Ranthambhore Safari Marathon

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Jungle Lore offers you a 2 nights and 3 days stay in Ranthambhore. Our itinerary is carefully designed keeping in mind the needs of a great wildlife experience. Our experienced team of drivers and naturalists who know the forest at the back of their hand, make sure that our guests have an unforgettable experience in the deciduous heaven of Ranthambhore. The itinerary includes accommodation in Tiger Moon Resort with 3 star amenities, sumptuous food, 5 jungle safaris, and surface transfers.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Evening departure for Ranthambore

Evening departure for Sawai Madhopur by August Kranti Express from Mumbai Central at 05:40pm.

DAY 2 – Arrival at Ranthambhore Morning and afternoon jungle safari

Arrive in Sawai Madhopur by 06:30 a.m. and we depart for our first jungle safari in the morning. We check into the resort after the morning safari and have breakfast. Post some rest and lunch we leave for our afternoon jungle safari. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

DAY 3 – Morning and afternoon jungle safaris

Leave for early morning jungle safari. Return to the resort for breakfast followed by leisure time. Post lunch, we leave for another jungle safari. Overnight stay at the resort.

DAY 4 - Morning safari and departure for Mumbai

Leave for morning safari and have breakfast in the resort. Check-out at 11am to board Golden temple mail from Sawai madhopur which departs at 12:30pm.  

DAY 5 - Arrive in Mumbai

Arrive in Mumbai with sweet memories of the trip.

 

RESORT DETAILS

Tiger Moon Resort  - Visit Website

Amidst the Aravali hills, this exotically designed resort merges perfectly with the surrounding wilderness. The cottage concept in the sprawling landscaped complex creates' the ambience. The cottage with their gently sloping tiled roofs, rooms equipped with all modern amenities with a touch of Rajasthani architecture, creates a blend of rustic charm with luxury.

 

 

 

TRIP COST

Rs. 16,000/- + ST (6%) per person (Indian Nationality)

Cost Includes :

  • 2 nights and 3 days stay in Tiger Moon Resort.
  • All meals in the resort
  • 5 jungle safaris with experts
  • Surface transfers from Sawai madhopur station

The Cost Does Not Includes

  • Cost for supplementary services.
  • Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
  • Cost for service provided on a personal request.
  • Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.
  • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.
  • Difference in cost arising due to change in Taxes by the Government which will have to be collected directly ON ARRIVAL.
  • Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of any cancellation by you, the initial deposit amount paid, shall stand forfeited and further cancellation shall be levied as per the following terms:

- 6 weeks before date of departure: 20% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 4 to 6 weeks before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 to 4 weeks before date of departure: 80% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges.
- 2 weeks before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges (Will be considered as no show).

ABOUT RANTHAMBHORE

Ranthambhore National Park is considered as one of the best places to view the majestic predator in the jungle. Being the royal hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, it has fueled the imagination of photographers and wildlife lovers from all over the globe. One of the biggest and most renowned tiger reserves in India, it is known for an eclectic mix of historical and natural wonders. Ranthambhore is also an heritage site and that comes from the legacy of the Rajput kings such as Prithvi Raj Chauhan. It is located in Sawai Madhopur district of the state of Rajasthan and is located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range. The massive Ranthambhore Fort overlooks the national park which is dotted with ruins of the erstwhile times. The dry deciduous forests of Ranthambhore are a boon to the wildlife lover - increasing the chances of sighting the wild king. Tigers can be spotted during the day either chilling in the waters or stalking a prey or just marking their territory.

The Ranthambhore National Park is a part of the much larger Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger reserve. It is right now the only forest reserve in the state of Rajasthan and in the entire Aravali hill ranges, where tigers exist. The Chambal river acts as the natural boundary to the park towards the south, while the  Banas river (a Chambal tributary) bounds the park on the north. Across the river Banas, lies the Keladevi sanctuary, and the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary lies to the south of the park. Both these sanctuaries, along with the Ranthambhore National Park, are part of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. This Project tiger reserve spans over 1334 sq. km of area, of which 282 sq. km is the Ranthambhore National Park.

