This is my trip diary kept during an India tiger safari with Natural World Safaris, during which I was lucky enough to have a couple of incredible wildlife encounters.
April 3rd 2013:
I arrived in Delhi and with big smiles was met by Ajay, the Natural World Safaris representative.
April 4th 2013:
My first safaris in Corbett National Park included spotted deer, sambhar, barking deer, peacock, wild elephants and a 10 foot king cobra on the road (very rare!). Staying in Dhikala (inside the park) was great for the location as deer and wild elephants are visible the second you leave the compound. We sat for 1 1/2-2 hours waiting watching on as two bull elephants appear to be challenging each other to a fight along a ridge and they both march up and down, standing their ground. One of them has the fresh scars of a previous dust up and it was fascinating to sit and watch their interactions.
April 5th 2013:
Today was an early start for my elephant safari in Corbett. There were deer alarm calls in the morning which signifies tiger movement but despite our elephant-top vantage point we didn't get lucky with a sighting today despite seeing plenty of other wildlife.
April 6th 2013:
One of the highlights of Jaipur was the tour guide. He was previously one of the Maharajas personal staff so he's personally guided Charles and Diana and Bill Clinton. I was lucky enough to share some amazing stories about is service life in Jaipur. Incredibly interesting gentleman who is somewhat of a celebrity in Jaipur. Respected by all and has a wealth of knowledge about Rajasthan. He's very modest, but it's difficult to open a book about Jaipur and not see him shaking the hands of a foreign dignitary during his time as personal staff to the Maharajah.
April 7th & 8th 2013:
On the 7th (Sunday) I checked into Sher Bagh and on Monday the 8th I enjoyed two fantastic game drives into Ranthambore National Park with Eastenders / My Family star, Daniela Denby-Ashe (you never know who you'll be rubbing shoulders with on our safaris!).
We were waiting for it to move before moving on ourselves to one of the lakes in zone 3 which is steeped in history of hunting forts. Here we spotted another tiger, daughter of the famous tigress maccli with her kill in the open - just 20 foot from the jeep!