For us, the later part of February was a wonerful time to visit India. The temperatures were very pleasant. The main purpose of this trip was to see tigers in the wild, but the Taj Mahal was something we have always wanted to see.
The first part of our trip was arranged by Aman Resorts. In New Delhi we stayed at a small hotel operated by Aman called the Manor.
We toured Old Delhi on our first full day in India.
This is the Friday Mosque.
Delhi's red fort
The Manor had a brand new Ambassador to transport us. It is a very nice vehicle, with lots of room.
This was our first experience with porters at a railroad station. We were happy that Aman representives were escorting us as it gets quit hectic and confusing to find the appropriate rail car.
This is Aman's Resort near the Ranthambhore tiger reserve. Aman-i-khas was only open for a couple of months, and we were among its first guests. In fact, only one other guest was at the resort for the three nights we were there. The resort is small with only six tents for guests.
This tent is the "library"
And this is the dining tent
The interior of our tent
A truly magnificent experience
We were up early on our first morning to search for the elusive tigers
These guys would be waiting at the entrance to the park ever morning, trying to sell us "souvenirs". They could get pretty pesky, but I started taking their photo every day, and they would ham it up.
These are spotted deer, and are very common in the reserve
And this is an indian gazelle
What big eyes!
This is the largest deer in the park, a nilgai. I had previously seen these animals as exotics on a couple of ranches in South Texas
The larger deer on the right are sambar
Crocodiles were very common throughout the reserve