Tiger spotting in Rajasthan

#1 Dec 21st, 2003, 13:24
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I've had reports back from Ranthambhore that tiger sightings are the best in years, I had 2 safari's there a couple of years ago and saw 4 tigers close up.

The best view was a tiger that stood in the middle of the road blocking our way, it stared at us from about 10 metres away, I then realised we were in an open jeep and this was a BIG cat, after it put the 'fear of god' in me, it casualy had a number 2 (It seemed like a good idea to me) then walked off into the trees.

Accessibility to Ranthambhore is easy too; Sawai Madhoppur train station is on the main Delhi - Mumbai rail route (about 5 - 6 hours from Delhi, or an overnight train from Mumbai).

There are direct trains to Jaipur (2.5 hours), Agra fort (2.5 hours), Jodhpur (8 hours), Ajmer (5 hours), Kota (1.5 hours), Bundi (2.5 hours), Chittaurgarh (5 - 6 hours), Mughal Sarai (for Varanasi)(11.5 hours), Bharatpur (2.5 hours) and soon Udaipur (about 9 hours).

Ranthambhore National Park is about 11 km from Sawai Madhoppur station; most of the accommodation is along the road connecting the Sawai Madhoppur with the park.

I stayed at the Ranthambhore Bagh and thought it was a great mid-range place.

One tip, the jeep safari's in the winter months can be chilly, buy a sweater in Sawai Madhoppur, the market is just across some wasteland to the west of the station, have a wonder around Sawai Madhoppur, they never see Farang and we never see 'ordinary' towns like this, a great experience for all.

Edit Note: -

The best train to/from Jaipur is train 2465/2466, this train is normally virtually empty between Sawai Madhoppur and Jaipur.

2465 - Sawai Madhoppur 14:45, Jaipur 17:05 (Jodhpur 22:45)
2466 - (Jodhpur 05:45), Jaipur 10:45, Sawai Madhoppur 13:10.

It has Air-con Chair class (CC)(Rs 244) and bookable second class seats (2S)(non air-con (Rs 72)

When I done this journey I booked and paid for CC, then spent the journey in second class. (I just donít like the tinted windows in CC)
Last edited by steven_ber; Dec 26th, 2003 at 15:31..
#2 Dec 21st, 2003, 19:51
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Chilly, and remember all the dust???? Jhoomar Baori is also a great place to stay.
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