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“Good experience, room for improvement.”

Ranthambore National Park
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2-Day Ranthambore National Park Tour From Jaipur
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This wildlife sanctuary is famous for its population of tigers, a 1000-year-old fort and a rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Reviewed December 30, 2013

As this is a national park and not a zoo, we did not have high expectations of seeing tigers. It is just a matter of luck with only 30% of the parks area accessible to the public. from what I heard, March and April are the best times to go for tiger watchings.

The park is beautiful and it is nice to get a bit of fresh air intake after spending some time in cities. The distance to Delhi makes it weekendable. We did 4 tours and saw dears, antilopes, bears, tigers, an alligator, gazelles, langurs, hyenas and peacocks. We did routes 4,8,2,5

My suggestions for improvement:
1) organise your jeeps and buses according to the hotel where people are staying at. It is very annoying to zig-zag through town to pick everybody up.
2) One of our tours was over an hour delayed, followed by the aforementioned hotel tour, so we only spend 70min in the park
3) It would be nice if the guides/drivers would provide some more explanation on the flora& Fauna, instead of just their names.
4) It would be good if the guides explained the rules of the park (especially no littering and no smoking) to the tour groups before the entry. The park is beautiful and should stay that way.
5) maybe it would be worth considering putting radios in the jeeps and buses to communicate good sighting points.

3  Thank OOOO K
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We went on a morning safari and an afternoon safari. Getting tickets can be quite a pain. We booked ours a long time in advance online, but they must be collected at the Ranthambore Tourist Centre in the morning of the day of the trip starting at 5.00 am. These are only the park entry tickets. In addition, one must also pay the guide and vehicle fees at that time. Every hotel can arrange collection of tickets on your behalf (ours charged 50 INR per seat).

In the morning we took a Gypsy (driver, guide and six tourists), in the afternoon we took a petrol canter (driver, guide and 16 tourists). I strongly recommend the gypsies which are smaller, faster and more manoeuvrable than the canters. The vehicles also must pick up and drop off visitors at the hotels, so you waste a fair amount of time with the larger canters. We booked our tours two months in advance and all afternoon gypsies were already fully booked. The worst option is the largest 20 people diesel trucks.

We went to zone 2 and 4, in the morning and afternoon respectively, which are considered “good zones”. Vehicles are labelled accordingly and the allocation of zones is strictly enforced. The park is beautiful with hills, lakes, rivers and woods. We saw plenty of wildlife on both occasions – spotted deer, summer deer, monkeys, birds, 2 crocodiles – but no tigers (and in fact no tigers were seen in our zones during our trips). This is understandable as there are about 50 tigers wandering around in an area of 11.000 km2 and they are not waiting for noisy gypsies and canters to drive by. Unless a tiger is moving around close to a road you are unlikely to see one.

You should also bear in mind that the odds of spotting tigers are inflated to attract tourists to the park who otherwise would not come. A guide conceded to me that on average he sees tigers 2 times per week (out of about 10 trips) – so consider yourself lucky if you do!

Drivers and guides play their part by saying that “today is a good day for tigers” or that “this is a good zone”, but change the line when it becomes clear that today is not a good day for tigers after all, saying that it is too cold, too warm, too much fog etc.

In the morning, our driver and guide made a genuine effort to follow tiger footprints but to no avail. Drivers and guides communicate with each other when crossing other vehicles so they know quickly when a tiger is moving around in the zone. For the afternoon trip, they know the likelihood to see tigers during the trip but obviously they will not tell you. We noticed that ours made considerably less effort to chase tigers but focused on the other wildlife instead.

With or without tigers, Ranthambore NP is worth a visit if only to witness that there is still is a place in India unspoiled by plastic, dirt, noise, and general human activity – but don’t come with the expectation of seeing tigers, consider them as a bonus instead.

3  Thank Ryfusz
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is a waste of time when you go out of season time to see the tigers. The safari takes about three ours and there is not much to see. The roads within the park are very bumpy and if there is no chance to see a tiger it gets very boring and annoying.

Thank kropik
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We all went twice. Guide let us know only 25% chance of seeing tigers. Thing we learnt is Tyger Tyger is by William Blake.

Thank Jantreg
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

I came along way to see this park and perhaps I had some unrealistic expectations. I knew beforehand that I would probably not actually see a tiger, but at least I could see other animals and flora. What I saw was mostly canters one after the other (big open seating trucks), jeeps and hordes of loud tourists. Maybe I am spoiled because I have seen very beautiful national parks in many European countries, the US and Canada, South Africa etc. or maybe because it was a Sunday and just about every family was out there to spot a tiger, but the park itself, while nice, is not especially stunning. We did see monkeys, deer, a tiger footprint and a lot of birds. I am surprised we saw anything at all with all the noise of the cantors and tourists. If I had known, I would have spent the night in Jaipur and avoided the long drive back and forth. Maybe it is better during the week. Be sure to bring warm clothes if you go on the morning safari.

2  Thank TSinParis
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