Tale of the Tiger - View from the Inside

"We boarded our rickshaws and were very shortly rewarded with sightings of spotted deer, wild boar and plenty of peacocks."

May 2017 • Amy Cavill, Personal Travel Expert

Tale of the Tiger - View from the Inside

As a first visit to India, The Tale of the Tiger was a perfect introduction to such an amazing country. We whirled through the main sights of Delhi including Qutab Minar and the India Gate. We took a train to Agra to see the majestic Taj Mahal and saw the beautiful colours of Jaipur, known as the ‘pink city’. As incredible as all these sights were, the highlight was definitely the national parks that we visited – Ranthambore National Park and Keoladeo National Park.

 

Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur originally started as a man-made lake which flooded into the neighbouring area. When the locals noticed that it drew a large amount of birds, it was turned into a wildlife sanctuary and named after the temple situated inside. We boarded our rickshaws and were very shortly rewarded with sightings of spotted deer, wild boar and plenty of peacocks. Our naturalist was adept at spotting beautiful birds such as the Painted Stork - pointing them out to us with his handy scope. I took the chance to return to the sanctuary early the next morning and enjoyed the serenity of the park without any tourists. Although it was a very early start, it was definitely worth the trip as I was able to venture further into the park and had the good fortune to see a Black-Necked Crane looking for some breakfast, and a small Indian Scopes Owl sleeping in a tree.

Ranthambore National park was an altogether different experience. Instead of the relaxed nature of wandering through the bird sanctuary on foot and by rickshaw, we raced down bumpy roads on a canter to search for the elusive tiger.  

 

After an unsuccessful game drive spent tracking tiger prints, but seeing deer, crocodiles and a few sloth bears, we managed to spot a tiger as we were leaving the park. We were stopped on the main road behind other canters and waited with bated breath until it emerged from the trees. The excitement when the tiger finally appeared was so great that many of the onlookers started clapping! Watching it walk slowly up the ridge on the other side of the valley was such an incredible sight - a perfect end to our day. The next morning we were lucky enough to be able to watch a mother tiger and her babies play from afar – we did not want to risk scaring them off by venturing closer.

All in all, my stay was perfect for a new visitor to India with a passion for wildlife. I was able to gain a glimpse into the culture and history of this amazing country which already has me planning my next trip!

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