Rajasthan: The season’s first trip of the prestigious luxury train Palace on Wheels would have missed the tiger habitat of Ranthambhore but for the last minute intervention of higher authorities in the State. A visit to the Ranthambhore National Park (RNP) in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan is part of our itinerary of this luxury train which is amongst the top five of its category in the world.

Though the train has been taking passengers to Ranthambhore National Park ever since its inception, what brought some tense moments to its sponsors – the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways – was the firm stand of the State’s Forest Department this time that the tourists will not be allowed in the park as its closed for the annual stock taking and rejuvenation.

The passengers of Palace on Wheels, which left Delhi on Wednesday with 80 per cent occupancy, did visit RNP as per the itinerary on Friday before leaving for Chittorgarh in the afternoon. But they had no inkling of how they won the right of passage to the sanctuary which boasts of best tiger sighting. We are pleased to say that our esteemed guests did get what they were promised despite the turbulence.

We highly advocate the cause of safe habitation and peaceful abode for the famous residents of the park – The Tiger. The effort to preserve this extraordinary specie by the state forest department is highly commendable and appreciated. As earlier and so in future, we hope all tourists abide by the ‘laws of jungle’ to maintain the tranquil and calm atmosphere without any intrusion and at the same time feel the adrenaline rush of spotting the king of the jungle.