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Sariska National Park hikes its Safari Rates

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We remembering sharing with you some exciting reasons to go on Ranthambore wildlife safari in summer, that’s good but you should also know that visiting one of the Tiger Reserves in Rajasthan- Sariska will be costlier now.

The tiger safari in Sariska Tiger Reserve has become costlier after the recent hike. Tourists will now have to shell out Rs 1,000 more for the Gypsy safari, starting this month i.e. May, 2017. The forest department has now increased the Gypsy safari fee from Rs 3,280 to Rs 4,280, a hike of rs 1,000, from May 1. The Sariska Park has been faring badly in the wildlife safari circuit since 2005 and this new hike may take it even more down the preferred list of tourists.As it is, the park is short on tigers when compared to the more illustrious Ranthambore reserve.

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With only 13 to 14 tigers compared to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve’s 60, sighting a big cat has become rare in Sariska, which is jokingly referred to as ‘buffalo sanctuary’. Instead of such price hikes, the government will have to draw up a comprehensive plan of action if it’s serious about reviving the park. The forest cover of Sariska reserve (1,100 sq km) is larger than Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, which spans over barely 392 sq km along with 60 tigers. Though Sariska lost all its tigers to poaching by 2005, it is now home to 14 big cats after relocation of tigers, distributed over a vast expanse of forest. To add to the woes, the forest department had copied the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve model and introduced three or four designated zones for tourists in Sariska.

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Ranthambore for Wildlife Safari in Summers!

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tiger.jpgSummer season is here again in its full bloom and the first thing that hits our mind about summers is the sweltering heat. Well, for the wildlife freaks there isn’t any better time to get into the lush forest of Ranthambore National Park. It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur.

Read to know the reasons why we are suggesting Summers as the best time  for Ranthambhore-

  1. One of the best place to see Feline Wonders- Yes, Ranthambhore Forest is one such place that has maximum tiger density when compared to any other tiger reserve of the country. The number of tigers increased to 60 in 2016. There are 10 zones in the national park and each zone has marked territories for several tigers. It is believed that zones 1 to 5 are the best places for spotting tigers. The remaining zones have lesser sightings for tigers.
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Tigress T-60 with her cub, Ranthambhore, June 16.

 

2. Chances of sightings not so rare-  As the deciduous forest is at its driest state, chances of sighting grows manifolds. Your eyes can wander through the wide dried jungle giving you far better chance to see the feline wonder even from a distance which is not the case in winters when the jungle is lush green. When the hot and blazing sun dries up all the water bodies in the forests, it becomes easier to see denizens of the wild who are forced to quench their thirst at these tiny oases left in this dry season of the year.

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Tigress T-17, May 2012

3. Varied Habitat- Apart from that the great Landscape of Ranthambore is a sight to behold in itself; it is evident that Ranthambore is the only place which has ravines, lakes, vast fields, small plateaus and valleys, hilltops, rugged land all at one place. Besides the presence of historical ravines, the great Ranthambore Fort within the National Park makes up for a terrific backdrop for photography.

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4. Glimpse near the water body– Birds and animals of the park appear panting and their usual movements become soporific as they spend most of their time in the shade of survived trees, which are left around perennial waterholes. This state of the deciduous forest in dry season creates a perfect condition for observing wildlife with the maximum chances of sightings because all the wildlife creatures will eventually pay a visit to have water; you just have to wait patiently around the water bodies.

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The most amazing thing is this formation of several water belts in Ranthambore National Park.  No matter how grilling the sun is, if you really wish to see the tigers then these are the spots you should drive to.

 

Another interesting advantage of visiting Ranthambore National Park in summer is the increasing alarm-calls or distress-calls emitted by langurs, when they see a predator. This helps in getting the direction as where to drive for tiger sighting. And without the benefit of covering grasses the tigers can be easily sighted, as the dry and sparse vegetation during summers is conducive for a clear glimpse into the heart of the jungle.

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Ruins of Ranthambhore

5. The Vintage Backdrop- Ranthambhore National Park carries with it decades of history. Witnessing the grandeur of majestic tiger against the glory of bygone era can not be experienced anywhere else as in its premises stands many archaeological remnant.

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So the next time if you are wondering what could be the best time to visit Ranthambore, don’t allow the prospect of soaring temperature to divert your plans. We bet it is summer with its equivalent heat for sure, which is the coolest time to visit Ranthambore National Park.

Ranthambore Festival- a melange of international- local music, art and wildlife at Nahargarh Palace in Rajasthan!

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The first long weekend of New Year calls for some exciting adventure or unforgettable holiday experience! Imagine if you could get it all in one package? Give a thought to this kind of weekend which is filled with the strains of folk music, majestic performances by music and dance luminaries, an open-air wildlife film festival on a giant screen, tiger safaris, and fantastic interactive talks on conservation success stories by wildlife conservationists, music workshops, yoga & meditation camps!!!  All this will be experienced in the stunning Nahargarh Palace amid Ranthambore Forest. January 27-29 2017. it’s  a long weekend  and now you know what to do.

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The Ranthambore Festival hosted by Alsisar Hotels-  Nahargarh Palace is a not-for-profit cultural showcase to bring together nature and music lovers, international and Indian musical luminaries, nature and wildlife conservationists, business thought leaders, and social influencers to consolidate and supercharge the music and nature conservation effort and influence a wide audience towards action. There’ll be much more than the music and talks..

