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Ranthambore National Park Safari - A Detailed Guide On Everything You Wanted To Know!

 
  • Deriving its name from the pictorial fort inside, the Ranthambore National Park is one of India’s most renowned national parks. Located where the Aravali Range and plateau of the Vindhyas meet, Ranthambore National Park was once where the royals of Jaipur hunted. The national park is also considered a prominent heritage site due to the ancient ruins found inside. 

    The town of Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to the national park with a thriving biodiversity set among ancient religious structures, several man-made lakes and aesthetically-crumbling cenotaphs. 

    Although flanked by the Banas River to the north and the Chambal River to the south, the many lakes inside are not fed by either of the rivers’ waters. Having been declared a national park in 1980 with focus on protection of the endangered tiger, adjacent forests were merged with the Ranthambore National Park a little more than a decade later. The Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Kaldevi Sanctuary became part of the tiger reserve, making the national park at Ranthambore one of India’s largest.

    You are bound to be enthralled to watch the splendid tiger roam about in its natural habitat, in the wild! Alternating between dry deciduous forests and swathes of grasslands, the Ranthambore National Park is recognised as one of the best places in the country to spot tigers. Today, sprawling across a little more than 1300 square kilometres including core and buffer area, the Ranthambore National Park is every wildlife enthusiast, photographer and a spirited traveller’s haven.

  • Types of Safaris in Ranthambore National Park

  • 01Jeep Safari

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    The Four-Wheel Drive Gypsy is a 6-seater, while the Canter seats 20 people. For wildlife photography enthusiasts, the open Gypsy provides wonderful means to capture those treasured sightings at eye-level. 

    Being a smaller vehicle in comparison, the Gypsy is able to traverse narrow, winding trails, and increasing the odds of spotting a tiger—the pride of Ranthambore. Also, fewer numbers mean that you can request a few stops as per your liking. 

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  • 02Canter Safari

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    However, the 20-seater Canter is a feasible way to explore. You should try and book a safari at the Ranthambore National Park well in advance to avoid hassle.

    Sighting tigers are mostly driven by luck, but the chances of spotting leopards and tigers and other wildlife increases greatly near the three lakes. The three-and-half hour safari is a treat for those looking to explore the topography.
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  • 03Safari Timings and Duration at The Ranthambore National Park

    -         In the month of October the National Park is open to Safaris, during the morning hours from 7AM to 10.30AM and evening hours from 2.30 PM to 6 PM.

    -         From the month of November to January the National Park is open to Safaris, during the morning hours from 7AM to 10.30AM and evening hours from 2 PM to 5.30 PM.

    -         From February to March the National Park is accessible for Safaris, in the morning hours from 6.30 AM to 10 AM and evening hours from 2.30 PM to 6 PM.

    -         From 1st April to 15th May the National Park is accessible for Safaris, in the morning hours from 6 AM to 9.30 AM and evening hours from 3 PM to 6.30 PM.

    -         From 15th May to 30th June the National Park is open to Safaris, during the morning hours from 6 AM to 9.30 AM and evening hours from 3.30 PM 7 PM.

     

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  • 04Best time for Tiger sighting

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    The Bakaula area is full of small watering holes, and the dense forest cover is a recommended region for spotting tigresses and her cubs. Zones 1-6 have been noted for a relatively higher number of tiger sightings. You are free to use your still camera without having to pay a fee, and the safari timings vary according to season. Usually, it is half hour after sunrise and half hour before sunset. In case a tiger had been spotted in a particular zone in the morning, it is highly likely that the predator is still in the vicinity in the evenings. 

    Or if the tiger has had a kill in a zone, it’s possible that the predator roams the area even 2-3 days after the hunt. To make sure you catch hold of the magnificent cat, multiple safari trips are a suggested way to raise the odds. 

    However, tiger sightings are fairly common at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. The hotter Ranthambore gets, better are your chances of catching the Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild. The tigers have grown used to human attention and do not feel threatened. Astonishing instances of the predator chasing and hunting down prey are recounted by guides, and if lucky enough, you might have your own first-hand experience by the end of it all.

