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Old 13th June 2013, 13:16   #196
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Why Qualji? Because it is home to the biggest & meanest male in the entire Ranthambhore reserve - Fateh or T 42. A highly temperamental & skittish fellow, is known to get provoked even at the slightest intrusion. Has been known to attack the jeeps and no, they are not mock charges.


Thus ended a very fruitful trip. Hope you enjoyed this travelogue.
Wonderful account of the trip Guru sir. As always I enjoyed reading the narrations and viewing the pictures.
I hope that next week we too are luck to have enough sightings.
Fingers crossed.

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Before the National Parks close for the monsoons from 1st July to 30th September, the last of my trip before this season ends commences on 18th June.

We are six in total who will be doing six safaris. Of the other five, two are my school classmates, one a TBHPian and the other two are brothers and are from my wildlife group.

Our itinerary:

18th June - departure around 4:30 am and arrival by 11 or 12 pm

18th June - afternoon safari - 6 persons - full gypsy (preferably Zone 2)

19th June - morning & noon safari - 6 persons - full gypsy (preferably morning Zone 3 & noon zone 4)

20th June - morning & noon safari - 6 persons - full gypsy (preferably morning Zone 5 & noon zone 3)

21st June - morning - 6 persons - full gypsy (preferably morning Zone 2)

Departure to Gurgaon/Delhi by 1 pm. Can't wait. As the date comes nearer, excitement levels going higher..!
Sir very eagerly looking forward to this trip.
From the itinerary I've observed that we wouldn't be visiting Qualji.
Can this excursion be accommodated in this trip? Still if it can't be, the itinerary is perfect.
Looking forward.
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Thank you Harjeev. We surely should have sightings and good ones too.

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Wonderful account of the trip Guru sir. As always I enjoyed reading the narrations and viewing the pictures.

I hope that next week we too are luck to have enough sightings.
Fingers crossed.
Me too eagerly waiting for the date to arrive. I've deliberately kept Qualji out of the itinerary since a few showers have happened and it would all be very slushy due to the clay like soil there. In the event of Fateh getting upset, it will be difficult to..... you know what I mean..!

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Sir very eagerly looking forward to this trip.

From the itinerary I've observed that we wouldn't be visiting Qualji.

Can this excursion be accommodated in this trip? Still if it can't be, the itinerary is perfect.

Looking forward.
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I was so much hooked to your post and if you had kept writing, I would have simply kept reading. The pictures felt to me as if I was doing the safari. Excellent ones.

That guy T42 sounds scary. Is there a possibility that he comes into other zones? Is there a real incident of any attacks by him? I'm wondering what makes him chase the vehicles? If you see the video that I posted here a couple of pages before, the person in the vehicle clearly provoked T42 to start chasing them. I mean, the person in the vehicle raised his arm with the camera and that one incident instigated the animal instinct in the Tiger. Since then, it kept following the jeep and at one point where it lost contact with the jeep because of the curve in the road, it became the perfect gesture for a Tiger where it leaps out from a hidden ambush and sprints to its prey. The same thing happened in the video too. To me it looks like it is because of us, the visitors, he became a vehicle chaser.
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T42 is scary and one should be wary of him. There have been many instances of his attack and in fact if you read my Qualji post, the driver Reddy's jeep suffered an attack by him in which the metal of the bonnet got ripped. And I wanted to meet him head-on. I might squeeze a chance to go again to Qualji in this trip.

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I was so much hooked to your post and if you had kept writing, I would have simply kept reading. The pictures felt to me as if I was doing the safari. Excellent ones.

