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Ranthambore National Park

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The first National Park I visited whilst exploring India was Ranthambore. It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, and is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. It is also thought to be the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. At Ranthambore there are lots of lakes, and also beautiful old forts within the park, some of which you can walk around and discover there crumbling beauty.

Out of all the parks I visited this one seemed the busiest and must 'touristy'. Large cantors holding up to 20 people, as well as smaller jeeps, jostled for position on the one tiger viewing I had here. It felt like a bit of a bun fight to be honest, and I was surprised that the tiger really didn't take any notice and just carried on stalking her prey! She unfortunately didn't catch the deer, but it was great to have my first sighting of a tiger even if it was a bit hectic! One tip if you visit here is that no-one stays in their seats when a tiger is spotted, so be ready to do your part of elbowing to the front of the cantor if you want to see anything. The tiger I saw was called T17, daughter of the Lady of the Lake. She was only called by number to try and prevent poaching. In the past tigers with 'names' have become well known and popular, making them worth more for the poachers.

The old fort at Ranthambore is really worth visiting. There are some steps so be prepared for a bit of a climb, but it is worth it! From the top you can look out over the park, seeing some beautiful views. You'll probably be stopped by Indian people on the way around asking to take their photo, and sometimes taking yours too. There are some people out there who have some random snaps of me...! Look out for the monkeys who are quite common here, they weren't aggressive but do like the marigold garlands you can buy from the top of the fort, so be prepared to give yours away to them if you buy one.