    Sloth Bears are another of the park’s secluded animals, coming out only during dusk. Lying in the rocky outcrops of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, the Sloth Bear is difficult to sight. Be on the lookout anyway—you might just get lucky.

    Things to remember: Just follow one of the mottos at Ranthambore National Park— “Take Nothing but Photographs; Leave Nothing but Tire-Tracks.”

  • 05Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park

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    Located in the eastern part of the desert state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore experiences an arid subtropical climate. Extreme temperatures are typical of Ranthambore, with temperatures peaking at over 45 degrees in summers and dropping to a chilly 2 degrees during winter. 

    From early October till the last week of June, moderately warm temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at dusk are particularly welcoming.

    Ranthambore National Park is not open all year round, with monsoon months being breeding season, the park remains closed from July till September. However, it is advisable to visit during summer as your chance at sighting wildlife increases manifold. And winters are for those of you who’d rather take it easy and cool, and try their luck at spotting wild animals. The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve’s proximity to the Golden Triangle of Delhi-Agra-Jaipur makes it an increasingly popular destination.

  • Ranthambore National Park’s Biodiversity

  • 06Flora

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    The dry deciduous type of vegetation spans a wide variety of over 300 species. While the expanse of the park is dotted with really, really old Banyan trees, Dhok fill the forests in abundance. The dominance of Dhok is understandable as the region is prone to droughts and these trees are capable of surviving long periods without water. 

    Also, It is said that the country’s oldest Banyan trees are found here, even dating back to the ancient. Many seasonal streams flow through the forests, with the three big lakes here surrounded by Banyan trees—worthy of a postcard. Other species of trees that dot the forest terrain are Imli, Babul, Khajur, Neem, Nerale (Jamun), Kadam and many more.

    Watch out for the beautiful flowers of the Dhak trees, whose unseasonal bloom in the arid conditions is so fascinating, it is also called the ‘Flame of the Forest’.

  • 07Fauna

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    Possibly the only place in India where you can sight the tiger hunting in the wild, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is well-renowned for its diurnal Royal Bengal Tigers. Not the least camera-shy, the tigers of Ranthambore are openly on the prowl which delights the tourists. 

    Leopards are scattered across the park in significant numbers, while mammals like the Nilgai, Striped Hyenas, Jackals, Hanuman Langur, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Indian Flying Fox, Sloth Bear, Jungle Cat and many others inhabit these forests. The reptiles need a special mention, and Ranthambore National Park is home to a large population of Snub-Nosed March Crocodiles. Monitor Lizard, Indian Chameleon, Ganges Soft-Shell Turtle, and snakes like the Cobra, Common Krait, and Indian Python are a few noteworthy inhabitants.

    The diverse terrain of Ranthambore National Park sees numerous lakes, and boasts of a rich reserve of bird species. Over 270 varieties of birds flock here, with most birds being migratory. While Peacocks are found in abundance, the Great Indian Owl, Partridge, Parakeet, Spoonbill, Common Kingfisher and scores of other birds offer an engaging time for those of you who are birdwatchers. Add to the mix a few varieties of fish species in the lakes, and Ranthambore’s well-balanced ecosystem comes to the fore.

  • Places to Stay in Ranthambore

  • 08Tiger Machan

    Built in 2006, near the gates of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Tiger Machan is one of the most exciting places to camp and enjoy the chilly forests of the night. Perhaps the best way to watch the animals roam about in the wild, camping in aesthetically-done tents and a bonfire is sure to thrill your family. 

    Tiger Machan also conducts jeep safaris, and provides multiple luxury tents alongside nature walks and trips into the adjoining villages. 18 air-conditioned cottages, a couple of suites and eight luxury Swiss cottage tents are set amid soothing landscapes. Barbecues during the bonfire see cultural shows indulging you in the magic of Ranthambore. A walk to any of the three lakes promises to be a treat for birdwatchers. Prices start from INR 4500 upwards.

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  • 09Nahargarh Ranthambore

    Among the newest of heritage hotels in Ranthambore, the Nahargarh Ranthambore is nestled at the foothills of the Aravali Range. A 16th century fortress surrounds the hotel, which is built like a traditional Rajput hunting palace embellished with a Mughal garden. 80 super-luxury rooms pamper you with the best amenities while in the lap of luxury.