That guy T42 sounds scary. Is there a possibility that he comes into other zones? Is there a real incident of any attacks by him? I'm wondering what makes him chase the vehicles? If you see the video that I posted here a couple of pages before, the person in the vehicle clearly provoked T42 to start chasing them. I mean, the person in the vehicle raised his arm with the camera and that one incident instigated the animal instinct in the Tiger. Since then, it kept following the jeep and at one point where it lost contact with the jeep because of the curve in the road, it became the perfect gesture for a Tiger where it leaps out from a hidden ambush and sprints to its prey. The same thing happened in the video too. To me it looks like it is because of us, the visitors, he became a vehicle chaser.
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T42 is scary and one should be wary of him. There have been many instances of his attack and in fact if you read my Qualji post, the driver Reddy's jeep suffered an attack by him in which the metal of the bonnet got ripped. And I wanted to meet him head-on. I might squeeze a chance to go again to Qualji in this trip.
You should be daring to do this! Good luck! I hope that T42 shows up during your trip!
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This is what Fateh - T 42 did recently in Qualji. Shows how daring & ferocious he is:

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Very keen to know about Gurudutt's safari today. I was told by someone that it has been raining in Ranthambhore. Hope the famous luck of Gurudutt stood by him. All the very best to him and Harjeev!
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Hello people,

TLs like these have inspired us to visit Ranthambhore this weekend

We plan to reach Ranthambhore either Thursday night or Friday morning.

I was looking at booking the safaris; it says there are 4 zones: Balas, Kundal, Chidikho and Ranthambhore NP Zone. Which one should we reserve? I read somewhere that you can't enter unless you have a reservation.

We are looking at the evening safari on Friday and Saturday and morning safari on Saturday and sunday.

Any suggestions on canter/gypsy? We are 3 of us.

Any other suggestions welcome!
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Hello people,

TLs like these have inspired us to visit Ranthambhore this weekend

We plan to reach Ranthambhore either Thursday night or Friday morning.

I was looking at booking the safaris; it says there are 4 zones: Balas, Kundal, Chidikho and Ranthambhore NP Zone. Which one should we reserve? I read somewhere that you can't enter unless you have a reservation.

We are looking at the evening safari on Friday and Saturday and morning safari on Saturday and sunday.

Any suggestions on canter/gypsy? We are 3 of us.

Any other suggestions welcome!
In my trips so far, I have stuck to gypsy's in general. Though I did one safari in a canter sometime back due to non-availabilty of seats when I tried booking online. The main issue with canters is that they are huge, make a lot of noise and if there is a sighting of anything interesting all the people climb on top of you to get the best vantage point.
I would be there this Saturday and Sunday. I just hope that it does not rain.

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GD Sahab,

You and your Nikon continue to do wonders!

Some nice close shots with the big cats, Zalim Singh intimidated because of another male tiger in his personal space with a Nikon.

Machli looking at you, fatal attraction.

Sher hi sher ko pehchaan sakta hai, but beware when you are there with Harjeev, you have competition.

Very narrative and soaking travelogue and great pics.
Regards,
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My apologies to all. Accessed TBHP today and missed out on all these posts. The Net connection in Ranthambhore is suspect. Airtel 3G works wonderfully but Vodaphone 3G is kind of on & off. MTNL/BSNL is pathetic. My MTNL's 3G Jadoo dongle didn't work even a single day.

Logged on only to my email on the laptop for a short while daily by creating a hot-spot on my iPhone.

Sir, the weather was beautiful when we arrived. Cloud cover and cool breeze. Awesome in general but absolutely bad as far as Tiger sighting was concerned. These freak rains had filled all the water-holes deep inside the jungle and the Tigers had no reason to wander out. To add to the misery, it was the greenest R'bhore in the middle of June. The forest looks like this in October. In May when I had gone it was all grey, brown, barren & dry. Within a span of 10 days all changed.

Hence no sighting at all in Zone 3 on 18th evening. And at Singhdwaar got to know that there wasn't any sighting in Zones 1, 2, 4 & 5 either. Some consolation eh?

And yes Sir, that "famous luck" didn't desert me... Details in travelogue. Will be writing soon.

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Very keen to know about Gurudutt's safari today. I was told by someone that it has been raining in Ranthambhore. Hope the famous luck of Gurudutt stood by him. All the very best to him and Harjeev!
Thank you libran. Since I've seen this post now, the answers of course shall not be relevant now, I guess.

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Hello people,

TLs like these have inspired us to visit Ranthambhore this weekend

We plan to reach Ranthambhore either Thursday night or Friday morning.

