Ranthambore

#1 Mar 24th, 2016, 21:42
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Prelude of the trip :
Things got an unexpected turn for the worse when an urgent audit in my office resulted in cancellation of my week long goa plans. Angry and frustrated , I hit my boss with a choke slam on the office floor and then he fired me .That is how I became jobless.
Well, neither I was acting in a sequel of the "Fight Club" nor I was Brad Pitt by any wild imagination , so I just calmed my nerves and like a sly fox kept looking for the next opportunity. Luckily for me the opportunity came sooner than I expected. Holi was round the corner and 2 days leave gave me 5 days window of opportunity. My boss, already down with guilt granted me the 2 days extra off and I was back to the drawing board. I went through my Bucket list and zeroed in on Ranthambore National Park. I scrambled through Indiamike and Tripadvisor and finalized the travel plan and stay options. This time the trip went unhindered. Infact, it was the most amazing trip I ever had.

Safari Booking and Other Tips :
I got all the information from this excellent Triplog:

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...-park-t167535/

I had to book the safari online as I was not sure of the current booking. This is the link :
http://www.rajasthanwildlife.rajasth...in/bookTrip.do

It is possible to select route and mode now a days ( Gypsy or canter)but the booking starts 90 days in advance , so it is very difficult to get instant booking in preferred zones. I got canter booking for Routes 1,2,5,6. The core zones of the park are 1-5 and 6-10 are the Buffer zones. The big lakes of park are in Zone 3-4 which is the most sought after zone during safari. But nobody can guarantee Tiger sighting and I later found out all the zones have equal chances of Tiger sighting. The forest department have put a restriction on the number of vehicles entering the park from last month and zone 3-4 can be accessed by Canter only on Saturday/ Sundays now. Also , if anyone is relying on current booking, it will be wiser to do it oneself rather than relying on hotel staff or travel agents, preference are first given to self booking over agents.

Back to the Log:

We reached Ranthambore Sunday afternoon . After a quick check-in and lunch , we went off to the Fort. The fort is centered inside the park and after a flight of stairs , serves a good vantage point for a panoramic view of the park. Atop the fort, the big lake of zone 3 is visible and it is easy to sight the many herbivores grazing the lakeside. The fort is in ruins but with 1000 years of history strewn in its walls is a treat for History buffs. Urban decay is a subject of my liking , so I really loved the Palace.

A Peacock walks the walls of Ranthambore Fort:

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Ancient stairs to the Glorious Past:

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What Intrigues thee!!

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Panaromic view of the Lake:

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Sleeping on the Branch:

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Colors of Rajasthan :

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#2 Mar 24th, 2016, 21:57
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Sindbad,

Lovely images...subscribed..
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Reposting 2 photos in a slightly bigger size



The fort :




Safari Details :

Our first safari was in Zone 1 . The morning safari starts at 6:30 and continues till 10:00 am. I am in love with the early morning atmosphere inside jungle . The sun kissed dew drops on the grasses , the sound and aroma of the forest is rejuvenating. We had sighting of large herds of spotted deer, sambhar, Nilgai , wild boar, many birds , crocodile. We were tracking the langur alarm calls for tiger sighting but the guide informed us that the tiger crossed over to the zone 6. We were excited as our evening safari was in Zone 6. This zone is on the other side , close to the old city . The landscape here was more barren compared to the core zone . We had a similar sighting of herbivores. In addition we also sighted Chinkara deer. There have been sighting of a tigress with 2 cubs in the morning safari and our guide drove us to the point where there were pug marks . We patiently waited in complete silence for almost half an hour without any result. We also hoped to see another male tiger T34 in this zone , who was injured and hence effected his mobility . We were about to move to a new location , when another Gypsy informed us of a leopard sighting close by . We drove as fast as we could with heavy heart beats. But the leopard eluded us. Dejected ,we were leaving the park but close to the park gate we had our first sighting of a male tiger perched above the hill. As it located far above , it was not photoworthy but nonetheless the first sighting sent excitement waves among the group.

