Photologue : In search of Birds, Beasts and lost Art across Rajasthan

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#46 Feb 15th, 2018, 15:42
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Exceptional photography....
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#47 Feb 25th, 2018, 01:11
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Just noticed this thread. Awesome pictures & description.

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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post Just noticed this thread. Awesome pictures & description.

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Thanks aheli and Ronak for liking it
Now, the last leg to sariska remains and few pointers on the stay and transport, hope to complete it soon.
#49 Apr 1st, 2018, 10:15
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Sariska National park:
After Bharatpur , my next destination was Sariska National Park. The cheapest way to go to Sariska is to take the Govt. Bus to Alwar and then take another bus to jaipur which drops at the Sariska Booking reception. It takes about 4-5 hrs to go by the bus route. My stay in sariska was booked at the Govt run Tiger's Den Hotel , the location of the hotel was superb right next to the safari entrance.

I had booked 2 safaris , through the official site :

https://sso.rajasthan.gov.in/dashboard

The habitat was great , sariska has came out of its tigerless status after a few dozen tigers were shifted from Ranthambore. Also there are abundant prey animals- spotted dear, langurs etc. The park also has large no of leopards. But few things to remember when planning a sariska trip, pvt cars are allowed to go inside the park on Tuesday & Saturday to visit a temple, these causes lot of chaos and dust. Also avoid the park on holidays and sundays, due to proximity of the park to NCR , it gets lot of visitors during those period, these might scare away the wild animals.
Unfortunately, my visit coincided with the New year eve and it was saturday and the next safari was on sunday . I didn't see big cats even after lot of alarm calls are waiting patiently. Overall, it was a good experience, go to Sariska without any big expectation, you might enjoy more.

Painted stork :
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Wolly necked stork:
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Langur:
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Don't confuse it with an island, crocodile :
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Tips and suggestions :


TAL CHAPPAR :

How to reach :
From Delhi ( Sarai Rohilla) there are direct trains for Tal chappar ( Train no 22421). Alternatively, one can also reach Ratangarh or Sujangarh and then drive to Tal Chappar.

Stay options:
There are limited options to stay :
Talchappar FRH : Bang at the entrance of the Forest ( 01568- 242351).

Mahendra : He runs a homestay , contact 9413724688.

Manu Homestay : This is where I stayed, superb hospitality, clean , modern accommodation, great rajasthani food, highly recommended. This place is run by Atul ( 8826907085) . Also far economical then all the other options. They are also coming with a new GH close to the gate , so check out with Atul before leaving.

For safari , you can contact Atul , Mahendra or directly call Raju ( 70736443631). They have half day and full day charges separately.

Shekawati :
Stayed in Hotel Shekhawati , in Mandwa . Clean, budget stay with tasty food.
https://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Rev...Rajasthan.html


For siteseeing in Shekhawati and then Jorbeer, Bikaner booked taxi for 2 days from Atul ( taxi rate 9/km + driver night stay charges+Toll and parking charges).

Bharatpur :

Took night train 22308 from Bikaner to reach Bharatpur early morning.
Stayed at Hotel Royal Guest House , located close to the park , about 15 mins of walk. The stay was clean and comfortable, except the food was expensive, so had food at outside restaurants.There are lot of them around the saras circle.
http://www.royalguesthousebharatpur.com/

For the park booked 1 cycle rickshaw guide Devender - 94688 87199. He has good knowledge of birds and habitat, only glich is he gets little over excited with photography and starts giving you instructions .
While inside the park , make it point to pack your lunch if you are there for the whole day, there are not many options inside.

Sariska :
State transport bus to reach Alwar and then another one to reach Sariska ( Bus towards jaipur) passes close to the park and return was again by bus to Alwar and then an auto to reach Railway station. This is far economical then hiring a taxi.

Booked safari through https://sso.rajasthan.gov.in/signin
You can book full gypsy or canter or individual seats. This website can be used for booking safari in other parks in Rajasthan.
one popular guide Ajay (9784173355) , was recommend to me , i didnt use his service though, i had already booked shared gypsy.

My stay was in Rajathan Tourism Hotel Tiger Den.The location and food was superb . The service and cleanliness needed some more care but the new year rush and lack of staff added to their woes.

https://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Rev...Rajasthan.html

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My Bad.....I missed this absolutely outstanding thread till now...
Awestruck images....simply spellbound...
Never knew tamron 150-600 is so sharp...
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Awestruck images....simply spellbound...
Never knew tamron 150-600 is so sharp...
Thanks a lot .
This is the sharpest one that i could afford
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Originally Posted by sindabad View Post Thanks a lot .
This is the sharpest one that i could afford
is this the latest tamron G2 or the earlier version?

You have sold me for tamron . such lovely pictures you have captured.

one more thing, which picture profile do you use for shooting pics? standard, neutral, faithful, portrait or any other?

did you do any colour correction in photoshop/lightroom?
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Originally Posted by touring_manali View Post is this the latest tamron G2 or the earlier version?

You have sold me for tamron . such lovely pictures you have captured.

one more thing, which picture profile do you use for shooting pics? standard, neutral, faithful, portrait or any other?

did you do any colour correction in photoshop/lightroom?
This is the G1 version, i am using it for last 2 years and it has served me alright. if you could afford the expensive tele primes then nothing like it, else this is a decent lens.
i normally keep it neutral , raw and post process in photoshop camera raw. hope it helps
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