Sawāi Mādhopur

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  • Day7

    7. Tag - Auf ins Land der Tiger

    September 25, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heute ging es wieder zum Bahnhof und mit dem Zug ins Land der Tiger nach Ranthambore. Abgeholt wurden wir ganz stilecht von den offenen Safari-Bussen unserer Lodge. Obwohl das kleine Dorf mit „nur“ 10.000 Einwohnern sehr sicher ist, dürfen wir nicht einfach so rumlaufen - die Tiger holen sich auch mal eine Kuh von den Straßen wenn sie Hunger haben.

    Unsere Lodge ist toll - wir haben kleine Häuser in einer grünen Gartenanlage mit Pool und frei laufenden Affen. Es ist schön, so in der grünen Natur zu sein und die Stille ganz ohne städtisches Hupen zu genießen. Den Nachmittag verbrachten wir dann ganz faul mit Sonnenbaden und Bier trinken - herrlich! Morgen geht es um 5:30am auf erste Safarifahrt - hoffentlich sehen wir einen 🐯!
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  • Day34

    In search of tigers

    October 26, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    After leaving Agra we travelled to Fatehpur Sikri, a 16th century down which was supposed to be the capital however it was abandoned after only 14 years because the water supply ran out. It remains preserved as it was 400 years ago.

    We then caught another train to Ranthambore to stay at a former hunting lodge where the Maharaja's used to stay. It was very nice - very colonial. Here we were going on morning and afternoon safari drives on the lookout for tigers in the wild.

    Ranthambore National Park is quite lush with lakes, ruins of temples?, a large rocky escarpment with an old fort perched along the top. However, our quest to find a tiger was unsuccessful. Saw various deer, birds and crocs but the tiger proved elusive. Having said that, half the group (We were split into 2 and sent to different sections of the park) did come across a tiger, so they were lucky. The safari drives were not nearly as professional as those we did in Africa.

    (In the photos of wildlife I cannot remember many of the names)
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  • Day8

    Ranthambore National Park (part 2)

    April 5, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    After a long break at the pool we went on a second tour through the park and this time we got lucky: we did see a tiger. She was mainly lying on the ground, too lazy to do anything else. Everyone took hundreds of photos and I've managed to choose what I believe are the most interesting five... Of course, we also did see monkey, birds and deer, but none of the sightings were as exciting as the tiger of course :-) The cutest detail of all are the ears of the tiger... I'd never realized that tigers have black ears with big white dots on them not yellow and black stripes. Who would have known?Read more

  • Day8

    Ranthambore National Park (part 1)

    April 5, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    From Jaipur, we took the train to Ranthambore National Park where we stayed three nights in a really nice hotel. On the first day, some of us just relaxed at the pool (me for example...) whereas others went on a tour to the obligatory fort. The next morning we got up very early to do a first round of animal watching in the Park... We saw many different interesting and beautiful animals but unfortunately, we didn't see any tiger... However, the tour was really nice, the atmosphere was very peaceful and it was astonishing how fearless they were as they know they have nothing to fear from humans. We saw different kinds of birds such as parrots and peacocks - the national animal of India - curious monkeys, deer and even an allegator.Read more

  • Day6

    Ranthambore and Tiger 'Arrowhead'

    January 28, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    We were up early for our first safari into zone 10 which was largely disappointing and quite cool. The drive was more exciting.
    After excellent breakfast and lunch we joined Kamal and Baba for our second Safari. We picked up two more couples, including Cliff and Maureen who had taken the train and had an almost as bad train journey as our drive, getting in barely half an hour earlier.
    We hit the national park with lots of excited people shouting tiger, but all we found was total vehicle chaos which took a while to sort out. We then forayed into zone 4 and saw some interesting animals and birds especially by the waterhole. No tiger. We got back to where we had been earlier again greeted by people shouting tiger. This time we were in luck and spent half an hour observing Arrowhead, a young female, snoozing some 50 m distant. A great job from the A team guide and driver.
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  • Day9

