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Tiger Safari – Ranthambore National Park India

By John Saboe | India

Nov 18

Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan India is home to a wide range of wildlife, an old fort, temples, palaces, and village ruins. It’s also a place that will offer you one of the best chances on the sub continent to spot a Bengal Tiger.

This former hunting grounds of the Maharaja’s of Jaipur was established in 1980 as a national park.

If tigers are the only thing on your mind though, you might miss some of the unique beauty of this part of India. Lakes or watering holes, ancient arches and palace outhouses, Lush forests, beautiful fields of tiger grass, Langur and Macaque monkeys, Sambar and spotted deer, Indian wild boar, gazelle, a huge variety of birds and even Leopards, Hyena and sloth bears.

The park is made up of many zones which all offer their own unique landscape and wildlife spotting opportunities. You may be fortunate and see a few different zones depending on how many safaris you go on. Spotting a tiger is rare though, even on multiple safaris in jeeps or 20 seat cantors.

If I could give any advice it would be to just enjoy the amazing scenery and wildlife you do see. The grasslands and forested areas are beautiful, especially in the early morning and late afternoon light. Your guide will tell you many tiger tales and will know the residents by name or identification starting with the letter T. As the tigers love walking on the roads the vehicles use your guide will point out the pug marks or tracks and can usually tell how fresh they are.

It was my last safari, I had waited in line for a last minute seat on a jeep at 5am that morning. It was 15 minutes before we reached the gate to the park and I thought I would never see one. I hope you are as blessed as I was
and see one of the most beautiful and elusive creatures on the planet, the Bengal Tiger, in Ranthambore National Park, India.

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