Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Safari at Ranthambore

We started of with the safari right after our lunch at around 2pm . The canter arrived at Khem Villa . We were advised to carry a bottle of water and some warm clothing to protect us from the chills as the place starts getting really cold by the evening.
After around 10mins we were entering Ranthambore national park ,around 15 -20 of us in a canter and there were a few more canters that started into the national park along with ours. In the entry to the national park, they were selling few souvenieur merchandise - we got a couple of t-shirts , like the way I always do whereever we go.

Our journey into the Ranthambore national park and back was pretty long. I had expected it to last for may be 2 hours but it extended to more than 4 hours. Neverthless, it was a fun filled adventure.
Ranthambore national park spreads across an area of 400 sq.km. with a huge variety of Flora and fauna. The national park is divided into 4 sectors and the tourists are allowed to visit only 2 sectors. Ranthambore is open for visitors from October to May of every year.
Around 15mins into the park and we spotted the first aimal , a deer and that was jus' the beggining and along the journey we spotted a handful of animals and birds - various kinds of deer, spotted, samba, boar, peacock, tiger's dentist, pelican ....


We came across a huge water body where the many canters that started pulled down as they heard some kind of noise from the forest and we were told we could spot a tiger coming to the water body very soon. That got all of us waiting in hushed silence , yup no noises .. silence please!

With the binoculars out of the bag, camera s in hand, out of the seat standing high in the canter, with photographers out with their huge cameras and tripod stand .. we were all waiting this way (Tiger watching) for close to an hour and trust me it wasn't boring. And little more thana n hour we waited but couldn spot any tiger. Then we came to know for the couple who had come form Netherland who was in our canter , it was their 2nd safari in a day and they still didn't spot the tiger either *sigh*.

It was time for us to get back. On our way back, a few mins after staring from the tiger watching spot , the wheel of our cnter got stuck in a marshy area. After almost half hour of pushing, pulling and trying out all kinda techniques we were finally on our way back.





We also got to watch the sunset at Ranthambore which made me really happy. I for some odd reason always happen to like sky photography :) .

Thou' it was a lil disappointing as we couldn't catch a glimpse of a tiger but it was a very memorable safari into the forest.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

It's time for celebration in this corner of the Internet

I'm so delighted to announce that the jury of Indibloggies have nominated my travel blog among the top 12 travel blogs in the country.

I would be glad if you could post your vote for me at http://multivote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/21900 if you like my blog. Shalinis travelogue is listed in category 9.

Thank you! Your vote could win me an award as the top travel blogger in the country :)

Friday, 13 November 2009

Our 2 day stay at Khem Villa, Ranthambore

Our next stint after Jaipur was at Ranthambore . This place is widely popular for its tiger reserve and thats the reason we were there too! We stayed at a place called Khem Villa, a family owned property run by a couple who were truly passionate about what they were doing and loved connecting with their guests ..
Pics enroute to Ranthambore



Everything here was natural , the eco tourism kind. This place had 3 kind accomadation the standard rooms , tents and villas and we opted for the tent. Inspite of the chill weather which made me fell ick at the end of the day .. I still don' regret having choosen the tent .. It was fun in a different way :)



The campus in which Khem villa was had its own beautiful garden with papaya trees (from which we got to eat papaya for our breakfast next morning) , mari gold and other beautiful flowers whose names I have no clue about.


The food served there was totally home grown right from the vegetables to grains .. The place also had a quaint library with a small collection of books on various topics.



The evening saw all the guests and the owners of the property get together over a camp fire, that was warm - literally (with the weather getting too cold in the night) and the owners connecting with the guests.
That's when we came to knw that there was a tiger visitor to the property couple of days ago to a far off lake adjacent to the property . Ah! wish we were there then ..

In between all of these happened our safari into the forest , which deserves a post by itself :)