The dawn is located on the Ranthambhore tiger reserve like a Golden Sari. In the evening light, a peacock presents the splendor of its Spring, deer browsing, and antelopes strutting in the Distance. A Setting that is perfect for a Bollywood-Heartbreak-movie. However, to idyllic for our Mission: We want to get a Tiger in front of the lens.
“It’s too quiet”, disappointed us, Safari Guide, Nadeem. “All of the animals were in a state of great excitement, would a Tiger through the undergrowth strip.” But somewhere out there he must be, Tiger T8, the people here have christened “Ladli”, loving daughter. Because the dawn T8s great hour is the best time for hunting.
Ladli is one of about 70 big cats in the 300-square-kilometre national Park to the South of the city of Jaipur – all of them notorious loner. We are looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. And yet, the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, with its wide open spaces, one of the best Spots in India for Tiger-Spotting.
With the Velo into the fray of Delhi
on the way, we are from the capital city of Delhi on the national Park in the fairytale city of Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, a Region known as “The Golden Triangle” the Golden triangle. So called because here, in a relatively small space, some of the most important attractions of the country are assembled: the Palace complexes of Jaipur, the stunningly beautiful Taj Mahal and the old city of Delhi.
the Latter, we have explored the Velo – a ludicrous idea, in a country without a Meter Bicycle trail. That’s why we have to offer brought to us the support of professionals: Jeswin of “Delhi by Cycle”, the various bike tours through the capital. To Welcome the wiry athlete has the same time, the matching rule of Survival of Europe: “In the Indian road transport, we need three things: a good bell, good brakes and good luck.”
Jeswin has a good Talk: The brake is droning on and the bell is only a faint whimper in the cacophony of car horns, people shouting and rickshaw squeak. Only the happiness remains and evasive maneuvers so jagged, such as swings in the giant slalom. Because in the narrow streets of old Delhi it’s called “Survival of the fittest” only the Strongest survives: Bicycle rickshaws, Tuktuks, load carriers, pedestrian, motor bikes and ox-carts squeeze through alleys no wider than a sidewalk, and every grid, as it is a matter of his life.
However, the (Near) collisions are always worthwhile. After all, in the four-hour Tour, which is especially recommended for India beginners, we get a taste from the heart of the historic city: The spice market, the flower-garland-ties for the sacrifice in the temples, traditional residential blocks from better times, Massala tea on the roadside and a Gaissen-Curry in a working restaurant Zmorgen. And as if these impressions are precious, not just psych symbolically enough, in the middle of the city, an elephant.
In the realm of the Tiger
After all, we have seen an elephant, for Ladli, the Queen of the jungle, does not want to show on our Safari in the Ranthambhore national Park still. 100 years ago the chances of multiples would have been better. At that time, about 100,000 tigers roamed the Indian subcontinent. About 4000 are still in the world, of which slightly more than half in India. The Numbers are frightening. But there is hope for the big cats: The Population grows slowly.
conservation groups such as the WWF and the Indian government, to protect the remaining habitat of the Tiger. However, this is not an easy task, because of the pressure on the 50 reserves is enormous. Currently there are about 1.4 billion people and the trend of living in India is rising. Conflicts between humans and tigers are inevitable.
“the Population in a reserve to gross, are forced the animals into populated areas to avoid,” says Nadeem. Regularly, people be attacked. “If Tiger will be old and you come from behind the gazelles, they are eaters sometimes to “Maneatern”, people. This is the way of things,” says the Ranger with typical Asian Serenity.
And then there is still the hectic times: A Team has seen a guy of Tiger just two meters next to the runway. We take the persecution and thunders with 80 things about bumps on the slopes, stones, and rivers – a hell of a ride, there can be in this Abstrusität probably only in India. Of course, the giant hangover’s long gone, when we reach the place. But a footprint he has left – as big as a man’s hand.
“You can get out and take a photo of him,” says Nadeem. Well: “Maneater”, there is supposed to be very rare.
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