Exotic India: Tigers Of Ranthambore (Women-Only Northern India Photo Tour) Part 1
Into Tiger Land
I walked down the hall towards the lobby. It was nearly time to meet my guests and having personally travelled with 2 out of the 4 ladies, and knowing the 3rd, I knew that my guests would be at the designated meeting place earlier than the confirmed time.
Rounding the corner and entering the lobby of our hotel in Delhi, I spotted my guests; 4 ladies who I would be hosting and photographically guiding in Ranthambore National Park and Varanasi. Laughter and smiles at one another, I made my way to the group knowing that this was going to be one very special and delightfully fun tour, and I could not wait for it to begin.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is a pretty incredible and very beautiful destination. Steeped in history with iconic and gorgeous architecture seen in the different Zones, we were captivated and whisked away to a different, ancient world every time we entered the park and explored its different Zones. This Park is the largest and most renowned national park in Northern India and used to be the Royal hunting grounds for Maharajas of Jaipur, a time in history long since passed. The Ranthambore Fort still stands tall and proud – a magnificent 10th century construction that we couldn’t tear our eyes away from whenever we were in a Zone that contained it or had a view of it.
Our days started off with a morning coffee together in lounge area of the Ranthambore Kothi hotel. All packed and ready to explore the diverse habitats that are found in the 392km² (243,58 square miles) of wilderness area which only a small percentage is available to the public to explore. The percentage of the Park open to the public is divided into 10 Zones; each containing resident Tigers and its own natural beauty.
Our 7-days in Ranthambore was pretty spectacular, to put it mildly. Our first afternoon set the tone for the tour when we came upon the famous and gorgeous Noor. Our first Tiger sighting, and what a sighting it was! We were able to follow her as she walked parallel to us, towards us, up to us… we got it all! Our local guide and host Bablu along with our drivers and guides really assisted me with ensuring that we got our guests the best possible positionings with all our Tiger sightings, as well as finding these behemoth cats, and so much more! Sloth bear sightings – one last 45-minutes with us alone with one bear – andother wildlife species myself and my guests saw for the first time such as Chital (or Spotted deer), Sambar, Nilgai (or Blue bull) an abundance of bird species, Hanuman Langurs and an Asian Leopard!
Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife haven for the beasts and mesmerizing creatures that live at this sanctuary. The conservation efforts for the Bengal Tiger have shown incredible results and the population is constantly increasing!
To learn more about my guests’ experience, please do take a look at their blog posts that are filled with beautiful encounters, personal experiences, our daily humour, their photographic visions and more:
Guest Images from Ranthambore
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I’ve just returned from another Oryx adventure – this time to Ranthambore and Varanasi. This is my second time travelling with the lovely Penny Robartes – the first being to the Mara a few years ago. Penny continues to surprise and raise the bar.
From the organisation and logistics, to the photographic opportunities and tuition from Penny, and the group that was thoughtfully put together for this trip – everything was just perfect. The itinerary was a wonderful combination of wildlife and culture. I’d never seen a tiger in the wild before and this has been on my bucket list for ages – and thanks to the ace trackers and guides I got to see a tiger on almost every drive – 14 sightings of 11 different tigers and cubs – what an adrenaline rush that was. And thanks to Penny, I think I got some pretty decent images …
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Is there such a thing as a perfect trip? My recent trip to Ranthambore National Park and Varanasi, India with Oryx was nothing short of fantastic and exciting! Tiger sightings in Ranthambore were spectacular and Varanasi was sublime. It was simply an unparalleled experience made all the more enjoyable as all ground arrangements from transport, hotels and local guiding were impeccable. Everything went off smoothly and without a hitch.
In no small part the trip was memorable because of our photography lead, Penny Robartes. This is the third trip I have gone on with Penny. She is just the most wonderful person to travel with. She is personable, cheerful and caring, always making sure everything went off smoothly. She is very generous with her knowledge and expertise…
This tour was truly filled with indescribable moments and memories, laughter and unbreakable connections.
We have built on the foundation of this tour to offer an even greater photographic and experiential exploration of Northern India by adding in the magnificent and inspiring Taj Mahal!
Whether you wish to book a tour as a private group departure for yourself and your friends, or join other like-minded individuals on this photographic exploration, we are your India travel partners!
I hope to share the excitement, visual splendour and endless photographic opportunities of India with you!
Stay passionate and never stop exploring,
Your Photo Tour Leader, Penny Robartes