When I–Kissed-a-Girl pop princess Katy Perry married former bad boy British comedian, Russell Brand in a luxurious six day wedding celebration recently in North India, the eyes of the world were focussed as much on the magnificent location as on the happy couple.
The wedding party stayed at a luxury resort close to the Ranthambore National Park, which was once the property of the Maharaja of Jaipur and is now one of India’s most famous national parks.
Thousands of photos of the gorgeous location were published around the world as many of the world’s paparazzi, including one photographer who fell out of a tree after an altercation with one of Brand’s burly bodyguards, tried to gatecrash the celebrity wedding. It all helped to shine the spotlight on one of India’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries.
And for those who would love to follow in the footsteps of this celebrity couple, but prefer to holiday without a host of paparazzi in tow, Adventure World is offering a three day visit to Ranthambore National Park. Here the stars are more of the four legged rather than the two legged variety as the park is teeming with exotic wildlife, including tigers, wild boars, hyenas and sloth bears.
Once the Maharaja’s hunting ground, Ranthambore National Park is now a 1300 square kilometre nature preserve that is home to hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, mammals, and, of course, the endangered Bengal diurnal tiger. The park is an outstanding example of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in India and is one of best locations to see this majestic predator prowling in its natural habitat. The tigers can easily be spotted during the daytime, wandering around the park and caring for their young.
The park is an absolute paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, as it is also home to a host of reptiles, such as snub nosed marsh crocodiles and North Indian flap shelled turtles, as well as 272 species of birds, including pelicans, parakeets and the graylag goose.
The park is located in south eastern Rajasthan, about 130 km from Jaipur and the Adventure World trip includes a two night stay at Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, a luxurious hunting lodge just near the wildlife sanctuary. The hotel covers 12 acres of lush green lawns and beautiful gardens and has a number of elegantly appointed suites, guestrooms and cottages. Rich in history, these spacious rooms are part of the original 1930-1935 accommodation, used by the Maharaja of Jaipur and his personal guests. At a later date, the young Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stayed at the lodge on a visit to Rajasthan.
The 3 day / 2 night Ranthambore Wildlife Safari package is priced from $386pp.*
Adventure World offers a range of accommodation in the Ranthambore National Park, as well as at the Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge.
For further information on this tour call Adventure World on 0800 899 111 or visit www.adventureworld.co.nz
*Price includes: Accommodation, transfers, various meals, and game drive in open top vehicle with local guide.