    The close proximity to the national park means that the premises of the heritage hotel are habitats of many wild animals, and offer unmatched views of the park from the private terraces. Dining at Nahargarh Ranthambore offers a wide range of cuisines to choose from, while the bar is simply the place to be after a winding day of exploring. 

    Like most places offering accommodation around Ranthambore, the heritage hotel organises tiger safaris, while the hotel itself is a hotspot for bird-watching. The aristocratic rooms with interiors finished in the Shekhawati style of architecture can be availed for INR 11000 and upwards.

  • 10Sher Bagh

    A luxurious jungle lodge set inside a private estate, Sher Bagh offers 12 exquisite, hand-sewn bedroom tents with attached verandahs and bathrooms. To reach Sher Bagh, a short 10-minute drive from the entrance of the Ranthambore National Park will see you wade through the rugged terrain. The extremely spacious luxury tents do not fall short of practicality, with every amenity only a step away. 

    The meals served are worth a special mention, and the spread caters to every individual preferences. The experience of staying at the edge of the national park only gets better, with a reading section in the resort stocking a sizeable chunk of books on wildlife. As you revel in the solace that reading in the wild offers, you might get to hear one of the owners recounting stories from the yore.

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  • 11Aman-i-Khás

    This wilderness camp is situated on the fringes of Ranthambore National Park, and the 10 luxury tents reflect the aura of the erstwhile travelling tents of the Mughals. An oversized daybed at the centre of the tent is ideal to lounge. 

    The rest of the resort is separated into various sections and pockets of vast, open spaces lends the place an airy, relaxed ambiance. The Aravali Ranges running in the background of the lounge tent is just the perfect setting replete with board games, reading tables and novels.

    Fresh produce from the resort’s organic farms are translated to delectable servings inside the Dining Tent. The soft glow of the lamps and the large table in the centre catch your attention—where delicious platters of both Indian and Western cuisines are served. A roaring fireplace and the resort’s own spa make Aman-i- Khás one of the best places offering true luxury in Ranthambore, with prices starting from INR 75,000 upwards.

  • 12Dev Vilas Resort

    One of India’s first hotels designed to be physically-challenged friendly, the resort is spread across three-and-half acres near the mouth of Ranthambore National Park. If you plan on leaving early for those morning safaris, each room has two bathrooms to facilitate that agenda. Approximately 28 rooms are on offer—with 19 of them being deluxe rooms, seven comfortable tents and two suites. Each room is individually decorated, and no two rooms are similar looking.

    One of the rooms at Dev Vilas is dedicated to works of artists from the Ranthambore School of Art. It is aptly named after Thakur Fateh Singh Rathore, who is a legend among tiger conservationists. Accommodation at the resort built in Indo-Saracenic style begins from INR 9000 upwards.

  • 13Oberoi Vanyavilas

    One of the most renowned luxury jungle resorts in the vicinity, you are bound to be struck by the unrivalled opulence. The tents are covered with intricate embroideries, even as private walled gardens, a watercourse and sunny decks enchant you to no end. 

    The lavish arrangements at Vanyavilas are coupled with sophisticated amenities. Dining at Oberoi Vanyavilas is noteworthy for the food which is par excellence. While open-air courtyard permits Al Fresco dining, the library and a bar close by are just what one needs to truly unwind. Dive into the leisurely haven when in Ranthambore, and be prepared to shell out a considerable chunk of money.
  • 14Taj Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge

    Situated in an erstwhile hunting lodge of the royals of Jaipur, this luxury hotel lies in the vast grounds surrounding it. Acres of lush gardens and the luxury hotel are 20 minutes away from the Ranthambore Tiger reserve. 29 guestrooms and suites follow a rustic theme, and ministers and royals of the yore are said to have resided in these elegant quarters. 

    The collection of old hunting trophies add to the charm of staying in the resort. Yoga sessions held on the premises and elephant rides draw visitors to this tastefully done luxury resort. Expect to pay INR 16000 onwards.

