Ranthambore Tiger Reserve……..Tigers are true representative of the FORT

It is a former Royal hunting ground of the former rulers of Jaipur.
It is a home to inter alia tigers ,leopards and marsh crocodiles. Apart from wildlife people come to see the grand 10th century Fort at the top of the hill and having a Lord Ganesha temple having 3 eyes. In fact the first invitation for the marriage in the state of Rajasthan is sent to Lord Ganesha present here and the post man finds it difficult to take it to the temple being bulky some times as he has to climb more than a 1000 steps.
The beauty of this park is that it is located at the junction of the Aravalis and the VindhyachalRange . During game safari one can see the remarkable change in the topography at the transition.
During the game safari one may see many ruins of bygone era scattered in the jungle coupled with water bodies and the hills of various size and fort from various places giving a unique ,wonderful and flavor of nature all around ,history and wildlife.
Over a period of time the tigers have become used to the presence of human beings as real guns are out of the area and tourists are having gala time in the park as they can observe the elusive big cat in the original habitat in the day time. No doubt one of the best places in India to see the animal of dreams.
For the last so many years the air in the Prime Zone no 3 of the Ranthambore jungle was full of the stories of the legends such as Machhali( T- 16 )and her daughters namely Sundari (T- 17 ), Krishna ( T- 19 ), Ustad (T- 24 ) and Star male (T- 28)
Nature lovers who had been venturing into the park still search for them as they are not able to come out of old memories as they are still live in their mind and soul.
The Queen of the lake Machhali left this park on 18th August 2016 to her heavenly abode but she has left a big legacy in terms of her many off springs. She ruled the prime area around lakes for a number of years and she taught her off springs how to kill a crocodile. At present the lake area is controlled by her grand daughter Arrowhead T- 85 (daughter of Krishna T- 19 from the second litter )
T 24 the male tiger which ruled the zone no 2,3 and 4 and was one of the most visible tiger of the park not only to the visitors to the park but also to the general public who visited to have darshan of Trinetra Lord Ganesha at the top of the Ranthambore Fort. A number of times he was seen resting next to the main and only approach road going to the famous fort. Now Tiger T 57 has taken over the territory of Ustad. He is also the life partner of tigress Noor T 39.He is known for his aggression ,fearfullness and expansionist nature. One can say he is the most dominant male in the prime zone. ADuring my last visit to the park in May of this year I could shoot the darling of the park Noor with her three cubs .
For all practical purposes the dominant male who ruled over the most prime area of the RTR was star male T 28.Now he has been thrown out of his area by his son namely PACKMAN T 85 .
I am sharing some of the images from this park taken over a period of time . I am sure you will love them all.

About Vinod Goel

He joined Customs & Central Excise service in 1982. As a civil servant, his job takes him to various parts of India, which gave him an opportunity to capture our wild heritage, through his camera. His passion for wildlife photography started in 2004 when he was posted at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and this passion continues till today.