Monday, 23 October 2017

Jhoomar Baori-A Hotel Inside The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve



The Jhoomar Baori is 5 Hours Drive From Our Airbnb Apartment-Reunite in Delhi-The Ideal New Delhi Accomodation




Built Initially As A Castle The Jhoomar Baori Later Became The Hunting Lodge Of The Rulers Of  Jaipur. Today Jhoomar Baori is a Heritage Hotel Operated By Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation.
You cannot sleep any closer to the Tigers of Ranthambore.The Hotel,Jhoomar Baori, is in the middle of the forest providing the real thrill of staying in a forest full of tigers,some of them known to be man eaters. After reaching around 1 PM we were relaxing in the winter sun on the terrace when we heard a strange loud sound-of some animal. The General Manager of the Hotel came up running and looked around . Again the same sound. He told us it was the call of  a tiger real close to the hotel. December being the mating season for Indian Tigers the tiger/tigress was calling to attract a mate. Although we were a bit alarmed by this kind of proximity to the tiger but the experience at that time was exhilarating. Apprehensively we asked the GM whether it was safe to stay in the place he reassured us  by throwing a counter question"what have you come here all the way from Delhi for? Enjoy the fun". 
The Wild Tiger Is An Extremely Ferocious And Dangerous Animal And Tourists Are Strictly Not Allowed To Get Off The Vehicles AT ANY COST.In One Instance In Corbett Tiger Reserve A Foreign Tourist Got Off The Vehicle To Video graph The Tiger 50 M Away .The Tiger's Speed Is Unimaginable. In Milliseconds The Tiger Had caught His Arm And Started Dragging Him Away. The Brave Tracker Kicked The Tigers Ass Hard While Pulling The Tail.Unused to Getting Ass Kicked The Tiger Ran Away.The Tourist Is Still Not Able to Use His Arm Properly Even After 10 Years.

In the evening the GM shared his two captivating experiences of being chased by a tiger twice on his motor bike while once coming to work and second time while  going home after work. He had a knack for story telling and he kept us enthralled with his vivid description of him and a tiger first sighting  each other.This was accompanied with detailed  the reactions of both the GM and the tiger upon seeing each other. Then came the flight and the chase replete with mimicked  growling sounds and ended happily with the GM reaching the safety of his house and the second time reaching the reception of the Hotel. In the entire story the size of the tiger kept growing until he became as big as a camel. But yes tigers do weigh about 400KGs sometimes and also may be there was more than a pinch of salt. 
During the night all kinds of sounds could be heard as if the entire forest had come to life and sleep did come but after a couple of stiff ones.
The Temperature Was about 2 Deg C. But the Open Vehicle Moving At 60KM/hr Creates A Wind Chill Effect That freezes The Bones Despite All The Woollen Clothing.Maybe We Are Not Used To It.

Next morning at 5 am our Safari came driven by an expert tracker Mr. Sagid. During the drive the freezing air  in the open Gypsy chilled  the body to the bones and by the time we were entering the deep forest the sun was also rising. 

The Jungle Safari is Done In An Open Maruti Gypsy Painted dark green So That It Merges With The Jungle and Does Not Alarm Animals. If Alarmed They Will Run Away And Then What To Photograph.. These are Petrol driven So The Pollution Is Less And Also The Noise Pollution Is Less. All The Animals Have Been Seeing These Vehicles Since Their Birth And Accept These As Part Of The Scenery.But getting Down is a STRICT NO. The Driver And Tracker will Lose Their Jobs And Permits If A Single Tourist Sets Even One Foot On The Ground.


Mr Sagid drove fast to a point in the middle of the forest, stopped and switched of the engine . He requested for pin drop silence.Now we could also hear the alarm calls of various animals some close some far. Mr Sagid was trying to ascertain which calls were for a tiger, which were closest, and which direction the particular tiger was moving . Sagid made up his mind based on the Jungle sounds. "HOLD FAST"-ordered suddenly in English.The Gypsy moved at break neck speed perilously bouncing over rocks and stones and suddenly he pointed-TIGER.

  The Tiger in the forest is totally different from the ones we see in the Zoo or Circus. The Tiger which has to kill its prey himself for eating is about two times the size of the ones we see in the zoo. It was not as tall  as a camel but the overall size was definitely bigger. He appeared to be walking languorously but the speed was not less than 12 Kms per hour .

The tiger was spraying his urine on the trees and standing up to scratch them too; basically staking out his territory to let other tigers know that they better clear orf!


