Ranthambore is one of THE places to come in the hope of seeing a tiger! There are 59 tigers in the park which has an area of around 12,500 sq kms! This is the natural number the park can now sustain.
We have An early morning & a late afternoon game drive planned for today. The roads to the park are extremely bumpy especially in the high sided game drive vehicles. It is cool in the early morning, 6am start, but soon warms up. We are extremely lucky and only half an hour into the safari Sultan is spotted, a huge male tiger. He is very hard to see at first but so exciting when we eventually pick him up - a magnificent beast. Exactly what we came for and had hope for.
On the rest of the drive we see much of the local fauna - monkeys, Asian Roller birds and Kingfishers with stunning electric blue plumage. Later in the afternoon we see a weirs Snake bird which looks like a snake in the water then like a Cormorant out o fit. Summer Deer, the smaller Spotted Deer and tiny Indian gazelles are every where. And peacocks are commonplace! In the afternoon we do try and follow another tiger , another big male in his own territory. His pug marks are deep and clear, probably only 2 hrs old. But he is tantalisingly sleeping somewhere. A stunning sunset over a lake (would have been nice to have a sundowner here finishes the day).
After a much needed shower as we seem to have half the dust of India on us we catch the end of another puppet show. We had heard the interesting music as we got ready. Exhausted drop into bed, having had early G&T before dinner. Off to Jaipur tomorrow after a later start.