We took NH8 from Gurgaon towards Jaipur. It is funny how much the stomach rumbles when you are on holiday, doesn’t it? We stopped for breakfast at Bhiwadi. From there it was Alwar, Bikaner – Agra Road, Jaipur – Agra Road, Lalsot and finally SawaiMadhopur. The National Park is about 11 km from SawaiMadhopur which also happens to be the nearest bus stop and railway station.
We had booked the afternoon safari on that day. Here’s an important thing to note! One must make sure to book the safari in advance, to avoid disappointment of not getting permit at the last moment! The booking for the safari can be done online also after paying a nominal fee, which has to be paid in full once you reach the National Park.
Further down we got a front – seat view of a lovely dance by a gorgeous peacock in full mood. The show lasted for about 15 minutes. We were totally mesmerized by the peacock. It seemed like the peacock knew that we were under its spell and did not want to release us!It looked proud and seemed tell its audience,“Take as many pictures as you can take while I am in the mood for it!”After finishing its performance, it gracefully disappeared into the cluster of trees beside the path we were on. Wow, what a magnificent show!
The mother and her cubs stayed there for about 15 minutes drinking water and cooling down. The tigress was romping in the water playfully with her cubs with lot of growls thrown in. Our kids, otherwise a noisy lot, picked up the cues, and were so engrossed into watching the tigress and the cubs, that they became very quiet, in order to not disturb or distract the majestic animals during their playtime. There wasn’t much noise anywhere except for the clicking of cameras. We left the watering hole with palpitating hearts after the tigress had left with her cubs.
After we had a hearty breakfast in harmony with our upbeat mood, we went to Dastkar retail outlet for some shopping. They have a good collection of handmade cloth toys, bags, pottery and garments at reasonable prices, perfect for gifting as well as for souvenirs. They also advised us to visit the factory outlet for more variety. It proved to be true to the promise and we bought some beautiful flower vases, garments and souvenirs from there!
That evening our resort organized a bonfire for its guests with some live music and lots of yummy food. We all had lots of fun letting our hair down, dancing around the bonfire, singing songs and playing games! What a perfect ending to a perfectly fruitful day!
The next day we started back home after breakfast so that we could make it in good time – to give us a head-start for the working week ahead. Needless to say, we will forever carry with us the picture of the thick mysterious jungle, the playful langurs, the dancing peacock and the frolicking tigress with her cubs in our hearts!