So, let me begin with an apology- I know I am writing publishing this post after a long gap from the first one in this series, and I’m sorry, but better late than never, right? Here’s the second part of our trip to Ranthambore last month. Enjoy!
PS: Our first video in the post 😉
Our second day started pretty early. Like ‘6 am’ early. Getting up THAT early while on holiday is always a task, but we somehow managed after a few wake-up calls from the hotel reception. We had booked ourselves a jungle safari the day before, because we really didn’t want to miss out on a jeep ride to Ranthambore and possibly spot a tiger too. You need to book a safari jeep (6 seater) or canter (20 seater) in advance, and each vehicle is allotted a route number before entering the jungle. One trip takes about 3 hours in total, so it is advisable to carry a bottle of water and something to protect you from the sun (hats/ caps/ scarves). Loads of sunscreen is a must!
So at 6.30 am, we were in our jeep. And headed for the jungle while still half asleep.
The terrains inside the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve are very rocky, so expect some bumps every now and then. One thing I must tell you here is that I’ve never seen these many peacocks in one place/ jungle ever, and I’ve been to quite a few National Parks. Every few metres, there were peacocks and peahens out for their game, and while at it, we did spot a peacock with his feathers fanned out, as if to welcome us to the jungle that is his home! Oh, and I’ve already told you that there are way too many langurs in Ranthambore, didn’t I?
Ranthambore also is home to a lot of other animals like leopards, wild boars, sloth bears, etc; and birds like kingfisher, woodpecker, stork, etc.
While we were procceding through our route into the jungle and had almost completed the onwards part of our route, there were no signs of the Tiger anywhere nearby. But then, there were. Paw imprints. Fresh paw imprints!! That just gets everybody excited!
Anyhoo, towards the very end of our route, we spotted some other jeeps and canters lined up at one point, everyone looking to their left with awe. We reached there too, and there he was! A big huge male tiger, taking a stroll just a few metres away from where our gypsys were parked. Whoa, the way a tiger walks! You have to see it in reality to know what I’m talking about. Check out the video below for all the tiger action 😉
After that gorgeous tiger sighting, we came back to our hotel, Alsisar Palace Hotel at Nahargarh, and booked ourselves for another round of jungle safari in the evening. In the meanwhile, we hogged crazily at the restaurant at our hotel (pics below) and then headed to the spa to repair all the damage done during the morning safari 😀
While I do not have pics of what I wore for the morning safari (we got up at 6, remember?), here’s what I wore for the evening safari- a pair of shorts, a full-sleeved cotton shirt to keep my arms from tanning, sunnies, etc.
More pics from the evening safari 🙂 No luck with the tiger the second time 🙁
After the second safari, we came back to our hotel, had our evening tea under a fully moonlit night at the lawn, an early dinner, and then it was time for us to come back to our usual life.
Do let me know if you liked this two-part travelogue from one of my favorite trips ever!
Outfit: Shirt: Forever 21, Shorts- Woodland, Belt- Nautica, Sunnies- Vogue Eyewear, Vintage, Bag- Mango