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Nov 2, 2016 - Ranthambore

It was an early morning today as we set out on our morning safari to look for tigers at 6:30 AM. It was rather cool once we entered the park and since I was the only stupid person on the canter without a coat I had to wrap Dorothy's shawl around me. We traveled around zone 5 in the park and saw some tiger paw prints but unfortunately by 10:30 we had to leave the park without seeing a tiger, although we did run into some people who had seen one that morning in the same zone. We did however see spotted deer, sambar deer, blues antelope,...

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Jan 26, 2015 - Ranthambhore and the Great Bengal Tiger

The weather had taken a turn for the worse today and we find ourselves in rain. With an all morning bus ride we at least are not out touring in it. As we are heading into more rural areas and ultimately the jungle the roads leave a lot to be desired. We end up having to detour as the road has washed away on part of the route, not surprising as at one point it comes down in torrents. Fortunately our pit stop has a big souvenir and craft shop and 7 of us buy the same fleece zip in a ‘lovely’ dark moss green with the Ranthambhore logo … yes...

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Nov 20, 2013 - We saw it!

Game drives are really boring until they’re not. There are five sections in this park and each guide is randomly assigned to one of them for each game drive. This prevents any one area from getting overloaded. There was also a lot of traffic from local pilgrims who were headed to the temple near the fort we visited yesterday. We bumped and lurched down the dirt road and everything was coated with dust. The morning drive was uneventful and our guide pointed out numerous birds which were mostly of great interest to the bird watcher in our...

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Nov 19, 2013 - living like the rajahs

The drive to Ranthambore took us through the countryside on bumpy roads. We were warned that the area is so remote that it would be three hours before our first "comfort" stop unless we wanted to pause behind a bush. But for all the farmers and little towns we passed, it probably didn't feel all that remote; there simply were no big hotels, restaurants, or other facilities for western tourists. This area is quite arid and crops are irrigated with well water. Trucks with giant bags of fodder stacked up high and oozing out the side panels...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park

Jaipur to Ranthambhore Wake up time for Eke was 5am - later for Brian as he worked on the journal until late last night. We are getting more caught up. Shower time at 6am and packing . Eke ventures out and has a banana pancake. Brian gets his cheese omelet even though the omelet man is not available yet at this early hour. Sunil, our waiter has been very friendly and chatty. We say our goodbyes to him and the other staff and then it is back on the mini bus for a 4 hour drive to Ranthambhore National Park where we will have a tiger safari...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Ranthambore National Park

Early breakfast of banana pancakes at 6.30am before we board our minibus for a 4.5hr journey to Ranthambhore. We conclude that Rajasthan must be a much richer state because even the worst roads we travel are better than those we traversed in Uttar Pradesh and Madhyr Pradesh. The villages and towns seem more prosperous too and there is less rubbish. We arrive at the Raj Palace Resort in time for lunch. It is a mansion that looks like it belonged to a British official from the time before India’s independence. Our rooms are separate houses in...

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Mar 25, 2012 - Ranthanbhore

The drive to Ranthanbhore was long and tiring. It was only 260km but on Indian roads and through village traffic the journey took seven hours. We are now in Rajasthan and camels rule the roads as a very popular form of transport. It was very odd to see them hitched up and pulling carts. We also saw many overloaded trucks and tractors and auto rickshaws bursting with people hanging on for dear life. We are staying at the Pugmark which means tiger print, it has a lovely swimming pool which we made use of as soon as we arrived. In the evening...

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Nov 28, 2011 - Ranthambore, jaipur, Udapur

Jaipur to Ranthambore Off early and our driver kindly gave us a conducted tour of the sites Dorothy missed yesterday. Then on the road again. It seemed the day of traffic disasters, first a tractor load of bricks spread across the carriageway. This was soon followed by a lorry with one complete wheel and drive shaft laying on the verge,then a similar size lorry was on its side across half the carriage. Two further smaller incidents entertained us as the journey progressed. Not so much accidents as examples of almost total lack of...

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Oct 13, 2011 - Ranthambhore National Park **Blog**

The Indian train system is generally a brilliant, well organised and convenient way to get round the country - in total we took almost 20 trains while in India and we were generally very satisfied customers. However, our trip between Agra and Ranthambore was another side to the normally quite efficient system with a 6 hour delay that grew ever-longer every time we approached the estimated departure time. Six hours in an Indian train station does allow a deeper observation of such things though – people crossing the tracks set deep into the...

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Apr 15, 2011 - Ranthambore

Up at 5 am to go on tiger safari. 6 of us went to the edge of the park where we discovered a guide's strike - so ended up with a local guide who did not know much English at all. The reserve is split into 5 zones - we went to zone 5 which was extremely dull - definitely no tigers, not much other wildlife either. Very disappointing! The afternoon safari changed all that though - saw Roe deer and spotted deer, mongoose, langur monkeys, pelicans and all sorts of other birds which we have not worked out what they were. We also saw a Blue Bull,...

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Mar 4, 2010 - Ranthanbhore safari

We noticed on the Jaipur map that the city has a zoo, so naturally we ask our driver to take us there before we head out of town. Clearly this is not a usual request but he has children of his own and seemed to like the idea. The zoo is small and somewhat typical except for the tigers. The tigers were active: walking roaring and making eye contact. The highlight was the white tiger and a certain lack of safety for we got to be face to face with it from a distance of 2 feet. I must say that their heads are very large and the eyes are lovely...

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Dec 13, 2008 - Ranthambhore National Park

One of my favorite days so far.... 13Dec2008 The city melted away pretty quickly and we were in the middle of acres and acres of mustard fields - flat land and yellow as far as you can see. After leaving Jaipur, we drove through the countryside stopping at a grade school that is funded by the Grand Circle Foundation (OAT is a subdivision). We stopped on the roadside outside the school of about 200 children and all the children were lined up in the school yard. A group of older (12-13yoa) girls came out to meet the bus and took us each by...

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