Gay Travel India: Ranthambore Tiger Reserve--Home of the "Friendly Tigers"
Tigers and Elephants and Rhinos, oh my! Ranthambore is India's grandest national park, and the best place to view animals that are highly endangered but well protected here. Despite what you read elsewhere, it is the only game reserve with a population of tigers. (Poachers took all of the tiger populations in other parks in India and sold their various parts in China.) On this wildlife safari you will also see exotic plant life and hundreds of species of birds in a dramatic and rugged setting dotted with long-abandoned forts and palaces. Purple Dragon pioneered LGBT travel to India.
Ranthambore, India's Most Spectacular National Park
Ranthambore National Park's abandoned fortress, lakes and above all it's 'friendly' tigers have made it one of the most spectacular wildlife reserves in the world. The park is one of the only remaining place in the country to see these tigers in the wild. The tigers can sometimes be easily spotted even during the day. A good time to visit between November and May when sightings are most common. The Park which covers an area of nearly 400 square kilometers. This Ranthambore detour can be made by road from either Jaipur or Agra or by train from Delhi. The park is closed during wet season--June through September.
Day One: Into the Wild
Drive from Agra or Jaipur to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Depart early and enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way, then check in at your hotel or lodge on arrival. Depending on the hotel you choose you may be in a luxury safari tent or a rustic lodge with a working fireplace.
Day Two: Hunt for Big Game
Early morning safari through the park on an all-terrain vehicle with a rooftop platform that is tall enough to see over the top of the tall grasses that grow in parts of the park. Nestled in the Aravali hills, in the midst of the arid plains and denuded tracts of Rajasthan in the north of India, lies Ranthambore tiger reserve, a haven for the adventure-seeker and the wildlife-watcher. 410km of desert ecology speckled with dhok, ronj, salai, ber and palm trees boast some of the best wildlife sightings Asia has to offer. This is where belts of dry deciduous forest with ancient Banyan and Peepul trees suddenly give way to lush green Oasis.
Three major lakes, Rajbaugh, Milak Talao and Pada talao, serve as watering holes for the herbivorous and carnivorous creatures that inhibit this national park which is studded as it is with Rajput pavilions and palaces and the imposing ruins of Ranthambore Fort.
Ranthambore is famous for its tigers and provides some of the best sightings of the majestic animal. Other attractions are the leopard, sambar, blue bull, chital, chinkara, hyena, jackal, fox, jungle cat, ratel, sloth bear, langur and wild boar. Over 300 species of birds are to be seen - peafowl, parakeets, partridges, storks, egrets, flycatchers, owls etc and other migratory varieties in the winter months that include, black eagle, greylag goose, shelduck, pintails etc.
You may make an optional visit for the second time into the park in the afternoon.
Day Three: Bag a Tiger If You Have Time
Ranthambore to Jaipur or Agra. If you decided to relax instead of opt for a second park visit yesterday, you can do it this morning, then continue onward in the afternoon. Better yet, spend an extra night and get an early start to Jaipur or Agra the next morning.
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel. We offer four different hotels in Ranthambore, ranging from standard to luxury class. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We only use hotels that are gay-owned, gay-managed or gay-friendly. We inspect most hotels at least once a year. If you want a specific hotel please let us know.
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Ranthambore is offered only as an add-on to Purple Dragon's Golden Triangletour package and is not available separately.
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve Includes
two nights hotel accommodation with daily American breakfast beginning on day 2, two lunches, two dinners, services of English speaking park guide, entrance fees, transportation throughout using chauffeured AC Toyota car beginning with arrival in Ranthambore, all presently applicable taxes.