Unlikely alliance : Langur and Herd of Deer , Beautiful Ranthambore

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One for the camera :



Oh ! Little fawn



Crossing the Road : Male spotted deer



Where is the tiger ?:



After the Mud Bath:



One enjoying the mud bath :



Big Male sambhar deer :



All eyes :



Nil gai ( Blue Bull) family :



Female photogenic Nilgai




All the horny male spotted deer
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The beautiful Peacocks are everywhere:






The group of Peahen close to the water hole:


Almost hidden :


Sitting on the safari canter :


Reflections:




The croc boss:



Doting langur mother :



Ramesh , Suresh of the monkey world ( Popular Indian Ad )


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Our Day 2 safari was in zone 2 . As per me it was one of the best routes of the park . We were upbeat after our first Tiger sighting and hoping for another sighting. I , obviously was hoping for a sighting which would give me better photographic opportunity. We were enjoying the forest when we saw a mongoose, the guide told us that it is a lucky charm for him and if he sees a pair of mongoose he would guarantee 99% chance of tiger sighting. Soon we sighted another one and kept our fingers crossed . But as the time passed, hope gave away to despair . We forgot the tiger and started tracking bear footprints. Just then a Gypsy driver came our way and told us leave the bear , a tigress has been spotted few minutes back close to a water hole . The driver drove at breakneck speed while we held on for dear life. But when we reached the spot , the tigress has already left . There was another Gypsy and canter waiting. We moved ahead to track her exit path but 10-12 mins passed and nothing happened. Then we started hearing cat calls from behind , the driver rushed back to the water hole. As we approached the spot , I saw glimpses of yellow and black stripes . Soon we reached a suitable spot , it became clearer , it was tigress resting behind the bush of a water hole . It was accompanied by two cubs . The tigress was relaxing and the cubs fooling around. It was a magnificent sight , as it was very rare to have a tigress with cubs so close. The tigress was T60








Eye of the Tiger , Hypnotizing



OMG! The stare can run shiver down one's spine :
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On my evening safari in Zone 5 , instinct made me very confident of a tiger sighting. This was last safari , what would be better than to end it on a high note. Just then a mongoose passed us , I told the guide of the luck charm story. He told me he had a tiger sighting during morning safari around a water hole and driving us to that point. As we approached , we heard a commotion and knew there was something. Voila , it was the same tiger resting in the water pool . After lying there for 10-15 mins , it rose up and started crouching for a hunt . We thought we would witness a hunt . But the herd of sambhars probably got the scent and ran away to safety. The tiger gave up the hunt and slowly walked away from us. The guide informed us it was a young male , unnamed who still have no territory and would probably make one within the monsoon. Here are the pictures:
Tiger ! Tiger ! Burning Bright













Thats all folks . Hope the Tigers rule Ranthambore for generations. It has been a long day for me . This is how I am going to relax this weekend . Happy Holi !!
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Wow...very nice! Made me jealous this morning that's for sure.

Thanks for linking to the other thread.
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Originally Posted by ermil View Post Wow...very nice! Made me jealous this morning that's for sure.

Thanks for linking to the other thread.
Thanks ermil
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Outstanding photologue. Had fun reading. Liked the last (langur) shot the most actually. What gear did you use for photos?
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Outstanding photologue. Had fun reading. Liked the last (langur) shot the most actually. What gear did you use for photos?
Thanks Vaibhav for liking the post .
I hate travelling with lot of lenses . Earlier I had the 2 canon kit lenses ( 18-55 IS , 55-250 IS) but now i migrated to the super zoom sigma lens 18-250 OS and canon 10-18 mm wide angle.
There has been some loss of sharpness with the sigma but overall it is satisfying and serves me alright
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Excellent images once again..
I have also heard of sharpness deterioration of the sigma 18-250 when used in full zoom...
I also use the canon 10-18 UWA...I find some out of focus areas around the corners when used at 10mm..
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Originally Posted by life1style1 View Post Excellent images once again..
I have also heard of sharpness deterioration of the sigma 18-250 when used in full zoom...
I also use the canon 10-18 UWA...I find some out of focus areas around the corners when used at 10mm..
I bought the sigma because of difficulty in changing lenses in between and now i can pack light while traveling. The hunting of sigma AF is also more , difficult to shoot in low contrast .In comparison , Canon 55-250 IS was a good value for money lens for beginners like me.
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Enjoyed reading and great photographs. That langur shot in the end is priceless.
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Originally Posted by Earthian View Post Enjoyed reading and great photographs. That langur shot in the end is priceless.
Thanks ..it means a lot

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