Finally time for the big summer trip and this time daddy took me to India and Nepal for 5 weeks. He had never been to these two countries, so it was a first for both of us. After about 30 hours of travel time and dad having to run with me in the backpack at JFK airport to catch the flight (I was laughing while he was sweating), we arrived in Delhi. We did not stay long, as we arrived late at night and had to catch a train early the next morning to Sawai Madhopur to go to Ranthambore park to try to see a tiger.
The train was a lot of fun, and dad told me that the best travel device he ever bought was the portable DVD player that I used. It was great for airports, trains, and cars, and he even let me use it during dinner as long as I ate well. It was easy to get the attention of the waiter while I was using it, because usually they were watching with me. The sticker books he bought for the trip I used up on the first train ride.
We arrived early afternoon
and by 300pm we were off for our first of 3 safaris to try to see some tigers. On this first safari, we did not see any tigers, but saw monkeys, deer, wild boar, birds. It rained very hard toward the end and dad thought that the monsoons were already here and this was something we would have to deal with. It ended up that this was one of the only days it rained for the whole trip.
The second day we had a morning and afternoon safari. We did not find any tigers on the first safari, only tiger foot prints, but on the second safari, towards the end, and just before we thought we were going to leave without seeing a tiger, we found one. It was very exciting. While it was not too close to the jeep, I was able to use binoculars and we stayed near the tiger for over 1 hour. I had a lot of fun on the safaris. Little did I know at that time that just driving around the cities of India was like being at a zoo/farm.....everything from cows, pigs, donkeys, goats, and horses to monkeys, elephants and camels. It
definitely made going around in cars and rickshaws more exciting.
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