“Jungle jungle baat chali hai pata chala hai, arre chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai, phool khila hai!”
This soul-stirring song of the legendary movie Jungle Book still gives me goose bumps each time I listen to it. Mowgli – the abandoned man-cub raised by the wolves in the jungle with the help of Baloo – the bear and Bagheera – the black panther, used to sneak into my dreams to say hello to me very often in those yesteryears. Sigh! I couldn’t meet him in person but I decided to take my vengeance with Sher Khan – the tiger for the nuisance that he created in Mowgli’s life. Little did I know that when a real tiger would appear in front me, thunder and lightning would strike and my world would come to a standstill, everything else would cease to exist except the tiger and m. Well, in my case – the tigresses and me; and none other than the Queen of Ranthambore T17 – aka Sundari and her mother, the grandmother of the jungle – T16 aka Machali. To know about my date with her highnesses, do read – My tryst with regalia, in the deep confines of Ranthambore! For now I want to share my experience of the exquisite wilderness of Ranthambore through pictures.
Ranthambore National Park – named after the Ranthambore fortress which is housed in the park premises is a 392 kms wide jungle and has the pride of place of being one of the biggest national parks in northern India. It is situated 11 kms away from Sawai Madhopur in south east Rajasthan. Initially it was established as a Game Sanctuary by the Indian Government and was declared as one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Whilst the Ranthambore wildlidfe sanctuary is known for sighting tigers in their natural habitat, the flora and fauna of the jungle is worth every naya paisa. The ethereal forest offers you serenity and tranquillity that you may never have experienced before in a thicket that boasts of wild animals like the sloth bear, leopard, nilgai, hyena, wild boar, chital, deer, birds, reptiles; and a wide variety of trees including the much-loved large banyan trees. The safaris which take you on tiger trails into the deep jungle make you realise how much you are missing out on living in the urban areas. The jungles of Ranthambore helped me understand why people in the olden days took off to the jungles for their Vanprastha ashram stint.Going into the wild jungle does it to you.. her experience of the #Ranthambore #Tiger sanctuary! Click To Tweet
I was speechless during every safari I went for; the beauty of the jungle was astounding. There were times when I was desperate to get off my jeep and walk, but unfortunately one isn’t allowed to do that for one’s own security and more importantly of the habitants of Ranthambore. The water bodies inside the jungle as well as the fortress are something that will make you think of the wonders that exist in our great country. The views from every part of the jungle are priceless as you will see in the pictures that follow. Through these pictures I have attempted to make you experience how deeply I was moved every moment I spent in Ranthambore. Those were one of the most precious moments of my life that I have tried to capture through my lens. Without much ado let me take you through a tour of the jungle…. Jungle jungle baat chali hai… pata chala hai…
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