Heritage Walk

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In collaboration with Pause and Effect, the Ranthambore Festival will conduct heritage walks to unveil the history and hidden treasures of the environs surrounding us.The walk, guided by locals, will start at Nahargarh Palace and culminate at UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ranthambore Fort will educating festival-goers about the legends & legacies of the region.

Wildlife Film Festival

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If the Jungle  safaris in Ranthambore National Park are too close for your comfort, you can visit the outdoor film festival to view the secret lives of animals through the lenses of wildlife filmmakers from around the country.

The Main Stage

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Nestled in the forests of Ranthambore lies Nahargarh, the magnificent royal palace of Alsisars, this is the venue for Ranthambore Festival. The beautiful halls, courtyards, terraces, avenues and the newly constructed Hathi Kund at Nahargarh will be completely transformed on the republic day weekend of 2017 as it plays host to a festival.

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Within the ramparts of Nahargarh Palace lies its crown jewel, Hanthikund, where the Ranthambore festival’s headlining performers will take the spotlight. Built in the style of traditional step-wells that date back to 200 AD, the BookASmile Hanthikund main stage promises an unforgettable cultural experience under the stars.

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Registrations are now Live on Bookmyshow ! Their residential and non residential all-access passes are now available at early bird prices, and you can book them here: https://goo.gl/9TPFcn
Since the Nahargarh Palace has limited rooms available, it is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment.

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There are several routes to Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore, and they’re all as convenient as they are scenic. Here’s some help choosing your best option to reach the festival.

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Wildlife Safari to begin this week in Desert National Park, Jaisalmer

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The Golden City of Jaisalmer is popular for the yellow stone buildings giving it a distinctive golden glow. It is a tourist hotspot for its shimmering sand dunes, Sonar Quila (Jaisalmer fort), Tanot Mata temple and traditional Rajasthani architecture. Now the tourism department of the city brings to you an added adventure- A wildlife safari will be introduced at Jaisalmer’s famed Desert National Park this week to allow tourists to enjoy diverse wildlife that exists amid the Thar Desert besides boosting economy.

About the Park

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The park is spread in an area of 3,000 sq km and formed of undulating sand dunes, jagged rocks, dense salt lake bottoms and inter-medial areas. Various species of animals such as black buck, chinkara, desert fox and cat, blue bull, desert gerbil, sand grouse and gecko, fringe-toed agama eagles inhabit the park.

Endangered Great Indian Bustard, one of the world’s heaviest flying birds, can also be seen in it. In winter, the park hosts an incredible variety of migratory raptors such Himalayan and Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Eastern Imperial Eagle and Saker Falcon. The safari at the park will add another feather to the Jaislamer trip’s cap.

About the Safari

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A 12-km trail has been identified and tourists will be accompanied by registered guides. The vehicles used for safari were registered with the forest department and no other vehicles would be allowed inside.

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If the initiative works then wildlife safari will also come in itinerary of tourist, which will extend their stay for a day. In addition to this, the move will provide livelihood to local residents as they are involved as guides and vehicles drivers.

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An Indian tourist will be charged `50 as entry fee and a foreigner `300 along with `1,000 as safari vehicle fare.

 

 

Jaipur getting ready to celebrate World Wildlife Week with children

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Guys, get ready as the month of October is going to need some energy from your side. With festivals, it is also bringing some really good events like the one for World Wildlife Week. This year, the Rajasthan State Forest Department and Jaipur Zoo are jointly organizing celebration of World Wildlife Week for children from October 1 to 7.

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There will be various activities taking place then like the walk for conservation, quiz competition, bird watching, bird identification, animal tribute programme, essay competition, declamation contest, collage making and on-spot painting competition on different days. Besides the contests and puppet shows, there will be image identification shows and short play at Ravindra Manch and Jaipur Zoo.

So, spread the word and let every child learn the importance of conservation of wildlife! 🙂

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A tribute to the legendary Tigress of Ranthambhore- Machali!

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Ranthambore amongst all its emerald greens had a treasure hidden in its lap. This was a famous tigress called Machali. She was called Machali because of the fish like formation near her left eye. She wasn’t just the queen of the Jungle but was also a queen of many hearts. But on 18th August, 2016, she breathed her last at the age of 20.

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Her graceful “cat” walk, loud roar, beautifully striped body and her perfect palm marks made a lot of people drool over her. On World Photography Day, Jaipur Beat pays tribute to the World’s most photographed tigress, Machali.

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This incredible creature was known by many names such as Queen of Ranthambore, Croc Slayer, and Lady of Lakes etc. She was beautiful and lived on her own terms. From visitors to photographers, she attracted everyone’s unflinching attention towards her. Lucky were those who were able to have a glance at her.

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And now she is gone leaving everything behind, her green abode, her family and her admirers. Ranthambore of today owes everything to her.. Everything. and all we are left to say is that:

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Machali you will be missed….always!!

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Now Monsoon Safari In Ranthambore National Park

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Now Monsoon Safari In Ranthambore National Park

Sariska Tiger Reserve started monsoon safari this year and now it’s the turn of Ranthambhore National Park. From August to September, you will be able to visit Zones 6 to 10 of the park famous for its Tiger population. This is definitely a good news for those who want to experience forests in rain.

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Ranthambhore is one of the favorite wildlife parks of wildlife enthusiasts all over the world. The dense forests and elusive animals always hold the charm. The regular safaris start from October and that’s a great time to spot tigers.

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If you want to visit Ranthambore in the season starting October, online bookings are open now. The bookings started today on 10th August. Better hurry and plan your next visit to the wilds!