  • 15The Ranthambore Bagh

    Offering luxury tented accommodation without the exorbitant pricing of others, The Ranthambore Bagh is a quaint resort not far from the national park. The three lush gardens are landscaped well with numerous full-grown trees attracting birds. It is said that over 150 varieties of birds have made the resort’s outdoors their home, and the growing numbers provide a fascinating timeout for watching them. 

    A total of 12 twin-bed luxury tents are pitched on the gardens and satisfy the finickiest travellers. Air-conditioned and with running hot water, The Ranthambore Bagh has all modern amenities that you might need. A seasoned restaurant that serves Indian and Continental cuisines provide a decent outing for the taste buds. Bird-watching, Jeep safaris and trekking adventures are a few of the services offered by this easy-n-the-wallet resort. Accommodation starts from INR 3300 onwards.

  • 16The Pugmark

    A mere two kilometres from the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Pugmark offers one of the most comprehensive services in Ranthambore. Located in an ideal place, Pugmark offers its guests 33 luxury air-conditioned cottage rooms and a luxury villa by the pool. Bicycle renting at the Pugmark is one of the best ways to loaf about exploring the diverse topography of the national park. 

    The villa by the pool is comprised of two cottages and a living room, and pleasant isolation that it offers makes it one of the best places to stay in. Cave Palate is a multi-cuisine restaurant that dishes out a buffet for every meal, while the adjoining gardens are lit up by vivid Rajasthani and other Indian cultural performances in the evenings. 

    The Flames is the bar within resort premises, which houses an expansive range of spirits for you to dip into. You can avail accommodation for around INR 10000 per night. Oh, the safaris arranged from the resort are not to be missed.

  • 17Khem Villas

    Since the time of its purchase in 1989, a horde of indigenous trees have been planted and many small ponds lay scattered along Khem Villas’ 10-acre expanse. Over the years, the open savannahs have transformed into a natural habitat of many animals. Sighting Jackals, Hyenas, Crocodiles or Desert Foxes is not uncommon within the resort’s campus; with flocks of White Throats to Sparrow Hawks to the Black-Winged Kites, significant varieties of birds are sure to catch your eye. 

    Khem Villas offers stand-alone cottages which have large glass doors overlooking a pond or the dense jungle from up-close. Tents made of Bamboo make a rustic statement, while multiple rooms can be collated together to create a personal space for the group. You can rent rooms from INR 11500 onwards, and undertake nature walks, village and jungle trips and campfires under the starry night.

    Ranthambore National Park has no dearth of accommodation options, with resorts, budget-hotels and luxury villas sprawling throughout Ranthambore and Sawai Madhopur. Among them are a few noteworthy ones that draw tourists year after year—The Hammir Wildlife Resort, Tiger Moon, Ranthambore Heritage Haveli, Abrar Palace and Jungle Camp and an array of options. Most resorts and hotels organize tiger safaris—in either the Gypsy or the Canter.

  • Places to visit in and around Ranthambore National Park

  • 18Ranthambore Fort

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    At the heart of the Ranthambore National Park is Ranthambore Fort, one of the oldest forts in India. Constructed in the year 944 AD, the fort situated on a hilltop offers possibly the best views of the tiger reserve. Bring along your binoculars to observe the activities of the animals from a distance. The circumference of Ranthambore Fort spans seven kilometres, and the fabulous quality of craftsmanship and interiors is sure to leave you transfixed. 

    Although built by a Chauhan warlord, Akbar, the famous Mughal emperor is said to have stayed in the fort as well. The fort is recognised as a World Heritage Site, and remains one of the most popular attractions in Ranthambore. The seven humongous gateways still stand to this day, and the crumbling ruins of Badal Mahal to the north is a sight to behold. However, the Trinetra Ganesh Temple inside the fort is what draws locals and tourists alike. 

    In 1300 AD, the final monarch of the Chauhan Empire named King Hammir built the temple with a three-eyed idol of Ganesh adorning the sanctum sanctorum. Hordes of Langurs hover around the temple, and travellers need to watch out for their belongings. Hammir Court in the fort is an acoustic marvel—where even the slightest of whispers from one end can be heard at the other! The Badal Mahal which means the palace of the clouds, stands on 84 columns. This magnificent gazebo is where King Hammir once held court.