    Ranthambore National Park

    September 23, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

    Next stop today is Ranthambore National Park, this is a huge park in central Rajasthan home to loads of wildlife and most important of all tigers! Sadly the closest we came to the tigers was footprints in the mood and hearing them from a distance! But the experience of searching through the park and looking for wildlife was a fantastic way to spend the afternoon.Read more

  • Day8

    Ranthambhore National Park

    March 1 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We arrived at Sawai Villas, our hotel for the next two nights, after a four hour journey from Jaipur.
    It was an interesting drive out into the countryside of Rajasthan. The hinterland surrounding Jaipur is surprisingly green and clearly very fertile. Small farms abound and three main crops of wheat, potatoes and guava are grown. Parts of the state are desert, but not here. The population appear in better health and there is evidence of much new building, which is encouraging. There are plenty of ruins also!
    Our hotel is less than a year old and fabulous. We were greeted with sitar music, a garland each and a floor petal picture of welcome in the foyer. The rooms are beautiful and boast an indoor and outdoor shower, all arranged in blocks around a glorious landscaped pool.
    Lunch was accompanied by lychee and lemongrass tea (delicious) and Lesley has set off to visit the old Rathnambhore fort set high above the park, dating from the 9th century and another world heritage site. Sadly, I have had to miss out, as I know the operated knee will not cope with the 300 steps up and down. I await her return with bated breath and will pass on her thoughts and here they are: there were indeed 300 steps, lots of very inquisitive Langur monkeys, temples, ruined palaces and fabulous views of the surrounding park.
    The 5 o’clock rising this morning was unwelcome, but normal for this kind of activity and we were off on our first game drive of the day just after six, before the sun was up. We were driven in ‘canters’ large open top shake, rattle and roll conveyances that afford a good view but minimal comfort! The morning drive was on route 4 out of 5 different routes. Your route is prescribed by the park authorities, and it was up hill and down dale, through the forest and around a beautiful lake. Initially all was very quiet- can’t say I’m surprised, even the animals had more sense than to be up. As the morning progressed so did the variety of wildlife. Crocodiles appeared to bask on the lake shore, deer, both Spotted and Sambhar, large antelope ‘Bluebul’, mongoose and the bird life was prodigious; too many to mention. We were back at the hotel in time for a late breakfast, a few hours rest, lunch and then off again, this time on route 3. This was a stunning landscape and the romantic side of India, as you would imagine it, in your dreams. There were classically beautiful ruins scattered along the route, often sited by one of the many picturesque lakes, crags rise above you and when you stop the silence and peace is absolute, only broken by the sound of the birds and wildlife. This is Kipling’s India; an experience to be savoured and a reminder that this entire area was once the hunting estate of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Deer were everywhere, langurs cavorting around in family groups and peacocks with their mournful cry. A hare appeared out of nowhere, a solitary wild boar snuffling about at the waters edge and more glorious birds. Lesley and I were in our element. Of course the major reason people throng to Ranthambhore is the prospect of seeing its most famous resident and top predator. There are some 45 tigers in the park, plus cubs and we realised that the chances of seeing one would be slim. They are elusive creatures, but our guide did say that we were travelling through the territory of a mother and two cubs. At the very end of the drive we passed a park jeep who told Surinder that a tiger was in the forest a short distance ahead. Our driver put his foot down and if there had been a roof on our vehicle, heads would have hit it! We arrived at the resting place of the tiger together with the world and his wife and initially it was difficult to pick her out amongst the bush, but there she sat staring at us, less than 15ft away. It was a quite unbelievable moment and one I shall never forget. She was incredibly well camouflaged, her stripes blending in with the dappled sunlight filtering through the trees. The attendant crowd watched in awe. I can only liken it to an audience with a Maharajah in full jewelled regalia. Eventually, she yawned in boredom, stood up and with a flick of her tail stalked off into the thick bush, clearly tired of this mass of excited humans. Photographs came out with only a degree of clarity. The best in our group was from a lady who had bought a new 1Phone with its updated camera. Lesley and I count ourselves as unbelievably fortunate to be able to see a wild tiger in all her majesty and our visit to Ranthambhore was complete.
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  • Day7

    Look for the bare necessities

    May 27, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The simple bare necessities forget about your worries and your time...

