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A Capital City – Then and Now

“The view of Jaipur city from the hill behind it is ravishing…The city, while it is new, is assuredly the most beautiful among the ancient cities of India, because in the latter everything is old, the streets are unequal and narrow. This, on the contrary, has the splendour of the modern with equal wide and long streets. The principal road, which begins at the Sanganer Gate, and goes on to the South Gate, is so broad that six or seven carriages can drive abreast without difficulty and without having to touch each other or turn aside…”

Jose Tieffenthaler in Description Geographique…De I’lnde, Bernouli, i. 314-317.

 

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Are Hot Summers the Coolest Time to Visit Ranthambhore?

Temperatures in Ranthambhore typically reach forty-five degrees Celsius in May. A particularly unfriendly summer temperature occasionally crosses the fifty-degree Celsius mark and becomes a natural limiting factor for over-growth. Waterholes become scarce and trees like the Dhok, drop off their leaves to ration their moisture levels. Rock surfaces – scattered throughout the park – emit a furnace like waft each time a breeze sweeps their surface and you can feel the heat stroke you, as you drive past them. Animals and birds appear panting and their movements become soporific as they spend time in the shade of evergreens or the oasis that are formed around perennial waterholes; clusters of Jamun, Ficus and wild mango trees, all daytime shelters for creatures of the forest. The wonderful thing is, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve has several ‘belts’ of such oasis’, tucked away in its folds. No matter how high the temperatures soar, these are the spots you should drive to, and here’s why.

 

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Birds, Birders and Twitchers: Part I

“Flight has immense meaning for us humans because we can’t do it. Instead we live in a dream of flight, and flight envy is part of the human condition. That’s why birds, more than any other group of living things, draw us into the world beyond humanity.”

Simon Barnes in ‘The Meaning of Birds’

 

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A Palace Fit for Summer

Summer is almost upon us and as the days swoon on, SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace in the Pink City of Jaipur remains the perfect getaway to cool down and beat the heat. This week we bring you a photo story from our secluded oasis, where guests can enjoy ultimate relaxation as the temperatures rise around.

 

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Jawai at One!

There was barely any light when we first saw her, moving slowly at first then bounding into the castor fields; caught in the act of killing a porcupine. I had just finished relaying the sighting report to Adam Bannister as a message crackled the jeep wireless into life again. The voice was Jaisalbs, radioing in from Camp to say antelope alarm calls outside his tent were bellowing the presence of a leopard nearby. We were about 10 kilometres out from Camp already so stayed in our position, waiting for the light to rise on that extraordinarily cold December morning last year, sitting metres away from an adult leopard now enjoying feasting on her porcupine kill. Read More Jawai at One! »

SUJAN mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was amongst the most distinguished and popular statesmen of our times. In a world where cynicism about politics and politicians is a social norm, his passing resonates a sense of vacuum and loss marking the end of an era and leaving the world and human politics a less egalitarian place. Mandela was the first black South African to be elected President in a multiracial election and held office from 1994 to 1999. During his tenure as President, Mandela ensured harmony by including proponents of the Apartheid movement – people who had prosecuted him – in his Cabinet. Read More SUJAN mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela »

The Ranthambhore Season Re-opens at Sher Bagh

October is one of the most important month’s in the Sher Bagh calendar. Like every other year, for the last 13 years, Sher Bagh’s 14th Season has opened with us welcoming new guests, creating new experiences and enhancing existing features; transforming the Camp into a buzzing hive of activity. Read More The Ranthambhore Season Re-opens at Sher Bagh »

Sher Bagh’s Tigers of Ranthambhore – T16

Lithe bodies that flex athleticism in their slightest movement, kohl-lined eyes which bore through your frame and a visage that arrests the most confident onlooker into awe inspired paralysis is the effect these magnificent creatures have on all those who chance upon them. A restrained fierceness is their most potent weapon and you will not want to know what unsheathing it feels like. Read More Sher Bagh’s Tigers of Ranthambhore – T16 »

Ranthambhore Rain : The Monsoon at Sher Bagh Ranthambhore.

The Indian Monsoon is an agent of change; of regeneration and rebirth. As the rains pound Ranthambhore’s earth, breathlessly waiting for showers, the foliage and flora undergo a hair-trigger response to the advent. The Dhok trees sprout emerald leaves, the grasses turn green shedding their yellow-brown hues and the denizens of the forest employ themselves in reaping Nature’s bounty, gathered all around Ranthambhore. This week we bring you a selection of images from our archives that capture vistas of the Park, just as the first rains hit Ranthambhore and before it closed for the season… Read More Ranthambhore Rain : The Monsoon at Sher Bagh Ranthambhore. »

The Ranthambhore Fort

For over 1200 years, the tread of warriors, pilgrims, wayfarers and mendicants have worn away the stone cobbled pavements of Ranthambhore’s iconic fort. Its walls are witness to century after century of celebration and tragedy laced together. The celebration of heady military triumphs punctuate the petrified traumas of defeat and conquest. In the progression and fall of local chiefdoms, clan warfare, trade relations and imperial ambitions, Ranthambhore has seen it all and preserves the evidence. Read More The Ranthambhore Fort »