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Sher Bagh’s Tigers of Ranthambhore – T25

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. Zalim, is this week’s feature in the Living Legends of Ranthambhore Series . Read More Sher Bagh’s Tigers of Ranthambhore – T25 »

Sher Bagh’s Tigers of Ranthambhore – T39

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 – T39 »

The Varty Family’s Visit to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore

The Zulu word Londolozi means bprotector of all living things’. The phrase has a universal resonance and embraces all living things everywhere. Little wonder then that the cause of Tigers and Indiabs long alluring wilderness drew the Varty family to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore last month. The Varty family name has been synonymous with the restoration of wildlife and an entire ethic of preservation across the African continent and particularly South Africa for over four decades now. Londolozi, their private game reserve in the Sabi Sands area of South Africa, bordering the Kruger National Park is a model for conservation and eco-tourism. Apart from being the best spot on earth for the viewing of leopards in the wild, Londolozi is a pioneering luxury destination which has created the benchmark for some of the finest eco-tourism practises. Furthermore, both Londolozi and Sher Bagh are members of the Relais & Chateaux family. Read More The Varty Family’s Visit to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore »

The Varty Family’s Visit to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore

The Zulu word Londolozi means ‘protector of all living things’. The phrase has a universal resonance and embraces all living things everywhere. Little wonder then that the cause of Tigers and India’s long alluring wilderness drew the Varty family to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore last month. The Varty family name has been synonymous with the restoration of wildlife and an entire ethic of preservation across the African continent and particularly South Africa for over four decades now. Londolozi, their private game reserve in the Sabi Sands area of South Africa, bordering the Kruger National Park is a model for conservation and eco-tourism. Apart from being the best spot on earth for the viewing of leopards in the wild, Londolozi is a pioneering luxury destination which has created the benchmark for some of the finest eco-tourism practises. Furthermore, both Londolozi and Sher Bagh are members of the Relais & Chateaux family. Read More The Varty Family’s Visit to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore »

The Iconic Hat-Trick; of Tiger, Leopard and Bear on a Single Drive at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore National Park.

For the past three decades, Ranthambhore has been the best wilderness in the world to observe and photograph wild Tigers. While it is also home to a few other ‘iconic’ species, sightings of Tigers have generally outweighed all the others put together. Over the last few years however, while Tiger numbers here have risen steadily, so too have sightings of Leopard and Sloth Bear. This trend defies common belief that when tiger numbers rise, leopards are rarely seen; preferring to stay well away from Tigers who will usually try and kill them. While this is still the general rule, Leopards have been seen roaming a little more freely during the daylight hours than before. The topography of this unique ecosystem supports a healthy leopard population with all the caves and crevasses of the ancient Aravalli and Vindhya hill ranges. As for the Sloth Bear, Tigers are wary of them and it takes a large and experienced one to take a Baloo on! While extremely shy, these bears can be fairly fierce and will confront their adversaries when necessary and usually even without provocation. Read More The Iconic Hat-Trick; of Tiger, Leopard and Bear on a Single Drive at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore National Park. »

Exotic Aliens: The Story of the Lion and the Cheetah in India

The Austrian painter, Wenzel Peter’s depiction of Genesis —the beginning of the world— has at its centre a pair of lions, a male and female. The presence of these big cats in the depiction of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden grants the lion a position of prominence that effectively supersedes time and geographical boundaries. Subliminally, human sensibility has accepted the existence of the lion as perfectly natural in the political, social and cultural depictions of a variety of civilizations and historical contexts, even in those where there is no evidence that it naturally existed. Historically then, the lion has acquired a cultural omnipresence like no other beast, real or imagined. Read More Exotic Aliens: The Story of the Lion and the Cheetah in India »

Sultan the Tiger Cub

He was first discovered in the company of his mother Noor (T39), the reigning tigress of the Sultanpur area, on a hot summer day in 2012. About 4 months old at the time, he was ready to stare down jeeps and canters even at that young age. For that reason, he was named Sultan, a title associated with kings and emperors, one which signifies authority. Read More Sultan the Tiger Cub »

Holi and Ranthambhore

The festival of Holi formally ushers in basant or spring in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated across India with colours. The occasion remembers the devotion of Prince Prahlada (a devotee of Vishnu) and his conquest of evil through the burning of Holika, the sister of the demon-king Hiranyakashyap. The end of oppression and tyranny is subtly linked with the beginning of joyous spring. For many, offerings are made to a bonfire on the eve of Holi day; symbolic offerings that see off winter and welcome spring. Read More Holi and Ranthambhore »