"Ranthambore National Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Sawai Madhopur by grets

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Tiger, tiger, burning bright......

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake. 1757–1827

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore is India’s premier tiger reserve, declared in 1973 as part of Project Tiger. Covering an area of over 500 square kilometres in the state of Rajastan, the park is dotted with archaeological remains, including the 1000-year old Ranthambore fort, hunting palaces and many temples of the medieval period. The setting is stunning, and brings about feelings of a bygone era with the thrill of the hunt from when the park was the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The park gats its name from two hills close by, Ran and Thambor.

The park and its wildlife

Located 14 km from the small town of Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore is spread over a highly undulating topography, varying from gentle slopes to majestic escarpments, from wide and flat valleys to narrow, rocky gorges to tranquil lakes and pools. The best time to spot one of the 40 resident tigers in the park, is between October and June.

Other animals found in the park include:

Striped hyena
Sambar deer
Hanuman langur
Jungle cat
Sloth bear
Black buck
Rufoustailed hare
Indian wild boar
Common palm civet
Toddy cat
Common yellow bat
Desert cat
Fivestriped palm squirrel
Indian false vampire
Indian flying fox
Indian fox
Indian gerbil
Indian mole rat
Indian porcupine
Long-eared hedgehog
Small Indian mongoose
Small Indian civet
Common mongoose
There are some 250 bird species in the park, and we identified the following:

White Throated Kingfisher
Indian Greenpie
Green Treepie
Red Vented Bulbul
Rosewing Parakeet
Black Headed Ibis
Common Snipe
Ruddy Shelduck
Common Teal
Grey Francolin
Common Tern
Indian Roller
Bareback Shrike
Eurasian Spoonbill
Black Stork
Spotted Owlet
Little Cormorant
Lesser Black Woodpecker
Grey Heron
Lesser Pied Kingfisher
White Breasted Kingfisher
Golden Backed Woodpecker
Jungle Babbler
Peraya Kite
Long Billed Vulture
White Broad Fronted Flycatcher
Brown Fish Owl
Red Wattled Lapwing
Black Winged Kite
Crested Serpent Eagle
Black Drongo
White Bellied Drongo
Great Stone Plover
Common Kingfisher
Indian Sarus Crane
Green Bee Eater
Asian Palm Swift
Rock Pigeon
Wood Sandpiper
Indian Cormorant
Little Egret
Painted Stork
Oriental Magpie Robin
Common Myna

I have put my tiger pictures and stories in the Must See category, my other animal pictures under the General heading and birds under Off the Beaten Path.The history and pictures of the fort can be found in the Sports section

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing scenery and wildlife
  • Cons:Uncomfortable, bumpy game drives
  • In a nutshell:The best place in the world to see tiger in the wild
  • Last visit to Sawai Madhopur: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 9, 2005
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  • raytor's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Feliz cumpleanos mi amiga

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    GREAT page, Grete. You had great success on your safaris. We visited Sawai a couple of months ago and enjoyed ourselves as well.

  • Nov 10, 2008 at 12:35 AM

    Have you been to Taj Mahal. I have been there just two days back and it's great. But the Agra city looked quite unsafe in nights. May be because I was not staying in Taj ganj

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    Wow..incredible page of wild India. Enjoyed a virtual tour of tiger safari and close up photo of all the wild animal species. Great job. SL

  • Mateosh's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    I also went to Ranthambhore 2 years ago and I loved it. I saw maybe the same tigress you saw. She was beautiful. I also saw a leaopard, and so many more animals. It was so amazing to see a tiger in the wild Great pages.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Very nicely written tips. well train traveling in India is an experience in itself for westerners. I hope you enjoyed. It is always very crowded.

  • nightcowboy's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Hi your tips on Ranthambhor I belive are some of the best tips about ranthambhor i read we have save them as we going in spetember this year thank you.

  • Dec 8, 2006 at 12:38 AM

    Hi Grete Howard, very nice pages, I think each page has been created with much sincerity and passion. Cheers TRC

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 12:25 AM

    Fantastic pages with lovely wildlife shots ... wonderful narrative of the Tiger sighting Grete. I really enjoyed the virtual tour of Ranthambore.

  • husain's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2005 at 9:34 PM

    Great page and pictures. You really did get lucky with the big cats! The tigress we saw didnt pose for pictures unfortunately;)


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