    Having changed hands several times, a Digambar Jain Temple, a dargah and a mosque are also constructed inside the fort. Gupt Ganga is the perpetual watercourse that flows at the log end of the Ranthambore Fort. A continuous series of rocky steps lead you till the watercourse and is an understated place to catch a sight of a large number of migratory birds. Although Langurs are fairly common, a leopard can catch you by surprise. It’s during these times that a binocular comes handy, and camera with powerful lens is bliss.

  • 19Sightseeing in Jaipur and Ranthambore

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    • If you love to explore the nature and the wildlife then this is the best option for you.
    • Enthrall in this exciting sightseeing tour in Jaipur and Ranthanbhore and explore the mesmerizing beauty of these places.
    • Visit the famous Jal Mahal, City Palace, Jantar-Mantar, Observatory, Hawa Mahal and Walled Pink city which are most visited by the tourist all over the world.
    • Enjoy a delightful Elephant ride and admire the sunset from the Pink city. Mke your evening special with a sound and light show at Amber Fort.
    • Explore the Ranthambhore Fort and Lord Ganesha's Temple inside the Fort.
    • Venture out into a wild jungle ride and spend some time observing the tigers at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. 
  • 20Padam Talao

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    The largest of the three lakes in the park, Padam Talao gets its name from the large number of lotuses. Being one of the major watering holes of Ranthambore National Park, wild animals visit it during dusk and dawn. The legendary guesthouse Jogi Mahal lies on the lake’s fringes, and makes for frame-worthy photographs. The Jogi Mahal is said to be home to India’s second largest Banyan tree, which has been in existence for a staggering six centuries!

    Originally constructed as one of the hunting lodges for the royal family of Jaipur, the forest guesthouse is now shut down and is swamped by neighbouring vegetation. To spot the rare Chinkara near the watering hole is an unforgettable experience. For wildlife lovers, the Padam Talao proffers the best of opportunities to observe the inhabitants of the national park.

  • 21Malik Talao

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    Malik Talao is perhaps the smallest of the major lakes inside Ranthambore National Park. However, it also infested by Indian Marsh Crocodiles and is the place to go to witness the giant reptiles. The lake possesses a highly active ecosystem, where all kinds of birds frequent and is a noted hunting ground for the Kingfishers in the area. Banyan trees dotting the lake’s shore add a touch of serenity.
  • 22Raj Bagh Talao

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    The revered historical ruins of Ranthambore are scattered along the lake, due to which Raj Bagh Talao is considered the most picturesque of all the lakes. The dense vegetation blanketing the area summons a large population of birds and animals for respite from the heat. 

    The Sambar Deer and Egrets are regular visitors, while the area around the lake itself falls under one of the prime tiger spotting areas. Be on your toes while here, the big cats might just be around the bend.

  • 23Jaipur Ranthambore Day Out

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    • Commence your tour at 8.30 AM and get picked up from your hotel to leave for Ranthanbor in an air conditioned car.
    • Reach Ranthambore National Park at 12.30 PM and embark on an exiting jungle safari in a gypsy.
    • Get a chance to explore the natural habitat of the animals like bear, hyena, deer, wild boar, leopard and tigers. 
    • After exploring the Ranthambore National Park return back to Jaipur at 6.30 PM.
    • Reach Jaipur at 10.30 PM and get dropped at your desired location.
  • 24Amreshwar Mahadeo Temple

    One of the oldest Shiva temples around, the Amreshwar Mahadeo Temple is thought to be over 1200 years old. The dense vegetation around the temple caused it to be hidden away for a really long time, before it was discovered and turned hugely popular for the Shivarathri fairs held ever since. 

    Even today, one has to walk a kilometre before reaching the temple. Besides its historical and cultural significance, the region around the temple has grown to be a major tourist destination. A cascading waterfall and the marshy groves during monsoon have been popular attractions. An accidental sighting of one of the big cats should always be listed on your agenda.

