Mornings and evenings are the
best time to observe animals and birds - which is
why we planned out an overnight trip both here and
The Ranthambhor National Park certainly is one of
the most picturesque game reserves in the world -
the entire forest being dominated by the silent,
ruined battlements of the Ranthambhor Fort, which is
inside the sanctuary.
Another interesting feature of the park is a huge
banyan tree - supposedly one of the world's largest
- near the graceful Jogi
water palace. Incidentally, Jogi Mahal
still does not have electricity.
Covered under Project Tiger (one of Asia's most
important conservation efforts), Ranthambhor is the
favourite haunt of wildlife buffs and professional
wildlife photographers from around the world. Apart
from tigers, other animals include panthers,
caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh
crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of
deer. The Park has a rich birdlife as well including
The Great Indian horned owl, which has an uncanny
resemblance to my boss back home.