If you have ever been part of a discussion with family and friends about seeing a wild tiger here in India, it is almost certain that one name would have been mentioned. Ranthambhore. And thanks to the work of conservation stalwarts such as the late Fateh Singh Rathore and a mix of dedicated individuals and organizations who have built on the good work, it is one of the finest places to experience the majesty of a wild tiger, the backdrop of Jogi Mahal, Rajbagh and other heritage structures providing an aura of royalty to these enigmatic animals, often difficult to see, but here in Ranthambhore, perhaps a bit more generous in revealing their presence to visitors eager to have a sight of the park’s many famed striped inhabitants.
The tigers of Ranthambhore are the stuff of legend. Starting all the way from the 1980s, Genghis, a bold male who would charge straight into the famous lakes of Ranthambhore bringing down his prey in the water and facing off against the resident crocodiles, to Noon who created waves of fans in the park’s tourism zones as she boldly strode in front of visitors as few tigers were known to at the time to of course, Machhli, arguably the oldest living tigress to have survived in the wild, and the subject of many a documentary which have been shot in Ranthambhore. Even in the present generation, don’t be surprised by regular visitors to Ranthambhore casually talk about their experiences with Krishna, Arrowhead, Ladli and yes, Fateh as well. Indeed, few reserves command such a devoted following of their resident tigers.
Day 1 (May 11):
Arrival at your transit point (Sawai Madhopur/Jaipur) (we recommend arriving in the morning so you don’t miss your evening safari) and transfer to your hotel at Ranthambhore. On arrival, check-in, freshen up and rest before taking lunch during which we will give you a short orientation to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Return to the room to get ready for our first safari today evening, along with advice on preparations for the safari. Our skippers will be on hand to assist you with preparations and any queries as regards photography & natural history. Return to the hotel, we relive the experiences from our first safari over tea. We get together for dinner before retiring early in the night to get enough rest for our safari the next morning.
Day 2 (May 12):
We rise just before dawn to get ready for our first morning safari in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. A short session with tea and light snacks, where our skippers will help you with any last-minute preparations before we depart for the safari, carrying along a packed breakfast. Return to the hotel post safari for lunch and some rest. We shall then depart for the evening safari. Our evening’s schedule remains the same as day one, and we shall also try and introduce you to some of the conservation stories of Ranthambhore.
Day 3 (May 13):
Same as Day 2
Day 4 (May 14):
After a busy few days of safaris, today morning is for rest and recuperation before we get back to our daily lives. You may also choose to go for an early morning nature trail where we shall acquaint you with some of the wildlife in the property grounds, before you’re all packed.