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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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RNP owl

 

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.

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One day escape route to Bhangarh!

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There is no dearth of amazing off beat destinations in Rajasthan. From the historical sights to cultural landscapes, from Thar Desert to shimmering lakes, from serene temples to swanky beautiful malls, there are unlimited spectacular places to visit in Rajasthan. But this weekend how about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?

Yes, Bhangarh” is amongst India’s most haunted places, famous for its historical ruins, situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and around 80 km. drive from the state capital Jaipur. The history and story of this fortress are irresistible. Entering the borders of Bhangarh between sunset and sunrise is strictly prohibited due to paranormal activities reported inside.

When RTB planned its first trip to Bhangarh we googled everything to get an idea about the place and roads etc. Now this blog will be giving you the first hand information. As it’s strictly prohibited to linger in the area after sunset, and we were not aware of the road conditions during monsoon, we thought to start early.

On Sunday morning, we hit the road at 9.30 am. Jaipur -Agra highway, which is too good to drive. We took a turn from place Dausa. The road further from dausa to Bhangarh was also good, but the entire view was just fabulous with scenic roadside beauty.

With good road conditions even during Monsoon it took just 1 and a half-hours to reach the place. The last few kms to Bhangarh was the village, where one could sight truly remarkable marble statues in making by the artisans on roadside. En-route there was quite a picturesque landscape, but we could not stop as our curio was forcing us to reach the cursed city in no time. By 11 am we reached at Bhangarh- it was totally covered with dark clouds and we could see the fortress standing amidst the lush green Aravalis. What an astounding sight it was!!

Bhangarh Premises

Bhangarh Premises

Ruins of Bhangarh

Ruins of Bhangarh

We hurriedly parked our cars and started moving towards the main gate of historic and haunted Bhangarh. Just at the entry there has been a Hanuman Temple- we bowed heads and prayed to be safe and moved ahead. The place looks beautiful and tranquil. What remains, though, is a shadow of once a beautiful kingdom.

Temple inside Bhangarh

Temple inside Bhangarh

Myths & Stories- Though there are myths associated with the place and no one is sure what actually happened that Bhangarh was abandoned soon after being built.

Myth1- Madho Singh built the town of Bhangarh with the approval of a Baba Balunath, who mediated there, but Baba gave him warning that the moment the shadow of your palace touches me entire city will be perished. In ignorance the palace raised to the level that the shadow reached the forbidden mark. Hence the devastation of entire town happened.

Myth2- Another myth is the legend of the Princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati. She is believed to be the jewel of Rajasthan. In the area lived a tantrika magician well versed in the occult, called Singhia, was in love with the princess but knew that the match was impossible. One day Singhia saw the princess’s maid in the market, he used his black magic on the oil she was purchasing so that upon touching it the princess would surrender herself to him. The princess, however, seeing the tantric enchanting the oil, foiled his plan by pouring it on the ground. As the oil struck the ground it turned into a rock that crushed Singhia. Dying, the magician cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it.  The next year there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which Princess Ratnavati perished.

Archeological Survey of India about Ancient Site Bhangarh- Bhangarh was built in the 17th century, by Raja Madho Singh, younger brother of Man Singh, a general of Emperor Akbar’s army. At that time, Bhangarh had a population of over 10,000. Now, not a soul lives in the ruined but still a beautiful city. Bhangarh was the precursor of the exquisite old city of Jaipur, with it’s havelis, colorful bazaars, and temples.

ASI Board at the entrance of Bhangarh

ASI Board at the entrance of Bhangarh

Many earlier tourists states that there is some strange feeling in this air, causing anxiety and disquiet, but we found the place just beautiful and a fascinating retreat for nature and heritage admirers.

Walking through the narrow lanes of the old city was giving some eccentric feeling as all the houses were without roofs but well synchronized. One could feel the smell of past era just like in the stories- Once upon a time sort of, with a lot so many things to explore.

Bhangarh Ruins

Bhangarh Ruins

To be honest we could not feel any type of negative energy in the environ probably it shifted somewhere due to heavy rush on Sunday 🙂

Bhangarh Fortress

Bhangarh Fortress

There are no Ethereal appearing structures, but lies a marvelous Palace, so-called “Bhangarh Fort“. The remains are informative enough to take you on to a mesmerizing journey, for the reminiscence from the past.

The fort was huge, the ruins of Bhangarh include gardens, havelis, temples and banyan trees. We climbed up to go upstairs though the passage smelled foul because of the bats. There was one hall the ceiling of which was entirely covered with bats. Once at the top, a panoramic aerial view of the place was mind blowing. Flanked between three Aravali Mountains the fort of Bhangarh looks supreme.

Bhangarh Ruins

Bhangarh Ruins

Dried out waterfalls can be sighted on foothills and few bawdi’s in the premises itself.

Bhangarh is a beautiful place and the drive is equally enriching. While going back from Bhangarh one can halt at 2-3 beautiful picnic spots. One is the lotus pond at the right side. Little boys will offer their services for 10-20 Rs. for plucking fresh lotus from the pond.

Though the entire route is scenic but just after few kilometers there is a reservoir flowing on the right side. We saw some of the locals and visitors taking halt under the green shades of tall trees and climbing up the reservoir wall for a splendid view of flowing river, a few were having picnic nearby.

We suggest taking out a day off from your busy schedules and going for a fun filled adventurous journey to Bhangarh.

It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.

Travel Tips- A day trip is sufficient to explore Bhangarh

Be careful as there are number of monkey’s and langur’s in the Bhangarh premises.

Must have’s- if going in Monsoon; carry umbrallas as there is no place to take shelter once you are in fort premises.

Don’t forget to carry your camera.

Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela Photography (https://www.facebook.com/gauravpics)