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Useful Info – Tal Chapar

Tal Chapar is a beautiful but small and relatively under visited sanctuary. Anyone who is looking at birding in Rajasthan, must visit this place in my very humble opinion. While this place has a loyal fan following, I thought I would put together the useful information about the sanctuary for easy reference. It may help newbies like me to get around to the sanctuary.

Panoromic view of Tal Chapar

Tal Chapar

 

Panaromic view of Tal Chapar

Tal Chapar

 

Reaching Tal Chapar

Tal Chapar is quite accessible from Delhi as well as Jaipur. Nearest railway stations are:

  • Sujangarh Junction @ 20 minutes drive
  • Ratangarh Junction @ 45 minutes drive

Out of the two, I liked traveling to Ratangarh better as I could finish my work in Delhi and travel to Ratangarh in the night, reaching early enough to enjoy sunrise in the sanctuary. You could elect drive down from Jaipur too, if traveling train does not appeal to you for some strange reason. However that’s a long drive and can get tiring. On the plus side, you “might” get some birding done on the way.

Staying in Tal Chapar

A lot of people elect to stay in on of the various hotels in Ratangarh/Sujangarh, I found that staying at the FRH was a great option. The FRH is at the gate of the Sanctuary (quite literally). It was clean, had good simple food available. If you need something essential, the town is not that far off. Also this was easy on the pockets.

For FRH booking and tariff, visit www.talchapar.com (As of Sept 2014, the frh site is not working and showing some weird content. I have written to them, and hoping to hear from them soon. If you want their contact details, please post a note in comments and I will mail it to you.)

A lot have changed since my trip. See my note “About FRH and Hari Bhai”.

Tal Chapar FRH

Tal Chapar FRH

Tal Chapar FRH

Tal Chapar FRH

Tal Chapar FRH

Tal Chapar FRH

Camera Shy Hari

Camera Shy Hari

Getting Around

Hiring a local Bolero would be a good option to get around. FRH does that for you. Alternatively you can use your own car too. You will have to plan your excursions by yourself in you use your car. In case you hire a local jeep, the driver will take you around and double up as a guide. If you make a day trip to Jorbeer, you can go to the city for your lunch. After lunch, you can look for yellow eyed pigeons & cream colored coursers near Jorbeer.

Also note that there is a famous Hanuman Temple called “Salasar Balaji nearby”. For religiously inclined it may be an added bonus.

About FRH and Hari Bhai:

2016: Hari Bhai passed away sometime ago. Visitors of TC will surely miss him and his knowledge. Additionally, FRH management has changed and I do not have their coordinates anymore. I have heard of a nice homestay near the park which can be worth looking into. I can mail that info to you, if you promise to share your experience and write a detailed trip report.

Interesting Reads

For planning my trips, I depend a lot on reading trip reports and gaining information from there. This helps me prepare for my trips. In the hopes that there are more similar weirdos out there, following are some of the trip reports that I found to be really good resource and useful.

Darter.in trip report

birdsnbeyond trip report

SillBills Trip report

Nature India Tours Multiple Trip reports

16 Comments

  1. hemant krishnani · September 24, 2014 Reply

    Hi Kartik ,
    Pl. send the con act details of Tal Chapar FRH & also suggest which will be best time to go there .
    Best Regards ,

    Hemant

    • kartik · September 24, 2014 Reply

      Hi Hemant,

      Sent the information in email. Also I would suggest you have a loot at the blogs I have mentioned in the trip report. These guys have very good information which is very useful for making a trip plan.

      Cheers,
      Kartik

  2. Catherene · October 11, 2014 Reply

    Hello Kartik..

    I am planning to visit Tal Chappar sometime in November and I’ve heard a lot about a driver and guide Mr. Hari being the best out there.. I am frantically trying to get in touch with him. Can you help me with his contact details. I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance, 🙂

    Regards,
    Catherene.

    • kartik · October 12, 2014 Reply

      Hi Catherene,

      Unfortunately I do not have Hari’s number handy with me, but I will share an alternate number for someone who manages FRH at Tal. He can provide you Hari’s number. I will email you the number by evening.

      Regards,
      Kartik

    • kartik · October 12, 2014 Reply

      Sent the number to your email Catherene. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Kartik

  3. shantanu ambulgekar · November 25, 2014 Reply

    Hello Kartik,

    I am planning to visit Tal Chappar sometime in December. Can you kindly provide me the details of FRH people to book the place ?
    Also kindly share the number of your driver Mr. Hari whom you hired on your trip to TAL CHAPPAR.
    Please suggest if 100-400mm lens would be sufficient enough over there or not ?

    eagerly waiting for your email.
    Thanks a lot in advance,

    regards,
    Shantanu Ambulgekar.

    • kartik · December 1, 2014 Reply

      Shantanu,

      I apologize for the delay, I was out of network most of the time for last few days as I was on another trip. The number for FRH has been emailed to you. Unfortunately I have misplaced Hari’s number, but FRH people should be able to get it for you.

      Your question about 100-400 is a little tricky one. The answer will depend on what you want to capture there with your lens? 100-400 should be good for mammals as well as a lot of birds. It will also provide you with enough flexibility to cover a lot of shooting in the park. However, for birds you may wish for a longer reach at times for distant/shy birds. It all depends on your shooting style.

      Feel free to ask if I can help you more.

      Regards,
      Kartik

  4. Siddhartha Dey · June 26, 2015 Reply

    Hello Kartik..

    I am planning to visit Tal Chappar during the end of September this year. Can you help me with his contact details of the FRH?

    Regards,

    Siddhartha

    • kartik · June 26, 2015 Reply

      Hello Siddhartha,

      I will try my best and get the latest number for FRH. Someone has suggested a homestay thats very close to the Sanctuary, I will dig that info and share it too.

      Regards,
      Kartik

    • kartik · June 29, 2015 Reply

      Hi Siddartha,

      I have sent an email with relevant information.

      Regards,
      Kartik

  5. Soumen Mahato · July 7, 2015 Reply

    Hello Kartik

    I am planing to visit Tal Chappar during December of this year. Can you please help me with the contact number of FRH and Hari ji or any other useful contact and info?

    Regards
    Soumen

    • kartik · July 8, 2015 Reply

      Hi Soumen,

      I have sent you the required information on your email. All other useful info known to me is already here in this post. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Kartik

  6. kumarpal · November 18, 2015 Reply

    Hi Karthik;

    Wonderful description ,Would you mind sharing the contact numbers of Hari as well as the FRH.

    Thanks
    Kumarpal

    • kartik · November 30, 2015 Reply

      Hi Kumarpal,

      Information that I have is not upto date as of now. I am trying to collect this info and will share as soon as possible. Meanwhile I believe Santosh is on his way to Tal Chappar, so he will be able to provide the most updated info. From what I know, Hari Bhai is no more, so that will be a drawback for anyone visiting there.

      Regards,
      Kartik

  7. Amit · June 28, 2016 Reply

    Hi Karthik,

    Really nice trip report. Can you please share the contact numbers of Hari as well as the FRH.

    Thanks
    Amit

    • kartik · June 28, 2016 Reply

      Hi Amit,

      Unfortunately, Hari passed away sometime ago. There had been a change in FRH management and apparently newer management is not very communicative. One option will be to message Mr. Surat Singh Poonia on FB and get the right information from him. There is a basic homestay facility available near the park. I will email you the details. I have not stayed there but have heard good things about it.

      Regards,
      Kartik

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