Ranthambore-The abode of the Indian Tiger

Ranthambore National Park is one of the many wild wonders of India. It is famous for its tiger trail. Surrounded by lush green forests and a diverse flora and fauna, the place is nothing less than an oasis in the dry and arid landscape of Rajasthan. A drive down the forests takes one closer to nature. Tucked away in the Sawai Madhopur district of north eastern Rajasthan, this rugged landscape is the abode of the extinct species of tigers in India.


The jungle safaris
The jungle safaris are the first on the priority list of tourists here. They are organized twice a day, one at early dawn while the other at evening. The duration of the safari is around 3 hours. They guides usually follow 3 to 4 different routes into the forest. Although there are a number of wild animals residing at Ranthambore, the main focus of most of the tourist guides and visitors is spotting the tiger. Interestingly these guides are very skilled people and pros at their job. They follow signals from each other and take clues from the ground movement of the other animals to find the tiger. Their main aim is to give the best view of the Tiger to their clients. In lieu of that, they get lefty tips and commissions from the tourists.

Before coming to the place we had heard many stories about the legendary tigress Machli, who today, is one of the oldest ones in Ranthambore. She is known to be very friendly with the tourists. Once very agile and fierce during her prime years, she is now largely dependent on baits as food because of old age. But unfortunately, a rendezvous with Machli eluded us. We were actually desperate to catch a glimpse of the world’s most clicked canine beauty but sources told us that she rarely ventures out these days because of age.

Apart from this, there were more interesting tales from the forest guards who told us about living life the dangerous way. The birth of cubs is celebrated with joy among these people and they also give nick names to them.

Open Canter rides

A drive down the forest is an experience in itself. These forest excursions are organized systematically by the tourism department. A prior permission from the forest department is taken in order to start the safari. The tourist groups have the option to taking either an open jeep or a canter ride. The open canters are so much fun to be boarded. These are actually open buses which can accommodate around 50 people, but it does not have a roof of its own. Although it does look scary when you are asked to ride an open and unprotected bus deep in the forest, but once you get acquainted, you actually start enjoying the experience.

The panoramic view of the lush green forest enchants the visitors. It is one of the 9 reserves that were included in Project Tiger in 1973. Apart from tigers, you will also find the Samba deer, nilgai, langurs, Jackals striped hyenas etc. The park also has a varied species of reptiles like crocodiles, Indian pythons, chameleons etc. The best time to visit Ranthambore is from Oct 1 to June 30. The rest of the months it is closed for the tourists because of the heavy monsoon rains.

Hotels and resorts of Ranthambore
Interestingly, most of the resorts and hotels in Ranthambore lie right in the lap of nature. The lush green scenic beauty takes closer to nature. Some of them lie right in the protected jungle area. There are small cottages available with all the modern amenities. These cottages are surrounded with thick grown trees. During the tourist season, most of the resorts also organize traditional Rajasthan dance and shows for its guests.

A place of Pilgrimage
Ranthambore is also a pilgrimage for the tourists. There is a popular Ganesh temple on top of the hill. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great fun and fervor. This place also has a significant monkey population. It is interesting to note that many of pilgrimage places of Hindus in India are thronged by monkeys and langurs. The monkeys are considered to be great devotees of lord Hanuman and you will find flocks of them surrounding various temples and places of worship. If you happen to carry any eatables with you during your ascent to the temple, chances are that they will be snatched away by the monkey on the way. These species of apes are black and grey in color and many a times they are clever enough to befriend the tourists when being bribed by some eatables. During my visit to the temple I also came across many friendly birds which would happily befriend you and sit on your shoulders in return of some eatables.

In and all, Ranthambore is a great weekend getaway for the people of Jaipur and nearby places and forms a very important place in the tourist itinerary.

Ranthambore pictures

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Comments

  1. One pic of the Tiger would have added chaaar chaaand to the nicely written piece!!

  2. Thanks for using the time and effort to write something so interesting.

  3. Thanks for sharing such an interesting post. Ranthambore is actually the best to have a close view of tigers and Ranthambore hotels and resorts are fantastic for staying in Ranthambore and have the full enjoy of wildlife.

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