Ranthambore Travelog 5: A Tiger’s Tale

It’s 6:30am and we are ready and waiting for our second safari, this time in Zone 2. As we get into the Cantor, Madhu Bhabhiji says emphatically, “We will see a tiger today!”  Just a few minutes into the safari, after we enter the park through the Jogi Mahal Gate, the guide announces that he…

Ranthambore Travelog 4: The First Safari

Every year nearly 80,000 people from all over the world visit the Ranthambore National Park to try and sight the Panthera tigris tigris — the Indian or the Bengal Tiger — in its natural habitat. There are 61 tigers (2014 census) in the park, in 10 designated zones. The chances of seeing a tiger: one…

Ranthambore Travelog 3: The Fort

Situated within the Ranthambore National Park, the Ranthambore Fort is one of the six forts in Rajasthan designated as a World Heritage Site. It was built by Maharaja Jayanta in 5th C AD and said to have been named after the two adjoining hills — Rann and Thambhore. The fort is surrounded by massive stone…

Ranthambore Travelog 2: An Oasis of Serenity

The Jungle View Resort is the perfect place to stay in Ranthambore. Just 10 minutes from the main gate of the Ranthambore National Park, off the main road, reached by a rough track, the property is surrounded by tall trees – we really feel we are in the middle of the jungle! The tents, built…

Ranthambore Travelog 1: On The Jaipur Superfast Express

Our journey to Ranthambore begins at the Jaipur Railway Station, the largest of the city’s seven stations. 88 broad gauge and 22 meter gauge trains with 35,000 passengers travel through its portals every day! We board the 12955/56 Jaipur Superfast Express and settle in our four-berth 2nd class AC coach for the 2-hour trip. Eating the sandwiches…