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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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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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Tiger Express Train to run on Rajasthan route

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Wildlife enthusiasts across the World may rejoice as here’s a good news for you!!  The Tiger Express train, which was launched specifically for safaris in Madhya Pradesh (MP) in June, is all set to make Rajasthan its new home.

Giving Bandhavgadh, Kanha tiger reserves in MP the slip, the train will begin its revised journey in the state on November 19, 2016 by taking tourists to Ranthambhore National Park for the tiger safari. As per Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) sources, the Tiger Express is one of the most innovative tourism products launched by IRCTC.

The train was launched on the World Environment Day to highlight the importance of environment in our lives. The itinerary of the semi-luxury train will cover Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Ranthambore for a four night-five day odyssey starting from New Delhi. Tourists will have to shell out fares varying from Rs 29,000 to Rs 37,500.The Indian Railways is foraying into wildlife tourism for the first time in the state, focusing on both budget and domestic tourists.The semi-luxury train is also a first on the tourist circuit in the country to have a dining car.This will facilitate frequent interactions among travellers during the trip..

 

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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Sawai Madhopur Utsav- Rejoice the richest cultural festival of Rajasthan!

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Famed for its spectacular wildlife sanctuary Ranthambhore National Park, which is also home to the world’s oldest documented tiger alive, ‘Machali’ Sawai Madhopur has many other temptations in its pocket to discover. Be it historic Ranthambhore fort (A UNESCO HERITAGE SITE), mesmerising views and refreshing greenery of Kachida valley, the intriguing ruins of Rajbagh which are surrounded by thick forest and picturesque landscapes, sacred Trinetra Temple, famous craft center Dastakar or the delicious Guavas are enough to lure the national or international tourists coming to Sawai Madhopur.

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Every region of this rich and colorful land of Rajasthan is deep rooted with varied forms of arts, crafts and cultural extravaganzas and Sawai Madhopur offers the same.

Though founded in 19th January by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh in the year 1763, the year 2016 will be marked in the history books of Sawai Madhopur as from its 253rd Foundation day celebration, Sawaimadhopurutsav to become an annual feature making a prominent place on Rajasthan state’s tourism map.

The foundation day celebration will go for two days, i.e  on 19th -20th January, 2016. The two day colorful extravaganza will showcase the culture, traditions, sports, heritage, music, paintings, photography and a lot more.

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Experience the great outdoors and have a great holiday like never before, in the magical environs of Sawai Madhopur! The destination that pulls the attention of myriad wildlife lovers and photographers every year.

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So, ditch all those fancy foreign locations as culturally rich Sawai Madhopur has a lot more to charm the visitors with its rustic essence and quaint surroundings. Meet the locals who are beautiful and kind. It’s time to make a memory of a lifetime.

Enjoy the vibrant Sawai Madhopur Utsav happening from tomorrow!!

 

 

Special Trip for New Year Travellors to Rajasthan

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When it’s time to say Good Bye and welcome the New Year, we would want to celebrate it in an unconventional way. Some call their friends or some pack their bags to be at home, but some want to explore the unexplored.

For this last group of people IRCTC has started a new initiative of celebrating New Year with grandiosity. The world’s leading luxury train ‘Maharajas’ Express‘ will venture on a three-night/four-day tour of Delhi-Agra-Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi.

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Famed as “Gems of India” as the cabins of the train have been named after precious gems, such as Firoza, Moti, Manik, Panna and Hakik, in an effort to recreate the royal grandeur of the bygone era, this train trip has been scheduled from December 30. On this journey, one can visit the world’s greatest monument of love, the Taj Mahal, spot the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park, soak up the spectacular regal heritage of Rajasthan in its magnificent forts, vibrant Bazaars and also the Royal cuisine. The journey will leave you with everlasting memories of a unique mix of Culture, History and Folklore.

The Maharajas’ Express has redefined the luxury travel experience by offering guests the opportunity to explore fabled destinations, providing a glimpse of rich cultural heritage of Incredible India that will leave travellors with fond memories of this train journey to be cherished.

For booking of tickets, the Maharajas’ Express website book tickets directly on http://www.The-maharajas.Com.

Dastkar Ranthambhore celebrates 25 years of Empowerment

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25 years ago in the village of Sawai Madhopur, a small organization with great mission of sustainable livelihood of those villagers affected by the formation of Ranthambhore National Park, started a handicraft workshop in a small room in Sherpur village near the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. They addressed the issues faced by the people from villages, who used to survive on tiger poaching and later affected by the formation of the National Park. With a handful of women and a dream, Dastkar Ranthambhore set forth to conquer adversity and became a self reliant enterprise in 2004.


Dastkar Ranthambhore now work in 8 villages, with around 500 artisans who create quality handicraft products like hand bags, cushions, quilts, rugs, bed sheets, toys and more that can be found in stores and homes across the world.

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The group with such wonderful initiative is now in its 25th year and invites every art and craft as well as wildlife lovers to be a part of their Journey further. Dastkar Ranthambhore is celebrating their Journey of 25 years from 21st October 2015 to 24th October 2015.

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Some of the planned events during the 4 days’ celebration include
1. Workshops guided by our artisans in block printing, tie dye, pottery, Mud mirror work, recycling and painting
2. Food court that serves local cuisine.
3. Live performances by local artistes – Drama, Music and Dance,
4. Craft Bazaar from the 8 villages.
 

Event Details are a follows
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Silver Jubilee Celebration of Dastkar Ranthambhore
Dates: October 21st to 24th 2015
Timings: 11.00 am to 06.00 pm
Venue: Dastkari Kendra, Opposite Kutalpura Village, Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan, India

National Parks in Rajasthan closed for Monsoon

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With the end of the summer and the onset of Monsoon, it’s time to say good-bye to your frequent trips to jungle across India. All the tiger reserves and National Parks  of India including Ranthambhore National Park and Sariska will be closed from July 1 and will reopen for wildlife tourism from October 01, 2014, which is the annual feature of the parks for the monsoon.

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As per the  forest officials and experts, it is this time of the year that many animals and thousands of egrets, herons, storks, cormorants, darters, spoonbills and ibises breed and the entry of tourists might pose as a disturbance in their mating and cause problem for them. During these months the wild animals turn aggressive and need complete isolation. These aspects along with other maintenance works of the Forest Department are necessary for closing of parks. Therefore the parks are closed. However, in Sariska, religious tourists to temple at Pandupole will be allowed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore National Park

Brown Fish Owl at Ranthambhore National Park

Common Kingfisher at Ranthambhore National Park

Common Kingfisher at Ranthambhore National Park

Grand Old Tigress Machali at RAnthambhore National Park

Grand Old Tigress Machali at RAnthambhore National Park

Till then, will miss the chilling cacophony of languor shrieks, sambar calls, chirping of birds and the sight of a fierce tiger enjoying its prey or playing with its cubs.

Lets join hands to wish the denizens of jungle a safe monsoon !!!

PS- All the pictures used in the blog are of Ranthambhore National park captured just before the end of the season.