 Without a bother in the world he walked towards a Canter safari which was moving in reverse. That is the normal procedure to be followed by all vehicles should a tiger approach them directly.All along the deer on the ground and the monkeys in the trees  who were watching him continuously were giving off alarm calls in their individual style.


 As you can see in the pictures and the video the Jungle of Ranthambore is not very dense unlike other Tiger reserves like Corbett or Kanha and therefore chances of spotting the tiger are much higher. In dense jungle the tiger keeps watching you but we cannot spot him. Soon the tiger probably got sick of the Camera Flash Bulbs from the Canter in front, popping in his face, turned right and made off into the jungle. It was the most exhilarating and captivating 90 seconds for the occupants of the Gypsies and the Canters who were struck by the Tigers vibrant skin gleaming in the rays of rising sun. 

In the excitement I forgot to pull up the camera and therefore missed out a few more pictures and videos, but that is called " The heat of the moment"

So Mission Accomplished. The Spectators, The Vehicle Drivers and The trackers were ecstatic at the their success. We have spent several days scouring the various jungles of India in the past ,but all we got to see was the pug marks, scratches on the trees and Tiger shit. Some times the tiger shit was warm indicating we were just a few minutes late. I asked the trackers how could they know for sure it was the tiger's. They said the tiger eats the skin of his prey and the hair can be seen in his excreta. we roamed around in the forest for another 2 hours seeing various animals, all prey of the majestic tigers.


The Nilgai is one of the largest deer in India.

The Sambar deer is the favourite food of the Full Grown Male Tiger and they said he does not kill any other animal for 10 days if he is lucky enough to get hold of a full grown Sambar.





We reached back to The Jhoomar Baori and rested for some time. Then the celebration started in the evening on the Terrace of the Jhoomar Baori. 

Nobody was scared of the Jungle or its night sounds any more. We had kept our Rendezvous with the Most Terrifying, Fierce, Majestic and Awe Inspiring Lord of The Jungle-The Tiger .

Next morning we woke up amongst the beautiful birds which came to share our morning tea and biscuits with us 
 After a Hearty Complimentary Breakfast in the Coffee shop we drove back to Delhi with excellent memories of the Jhoomar Baori.

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Best New Delhi Accomodation-A Guide to our Airbnb Apartment - The Ideal Family Accomodation

Welcome to our Home!

AGuide To Our Airbnb Apartment 
Reunite In Delhi
Spacious Lounge With Two Large  Bedrooms. Ideal New Delhi Accomodation  In The Most Affluent And Centrally Located Colony -Independent Airbnb Apartment
C -570 Defence Colony, New Delhi, INDIA



Contact:
RAJEEV SHUKLA
+91-9818408182 aries.shukla@gmail.com
rajeevshukla@rajeevshuklaiit.com
SUDHA SHUKLA
+91-9818405400
Welcome to Def Col Apartment
Welcome to our home in the Heart of Delhi-Defence Colony. Not only is Defence Colony centrally located, it has a pulsating life of its own which Delhi-ites and Tourists alike desire to savour and experience. This welcome book is intended to help you get acquainted with the area and our home. We've downloaded our 10 years of area knowledge for you to enjoy! Favourite restaurants, Ancient Monuments with their history and stories, The Seat of the Government, Temples and Mosques, and more. Along with our area guide you'll also find everything you need to know about our home. From air conditioning to the hot water availability. You will find a bound copy of this guide in the apartment, which you are welcome to take out with you during your stay so you needn't print this out.

Your apartment
We have sought to equip our home to a high standard and to anticipate your needs by providing all the things you might want for a luxurious stay.  Hair dryer, Towels and Steam Iron are provided as standard and a washing machine is available so that you don’t have to worry about luggage restrictions.

Our philosophy
WE always want to have a wonderful holiday and we want that for you too.  We believe that when you are here this is your home for however long you are staying and that you will be relaxed, comfortable and happy.  

Welcome to our  REUNITE IN DELHI-DEFENCE COLONY SPACIOUS IND 2 BR+



ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE INFORMATION

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

WIFI / INTERNET DETAILS
The house has free Wi-Fi. The details are:
ID:Defense Jio
Password: 9818408182
The service is provided for your enjoyment but you are responsible for safe and appropriate use and complying with all laws. If there is any loss of service please contact us. We provide 1.0GB data free for each day of stay.  The JIO FI router will be handed over to you along with the Room Keys. You may hand over the same back to us along with the Keys at the time of Check Out.
Wi Fi Router



ACCESS  INSTRUCTIONS  
Please pick your keys up from our local managing agent at the following address: 
Address Details C 570 Defence Colony, New Delhi-110024

There will be small basket containing some biscuits and chips. Please help yourself . These are complimentary.