PARK LANDSCAPE

The tiger reserve changes its moods as you move across the varied terrains. The park is divided into tourist, buffer and core areas where the tourist area comprises of 5 zones, where all the five zones boast of unique topography. The scenery changes dramatically from flat tabletops (locally known as Dang) and gentle slopes of Vindhyas to the conical hilltops and sharp ridges of Aravallis. The 10th century Ranthambhore Fort blends seamlessly with the terrain with its dominating architecture, adding character to the landscape. An important geological fault line - The Great Boundary fault - lying at the confluence of Vindhyan and Aravalli ranges runa across the Park. This confluence is believed to be the reason why Ranthambhore is blessed with such rich bio diversity. The park also houses three big lakes- Padam Talao, Raj Bagh and Malik Talao- along with several water holes all over the park. Ranthambhore National Park acts as the catchment area for the Chambhal river and the reservoirs surrounding it- it also plays a huge role in maintaining the ground water level.

CLIMATE OF RANTHAMBHORE

Ranthambhore National Park receives the lowest amount of rainfall amongst all tiger reserves. The park with its sub-tropical dry climate has three well defined seasons- summer, monsoon and winter.

Summers start by the end of March and go on well through the months of April, May and June. The temperatures can rise unto 45 deg Celsius making the summers dry and hot. During this period wildlife can seen around the perennial lakes and waterholes.

Monsoons arrive by the end of June and go on well into September, turning everything around into a lush green. Ranthambhore receives 800 mm of rains annually with long breaks between showers during the season which makes the atmosphere very warm and humid.  The park remains closed during this season.

Winters stretch from November to February with a pleasant climate throughout  this season. The park is known for changing its colors over the course of the year, complementing the changing seasons.

FLORA AND FAUNA OF RANTHAMBHORE

The reserve forest comprises of shallow perennial lakes, steep hills, gentle slopes, plateaus, narrow valleys, etc. and as such a variety of plant communities and their various associates are found. It is mainly dominated by the dhok trees which form more than 70 percent of the deciduous forest. Its a slow growing species with varying girth and reaching upto a height of 10-15 meters.

Ranthambhore’s  unique climatic and vegetational features have given rise to forests that are dry and open, with little and stunted ground cover. This makes wildlife viewing relatively easier on the safari during the drier months. There are over 320 species of birds, both resident and migratory, over 40 species of mammals and over 35 species of reptiles. Besides tigers, the other mammals found in Ranthambhore are leopards, caracals, jungle cats. sloth bear, jackal et al.

The Indian fox, the extremely occasional wolf and the striped hyena are also found, mainly in the buffer area and in villages surrounding the park.The ungulates include sambar deer, spotted deer (chital), blue bull (nilgai), chinkara (Indian gazelle) and wild boar.

IN & AROUND

Ranthambhore Fort built a millennium ago, stands atop a hill overlooking the national park. The Ranthambhore Fort earned its name from the two ancient hills. Ran, is a hill on the backdrop of the majestic fort and Thanbhor, on which the fort is constructed. This fort was viewed as a vital strategic point for control over central India and over the century many wars have been fought for this leverage. 
The only way up to the fort is on foot and its definitely worth the effort because the view keepsgetting better by the ascend. The view from the highest point can only be described as breathtaking.

Amruteshwara Temple

A beautiful Shiva temple near the forest offers a small trail with amazing wild encounters. A very peaceful place, stretched back in time with a great vibe. A mystery stream waters the Shivalingam throughout the year.

Lot of birds and common wildlife like Sambar etc. can be spotted in the area. Of late, long billed vultures have been nesting in the cliffs surrounding the temple.

Trinetra Ganesh temple

Built by King Hamir in 1300 AD, the Ganesha Temple in Ranthambhore Fort is frequented by lacs of visitors during Ganesh Chaturthi. Traditionally marriage invitations are forwarded to Lord Ganesha before anyone else. The Fort Temple receives thousands of invitations each week addressed to the Lord, some of which include money to cover Ganesha's traveling expenses to the venue

Bakula

Bakula is referred as the air-conditioned part of the forest. Even in peak summers this part remains cool with abundant water and dense forest cover.

