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12 Nights in Rajasthan - should I go to Rathanbore?

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Dec 20th, 2007, 08:32 PM
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I would second,third and forth that you should go to Ranthambhore(our PBS station just had a wonderful BBC special tonight about the The tigers of India and it concentrated on the park and all of the poaching within India in the past years).

My son is working in India and my daughter and I did most of the cities on your trip last month. I just want you to know that the drive from Agra to Jaipur was HORRIBLE due to 2 lanes and massive construction last month. It was 5 hours of hell and making deals with someone upstairs that we won't have an accident. We actually did see someone get killed in front of us on a motorcycle.

We planned and bought train tickets from Ranthambhore to Delhi which we royally got screwed on. The train was late from Sawali(sp?) which is the Ranthambhore stop into Jaipur so we missed our connection to Delhi.The tickets were purchased at the train station the day before and we used an agent-go figure! Everything else was sold out and we were told at the train station that unless the train is OVER 3 hours late they do not refund the ticket fully-only 50%. So we lost a big chunk of money which would have been nice to know ahead of time-we ended up sitting at a bus station in Jaipur for 5 hours to get a bus back to Delhi at 3am. What a nightmare!

That, and the Mansingh Hotel in Jaipur losing my son's driver's license in the first few minutes of signin and their horrible actions to us left that part of the trip a bad memory.

This was my first trip to India and it was a love/hate vacation. I really enjoyed getting out of the big cities and seeing the real beauty such as Ranthambhore and its place in India. Have a wonderful trip!
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Dec 20th, 2007, 11:42 PM
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Do not skip Ranthambore. We just got back on Tuesday from a 16 day trip to India and Nepal. We had AMAZING tiger sightings. The second day on the morning drive, we saw a mama tiger walking towards our jeep. We were the only ones there and spent several minutes watching her. During the afternoon drive, a tiger walked right past our jeep... literally inches away. Of course our jeep had broken down and we couldn't move, but that's another story. Ranthambore was the highlight of our trip to India. Do not skip it!!!
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Dec 21st, 2007, 05:52 AM
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Would love to read more about your trip. We've opted for Bandavargh instead of Rathambore in February. I hope that's not a bad call.
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Dec 21st, 2007, 07:25 PM
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The place we stayed in Ranthambore (Tiger Safari Resort) had a 70% sighting rate when we were there. Luck of the draw most likely. We were there three days and did four drives. Some people had been on four safaris and hadn't seen a tiger.
We had an excellent guide on our second day who said he wasn't giving up until we saw a tiger. And we did! We had the same guide in the afternoon and that was when we had our amazing, too close for comfort sighting!!! I think our very large tips in the morning had something to do with us getting him again in the afternoon.
I'll fill you in on all the details over the weekend.
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Dec 22nd, 2007, 01:58 AM
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Just to add to the consensus - we loved our two game drives in Ranthambore 2 years ago, & saw no tigers - although nothing close to a southern africa game park, it's wonderful to get away from the cities & clamour for a day & breathe quiet, fresh air! Nice birds & deer. Road from Agra (what a smoggy dump!) was long & uncomfortable,with along the road upsetting sights like families selling their daughters for sex, 'dancing' bears... Jaipur was wonderful. Enjoy the experience
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Jan 19th, 2008, 02:35 AM
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Ranthambore will break the monotony of the tour. As you are flying between the major cities you shall miss the wonderful rural sights in Rajasthan. Infact, I would suggest a stay in one of those beautiful new destinations between Udaipur & Ranthambore. This will add to the flavour of your stay in a colourful state like Rajasthan!
The sightings have been good these last couple of months. You may also avail of an oppurtunity of staying in a luxury tented accomodation, incase you wished to do that...it is in consonance with the tiger country! Though tiger is the most sought after animal by a tourist,and the most exciting animal i have seen in an Indian jungle, at close quarters, you have other sights and sounds which are amply rewarding. As you are proceeding immediately after the cessation of monsoons, the tall grass around the lakes would hold a lot of prey & you have great chance of spotting the tiger on an early evening, as he leaves his layer to serve himself for a dinner!
One should take the morning train to Bharatpur to avoid that back-breaking drive.
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Jan 20th, 2008, 06:19 PM
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Not to give you more options as I know there is so much to choose from, but if you drop mumbai, spend one night in agra (which is all you need), you can add in bandavargh national park which is an amazing place to see tigers. we were there 3 nights and had some incredible sightings (10 different tigers, 11 sightings). I also agree with the folks who say you cannot cut down on your nights in udaipur - you need at least 2 there as you will not want to leave.
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Jan 21st, 2008, 06:19 AM
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Hi Rajasthan is a destination in itself. Mumbai is like just another city, so spending two days there is collosal waste of time. You straight go to Rajathan. Yes 1 night in Agra is sufficient enough, you should rather make Jaisalmer as a part of your trip. It is great place to be close to sand dunes. I live in India and that too in Delhi, hence know. Have great trip.
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Jan 21st, 2008, 07:16 AM
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we loved ranthambore and did see a tiger although he was just resting but saw numerous other wildlife. If you can stay at Khem Vilas- a fantastic place and the owner's father is responsible for ranthambore becoming a national park. The fort was also very interesting and worth going to.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 10:57 PM
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That fort in Ranthambhore has great history! It was one of the two 'sircars', the other being mehmoodabad, from where the Mughals operated the Deccan campaigns. It was handed over to Jaipur house by an old Rajput warrior, who maintained it as long as his finances permitted, in the 18th century. Thereafter, it became part of the royal hunting grounds!
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