CHECK-IN TIME
Check-in time is 12 Noon. We can sometimes arrange an early check-in so please contact us if you will arrive early and we'll do our best, without any promises! We suggest you refer to the section on what to do if you arrive early - there is plenty to keep you entertained!

You will find Water, Coke, Limca some Bread Butter and Cheese.
We understand that it is not convenient to rush to the Grocery store immediately after arrival . These are  alsocomplimentary


DRIVING DIRECTIONS
If you are arriving via car and have a GPS –Google Maps system, please use C 570 Defence Colony, New Delhi. If you do not have GPS or Google Maps, you can find us by asking for Moolchand Hospital. You might also like to click this link for Google driving directions https://goo.gl/maps/vdGhUwBDynC2

GETTING HERE WITHOUT A CAR
We understand that some of you will be traveling without a car. In this case finding us is pretty simple! If arriving from the airport /Railway station please take an Uber or Any Prepaid taxi for C-570 Defence Colony New Delhi. If arriving by Metro get off at Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, take the Defence Colony Side exit, go down to the road level and walk for 5 minutes through the DDA Office Complex, Block F Defence Colony Market  .This market is also known as Moolchand Flyover Market . Please call us the first time and we will send somebody to guide you and also help with your luggage.

INVENTORY CHECK
Optional opportunity to add any specific inventory check you or your housekeeping will do on check in.

PARKING
Parking is provided on site for 1 car.
The Car may be parked inside the main gate in the driveway.

DEPARTURE INFORMATION

CHECK-OUT PROCESS
When you leave, please ensure the following simple tasks are done:
- ensure the air-conditioners are switched off.
- leave the key with the caretaker/property manager/office/host.

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you safe travels back home. We'd love to see you again next year!

CHECK-OUT TIME
Check-out time is strictly 11am. Should you require a later check-out we will do our best but you need to let us know beforehand. If we have guests arriving that day it will be almost impossible to offer a late check-out due to the cleaners needing to prepare for those guests.

CLEANING
You will find the house clean on arrival but please let us know if you are not satisfied. There is a daily cleaning service. Please let us know what time you will like the cleaning to be done, 8am or 12 Noon. After you depart our cleaners will perform that for the next guest. They have a key and will access the house at some point during the day, but not before 10am. If you need a cleaning service more often, please let us know and we will arrange this. An extra payment will apply.

INVENTORY CHECK
Optional opportunity to add any specific inventory check you or your housekeeping will do on check out.

GETTING YOURSELF ORIENTED

OVERVIEW OF THE AREA
Defence Colony is an affluent locality situated in central South Delhi, India, built in 1960s for ex-defence service people. Today, Defence Colony market is home to around twenty restaurants and coffee shops, besides high-end shops. Besides its central location from most parts of the city of Delhi, the locality is immensely popular among all Delhi Residents (NCR) and Foreigners for the exotic varieties of cuisines that it has on the Menu’s of many restaurants in Defence Colony.
Historic monuments: Close to the main Defence Colony market inside a roundabout, stands the octagonal tomb of Shaikh Ali, known as "Gumti of Shaikh Ali". Built in the 15th-century Lodhi dynasty-era, near the historic area of Kotla Mubarakpur, it housed two graves inside the tomb till early 20th-century, which are now long gone. The tomb houses the Defence Colony Welfare Association (DCWA) office, since 1960.
 Getting there: Defence Colony is accessible by means of public transport including autos, taxis, buses as well as the Delhi Metro, which commenced services adjacent to the area in October 2010. Thus, if you are looking to get to Defence Colony by the Delhi Metro, hop off at the Lajpat Nagar station and cross the road using the overhead bridge as Defence Colony is on the opposite side of the road. There are many parks in Defence Colony, the roads are wide and tree lined and unlike other parts of Delhi Defence Colony is not overcrowded.
  
SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARRIVE EARLY
Many guests will arrive before the designated check-in time. The good news is that there is plenty to do. We often suggest that guests visit the grocery store and do a small shop. That will give you more time to relax once you've checked in! There are also a few good restaurants for lunch so why not relax and enjoy some of the local food!


ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION
APPLIANCE INSTRUCTIONS / INFORMATION

AIR CONDITIONING
Our home has the benefit of 100% air conditioning. There is one AC in each Bedroom and Two ACs in the Lounge. All are operated by the Remote Controls provided. Please ensure that all windows and outside doors are closed whilst the AC is running to ensure it operates to its maximum efficiency. We recommend a setting of 24C which we find keeps the place sufficiently cool.

CEILING FANS
Our home is equipped with ceiling fans to help keep you cool. Each fan is operated via a Switch and Regulator.

CENTRAL HEATING
We provide Electric Oil Filled Room Heaters in Winter. We recommend a setting of 24C which we find keeps the place sufficiently warm.

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT
All manuals for the electrical equipment and appliances are in the middle draw of the unit to the left of the sink.
Gas Burner and Gas Cylinder
If you desire to do serious cooking during your stay you can install the Gas Burner and the Gas Cylinder. Please keep door open when you do the cooking. Our Mr Ajay will also be able to help you with the installation.




The Electric Kettle:
For you to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

The Automatic Toaster:
A quick breakfast in the morning 

The Fridge:
You should not need to adjust any settings. If you run into any difficulties (e.g. it's not cooling efficiently) please let us know.




MicrowaveOven cum Grill:
The Microwave Oven is combined with a grill.  When grilling please leave the door open.



LAUNDRY APPLIANCES
We have a washing machine located in the rear balcony. utility room next to the kitchen. There is a supply of detergent for your use. To operate the machines, simply select the program you want, place the detergent in the tray, close the top, and hit start.The clothes can be spread out to dry on the clothes stand.


 The Steam iron and stand are kept in the cupboard in the 2nd Bedroom.



TELEVISION 
We have one TV in the Lounge -Panasonic and another in BR No 1 Samsung. The DTH is TATA Sky. All channels are available in both TVs.

BREAKAGES
We understand that sometimes accidents happen! Should you break anything please let us know immediately - if it's minor we usually won't charge. If it's a larger issue (e.g. the TV screen!) we would like to agree the cost with you before you leave to avoid any issues later. Thank you!






OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

BED LINEN / TOWELS
The bed linen and towels are replaced every week or upon special request. If you need a change please let us know and it will be done immediately

GARBAGE DISPOSAL
Cleaning time is 7am or 12 noon. Garbage will be removed at the time of cleaning

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A POWER OUTAGE
There are two torch in the apartment . Please note their location. Power outage is rare in Defence Colony and does not last more than 10 minutes.

REAR BALCONY LOCKS
The fire escape is through the Rear Balcony  steel gate. The key is kept in the aprtment. Please ensure the gate is securely locked at night and the location of the key is noted.



SAFETY INFORMATION & RENTAL RULES
RULES & REGULATIONS

COMPLEX / SUBDIVISION RULES
People stayimg after 1130 PM need to submit copy their Govt Issued ID and pay charges as applicable.  

PETS
The Apartment is not pet friendly but you may get a well trained dog-toilet trained.

QUIET TIMES
Government Rules prohibit loud music after 11pm. Somtimes the cops land up.

SMOKING POLICY
You may smoke in the Front or Rear Balcony. Please do not drop  the stubs on the floor. they will choke the rain water drains leading to flooding in your apartment. 




SAFETY INFORMATION

EMERGENCY EXIT INSTRUCTIONS
Emergancy exit and fire escape are located in the Rear Balcony. Carefully keep note of the Keys location.


EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
For emergency services please immediately call 100. Do not delay if you feel an emergency situation has arisen. besides you can also call Rajeev, sudha or Ajay.

LOCATION OF FIRE ALARM
The Fire Alarms are located above the beds in the Bedrooms

LOCATION OF FIRE EXTINGUISHER

The Fire Extinguisher is mounted on the wall near the Kitchentte.

LOCATION OF GAS SHUT-OFF VALVE
Please state very clearly to your guests where they can find the gas shut-off valve and how they shut it off.

SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Please state very clearly to your guests if you have a smoke and/or carbon monoxide detector. Explain where it is and what the warning signs will sound like. Please also let them know, in the event of a power outage, if the devices have a battery back-up and how that will sound if it fails.


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PRACTICAL AREA INFORMATION
LOCAL CONDITIONS

STAYING SAFE ADVICE
Please keep all doors properly locked before going to sleep.
Do not open the door for anybody at odd hours without confirming identity.

WEATHER INFORMATION


LOCAL TRANSPORT

BUS STOPS
On the Ring Road .

CAB / TAXI
Uber And Ola cabs are freely avaialable around the Apartment.

TRAIN STATIONS AND TIMETABLES
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