Sunday, May 18, 2008

Visit Ranthambore for a 'wild' holiday

Visit Ranthambore for a 'wild' holiday
Harsha Kumari
Friday, May 16, 2008 (Ranthambore)
Ranthambore is known for it's tiger sightings and for the ones who are looking for an audience with the king of the jungle, the Ranthambore National Park is a great weekend getaway, about 140 km from Jaipur.
Ranthambore is well connected both by rail and road and for those wanting a jungle holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Ranthambore is the place to be.
The Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is probably one of the only sanctuaries in the country where one can sight a tiger up close.
''Yes I saw a tiger. First we saw it walking along the road and then by a tree watching the deer as they were coming close,'' said one of the visitor to Ranthambore.
''I gather about 35 tigers here and we were just lucky, it was so close to the lorry that I am glad it had it's breakfast,'' said another visitor.
Safaris at the break of dawn, and a drive through the jungle at dusk are among few exciting Ranthanbore offers.
Between an open gypsy and canters, people vacationing in a large group can pick up their mode of travel.
Most of the routes for tourists run alongside the tigers favourite water holing, making it a great place to sight the big cats.
In the past two years, there has been a baby boom in Ranthambore. They have had 13 new cubs and a visit to this place can get a glimpse of the king of the jungle.
And to take back memories of these majestic animals, Ranthambore also offers a variety of tiger mementos.
The Ranthambore tiger sketches, mostly done in charcoal, are quite famous. T-shirts and souvenirs all add to make an interesting collection of tigeria.
There are hotels to suit everyone's budget in Ranthambore, from luxury five star hotels to those which are light on the pocket but heritage properties can also add a touch of history and romance to the jungle adventure.
The best time to visit Ranthambore is during winter but it is open for guests now too, except between July and September, the three months when it's shut during the monsoons.

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