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“Beautiful Reserve. We sighted a mighty tigress!”

Ranthambore National Park
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Owner description: This wildlife sanctuary is famous for its population of tigers, a 1000-year-old fort and a rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Reviewed 21 April 2012

the Natural Reserve is pretty big and divided into 6 zones across the mountains. Spotting a tiger in the 3 hour long safari is no easy job eaither, it take s lot of patience.

On our first safari trip we had been to Zone 3. I must say Zone 3 is the most beautiful of the zones. Whether there's a tiger in the zone or not, its still worth the ride. Since its got quite a few lakes, u will spot a lot of spotted deers, sambhar, monkeys, chimps, peacocks, crocodiles, various species of birds, wild boars, and if ur lucky u will spot tigress Machli's daughter strolling in the zone. The animals are not at all agressive and the birds are pretty friendly, although feeding them is an offence.

The Forrest Officials sequencially keep alootting zones to the vehicles, so u bnever know which zone u may get alotted. Although while we were there there were constant spottings in Zone 4 and 5.The drivers and guides of the safari canters and gypsies usually know in which zone the tiger is being spotted, so if u can manage to make good friends with them u can push to change ur next safari trip to the zone u like. And it will cost u hardly anything to get them to make the switch for u thats how nice the people are. we got ourselves moved to a Zone 5 vehicle by pulling a few strings and even though the zone 5 may look a lot more dry and creepy at the start but we did manage to spot a tigress sitting on a rock. It was a majestic sight. But 2 minutes down the line came another vehicle with a lot of kids making a lot of noise that drove her away. This tigress was the usual resident of the zone 3 who had travelled away from her usual abode. The guide then informed us that she maybe pregnant, which makes her seek solitude.

As a whole it was a wonderful experience to see a non-caged tigress just 20 meters away. If if they tell u its a matter of luck to spot a tiger, u know how to change ur fortune now ;)

Thank Chandra_Sen
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

the Natural Reserve is pretty big and divided into 6 zones across the mountains. Spotting a tiger in the 3 hour long safari is no easy job eaither, it take s lot of patience.

On our first safari trip we had been to Zone 3. I must say Zone 3 is the most beautiful of the zones. Whether there's a tiger in the zone or not, its still worth the ride. Since its got quite a few lakes, u will spot a lot of spotted deers, sambhar, monkeys, chimps, peacocks, crocodiles, various species of birds, wild boars, and if ur lucky u will spot tigress Machli's daughter strolling in the zone. The animals are not at all agressive and the birds are pretty friendly, although feeding them is an offence.

The Forrest Officials sequencially keep alootting zones to the vehicles, so u bnever know which zone u may get alotted. Although while we were there there were constant spottings in Zone 4 and 5.The drivers and guides of the safari canters and gypsies usually know in which zone the tiger is being spotted, so if u can manage to make good friends with them u can push to change ur next safari trip to the zone u like. And it will cost u hardly anything to get them to make the switch for u thats how nice the people are. we got ourselves moved to a Zone 5 vehicle by pulling a few strings and even though the zone 5 may look a lot more dry and creepy at the start but we did manage to spot a tigress sitting on a rock. It was a majestic sight. But 2 minutes down the line came another vehicle with a lot of kids making a lot of noise that drove her away. This tigress was the usual resident of the zone 3 who had travelled away from her usual abode. The guide then informed us that she maybe pregnant, which makes her seek solitude.

As a whole it was a wonderful experience to see a non-caged tigress just 20 meters away. If if they tell u its a matter of luck to spot a tiger, u know how to change ur fortune now ;)

Thank Chandra_Sen
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

There are a number of routes in the park and you can only drive the one that is assigned to you. The official line is that routes are assigned on a random basis and that the probability of seeing tigers is the same in all. This is, however, a load of tripe. When we were there (April 12) we had been told that the good routes were 2, 3 and 4 and that if you had the bad luck of getting 1, 5, 6 or 7 you would see as many tigers as polar bears. At first we bought the official line and got route 5 where, of course, we saw nothing. Having however talked to people who had been on routes 2, 3 and 4 all the time we made an almighty fuss and hey presto, we got routes 2, 3 and 4 from then on and got to see lots of tigers. So the moral is: find out in advance where the tigers are (e.g. look at photographers' websites) and tell your travel agent or hotel or whoever is organising this for you that you will not put up with a bad route. Don't believe a word of the official line, make a big fuss and you will be rewarded with lots of sightings. Alternatively, take anything they dish you and you will be treated like a punter and given the rubbish routes.

Thank JamesXXI
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

I went for 3 safaris in 2 days just to catch a glimpse of the elusive tiger.Missed that. However have a few tips :
- Canters are very painful especially on last seats
- Each guide has his own forte , so dont push him
- Loads of patience and quiet required so as not to disturb the natural scenery. No point in shouting 'Look' because with that single word the animal or bird will be gone.
- No kids please becasue it is difficult to gag them for 3-4 hours and its uncomfortable

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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Didn't see tigers, but that's not why it was a waste of time. On a canter trip you are jam packed in a bus with other travelers, stopping for every deer in sight, in a convoy of 10 other canters. They on a 3 hours safari you stop for a half hour while the guide hangs out with his buddies.
A jeep might be a little better, but in the end, it's not a wildlife safari, but a poorly organized money grab.

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