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Ranthambore Lake

by wispofcloud

Ranthambore has a special allure to it. Perhaps, there is no other spot on earth where the Royal Bengal Tiger can be seen in the wild with such ease. The low scrubland and brush are almost ideally suited to the tiger's colour adaptation. However, the lack of dense vegetation also means that this majestic beast is easier to spot than elsewhere.

In the picture alongside is an erstwhile summer "cabin", now used only by tigers to excape the scorching heat that summers in this area can bring.

Ranthambore Fort # 3

by grets

From 1528, the Mughals ruled the fort and the Emperor Akbar the Great is reputed to have lived at the fort in the mid 1500s. In the late 17th century, the fort was gifted by the Mughals to the Maharaja of Jaipur, and the surrounding jungles became the royal hunting grounds.


by wispofcloud

"Summer Palace"

This wonderful building on the far side of the lake was probably used as a summer "cabin" by the local Maharajas to ward off the pure heat that this region can suffer.

Nowadays, it is used only by tigers and leopards to sun themselves in the winter, and indeed, to keep themselves cool in the summer.

Photo credit: Husain

"Sambhar Deer"

Though I have shown this photo in my tips, it really moves me with the serenity and "lifestyle" it advocates!

Photo credit: Husain

"Rishabh wondering what happened to the frame"

Photo credit: Husain

That's me on the same trip! It's a wonder how modern technology coupled with some proper use of light can make you look so much slimmer!

Photo credit: Husain

"Rishabh in Dreamland"

This is one of the roadside eateries we ate at, albeit on our way back from Ranthambore.

Seen here behind Rishabh are some of India's favourite actresses.

Photo credit: Husain

"Ranthambore Fort"

The Ranthambore Fort is a large fort. Interestingly, the entrance into the fort is extremely steep for bits, followed by level areas.

As with most medieval constructions around the world, this was done to make it difficult for an invading army to charge the place. Also, at certain areas, the gates are at ninety degrees to the path, making it impossible for the invader to build up enough momentum to ram the gates.

Photo credit: Husain

"Old man at Dhaba"

Note the scrub vegetation, typical of this part of India. Can you imagine the tiger camouflaging itself in this kind of vegetation? Yet, it succeeds!

Photo credit: Husain


Photo credit: Rishabh on Husain's camera

Ranthambore National Park

by PeteG

"The park"

Ranthambore National Park is divided into 5 sections. There is also a limit placed on the number of vehicles allowed in the park at any time. What this means is that when you arrive with your guide at the park gates you will be allocation a section of the park that you are permitted to explore. This in theory is a good idea as it spreads the vehicles out from each other and prevents certain areas of the park being over-visited while others might get ignored.

The main draw for visitors to the park is the chance to see a tiger in its natural environment. However, the chance of seeing one is put by our guide at about 1 in 3 visits. Unfortunately for us, the day we went, we were allocated an area of the park where the tigers didn't visit very often, and that coupled with only a 1 in 3 chance left us not getting see the stunning tigers. This was obviously disappointing but thats the chance you take - and after all it is the wild and not a zoo.

However, the park is still very interesting for both its animals and natural features.

The park makes a great change in environment from the rest of nearby surrounding India which is flatter and dryer. The park is forested and hilly with streams running through it. This environment clearly attracts and keeps the animals and birds living here.

The list of animals and birds to see here is lengthy, but it is not just the big cats that are fascinating!

Sawai Madhopur - on our way to Ranthambore

by lynnehamman

"Just a Fleeting Glimpse"

We were on our way to Ranthambore National Park, and this quiet, dusty little town is the nearest railhead. We spent just a few hours walking around, and because we were both tired, and anxious to get to Ranthambore, we did not really see much of Sawai. A few impressions that I have are : There seemed to many little shops, tucked away, and they ALL seemed to be selling those steel waterpots that Rajasthani women balance gracefully on there heads, while maintaining the perfect posture these women seem to have perfected.
The roads and paths were dusty, but well-swept and clean. We saw two banks, that had ATMs. Motorcycles everywhere.

The Railway Station was small, but clean, and had a decent waiting room. The taxi stand is right outside, and Autorickshaws wait for passengers as the train arrives.

"The Famous Enfield Motorcycle"

We saw our first Enfield here


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Ranthambore Tigers

by MattTB


Anyone been to Ranthambore National Park? I'm going there in the last days of March. I will be staying ther for 4 days and have both morning and afternoon jeep drives in the park booked. What are my chances of seeing the Tiger??? Anyone?

Re: Ranthambore Tigers

by robine

Yes, I've been, and thoroughly recommend it. Your chances of seeing a tiger are very high indeed. But 4 days is a long time in such an isolated spot...

