Posted by: travelrat | December 13, 2018


Ranthambore 1

Ranthambore has, for a long time, been about those magnificent big cats, Bengal tigers. Since 1980, it’s been a National Park, where, according to a census in 2014, 62 of them still ranged. Some measure of protection for the tigers has been in place since 1955; however, before this, it was the hunting preserve of the Maharajahs of Jaipur; indeed, the ruins of shooting butts and blinds can still be seen.

I did wonder if, in the event we saw any, photographs of the tigers would be regarded as ‘taken in the wild’ and I was assured they would.

‘We never feed them’ said a ranger ‘They’re free to range as they please, and there are plenty of deer and other animals for them to feed on’

Certainly, the area of 392 square kilometres (150 square miles) is enough to sustain them. It’s a tract of rolling grassland, interspersed with wooded gulleys, and it’s extensive enough for the tigers to hide in if they don’t want to be seen. They certainly aren’t going to come out and pose for you.

As well as the tigers and the deer, the park is home to much wildlife. We saw many colourful birds, including peafowl, spotted deer, a black buck or nilgai and several monkeys. Also listed within the park are nearly 50 other species of wildlife, including sloth bears and marsh crocodiles. And cobras! I really don’t want to see one of those guys in the wild, though!

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