Sawai Madhopur, in Rajasthan, is the departure point for the famous Ranthambore National Park, and India’s efforts to conserve the dwindling tiger population. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and the most likely place to see these majestic animals. .

After breakfast onboard, we set out for our morning game drive/safari.

Ranthambore is home to several other species as well including monkeys we saw at the entrance and throughout the park.

and spotted deer…

and crocodiles.

Extensive bird life includes jungle fowl, partridges, quails, the crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers, etc. There are also storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes.

Rufus Tree-pie

Peacocks, national bird of India

Banyan tree over 500 years old


Topping off our safari was high tea at the Sawai Modhopur Lodge, the former hunting lodge of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur.

After tea, we returned to the train to relax before dinner.

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