The Roar from Ranthambore #XploreBharat


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The #XploreBharat Blog Train halts at Ranthambore today, arriving from Kanyakumari  on Jai’s blog. The next stop of this Blog Train will be at Mahesh’s Blog.

Ranthambore? Where is that?

This query always makes me smile, as in 2012 when my husband first told me we were travelling to Ranthambore this is what I remember asking him.

Ranthambore is an expansive wildlife reserve near the Sawai Madhopur district, in Rajashthan. This National Park is spread over 400 kms and known as a Tiger Reserve, apart from which it houses a Fort, a Temple, ancient Trees, Birds and other animals.

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Arrowhead basking in the sun, as I pose with her.

Ranthambore National Park also has the distinction of housing  the most famous and most photographed Bengal Tigress in the world, Machali, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 20. In fact Machali, who was named thus as she had a fish shaped mark on her forehead, had a major role to play in putting Ranthambore on the world map.

How to get to Ranthambore?

Kota and Jaipur are the nearest cities, and airports.

Situated on the Delhi-Mumbai Railway lines and also linked to Jaipur and Agra by Rail. Trains come as far as Sawai Madhopur, after that you drive to Ranthambore.

The drive from Delhi is 362 kms.

What do you do in Ranthambore?

Going on a Jungle Safari, with the hope of spotting a Tiger, is one of the main reasons people come here.

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Off we go, on the way to the Safari

You could also visit the Museum, test your fitness levels as you trek up to the Ganesh Temple or shop at Dastakar, a store that stocks clothes and accessories made by the locals.

Best Time to visit

The Park is shut for three months in a year, July to September, for the monsoons. Open all the remaining months.

Sightings are pure luck, so I wouldn’t recommend a particular time or season.

What exactly happens on a Jungle Safari?

You will need to book your Safari at least 3 months in advance. Your choice of vehicles are sharing a private jeep with others or choose a seat in a Canter (a large bus)

The Canter works out to be economical but the advantage of a jeep is you can get a better  and closer view as the Jeep is completely open on all sides.

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That’s me in the Jeep heading for the Safari

The first Safari starts at 6 am and ends at 10 am. The second one starts at 3pm and ends at 6pm.

Ranthambore National Park is divided into different zones, and each vehicle is allotted a fixed zone.

You drive through zones in the hope of spotting a Tiger, even as you spot  Deer, Sambal, Neel Gai, Peacocks, Monkeys, varied species of Birds. If you’re lucky, you could spot a Sloth Bear and/or a Leopard too.

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Why I find Ranthambore rejuvenating ?

Visiting Ranthambore is rejuvenating because there is a discipline, a routine and a single point agenda.

For all the days we are here we wake up at 4 am every day, are seated in our Jeep at 5:30 and drive towards the park.

The excitement in the air at the park gates is palpable. Guides and drivers  shouting out to each other asking ‘Sighting hua kya?’ (Has a Tiger been sighted?)

As soon as the Park gates are thrown open the Jeeps roar in. This is also the point where you lose mobile network, and are thus without distractions.

Throughout the 3+ hours of the bone jarring  Safari it is just you and nature, one to one.Tree-Sunset-Sirimiri-Ranthambore

Talk is discouraged, and stepping out of the vehicle is not allowed, so you communicate in whispers, only of you have to.

Without you realising it, your mind is devoid of all the day to day thoughts and focused on a single point agenda, spotting a tiger.

For all the days we are there we go for 2 Safari’s daily. Doing so refreshes us and ‘resets our minds’.

It took us 4 years of annual visits and many Safari’s before we could finally spot a Tiger.

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Star Male walking towards our Jeep and my H:)usband clicking him, as I click my Husband

Though we will always regret that we never got to see Machali, we’ve had the distinction of watching T28 Star Male at close quarters, as he not only walked towards our jeep but circled it leisurely before he walked away.

We have been following  T84 Arrowhead (Machali’s grand -daughter known as Machali Junior) since she was a baby.

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Arrowhead, viewed through the window of the Jeep

Arrowhead  is currently the ruling Queen, and has given birth to a new litter, the future generation of Ranthambore.

This post is a part of the #XploreBharat Blog Train hosted by
Aditi, Esha, Maheshwaran PreetiSabaPragun, Sanjota, SoniaSudipSuhasini, and Supriya

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33 thoughts on “The Roar from Ranthambore #XploreBharat

  1. I guess because of the limelight that Machali brought, plus the stream of Hollywood celebrities who visited the reserve for one thing or the other, Ranthambhore is now one of the highlights of a Rajasthan tour.

    Reading your description took me into the state of mind of being in a jungle, away from the clutter of urban life. And the tiger pics were just wow! Thanks for the trip. 🙂

  2. Oh ..it’s was such an adventurous experience with my two kids…..and luckily we spotted a tigress -LAILA……she was on hunting….but crowd gathered on that sight make so much noises that she losses her target…..

  3. Wow! The thought of sitting in a car with a majestic tiger coming towards me and then casually walking around my car makes my hair stand on end. Must have been really exciting Mayuri. I will definitely visit Ranthambore some time.

  4. Nice detailed post with good pics. I have visited many national parks and done jungle safaris…I am definitely visiting it the next time in Rajasthan.
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  5. I find jungle safaris in jeep as very thrilling experience. I have been lucky to spot few animals every time I go on a safari. But never been able to visit Ranthambore, it was quite a tour with this post.

  6. Hi Mayuri, loved the post, especially the tips you have given and I am sure the pics must be lovely too. I don’t know why but the pics are not visible despite trying to reopen the blog at least ten times.

  7. I visited Ranthambore few years bavk and was not that lucky to spot any tiger. This trip reminds me the evening spent in the resort when we actually heard the roars of the tiger that was near the resort itself.

  8. Ranthambore is on my bucket list. With your post, it has now moved to the top of the list of places to visit.
    Thanks for sharing

  9. That’s a great narrative, Mayuri, and those tigers look so majestic. I am not a wildlife enthusiast, on the other hand, my husband is a big one. And so when he planned a wildlife trip in the middle of May to Tadoba, I was not very happy. He just told me – come once and try. So half heartedly, I went. It was an inferno raging in Nagpur. However, the sanctuary experience was a beautiful one. We sighted tigers every time we drove inside the jungle. Once we even saw a tigress with her 4 cubs, that was some sight. Even babies would hush when the tigers were around, such was their aura. I wouldn’t mind going again now! 🙂 Maybe Ranthambore or Jim Corbett. 🙂

  10. Mayuri I have never seen a tiger out of the cage. Been promised many times in safaris all across the country but always been disappointed. This one looks promising and I’m going to add it in my list. Thanks for sharing the details!

  11. Omg! This looks an exciting adventure! I wouldn’t have survived seeing a tiger and not screaming. You’re pretty brave to have it clicked. Kudos for all the efforts in the safari

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