Ranthambore

#1 Oct 13th, 2016, 02:19
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I'm trying to book a safari in Ranthambore National Park for November, but all spots in morning and evening gypsy cars are full when booking through the Government of Rajasthan's (new?) Forest Department site.

Our hotel says they can book tickets for us, but they won't know which zone until the morning of our safari. It seems like a waste of time and money to go all the way to Ranthambore to end up visiting a zone where the chance of spotting tigers will be very small.

Does anyone know how I can book a safari in zone 2-5 in a gypsy?
#2 Oct 13th, 2016, 05:46
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On the day of safari, one can approach the booking counter early morning and mostly get a canter ride in desired zone ( if you are ahead in queue) albeit gypsy booking to premium zones is almost impossible and perhaps with very high luck. You may still get gypsy for zones you are not interested in and that is what the hotel folks would arrange for you unless there is another connection they might have..
#3 Oct 13th, 2016, 09:58
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You can opt for a canter safari , the chances of tiger sighting is same except that it had more people. Agreed , there are a few advantages of jeep over canter , but in my last safari in march this year , we had good sightings , you can read my TR .
#4 Oct 14th, 2016, 08:39
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I have been to Ranthambhore many a time sand found that tigers aside, the forests are to be enjoyed for themselves. They are gorgeous and there is so much beyond tigers. In fact the way tigers are mobbed, I don't like seeing them anymore.

Of late, I prefer jeep safaris into the 'unfashionable' zones, which have less tourists and hence less dust, noise, screaming children and grown men eating wafers. In these zones I have sighted, rather comfortably, leopards, tigers, sloth bears, jungle cats, porcupines and various birds. Of course it all depends on luck.

Tigers don't care a damn about tourism zones.
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#5 Oct 19th, 2016, 01:00
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Ranthambhore is probably the most corrupt park in the country. For the right price you can get what you want. For the proper price, you will get nothing unless you are really persistent, quick or lucky. Best of luck.
#6 Nov 2nd, 2016, 19:33
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Go and visit and with few safari and suck you may get Zone 3 also and little more luck you can get sightings also. Don't think just visit. Seeing a tiger is nice but there more in the jungle.
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#7 Nov 2nd, 2016, 20:38
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Some permits are sold for every zone on the day itself. Hence if your hotel has connections and or is diligent and stands in line early, chances are that you would get a safari for1-4 zones.
Secondly, the hotel management understand that a satisfied client means more business for them in this competitive world and hence chances are that there would be a sincere effort.
Thirdly, tiger sighting is a matter of chance. Yes, the chances are better during the hot season and in certain zones. Conversely, we saw 2 tigers on the road to the Park! There was a kill and they were there for more than 4 hours. Probably more, but we did not stick around.
Lastly, the forest in itself is a beautiful place and there is so much that one can enjoy. Enjoy the environment and if you see a tiger, say Howdy and carry on.
#8 Nov 3rd, 2016, 14:50
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I am not an expert but during my last 3 trips to RTR i had a nice experience. Particularly the opening day of 2016 October was awesome as the park was green (blog) Beyond the tigers there are the wildlife which can be beautiful and nice for photography (blog)
#9 Nov 13th, 2016, 02:19
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Can someone please advise regarding the taxi cost for picking up from Jaipur airport and droping at Ranthambore National Park. Any contacts will also be really helpful.

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