Tag Archives: Yusuf Ansari

Christian and Katrin’s First Tiger at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore

Sher Bagh guests Christian and Katrin visited Ranthambhore in mid February, just as the Winter thaw was leading to Spring. Coming from sultry Singapore, where they currently reside, Rajasthan was a welcome break for the couple, and proved to be a lucky one, as far as sightings were concerned. Read More Christian and Katrin’s First Tiger at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore »

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. »

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 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 »

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 »

Not Just another Tiger

The death of Qualji’s reigning tigress Meera (T37) and companion of the area’s formidable male Fateh (T42) was an unexpected and saddening event. The official report of the autopsy is still awaited, nonetheless from statements issued by officials after the post-mortem we believe that the death was caused by multiple organ failure leading to a massive cardiac arrest. Cirrhosis of the liver, excessive fat deposits and a subsequent haemorrhaging of vital organs compounded the problem. No traces of toxins were found in the body. Read More Not Just another Tiger »

The Saga of the Lake Tigers

Nearly fifteen years ago, Macchli; Ranthambhore’s most famous living tigress drove her mother away to acquire control of the Lake Territories, below the ramparts of the fort of Ranthambhore, an area she held until 2009. Macchli herself was deposed after a battle of attrition with her own daughter Split (T17) who took over the Lakes as part of her range, four years ago. Macchli retreated to a section of her previously vast range where she remained, in the shadows. That was until now. Read More The Saga of the Lake Tigers »