13.02.2013 - 14.02.2013 26 °C
Today we went on 2 safaris, the first a morning drive was very dusty and rough but we sore lots of naughty monkeys with long tails and serious faces. We saw several kinds of deer and we travelled over bone shaking trails past an ancient fort on top of a hill. We came back for lunch and then we went for our second dusty but fantastic second drive in which we saw everything we saw in the morning plus crocodiles and finally two magnificent tigers lying in the road in front of our large truck. They were a mother and her son who is 12 months old and still feeding from his mother. We were apparently one of few safaris to ever see this happen. Our guides were amazed!
We meet in half an hour for our last dinner here and then we are off to Jaipur in the morning - a 4 1/2 hour trip on made roads thank goodness. Yesterday we travelled on a train for 3 hours sitting next to a local man who spent most of the time shouting into his mobile when he wasn't racing up and down the train carriage nearly knocking over the chai wallah's. The railway station at Bharatpur was an amazing experience in it's own right.
The foregoing was originally sent to our grandson so the language is not up to our usual standard. Fortunately the accommodation here at Ranthambore does exceed our wildest dreams. The 2 Oberoi properties we have stayed at here and in Agra are superb with equally friendly and efficient staff. Our dinner tonight was in an open courtyard with a bonfire in the centre. One of our companions had organised roses to be delivered all the way to us in the middle of nowhere and the staff created swans out of towels for us filled with rose petals. A romantic card completed the surprise! Our tented room is out of this world along with a marble 4 claw footed bath shower and all facilities including gourmet chefs. The gardens are wonderful and there is a beautiful private terrace complete with 2 chaise lange with peacocks, squirrels and humming birds.
As mentioned above our highlight of the day was to see at close range a female Bengal Tiger and her year old cub who was still suckling. A rare sight for all of us. Many of our group have back problems and these are likely to be worse after the pummelling they received today and 3 days ago between Orchha and Agra. Celina spent most of the 2nd game drive today virtually standing in the front seat of the large safari vehicle. Along with the Tigers we saw crocodiles Sambar and spotted deer, monkeys, and wild boar.
Tomorrow its off to Jaipur - a 4 hour drive on our coach and our next palace. Phots will be updated as I get the time.