India – Expedition Tiger: To a Safari
Meals are served in a form of a buffet. Chapati or naan are the most tasteful dishes of local cousine, I could eat without restrictions. And I also like lamb, which is really very good here. A big attraction are various desserts, they are very good, but also very sweet; true calorie juggernauts. I prefer to have exotic fruits.
After breakfast I quickly unpack the bare essentials and look forward to the pool, it is big enough and there is hardly anyone. The only companions are kingfishers or other birds who always head for the water, wet their wings and fly away.
I am not down for swimming today, I have to try to sleep for the very first safari that awaits me. It's just a snap, but it doesn't matter. It will happen eventually. Finally it will the very first opportunity to see those beautiful large cats.
Shortly before three-thirty, our Nafees guide and Papu driver pick us up. I have a huge advantage, I went to this trip with a word expert, a boy who has been traveling to Ranthambore National Park for many years, knowing it perfectly and having many friends who are extremely important to the success of the trip. The most important ones are our guide and driver.
So what you should not forget to take before a safari? Quality camera, possibly two, with different lenses, memory cards, cleaning. Then you need a fabric "tunnel", a multifunctional scarf from which you can easily make a headband, hat, balaclava, neck scarf or sweatband and maybe something else. It will cover you both from the sun and from the amount of dust that is omnipresent. Don't forget the camera cover, dust gets everywhere. The last thing you do not underestimate is the protection from the sun, in the heat the sunscreen is a must.
I come to our jeep, which is specially adapted for us. One seat is removed, instead the bottom of the jeep is covered with a soft mattress. Unlike a safari in Africa, where I was a few years ago, the car is completely open. There is nothing to prevent the outlook, but nothing protects us either. We will be within reach of the wild. At times, some of my friends or visitors will ask if I am afraid that the beautiful cat will jump between us. She wasn't really afraid, the tiger has fascinated me for a long time and the look at him was a huge adrenaline, I didn't think of danger at all.
You can find Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan state, under Sawai Madhopur, which is also the name of the town where we are staying. It is one of the most famous in India, due to Indian (Bengali) tigers, many tourists and photographers from all over the world come here for. It owes its name to the fortress, which at the same time forms a beautiful backdrop for the whole area. The beginning of the construction work on the fortress is somewhere in the middle of the 10th century. The exact history of the creation of this gem is not clear, and there are several theories who were the ruler who let it build.
In addition to Ranthambore Fortress, you can admire the remains of other temples and palaces in the park, such as Raj Bagh, which adorns the shores of Raj Bagh Talao. The largest lake in the park is Padam Talao, while the smallest bears the name Malik Talao. The lakes, palaces and hundreds of years old banyans give the park a mystical character. Absolutely unreal trees whose air roots are really impressive.
And the next time we're going to tell us about the first safari.
GPS: 26°01'29.6"N 76°30'04.3"E
Text and photos: Magdaléna Radostová
The wake-up call at 4.45 pm, and that's really the latest time for the wake up possible. After five, we are leaving at the reception. There is no risk of breakfast now, I wouldn't have gotten anything so soon. However, you can have tea, coffee or masala.
This time we visit zone number 6. Nafees found out in the morning that there was a good chance to watch the female T8 Ladli and her kittens. Well, they're teenagers ... Mommy probably killed sambara, so they have a feast. Although who knows, these teenagers are able to catch food alone and are pretty eaters. The tiger can eat up to 30 kg of meat in one day.
Today we return to the most beautiful area zoneto the Talao Lakes. It is about six o'clock in the morning. Unbelievable, right in front of us, the queen of arid lakes, the tigress Arrowhead, are walking down the road.
Due to the successful morning and afternoon tracking of cubs and we choose zone 4. When we arrive at the place, kittens can be suspected in bushes. Somewhere, some go up and go a little. I don't understand how our guide can predict what the wild cats will do in the next moment.
Today we try zone 4 with the cubs again this morning, but we are not so successful this time. There are no cubs here, we see only one tiger in the distance on a hillside. Of course, visiting this park is not just about tigers, we see a lot of other exotic creatures today, such as kingfisher and local squirrels.
The afternoon safari has reached roughly its middle. Maybe I already mentioned what I know now that I could take pictures better, from other angles, from different perspectives. After all, I realize on the spot that you can never really know if you really see the tiger. It always depends on the professional work of the driver and the guide and the great dose of happiness!
Mysterious mythical caves, called by the hills in which they are excavated - Barabar, can be found in India, in the state of Bihar, in the Jehanabad region. These are the oldest caves excavated by a humans. Their origin dates back to the reign of Emperor Ashok around 260 BC. They confuse heads for researchers and tourists.
We have all heard of the rose city of Jaipur, India, at least once in our lives. Jaipur is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan. It attracts visitors mainly with its preserved palaces, temples, fortresses and monuments. It is not for nothing that it is called the Pink City.
A visit to the city on the banks of the sacred river Ganges is not just for everyone. If you want to know the real India, the ritualistic ceremonies and the cycle of life in Indian society, then Varanasi is for you. This mystical city is the most popular place of pilgrimage for Hindus and is also one of the longest inhabited cities in the world. Also known as the city of Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destroyer of the Universe. Faith says that anyone who dies in Varanasi will be freed from the cycle of reincarnation.
The Indian city of Agra may not tell you much, but each of you must have heard at least once about the marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, a monument to eternal love.
The nature reserve is huge, spreading over an area of more than 392 square kilometers, with only a section that is divided into several sections. When ordering a safari you must specify which zone to visit. Passing from one zone to another is forbidden, except for the all-day safari. But the price for this type of trip is enormous.
I should probably go to sleep as I have to get up at 3.30 am, but what if I'm not tired. Everything is packed up, I'm just wondering whether to take a raincoat or not when it reports a sunny 44 ° C. Finally I took her out of the trunk. But I recommend that you take it, it is practical when a cloud breaks up.
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The Indian sub-continent offers many places to explore. This is one of the reasons why we stay there even this time. We take a look at another of its cities.
Kochi is the most important port in southwest India. For many centuries, it had been the center to spice trade. The city was known to Romans, Greeks, Jews, Syrians, Arabs, and Chinese.
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