Summer Visitors and Some Residents
In the second part of our series on birds, our blog this week looks high and low amongst the canopies and undergrowth of Ranthambhore’s forests in the peak of summer. May and June are invariably the hottest periods of the year in Ranthambhore and as many trees lose their leaves and the grasses shrivel and retreat in the heat, few creatures of the forest bother to stir unless they absolutely must. Not so with our feathered friends. Summertime sees an influx of some migratory birds to Ranthambhore who are currently here to escape the chill of the hills, from as far away as Central Asia. Other, residents – such as our male peafowl – develop such outrageously brilliant plumages, they forced Charles Darwin to splutter, “the sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail, whenever I gaze at it, makes me feel sick.”
Rajasthan was gifted with a very wet monsoon season last year: Ranthambhore’s verdant nature had returned and the wildlife rediscovered their Arcadia. In October, as you meandered through the jungle, you were able to witness the park’s rebirth, the dhok trees flourishing in their senility, the grass long, thick and lush and the network of water channels flowing full. This allows wildlife to disperse throughout the park and the numerous watering holes scattered around the area were full for cheetal, or sambar deer to quench their thirst and leafy groves for nilgai antelope to browse and feast upon.
If PG Wodehouse were to have heard the alarm calls of the cheetal stag which nearly punctured my ear-drums last Monday morning, he would have described it as “a sort of yelp rather like a wolf that sees its peasant getting away…” The stricken-anxiety palely obvious in the yelp of the said deer was instead signalling the approach of a tigress, who looked like a Goddess of Death clearly running late for work, on a manic Monday morning. Read More A Tale of Two Mothers (With Apologies to P.G. Wodehouse!)
Blackness turned first to gloom and then to pale blue. Soon papaya orange painted the dusty skies of the east as morning crept gently up upon the world, climbing the back of the hill on which we sat. A dry but green land of fields, parched riverbeds and impossibly sculpted granite hills lay spread out around us, slowly opening its colours to the sky as the sun broke the horizon. Pink rocks, orange soils and precipitously green crop plantations prepared themselves for another day of the intense Indian heat, memories of the recent monsoons gradually evaporating under what would almost certainly be another relentlessly clear Rajasthani sky. Read More Cats of the Dawn
The day started with a feeling of celebration in the air. All the staff were exceptionally chirpy and every corner you turned you were wished “Shub Diwali” (Happy Diwali). Sweets were a main feature of the day with staff recieving vast boxes of Mithai (a selection of confectionary and desserts) and everyone who came through the gates was greeted with Sohan Papri, a crisp and flaky textured sweet. Read More Diwali in Tiger Country
The SUJAN family reached a milestone this month as Sher Bagh was re-opened to celebrate it’s 15th season in Ranthambhore. To mark the occasion, Jaisal & Anjali Singh decided to take this opportunity to re-launch Sher Bagh and take the camp to an even higher level of comfort and luxury for their family, friends and guests. Over the summer the teams have been hard at work and visitors to the camp B this year will find it has had a complete make over. Enjoy newly designed tents, each with extended bathrooms, larger living space and eye catching new upholstery designed by Anjali Singh and hand embroidered by her team of incredibly skilled artisans. Spacious, light and even more comfortable than before they have already been a big hit with guests! Read More A Wonderful Start to Sher Bagh’s 15th Season!
JAWAI Leopard Camp has opened for it’s second season. The team has grown and we are all excited to welcome you to our home! The rains appear to have passed us, leaving behind carpets of greenery. The landscape is sensational and with each drive I stare in wonder as to the unsuspecting beauty and diversity of this land. The camp itself is looking stunning. We have done a few minor adjustments to improve the guest experience and to ensure that any stay at JAWAI is one you shall never forget. Read More JAWAI: A Visual Update
As the temperatures slowly start to drop, so approaches the opening of the new Tiger Season in India. We at SUJAN’s Sher Bagh are delighted to announce that we will be opening our doors for the 15th year. During the closed period we have done some refurbishment’s and changes which we know you will love. For now, however, let us focus on the tigers. It is estimated that this season there are over 50 tigers in Ranthambhore National Park, and statistically speaking Ranthambhore must be one of the best parks in the world to see a wild Tiger. Our guides are experienced, professional and enthusiastic – we can promise that they will go all out to give you the best possible chance to see the biggest cat on earth. If that were not enough to convince you then maybe the fact that this season there are currently at least 8 cubs in Ranthambhore. Whilst we know that nothing in nature can be planned, this season, the chances of seeing a tiger cub are as good as ever! Read More Tiger! Tiger! A New Season at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore
JAWAI Leopard Camp sensitively and responsibly allows you access to one of India’s most secretive cats. The camp is perfectly situated in the heart of one of the densest leopard populations in the world. Our team of naturalists will provide you with an incredible journey through this unique landscape. Back at camp, our friendly staff will tend to your every need; ensuring that your stay at SUJAN’s JAWAI Leopard Camp is perfect. Having already received the CNBC’s 2014 Award for Best Wildlife Experience in India, we are looking to grow and improve even further. Read More The Best Leopard Encounters in India