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A rich tour of India, on the cheap

A rich tour of India, on the cheap

The Bengal tiger was lying on its side in the shade of a tree, acting like a house cat.

It slept. It yawned. It rolled onto its stomach, raising its head for a look around. It saw us in our large safari vehicle, decided we were of no interest and slumped back onto a rock for more shut-eye.

Excited chatter buzzed around as a half-dozen safari vehicles jockeyed for a good view of the tiger, which was no more than a couple hundred feet away.

When our vehicle pulled out to leave, another quickly slipped into our spot. Not surprising, since Ranthambhore's elusive tigers are a must-see on many tours of India's Golden Triangle, which extends from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur and...