Re: Re: Ranthambore Tigers

by radz

yah you have chance ,one of the drive you get chance to see :)

Re: Ranthambore Tigers

by little_calvin

ranthambore is a great lace to visit. specially in march as the weather would be just perfect.

Your chances of sesing a tiger, well you can never say that. around this time they are pretty good. its all luck mate, depends on how much you have.

when there don't miss : the ranthambore fort in the middle of the park. it was at a time called unconquereable.

then there's jogi mahal : though you can't stay there its out of this world and the second largest banyan tree in the world is also there.

a few kms. on the main approach road to the park, there's also the Ranthambore School of Art which recruits local artisans and students who paint on a variety of subjects esp. wildlife. great stuff.

have fun. and hope you see the tiger!!!


Re: Re: Ranthambore Tigers

by jupiter475

Just back from Ranthambore this week. Was with a group of 25 that was split into two groups and went out twice in search of the tiger. Fortunately, on the second trip, half the group saw a tiger. Seems to be pure luck. Unfortunately, the guides are not on radios, so it's quite likely that even if there is a sighting, only the group that is there at that time will see.

Re: Re: Ranthambore Tigers

by MattTB

And thats the way it should be.. pure luck as nothing in wildlife should be 'staged'! I guess with 4 days of morning and afternoon drives my chances must be reasonably good! Thanks!

Re: Re: Ranthambore Tigers

by oldmonk_92129

Unlike the lion, the tiger is by nature a solitary animal that does not live in packs. It also does not live in open savannahs. For that very reason, it is harder to see.
I agree, it would depend on luck whether you are able to see one. Actually, I suggest that if possible, you could try Corbett national Park.

Re: Re: Ranthambore Tigers

by MattTB

Well the 4 days proved very fruitful! 7 different Tigers and 13 seperate sightings! Ranthambhore is a fantastic place!!!

If you fancy seeing some Tiger pics have a look at my Sawai Madhopur page!!!


by cam_t

Hi all,
Has anyone been to this National Park?? Any info ? Can anyone recommend a good 2 or 3 day tour from delhi? Will be going around December.


by aadil

Contact VT member Grete (grets@VT) as she was here this year and saw some tigers too!!! See her Sawai Madhopur Page on VT for her tiger story. Hope this helps.



by robine

Yes, I spent a night there, saw tigers, and thoroughly recommend it. I drove, though, and so have no information on tours.


by PurpleHatBrigade

I have been twice to Ranthambhore and it is well worth it. Sawai Madopur is the nearest town and it has a train station. I stayed at the Castle Jhoomar Bouri which in the past was the Maharaja of Jaipur's hunting lodge. In 1994 it was charming and the rooftop views stunning, but last year we discovered that they had not changed the tablecloth since our last visit. It is government run and well you can guess the rest..... and it is NOT cheap.
Once you have chosen your accommodation then you must book your jeep or truck ride into the park. Be aware that there are different routes throughout the park (from memory they are numbered 4 or 6 for example) From memory the No.6 one takes you through some old gates where our truck parked under the trees near a temple, then languar monkeys came and visited from the trees. Then we went on into the park near a big lake.
Some of the other routes are not as interesting. PS don't forget to look at the cliff's to catch sight of Ranthambore Fort. I believe you can also do a walking tour to the Fort.

Tigers and Monsoons

by LuisGuimaraes

Hey all I'm back for more..

1.So question is: where are the best places to spot tigers in India? I heard about a couple National Parks..what's your opinion? Is any of them near Dehli?

2. When are the monsoons? I heard they finish is November a bad month? Same for Nepal?

Tks a lot in advance!


RE: Tigers and Monsoons

by umashanker

For tigers Ranthambore is best.

RE: Tigers and Monsoons

by mickybleck

I was in Ranthambore and quite disappointed. Not so much about not having seen a tiger as You are always lucky when seing animals in the wilderness, but:
I went on a safari-bus (jeeps were fully booked) and some the other 19 people on the bus were not able to keep their mouth shut. Even the guide, who had told the chatting people on our bus off before, started to talk to the guide of the bus that was standing next to us while waiting for a tiger.
So if you go to Rhantambore, be sure to book a jeep in advance!
Good luck what ever place you choose.

RE: RE: RE: Tigers and Monsoons

by umashanker

Offcourse seeing tiger in National parks involve certain amount of luck too,but as compare to other National parks chances are more in Ranthambore.Some newly constructed hotels encorching the forest area had been demolished recently.


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 The Oberoi Vanyavilas

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