Glimpse tigers in India
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Glimpse India's tigers in Ranthambore National Park
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Dense jungle, deep valleys, green grassland and craggy cliffs converge in Ranthambore National Park – one of the biggest and most renowned parks in northern India. It’s also home to the Ranthambore tiger reserve – and the Royal Bengal – and remains one of the best places in India to see the slinking, silent, amber-striped mammals in the wild.
But there’s not just tigers in Ranthambore: you’ll also see sloth bears, spotted deer, leopards, striped hyenas and crocodile-filled lakes amid the diverse ecosystem. Historic landmarks are also etched into the landscape, with ruins of an ancient 10th-century fort rising on a hilltop above the reserve, as well as temples serving as evocative remnants amid the natural spectacle.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
You’ll be picked up at dawn in an open-top jeep for the 15-minute drive to Ranthambore National Park and tiger reserve. On the morning safari, you might see tigers prowling in the long grass or lazily ambling along the dusty tracks. You’ll also be have the chance to spot some of the 300 species of birds endemic to the park which are most active in the mornings.
During the afternoon safari, you might catch the tigers in their more active state, getting ready for the nightly hunt ahead. With the park split into 10 different safari zones, the rangers will take you to different locations, giving you a greater chance of see this majestic animals in their natural habitat.
WHAT OUR COMMUNITY SAYS
“An area that was once the hunting ground of Royal Bengal tigers is now a rare, protected patch of wilderness that safeguards their survival in India,” says writer Laura Holt. “Over the years it’s been visited by royals and the Rolling Stones. But the park’s resident big cats are still the main celebrity sighting.”
“When I visited, I managed to spot eight of them,” she continues. “It was a rare stroke of luck and, as with all wildlife experiences, I felt glad to be surrounded by such a beautiful landscape. Ranthambore itself is beguiling, with flame-red dhok trees dotted against the honeycombed Aravalli Hills, sari-swathed women placing incense offerings outside temples, and mischievous macaques marking your camp-bound passage at the end of each day.”
HOW TO BOOK IT
This Ranthambore tiger safari experience is bookable as part of Flash Pack’s North India: Taj, Tigers and Palatial Beauty adventure which also includes seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise, cycling through Jaipur, a camel safari in the Thar Desert, a Bollywood dance workshop and a Hindu blessing.
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