I was on my excursion to the Ranthambore National Park in the month of March last year. It was a well planned trip and I had made all the bookings beforehand so as not to face any problems regarding lodging and all. I was staying at the Oberoi hotel, I advice everyone to lodge in the best hotels because these people have a great connection to plan a good tiger safari for you. Do not risk booking things online with the park, because you cannot guarantee their service.
I had my booking in a 6 passenger jeep; all the fellow passengers were really nice to me. As we left to explore the park, we started chatting excitedly about what we might get to see. Really like any other tourist we were very keen on seeing a tiger.
The park is divided into 6 zones and mark my words every zone has a tiger, may be more than one. Accidently, in the zone 5 that day, the authorities had found a dead tiger, with two cubs. So, they closed it for the public in order to protect the cubs. The safari was then lead to the zone 6 which was really far away. The zone 6 had a lot of thick green cover, meaning it would be really hard to spot a tiger.
When we were slowly exploring the 6th zone we first saw a sloth bear. The sight of the first wild animal was really interesting. To our amazement we also saw fresh tiger tracks and heard alarming monkey calls. But due to the dense cover we just couldn’t see the tiger. Please avoid the 6th zone and the zone 1 was also bad. We had a bad luck while others saw a tiger in the 3rd zone.
However we saw animals like deer, wild boars, sloth bear (rare), some gazelle, mongoose, a monitor lizard, crocodiles and a variety of nice birds. There are also leopards, caracal, and jungle cats. It was fun.