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Jaipur and Ranthambore

25 Dec

Project Tiger launched in 1973 after the first ever all India Tiger census showed the existence of only 1800 of them, since then for each tiger reserves in the country plans were drawn up based on

  • minimizing all forms of human exploitation and disturbance from the core areas
  • repair the damages done to the eco-system by human and other interferences so as to facilitate recovery of the eco-system.

The project since then has gained speed with various government and non government agencies coming forward to preserve the little of what is left of the “Big Cats”. But then as these projects have grown more successful and names such as Bandhavgarh (M.P),  Ranthambore (Rajasthan), Corbett (Uttaranchal) become more popular. Below are my memories from a recent trip to Ranthambore and Jaipur

Palace of the Breeze, Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women’s chambers, the chambers of the harem.




Nahagarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking city of Jaipur







Nahagarh served as a refuge for Europeans fleeing from the havoc created by mutineers in neighboring states.





View from Ranthambore Fort looking at the national park



It is surrounded within the famous Ranthambore National Park which was formerly the hunting grounds for the Maharajahs of Jaipur before Indian independence.


Sunrise at the Park







Sunrise again





Sunrise on Day 2, from Ranthambore Fort







The Indian Government started Project Tiger in 1973 with an allotted area of 60 mi2. It was later expanded to become what is now called, the Ranthambore National Park.


Saw him from a distance of 10 Feet, not the usual starved one’s we see in the zoo but a 8 feet male in prime condition.






Sambars are a common sight found around the water lakes.