Ranthambhore National Park
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From the 23rd till 27th of February we had booked a tiger safari in Ranthambhore National Park, which is located close to a small town called Sawai Madhopur. We stayed at a place called "The Ranthambhore Bagh". This was some kind of luxury camp, with luxury tents. Anyways.. luxury in India is not the same as luxury in Norway (or any western country). It turned out well, though. The tents were nice, with mosquito net, A/C, showers and all. I should also mention that the best shower we got in India, during the 4 weeks we spend here, was the one in the tent. Hot water is always a big plus.
Inside the camp there were quite a few tents, and a big outdoor area.
We stayed here for 5 days. During those days we were on 6 safaris, morning safaris and evening safaris. No jeep safaris, though, they will cost you more. You're going into the park in a canter, which is like a giant jeep. A bit too many people, but that's kinda what parts of India is all about.. always a bit too many people.
If you expect the jungle to be lush and green you're going to be so dissapointed. I've never seen a dryer place. Nothing green, all brown, dead and dusty. Very dusty! No water flowing, and the few green leafs you could see were all covered in dust.
On the 24th we started the day with a trip to Ranthmabhore Fort, which is also inside the national park. I had the tiger feeling from the beginning of the day, and told the others that I was sure about seing a tiger this day. They said they trusted my feeling, but I could tell they were a bit sceptical. We spend 3 hours or so on the Fort before we went back to the camp for lunch. The tiger feeling were still there. A couple of hours later we were ready for our second safari.
Hidden, far, far away we could see the glimpse of the stripes. I was right! The tiger feeling was right! After a little while it moved closer to the car, walked a little bit around and disapeared. Then we spotted another one, slightly bigger too. Wow. Two tigers. I don't think any of us really understood what was going on. We were on a dusty canter, in a dusty jungle, in India.. and this very moment we're looking directly at a tiger. Unbelieveable. We got some photos, and observed the tiger for as long as we could, before we drove further into the jungle.
Every animal after the tiger was a bit boring. A deer can never be as exciting as a tiger. On our way back we were lucky enough to see even two more tigers. Four in total this day.
We celebrated with tea and biscuits (of course the name of the biscuit was "tiger"). From now on February 24th 2008 is known as The Official Tiger Day. At least for the four of us.
This was the only day we saw tigers. The rest of our stay we didn't really do much, except for a little getaway to the countryside. It was a great week, though. Unforgettable week. Now we planned our way down to Goa to relax and get some sun.