Going on safari in Ranthambore while staying at Aman-i-Khas

Introduction
Aman New Delhi
Aman-i-Khas / Safari in Ranthambore National Park
Amanbagh / Activities around Amanbagh


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.


Jeep that took us on safari


Old town of Ranthambore


Old town of Ranthambore


Park entrance


Ranthambore National Park gate


Ranthambore National Park


Ranthambore National Park

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!).


Crocodile


Full pyhton


Bambi


Bambi #2

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. ;)

Comments

  1. ikonos says

    Unfortunate part of Indian national parks/forests is ease of access. The ones that you can easily access, wild life has been poached and hunted. Good ones don’t have easy access. You would have to hike on foot for them. Yeah not really appealing to see a Tige

  2. Ron says

    Jonathon,
    Apparently, you aren’t a car guy either. It’s a Maruti Suzuki that is pretty common in India.

  3. Bacc says

    Also saw no tigers in India. We were in Kerala and a “taxi-guide” conned us into a full day car ride over dreadful roads to a tiger park that had been closed for a week– early closing due to a very early onset of 100+ weather. Had better luck in the DC zoo. At least you got the sunset. For some reason my husband was also considered an exotic photo op in India and also in Java. So interesting must be in the eye of the beholder.

  4. HockeyCoachBen says

    @Papa Smurf The American Croc population is surging in the southern half of Florida. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_crocodile

    As a matter of fact, Southern Florida is the only place on Earth where crocs and alligators coexist in the wild.

    While rare, crocs have been spotted around the Central Florida/Orlano area with the right weather and water salinity conditions.

  5. Ricki says

    We saw many tigers at Aman-I-Khas. But you need to do more drives than just 2. We did 5 drives and saw tigers (close, beautiful pictures) 3 times.

  6. Barbara says

    Heading to Aman New Delhi here next week for two nights then onto Aman-i-khas for 15 nights. Our 4th year in a row and we are totally crazy about Aman-i-khas. Always stay in tent #5. Usually go on Safari twice while we’re there and have seen tigers almost everytime and more than one tiger. I think the morning safari’s are better. The staff at Aman-i-khas is fabulous and our Batman, Mukesh is great. The Aman Delhi is wonderful as well and the rooms/suites are amazing. Love getting in the plunge pool with a bottle of wine and looking out at Humanyan’s Tomb. Both venues are worth staying at if you’re heading that way.

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