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India
   
Tiger Safari
   
   
Ranthambore National Park
   
Rathambore National Park is one of India's largest and most renowned nature reserves. It is famous for its population of comparatively approachable tigers compared to other parks. Just the twoof us were assigned to the same naturalist for all of the game drives. The park assigned one of five zones each time we went out. The seven game drives were 6am-9:30am and 3pm to 6:30pm each day. The naturalist were intent on locating game for us to view, especially tigers. They always knew where the previous sightings were and used a lot of instinct to find them. Out of the seven game drives we sighted tigers on six.We did a lot of of 4 wheeling, rock crawling, off the rode driving. Although it is a reserve the animals are free to wander wherever they want. A portion of it is fenced with stone walls to keep the local cattle from wandering in there. In 1973, part of this sanctuary came under the Project Tiger Scheme, initiated by the Govt. of India and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). It was one of the first nine Tiger reserve areas taken up in the country under Project Tiger. At that time there were 16 villages inside the sanctuary but between 1976 and 1979, 12 of these villages were shifted outside the sanctuary. Ruins are all around from the villages that used to be located there and the local pilgrims walk in barefooted on various holidays to leave food for the animals and worship. There were actually two tiger sightings right where the Pilgrims had been.
   
Day 1 Afternoon Game Drive

 

 

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Ruins of original community
Spider nest

 

 

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Rhesus Monkey (I think)
Common Langur( I think)

 

 

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White breasted Water Hen
Water Turtle

 

 

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White Breasted Kingfisher
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Eurasian Golden Oriole

 

 

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Black -rumped Flameback Woodpecker
Spotted Deer

 

 

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Spotted Deer
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White Throated Kingfisher
Indian Peafowl

 

 

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Oriental White-eye
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Alexandrine Parakeet

 

 

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Spotted Deer
Blue Bull
   
   
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