I was looking at booking the safaris; it says there are 4 zones: Balas, Kundal, Chidikho and Ranthambhore NP Zone. Which one should we reserve? I read somewhere that you can't enter unless you have a reservation.

We are looking at the evening safari on Friday and Saturday and morning safari on Saturday and sunday.

Any suggestions on canter/gypsy? We are 3 of us.

Any other suggestions welcome!
I agree totally about the Canter part. I never ever take one.

It hasn't rained since the 18th.

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In my trips so far, I have stuck to gypsy's in general. Though I did one safari in a canter sometime back due to non-availabilty of seats when I tried booking online. The main issue with canters is that they are huge, make a lot of noise and if there is a sighting of anything interesting all the people climb on top of you to get the best vantage point.

I would be there this Saturday and Sunday. I just hope that it does not rain.

Cheers
Thank you Fazalbhai. Aur kuch bhi.. Zalim Singh & intimidated? That too by me? Kya Fazalbhai..

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GD Sahab,

You and your Nikon continue to do wonders!

Some nice close shots with the big cats, Zalim Singh intimidated because of another male tiger in his personal space with a Nikon.

Machli looking at you, fatal attraction.
Bahut serious competition tha par mera anubhav mere kaam aaya.. Lagta hai agale season mein territorial fight hoga..

Ab umar ho gayi hai. 300mm Vs 100~400 L series mein winner abhi se decide ho gaya hai lagta hai.

Scorpio LX 4x4 Vs LC 80 4x4 mein winner ka pata to chal hi gaya mujhe.

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Sher hi sher ko pehchaan sakta hai, but beware when you are there with Harjeev, you have competition.

Very narrative and soaking travelogue and great pics.
Regards,

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Are you going to post yet another set of pictures? Did you do another set of safari rides? I'm so curious and eager to see it coming.
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I have not at all posted any pictures of my latest trip. Yet to start the travelogue after sorting out the pictures. Hope to do so from this evening.

Please bear with me..

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Are you going to post yet another set of pictures? Did you do another set of safari rides? I'm so curious and eager to see it coming.
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Things are not at all good at Ranthambhore and it seems that the authorities are unconcerned about it. Neither they admit the mishaps nor do they do anything to set it right.

23rd June, 2013

Asha Ram Berwa s/o Gayarsi Berwa, aged 22 was attacked & mauled by Fateh or T 42 (Male of Qualji), when he was searching for his buffalo near some farm around the Devpura Dam. Currently recuperating in a hospital and out of danger.

A classic case of man-animal conflict. Why don't the authorities take measures to stop cattle grazing in the forest?

Injured Villager

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I am surprised that this villager lived to tell the tale. T 42 is the biggest Tiger of Ranthambhore.

* Information courtesy Dhirendra Godha, Samachar Jagat

23rd June, 2013

This news item appeared in the Dainik Bhaskar of Jaipur. It is self-explanatory.

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Many Tigers have simply vanished or have remained untraceable over the last few years.

T 31

T 21

T 29

T 27

T 40

T 17

T 14

Two cubs of T 13

Almost a dozen Tigers. When will the administration wake-up?
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Asha Ram Berwa s/o Gayarsi Berwa, aged 22 was attacked & mauled by Fateh or T 42 (Male of Qualji), when he was searching for his buffalo near some farm around the Devpura Dam. Currently recuperating in a hospital and out of danger.

A classic case of man-animal conflict. Why don't the authorities take measures to stop cattle grazing in the forest?
This is indeed very sad and will further increase the negativity around Tigers and wildlife in general.

The fact remains that with the Tiger corridors being cut off due to human inhabitation, Tigers are being forced in an increasingly smaller areas and with higher concentration - and the natural fallout of this is both higher tiger conflicts for territories and also spill out for search of territory free from other (Tiger) rivals thereby leading to man-animal conflicts.

R'bhore has reached a saturation in the number of tigers it can hold and perhaps it is time for a central "Tiger" conservation strategy instead of individual states looking at their (tourism) interests.

Tigers should be rehabilitated in other jungles which can hold them peacefully (relatively) away from human contact/conflict.
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