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Remembering the Matriarch: Machhli of Ranthambhore (1996-2016)

“…Some of the best years of my life were entangled with her life. We had shared some very special moments together and I felt her loss just like I feel the loss of anyone I am close to. Memories flood in, the earliest of which date back to 1997. It was autumn, and Machli was a few months old when I spotted her prancing behind her mother at the edge of Rajbagh, a ruined summer palace in the heart of Ranthambhore. Her mother was a favourite of Fateh Singh, the former field director of the park, and he told me then that she would be a star. It was he who coined her name Macchli as her mother had a fish-like mark on her cheeks that became the daughter’s signature feature.”

Valmik Thapar, “The Macchli I Knew” 28th August 2016

 

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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! »

Tiger! Tiger! A New Season at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore

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 »

On Safari at Londolozi – Part 1

Leopards are widely regarded as the most elusive of the big cats. At Londolozi, however, they are quite the opposite. Established by the Varty family in 1926, it is among the finest private game reserves in the world. On our first drive we saw four different Leopards, and even a mating pair!

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This was only the second time in my life that I have been fortunate enough to witness Leopards mating; the first time being earlier this year in Ranthambhore, better known to be finest place in the world to observe Tigers in the wild.

Filmed by Jaisal Singh

A visit to The Serai, Jaisalmer

Blink and you’ll miss the undulating desert track that meanders off the surprisingly well-paved Jodhpur/Jaisalmer highway and plonks you in the middle of a sublime mirage. But one wonders whether this is a deliberate attempt to protect a treasure?

The Serai is one such treasure comprising of supreme luxury, of whiter than white tents infused with understated elegance, coupled with unrivaled attentive care and, hold your breath, gingerly nestled in 100 acres of desert where you can stand on a clump of bush and watch the weather roll in… Read More A visit to The Serai, Jaisalmer »

Dinner in Delhi, Breakast in the Bush!

Changing times and tight schedules have meant shorter and shorter safaris. Three days would have been unthinkable back in the day; the norm being at least a couple of months and that too after many months of planning. Today, it is possible to have Dinner in Delhi, and Breakfast in the Bush! Read More Dinner in Delhi, Breakast in the Bush! »

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 »

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 »

An Evening to Remember – The Londolozi Family at SUJAN

Anjali and Jaisal Singh hosted a celebration to mark the Varty family’s visit to India and Ranthambhore. The occasion honoured Londolozi’s pioneering tradition of wildlife restoration and their deep commitment to eco-tourism practises and was attended by a wide spectrum of India’s own conservation community. Read More An Evening to Remember – The Londolozi Family at SUJAN »

Magic and Nostalgia at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore.

A chance invitation, an impromptu plan, led me back to Ranthambhore after almost 18 years. It was the first time that I would be going there without the cheerful figure of Fatheh Singh Rathore to greet us and it was with very mixed feelings that I embarked on the train journey to what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful National Parks in India. Read More Magic and Nostalgia at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore. »