Ranthambore National Park 

Ranthambore National Park 

Another national park visited! We love our national parks at home (USA) and we enjoy seeing other countries’ national parks as well. This park started as hunting grounds for the Maharaja of Rajasthan but now it is a major wildlife tourist destination. It covers 392 sq km and has a 10th century Fort on top one of its hills. The fort isn’t open for visit but overlooks the park as a reminder of its royal history.

The entrance, in the words of one of our fellow travelers, looked like that to Jurassic Park.


We took two keep safaris into the park both were about 3.5 to 4 hours long.  The main attraction is the tigers, but the park is home to cheetahs, leopards and other large cats. The animals are free to roam around the park. They are not contained or cared for in any way.  The jeeps on the safari are told a certain zone to go to for their tour and are not allowed to leave their zone, so seeing tigers is a game of luck.  It turns out it was a good thing Chris and I were not in Vegas as we had bad luck and did not see a single tiger or other large cat. This was a close as we came:


We were disappointed but we still saw many other smaller animals. We also enjoyed the open-air jeep safari despite it being very bumpy.  We were lucky enough to spot: Sambar Deer, Chital, Langur Monkey, Marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Owls, Golden Orioles, Kingfishers, Woodpecker, Parakeet, Asian Palm Swifts, Herons, and Storks. We were not fast enough to get photos of all the animals but some of the best photos are below.


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