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I am booked on Tigers, Taj and Temples on 14 Oct. At present the Tigers part is looking unlikely, thanks to an Indian Supreme Court ban on tourism in tiger parks, including Ranthambore Nat Park.

Adventure Company is substituting Keoladeo Nat Park (a bird sanctuary) for its August departures and is likely to do the same for later trips if the ban remains in place. I gather this is a great place for birders, though suffering from lower water levels in recent years which affects the size and variety of migratory birds, but for me there is a world of difference between going somewhere that offers the chance of seeing a rare species of big cat, and one which offers flocks of birds.

The Tigers were a key factor in my choosing this trip and 20% of the nights spent in India were originally planned on the itinerary to be in Ranthambore. There is a higher court appeal being heard on 22 Aug which may overturn the ban but that outcome is by no means certain.

I'd be interested in the views of anyone else, whether on the 14 Oct trip or any other trip involving tigers, as to whether you plan to go ahead with your booking and/or take any other action with regard to this potential change in itinerary.

Cheers,
Lorena

PS, if you're on the exact same trip as me, please say hi. All going well, I'm looking forward to meeting you in October.

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Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 22

I visited Keoledeo Bird park on my trip in October 2009 and whilst the rickshaw ride was fun, the water was low and there was not a great abundance of bird life. They were however very excited about one Avocet ~ not I gather a regular visitor. Living as I do in East Anglia where our RSPB reserves have hundreds of Avocets on the scrapes I found it difficult to get that excited by just one.

It's a crying shame regarding the Tiger park ban ~ that's a difficult gap to fill. Let's hope the appeal is successful.

But of course there is no guarantee that even if you get into Ranthambore you will see a tiger. They tend to hunt at night and sleep during the day, We just managed one sighting during our 2 day visit to that National Park.

Ranthambore is probably over visited and sightings are not as frequent as is the case with other reserves such as Bandhavgarh and Kanha. There will be a lot of hanging around and listening for alarm calls ! You just hope the Tigers will stir from their slumbers and start to make a move towards a water source. Once on the move there is a chance of a sighting.

The rest of the tour however still looks great. I believe India needs to be "experienced". Go for it and enjoy.

Joined: 22/06/2012
Posts: 2

Thanks Clive.

I agree that there isn't a guarantee of tigers, even if the parks re-open, but there is a guarantee of NO tigers if you don't even go to the parks in the first place. Fingers crossed for a favourable outcome in the court next week. Failing that, I am just going to have to get into the birds. In the past I have found birds a lot more interesting than I expected while on safari in Africa, but that was in the context of all the other game on show as well.

That said, the rest of the trip will be great and I usually get something good out of any situation.

I have confirmed my booking and am travelling hopefully, as ever.

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