged between 4-6, two drivers (one bulky with a social sense of humor while the other a rather snappy, both middle-aged), a calm doc and two vocal ladies, topping with a college-going engineer made the band a wholesome. We started off on a Saturday morning in two cars and here’s a quick road-review…

…let me take you through both the routes.
Route 1 : Delhi – Gurgaon – Dharuhera – Shahpura – Jaipur – Dausa – Lalsot – Ranthambore
Route 2 : Ranthambore – Lalsot – Dausa – Sikandra – Rajgarh – Alwar – Bhiwari – Gurgaon – Delhi

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