Ranthambore National Park, Wildlife ‘Captured’ Right
Have you ever ventured into a forest in search for its resident creatures? What if I tell you that you’d be deep in the woods of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve only to be drawn in further by the voices of the jungle? Let me take you on a jungle safari at one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries in Northern India – the Ranthambore National Park.
Photo Credits: Vinay Rupe
Take on a photo journey of the Ranthambore safari in a wildlife reserve that is thick with dry deciduous forests sprawling across an area of 1334 sq. km. The Ranthambore National Park is a tiger reserve dotted with a number of lakes interspersed with breathtaking meadows and grasslands to satiate your quest for tiger sighting.
Would you watch creatures of the jungle thriving in their natural habitat or those that are helpless and imprisoned for life at a local zoo? Do you like the chase or would you rather support those who chain and abuse? The choice is yours. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, a nature photographer or an adventure freak, then a game viewing experience at the Ranthambore National Park is just what you need.
If you’re into wildlife photography or simply love to go on wildlife holidays, then you would definitely know how naturalists and wildlife photographers track animals in the jungle. They look for signs while on the safari – always. Frogs, monkeys and birds often warn their little friends in the jungle when they spot a tiger, leopard or any predator for that matter with a low but fierce alarming call. That’s your cue to look around intently – you never know who is watching you from behind that tree and what’s hiding within that absolutely still thicket. Wildlife photography in India is booming right now. Thanks to the beautiful forests of India that are home to a wide variety of animal species making it the best for both nature photography as well as animal photography.
And of course, a good set of binoculars and a passion for bird watching lets you enjoy a thrilling jungle excursion experience on your jeep safari at the Ranthambore National Park. With 272 species of the exotic birds like the Flamingos, Gray Hornbills, Flycatchers, and Nightjars, you’re in for an endless chase of feathered creatures here.
Birds aren’t the first choice of predators when it comes down to being eaten in the wild. Wondering why? There are plenty of reasons, one being they are like appetizers to Tigers thanks to the negligent amount of meat on them. Second, they have wings, remember? And third, some bird species actually help these predators in their own birdy ways. Take the Rufous Treepie that was leading the way in the earlier photograph, for instance. It acts like a Tiger’s toothpick and picks out small chunks of meat that are stuck between the Tigers teeth. WHAT? Yes. You’ll find these birds in abundance at the Ranthambore National Park and I really hope that you get a chance to catch them in the act.
On a jungle safari, the chances of spotting a Tiger increases around water bodies like ponds, lakes and rivers. The extreme temperatures of Rajasthan can get the best of them and it is very likely to find Tigers lazing in the waters. Having a hard time spotting a Tiger? You know where to go.
Photo Credits: Vinay Rupe
What makes the Ranthambore National Park the best place for a wildlife safari is that although it is famous since it offers over 15 tiger sightings at one go; it also is home to other exotic species like Leopards, Jackals, Indian Flying Fox, Black Bucks, Sloth Bears, Desert Cats, Mongoose, Rattles and Five-stripped Palm Squirrels. The Ranthambore Reserve also has a large collection of Reptiles like the Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodile, Pythons, Cobras, Desert Monitor Lizard and many more.
Wildlife enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, adventure seekers and nature lovers; you’re not going to regret visiting the Ranthambore National Park one bit! Hop aboard the Deccan Odyssey and explore India’s alluring wildlife among its other exceptional offerings.
Written By: Jovita Elveera Mendonca
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