Padam Talao and Jogi Mahal

This is the largest of the 3 lakes in the park. The famous and beautiful Jogi Mahal is located at the very edge of this lake. When in season, the water lilies that give the lake it's name, can be seen in plenty. In the early hours of the morning and just before sunset, animals can be seen in large numbers on the lake side.

It is in the shallow waters of this lake that the famous "lake hunters" of Ranthambore operated, the most legendary of which was the tiger, Genghis. Worlds second largest Banyan tree is adjacent to Jogi Mahal. The magnitude of the tree can be determined by the fact that its an ecosystem in itself.

Raj Bagh Talao

This is one of the most picturesque of all the lakes in Ranthambhore National Park, owing  to the ruins along its edges. The appeal is only enhanced by a large population of  birds and animals flocking its waters. The sambar deer in Ranthambhore has adapted to eating the plants on the lake floor and this is quite evident in Raj Bagh Talao. Many birds can be seen perched on these deers while they feed. The area around Raj Bagh  is also  a prime location for spotting the tiger.

Malik Talao

This is the smallest of all the three lakes, but where on one hand what it lacks  in size, it makes up in its appearances. It is always filled with healthy populations of birds of all kinds and the also the marsh crocodiles can be sighted here from a reasonably close distance.

Balas

Balas is topographically different from the rest of the national park, and falls in the buffer area.The main site is surrounded by Dangs (flat tabletops) and is one of the most scenic spots in the region. Balas separates the hills and the flat lands resulting in an amazing view of the plateau. It serves as one of the best habitats for leopards, vultures, honey buzzards, and many more.

Kundal

This area lies at the confluence of Vidhyas and the Aravallis, which explains the rich biodiversity that this area enjoys. Kundal shares its boundary with Zone 1 and it isn’t shy of wildlife. It has been recently added in the project Tiger’s core plan as a tiger habitat. Sightings of tigers, sloth bears and leopards are an added bonus.

CONSERVATION HISTORY

The park area was once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and many famous tiger shoots took place here including a visit in the early sixties, when a tiger was set up to be shot by Queen Elizabeth II. The Ranthambhore Park earned Sanctuary status in 1958 and when Project Tiger was launched in 1973, it really began to receive the protection it deserved.

A side benefit of the Park was the ground water recharge service performed by the forests that helped in replenishing the dry wells in the villages around Ranthambhore.

One of the first nine tiger reserves to be constituted during the launch of the Project Tiger in India, known earlier as Sawai Madhopur Wildlife Sanctuarary. Ranthambhore National Park with an area of 274.5 sq. km. was constituted within the Tiger Reserve in 1980. In the then Tiger Reserve, the National Park area was being managed as the core and the rest as buffer, until in 1992, Keladevi Sanctuary having area of 674 sq. km. of Protected Forest, Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary with an area of 127 sq. km., Kualji Close Area of 7.58 sq. km. and some other forests were added to the Reserve.

This park has been in the media for various incidences of man- animal conflict.

CELEBS

Machali is by far the most famous tigress of Ranthambhore and one of the most photographed tiger in the entire world. She has starred in a number of documentaries – the best known of which is, “Danger in tiger’s paradise”, by the BBC Wildlife Division.

Machli has been documented raising litters of cubs, hunting crocodiles and has given the world great insights of the tiger world. Our very own group has witnessed magical sightings of Machli, at times hunting, and once fighting with a crocodile over a sambhar deer.

Sundari or T-17, one of Machli's cubs has taken over Machli's territory and is said to carry over much of her mothers characteristics. Not shy by any standard - much like her mother - she is known to delight visitors with her wild antics.

Many say that she has the makings of the new queen  and we totally agree.

Quick Info

TRIP COST

Rs. 16,000/- + ST (6%) per person (Indian Nationality)

Resort Link:

Tiger Moon Resort  - Visit Website

DATE 

23rd to 27th June 2017

SKIPPER

Kaustubh Upadhye

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