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Oct 24, 2019 - Another early start in the National Park

They third time lucky and let’s hope that it is. And even earlier start this time with tea served to our tents at 05:20 and porridge served on the way to our Jeep, which just happened to be 15 minutes late, (india time). The early birds catches the worm, so this does not bode well. Today we have been selected zone six on the insistence of the camp manager who had witnessed our state returning last night some eight hours earlier. As we headed into the park we were following a bus load of tourists, but our driver shouted at them to get out of...

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Oct 23, 2019 - Our first day on safari in search of Sher Khan

Our first night under the tent was disturbed as what we hope and believe was a chipmunk, spent time scratching and eating his way across our roof. I was up before our butler delivered English breakfast tea at 05:45. Following greeting kitted out in our very trendy Woolen smocks, we were served porridge with added brandy and honey to provide sustenance and warmth for our journey ahead. The sun was just arising at 06:15 as we headed excitedly out. The park is divided into 14 sectors and each sector is assigned with a maximum of 10 vehicles a...

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Oct 23, 2019 - Afternoon/Evening Safari in Ranthambhore

I am writing this from the hotel in Jaipur, as I have been up most of the night with Delhi Belly and I dare not move far from room, anyhow there is so much to catch up on.....so back to Ranthambhore afternoon drive. This afternoon we had been chosen section10, which was even further away then section four this morning and a lot more dustier, bumpy roads. We hung on for dear life as the travelled over an hour to the parks entrance. Signs were good as we entered the park as a Tiger had been spotted this morning. We found some tracks from...

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Oct 22, 2019 - 6 hours of hell travelling to Ranthambhore National Park

After booking out of our hotel, this was the drive I was most dreading and the reason why I kicked off when we were first allocated this vehicle. I took the first shift of 3 hours from Agra to Ranthromhborn. To be fair this part of the journey was on reasonable lightly trafficked roads, But Mr Singh would not put his foot to metal and go above 80km/hr or 60mph. This meant that the 350km we had to covered would be hours. Now Mr Singh had provided us with a mix of punjabi greatest hits from the 13 to 14th Centuries, which made the time fly...

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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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