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.
By any standard, my sighting log of six drives in Ranthambhore is impressive: 14 sightings of 10 different Tigers, a Leopard, a Sloth Bear, 5 Hyena, a host of raptors, and other birdlife. And, an amazing croc fight. Sharing most of this wonderful run with me was Dr. Latika Rana from Singinawa in Kahna, who is also blogging about her experience. Here is a small selection of my photographs that I think are representative of this sojourn at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore. Read More A Superb Experience of a Ranthambhore Safari
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.