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India snapshot (#4)

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on January 1, 2013 by xi'an

Chinkara gazelles, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India, Dec. 29, 2012

Although the visit of the Ranthambore National Park felt too much like a tourist trap, with dozens of jeeps and trucks criss-crossing the dirt roads at a density such that it is surprising they ever see tigers!, it was quite informative to observe the reactions (and plain colonial attitudes) of our fellow jeep passengers:

– (To me) Could you sit in the middle? I had the middle seat on the previous trip and I could not see a thing.

– (To the driver, after crossing a cattle herd) Now that we have seen these cows, could we please move somewhere where we can see some wild animals? Is this still the National Park? We are supposed to spend the visit in the National Park!

– (To the driver, as we were visibly heading back) Sir, we have paid till 10:30, there remains one hour, could we go somewhere else in the park and look for some wild animals? We should be given another chance to see tigers…

India snapshot (#3)

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , on December 31, 2012 by xi'an

sunrise in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, Dec.29, 2012Morning glory in the Ranthambore National Parc: the trip started rather inauspiciously with traffic jams of jeeps and trucks at the entrance of the park, but we got rewarded by a beautiful sunrise on the neighbouring hills, if not by spotting a tiger (strictly speaking, it should be striping a tiger!), much to the vocal dismay of my fellow riders.