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Ranthambore National Park

Day 5 - 22nd October 2012

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In search of the (very) elusive Bengal Tiger

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We were now officially in Rajasthan and travelled to Ranthambore for morning and afternoon tiger safaris. We were lucky to even be there as the ban on safaris had only been lifted a couple of days before we arrived.


There were some impressive sights on the road to the reserve; three men on a push bike...





Maybe Comet would still be in business if they'd used this cost-effective method of delivering wide-screen televisions...





Four on a motorbike, it seemed to be traditional to have the youngest female passenger at the front...
 





Entry to the reserve...





I loved the slightly antiquated sentence structure on many of the signs...





Right, so this sign is warning of the presence of Tigers, Leopards and some mysterious dark blob. It's probably a Sloth Bear, though it looks like the sort of likeness my (lack of) artistic qualities would produce. It makes you wonder if the painter had ever seen one and was hedging his bets on what it might look like too...





Rose-Ringed Parakeet near the entrance (with a bit of a Star Wars stormtrooper helmet look about him)...
 





A 500 year old Banyan Tree has woven itself into the narrow entrance gate...





Spotted Deer doe...





Peacock - the ones we saw seemed to have shorter tail feathers than ones we'd seen in ornamental gardens...





A baby Spotted Deer (Axis Deer), but more colloquially known as 'Tiger Chocolate'...

Tiger Chocolate



Tiger monitoring device at the side of the road...





Circled tiger footprints - alas this was as close as we got on the day...
 





Female Sambar Deer and fawn...





Suckling...





Sambar stag...





Langurs lazing...





Water snake - surrounded by crabs, though you have to look close to see them...





Indian Marsh Crocodile...





Female Sambar Deer...





The deer and monkeys often stick together to maintain a collective look-out for tigers. Unfortunately from our tiger-spotting perspective, they look all too relaxed here.

Male Sambar and Langur...





Spotted Deer and Langur covering the angles...
 





Back at the hotel, the local firewater...





I tried to warn Miche not to drink it.
 
It was a cultural evening and we were all encouraged to join in with some Indian dancing. That said, after a good start, the last dance was suspiciously similar to the Okey Cokey!!!
  




Next stop - day 6 - Bundi

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Day 1 - Travel Day 2 - Delhi Day 3 - Delhi to Agra 
Day 4 - Agra Day 5 - Ranthambore NP Day 6 - Bundi
Day 7 - Bundi to Udaipur Day 8 - Udaipur Day 9 - Ranakpur & Jodhpur
Day 10 - Jodhpur to Pushkar Day 11 - Pushkar & Jaipur Day 12 - Jaipur
Day 13 - Jaipur & Delhi Day 14 - Delhi & Home