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Great Post Kartik!!! No issues loading the pics

Could you add some details like...
1) When did you go to Ranthambore (i'm guessing Feb) ?
2) The place you stayed and its contact info
3) How much does safari/stay cost?

Do you know which season is the best to go there or does it not matter? I want to goto Ranthambore, but can have only Day-1 2PM to Day-4 9AM in the sanctuary. You think that is enough?
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Good report Kartikp. It remember me my travels at Ranthambore and I hope to see tigress with cubs there in 3 weeks.
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Originally Posted by bond007 View Post Great Post Kartik!!! No issues loading the pics

Could you add some details like...
1) When did you go to Ranthambore (i'm guessing Feb) ?
2) The place you stayed and its contact info
3) How much does safari/stay cost?

Do you know which season is the best to go there or does it not matter? I want to goto Ranthambore, but can have only Day-1 2PM to Day-4 9AM in the sanctuary. You think that is enough?
I can answer question 2: The Ranthambhore Bagh (www.ranthambhore.com) with Aditya and Poonam.

Question 3: safaris are bookable direct using Rajasthan Wildlife's site and cost Rs647 for a foreigner for a morning or an afternoon safari. Full day (i.e. two safaris) cost Rs1293 per person.
Booking them via your hotel will cost you more. But in this case he got the services of one of Ranthambhore's best local photographers Aditya Singh, and that's probably worth any extra money you'll have to pay. Just look at Aditya's photos, they're stunning.
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Beautiful post, and pics! I'd like to promote this to the articles section, but could you post the pics in the Photos section, please? It will make it much easier to reference them in the article if you do that.

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I hereby nominate this for the 'Report of the month'.

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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan View Post I hereby nominate this for the 'Report of the month'.

And second the nomination, too
We don't really have that designation, but with two nominations in 10 seconds, we might have to create it.
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Thanks capt_mahajan, this is the first time someone considered it report of the month and seconded the notion

Nadreg, I will post the pictures in photos section, but that can only be done tomorrow (Friday is a holiday for me). As Aishah had suggested I will reduce the size of the pics as well as remove some similar pics. I shall send you a PM once it is done. :-)

bond007:
1. I was in Ranthambhore in Dec 08.
2. The place I stayed in was Ranthambhore Bagh. www.ranthambhore.com is their site. You can contact Poonam or Aditya and they will give you all the information.
3. I booked my Safaris from Ranthambhore Bagh. It did cost me a little extra from the standard rate, but it was worth every extra penny. Also I had booked 2 full jeeps i.e. 12 seats, so we had enough flexibility in terms of room in the jeep, routes and we all could stop wherever we wanted for as long as we wanted.


As far as best season is concerned, I would say April/May will be the best bet. While December was great for me some others were not so lucky.

April/may - Dry and hot season hence the water kind of dries up as well as the bush cover recedes. So you have greater chance of spotting tigers around water holes (if you are after the big cat).

Nov/Dec/Jan - Monsoon is over and water may still be around and bush cover starts receding. That means you have lesser chance when compared to April/May but still very good chances.

You are taking 6 Safaris in the park. This should be good and you will be able to see most of the park and enjoy its various animals. Just make sure you enjoy everything and not running after tigers. Tigers will come but why miss the little wonders the park has to offer.

If you are staying with Aditya, take his advice. It helped me with my trip, it will help you as well. :-)

didindia: You will have fun I am sure. If you come across tiny cubs... let us know... and take loads of pics :-)

Cheers,
Kartik
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Mod Note

Hi Kartikp. Have removed the image tags to the photos and left the urls (beautiful photos but massive in size). Typically - thumbnail size for posts would be better (and as advised - full size photos can be uploaded to the gallery). Thanks
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Thanks to BB for doing this job, I just haven't looked this thread since yesterday because it took me too long to open it! I'm looking forward to that article once it's been promoted there, and yes, the pics in the photo gallery too.
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Thanks Brownboy. Is there a way of uploading more than 1 pic at a time in the gallery? if there is one it will make uploading easy.
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oooo....good question. Will find out....
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anyone any info on road conditions to ranthambore from delhi
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Train from Delhi to Ranthambore

Heads up if you take the train to Sawai Modapur (about 10-15 km from the park). First, it leaves from Nizamudin station in Delhi. Second, all the electronic signs at Nizamudin are broken. There are no signs telling you what train is what, and the announcements are barely audible. Just give yourself a few extra minutes to figure out your bearings. It's not as big as the main Delhi station, so you won't have too much trouble.
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Originally Posted by bond007 View Post Great Post Kartik!!! No issues loading the pics

Could you add some details like...
1) When did you go to Ranthambore (i'm guessing Feb) ?
2) The place you stayed and its contact info
3) How much does safari/stay cost?

Do you know which season is the best to go there or does it not matter? I want to goto Ranthambore, but can have only Day-1 2PM to Day-4 9AM in the sanctuary. You think that is enough?
I was there last week, and we met only one tourist out of dozens who actually saw a tiger. BUT.... there is plenty of other wildlife to see, so it's not a big deal.

The jeep safaris cost rs603 for 3 hours. It's weird, but apparently 75% of the safaris are reserved in advance; you have to queue for the remaining spots. Get there a bit early! (early = 5:30 am for morning and about 2pm for afternoon). For the morning queue, bring a torch. For the afternoon queue, bring water! You'll also need to sign a waiver and submit a copy of your passport. It also seems you need to make sure you fill up the jeep (6 people). If your group is smaller, then you will have to find others stragglers or pay for the empty seats (they charge foreigner prices for the empty seats, not Indian prices).

Don't be fooled by people (even your own hotel) if they tell you the "jeeps are full, only canter is available". Yes, the reserved jeeps might be full, but there is an allotment for first come, first served. You only need to get in line.

There are 5-6 different sections of the park, and the section you get to see depends on where you are in line. First in line gets section 1, then 2, then 3 etc. BUT, most people don't like 1, so they avoid being first in line. It's a pain jostling around in a crowded India-style line, but it might be worth it. Section 3 is the most picturesque.

Last thing... it's getting towards the end of the season because of the heat. There are less tourists, and ironically, a slightly better chance of seeing tigers. Bargain hard with your hotels.
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Thumbs up Ranthanbore...

A-M-A-ZING pictures and very goof writeup as well.
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