A few days ago I wrote a review of my incredible stay at Aman-i-Khas, the luxury tent resort located in Ranthambore, India. The highlight of the area is Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest national parks in Northern India.
During our stay we went on one morning safari and one afternoon safari. Ranthambore National Park has seven “tracks,” and unfortunately you don’t know which one you’ll be on till you get to the gate. This means in theory that you could end up taking the same track twice, though fortunately that didn’t happen to us.
Anyway, on the whole I found the safari to be rather underwhelming. The issue with Ranthambore National Park is that besides tigers, there’s not really any other interesting wildlife you wouldn’t see in my backyard in Florida. And the issue is that there really aren’t all that many tigers in the park, so your chances of spotting one aren’t great. Our guide indicated he hadn’t seen a tiger in over a week.
So while the hunt was exciting, it was a bit disappointing to not actually see any tigers.
The wildlife we saw was limited to deer, small crocodiles (there are bigger ones in my backyard), and a python just having consumed a large meal and being immobile for a week (eek!).
The one part of the safari that was absolutely stunning was the sunset. I felt like it was straight out of “Lion King.”
As the day drew to a close we stopped at one of the “resting points,” where a bunch of the other jeeps stopped as well. An Indian family approached me and said “since we didn’t see any tigers, can we at least take a picture with you?” Houston, when I’m the most interesting thing to photograph in a national park, we’ve got a problem.