    So since writing the last update we ended up having the worst day waiting all day for the train. The train was in the end 5 hours then 7 hours then 9 hours. ..eventually arriving 12 hours late close to midnight! We spent all day in the train station which was so hot without any food. There was little for sale (typical as when you want something it isn't there and when you don't there is hassle to buy! ) We were kept distracted by the odd person taking selfies of us and various comers to the bench where we sat (all day!) An Indian family of around 12 people came to talk to us, the younger girls who looked 15 but were apparently 20 were fascinated by us and used us to practice English with asking us what our favourite places and dishes were. The girl was studying to be a bank manager. I mentioned I liked her scarf and she insisted on giving it to me as a gift. I couldn't accept but she insisted so I accepted so now I have a nice momento of the day at the station! Indian people are so friendly. They also offered for us to eat with them. The Indians bring whole meals with them for journeys and all sit around sharing on the floor.

    We were so pleased to see the train but not so pleased that this time we were in sleeper class a lower class with no air con. This would be fine in the daytime for a short journey of 4 hours like ours, but now it was midnight at the train was full. There were people everywhere on the floor so it was hard to get even onto the train with our bags. We then found our "seats" in the dark and had to eject sleeping people from them. We then shared the top bunk for 4 hours. glad to arrive in the station we then found no tuktuks or anyone around at 4am! So we had no choice but to walk to the hotel 1km away. Luckily we had a torch as it was a rural place with no light. We passed a pack of Barking wild dogs and several wild boars on the way, it was pretty hairy!

    So pleased to have checked into our luxury stop even if it was 12 hours late. A 5* palace hotel costing 50 pounds a night Inc breakfast. It was beautiful with a huge soft bed proper rain shower and a pool. A welcome sight after journey from hell!

    The reason we came here was to visit ranthambore national park. One place where there are 60 bengal tigers a very endangered species. We were taking 2 safaris one evening one early morning. We set off on our first following a swim and a pool tennis match with a frsibie and some Indian guys taken very seriously by them! (We won 11-10)

    Our first safari was great. An exciting and bumpy off road ride through the park for 3 hours at sunset. This is where kipling got the inspiration for the jungle book. We were so lucky to spot a sloth bear (baloo the bear!) antelope, deers, loads of birds, hawks, owls, wild boar, and finally as we were leaving we saw a tiger in the trees. She was with her grown cub but a little far to get good photos.

    We took another safari this morning at sunrise, another early start. This time a different zone with more lakes. We saw a baby crocodile and lots of water birds kingfishers and herons. We then had the most wonderful sighting of a male tiger who walked in front of the jeep and then had a deer carcass that he killed 2 days prior and was eating the deer right next to us about 10 meters away. Wow. We sat and watched him for an hour eating his kill. It was incredible (apart from the dead animal smell!)

    Now sat chilling by the pool for a well needed rest. Won't last long outside though it is 10.30am and over 40 degrees even in the shade.

    Off to jaipur this evening on another train. A short 2 hours this time but let's see how late this one is. I don't have much hope for it being on time...
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  • Day9


    December 19, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    No tiger sightings but apparently we were at a bad gate for tiger sightings (number 10) but gate allocation for rangers is based on lottery. We also booked night before because of stuff up with our travel agent which apparently can mean a bad position in the lottery. PLUS locals told us that tigers don't frequent watering holes in the winter and spend most of the day in the top of the mountains. All things to consider if we do this again! It was f'ing freezing that's for sure (8 degrees in open jeep for 5 hours)Read more

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Sawāi Mādhopur, Sawai Madhopur

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