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Hyderabad, AP, India
I used to be a bit of a drifter, still am partly, but life is getting more and more organized recently due to a special someone. I love playing and watching cricket, I have recently realised that I have a very big interest in wildlife and birding. I work for a blue chip company. I am well and truly blessed! No complaints there :)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ranthamboriiiing . . .

After a short and nice train ride from Bharatpur on the Jan Shatabdi express (tickets at around Rs. 80/- for a comfortable 2-hour ride {great value for money in an otherwise hassled railway network in Rajasthan}), we arrived at splendid Sawai Madhopur. The town itself appeared to be filled with all the trappings of a tourist-filled town. The auto rickshaw that plied us was brand new and even smelled of fresh paint :)

We stayed at the RTDC Vinayak Hotel, a very good place to stay at if traveling on a tight budget. But of course if you are the kind whose dad drives a Mercedes, you might want to try for rooms at the Oberoi Vanyavilas.

The nasty surprise that greeted us was that there would be gypsies available for safari at this late an hour. We should have to share space with 20 other tourists on a canter van :(

Though this was a downer, we did manage to reserve seats on one of them for 2 safaris the next day.

The safaris themselves were too short. At least the morning one had like-minded folks who maintained silence where required. The afternoon one was a total mess! First, we had to wait for a tourist couple who were late to arrive and wasted 15 mins outside the park. We also had a huge family that was with kids, eatables, water . . .that could have fed an army! The group was unrelenting in its chatter and was driving us close to the edge of our tether!

Add to this the biggest disappointment of all, we never saw any tigers :(

Here are some pics from this misadventure though . . .

1 comment:

  1. This particular collection is just awesome:) no words to describe your photographic talents :) keep rocking:)

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