We learned that they use the dung and herbs and other things to make incense. Oh yeah!
Ranthambhore National Park borders the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. These are the former hunting grounds of the Maharajah of Jaipur. The park is now a 512-square-mile nature preserve since 1973 (one of India's largest) and is home to diverse plant life, historic ruins, and hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and of course, Bengal tigers. The main mission of the park of course is to protect the endangered Bengals.
We had not driven around long and there ... what excitement, a tiger. We were told that it is not guaranteed to see one considering that there are only about 30+ in this vast area.
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It surely is a unique experience to catch glimpses of this majestic and fascinating animal. How lucky we were.
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A spotted deer which might be the tiger's next meal. We saw lots of them.
We are driving around and around. Our guide is looking for these. But no more luck today.
Lots of these where we exit the park.
Dinner was outdoors. It was a bit chilly, but lots of open fires, lots of ambiance, a couple of local beers "Kingfisher".
A magnificent Banyan tree (Ficus bengalensis). Are we actually driving through or just very close by?
It was a sunny but crisp day, after every curve another beautiful picture ... and a lot of wildlife: spotted deer, Sambar deer, marsh crocodiles, many different birds, ducks etc.
Partridges not in a pear tree.
We saw many many peacocks. And a lot of other birds. Not easy to take a good picture. Some things you just have to commit to memory instead.
Back at the fort.
Our travel group of 24 was divided in two for the game drives, 12 in each. At lunch time we heard that the other group had been very lucky seeing a tiger make a kill. Well, that is the luck of the draw ... or ... nature. James and I were very happy that we had seen a tiger the day before already.
The three drives had been wonderful. We had seen a lot of wild life. Not all can be captured in photos, at least not with my good but basic camera.
But then our group really was lucky: we saw a leopardess. Aaahh!
Wow, a leopardess.
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I had been able to take several photos but the high grass is covering her too much.