  • 25Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History

    A little more than 10 kilometres from Ranthambore National Park, the Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History is located in Sawai Madhopur. The 7.2-acre land on which the museum is situated was originally built to showcase the natural heritage, flora and fauna of the region. 

    Around five galleries in the Ranthambore museum are dedicated exclusively to display the biodiversity of Rajasthan, Biomes and Ecosystems, Desert, Ecology and Conservation and the Origin and Evolution of life. An interesting outing for the children awaits.

    The museum remains closed on Mondays and other national holidays, throwing open its doors from 10 AM till 5 PM.

  • 26Rameshwar Ghat

    The Banas and Chambal rivers meet 65 kilometres away from Sawai Madhopur at Rameshwar Ghat. The Chambal River has been declared as the National Chambal Sanctuary by the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. 

    While you are at Asia’s only riverine eco-system sanctuary, be sure you visit the shrines of Lord Chaturbhuj Nath and Shiva on Rameshwar Ghat. Boasting of a rich biodiversity, the adjoining National Gharial Sanctuary has the Chital, Mongoose, Nilgai, Otter, Crocodile and a host of bird species for wildlife buffs.
    Additionally, the yearly Shivarathri fair draws thousands of people thronging Rameshwar Ghat.

  • 27Kachida Valley

    A Jeep is a preferred way to reach the valley, whose primary inhabitants are another of the big cats—panthers. Tigers form the apex of the food chain in the central areas of the park, and in order to avoid fatal territorial clashes, the panthers are compelled to stay away. 

    A majority of Ranthambore’s panthers are concentrated in the valley. Undulating low hills and a rocky terrain compliment fulfilling views of the valley, and a patient wait might just result in spotting a Sloth Bear. A good population of sloth bears makes Kachida Valley the best place to catch the reclusive giant in the wild.

  • 28Kuwalji Temple

    En route to Kuwalji temple, which is around 40 kilometres away from Sawai Madhopur is a deviation that leads to Devpura Dam. A large population of leopards roam the region, giving you a massive opportunity to spot one. Going further ahead, Kuwalji temple is built in dedication to Lord Shiva and is said to have been built between seventh and ninth centuries. 

    The Nihang Naga Sadhus of the Nath cult perform daily rituals and watching them handle sharp weapons deftly comes across as extremely interesting. For those who want to observe the Nag Sadhus up-close, head to the Kuwalji Temple. The ornate carvings on the temples have the subjects of love, war, Yogic postures and of camels, tigers and elephants.

    Bijasan Matha and Kamleshwar Mahadeo shrines date back to the 12th century. The Shiva lingam made of red stone has water dripping continuously. The ancient step well is believed to wash away skin problems and cure diseases.

  • 29Surwal Lake

    Ranthambore is a hotbed of places to visit, and the Surwal Lake which is a mere 25 kilometres away is a scintillating bird-watching destination. The migratory season runs between the months of November and March, and birds from most corners of the world turn up. The water in the lake is seasonally filled, and the months of April and May parches the lakebed. So time your trip right, and soak in the chirping of countless birds.
  • 30Lakarda-Anantpura

    The northern periphery of the park has an astonishing number of ant hills, and which the Sloth Bears have great fondness for. Sloth Bears are found here in large numbers, but due to their recluse nature of avoiding human attention, they are fairly hard to spot. 

    The Indian Striped Hyenas are another of Lakarda and Anantpura’s celebrated residents. Rarely spotted in the wild, their pugmarks are strewn across the area. The nocturnal hyenas make it nearly impossible to observe.

  • Other Things to do in Ranthambore:

  • 31Black Buck Sightseeing

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    This particular species of antelopes are exclusive to the Indian Subcontinent. Not found in the national park itself, Black Bucks inhabit the village of Devpura—approximately 15 kilometres away from the park. The rural region sees them clumped together in herds of up to 20.

     You’ll be amazed outright to witness the Black Bucks sprinting at full speed, which is recorded to have exceeded 50 miles per hour! Driving down to the Devpura village is a great chance to experience the idyllic locales, and also to observe the vibrant Bandhani, Lahariya, silver jewellery, textiles and carpets woven by local artists. The vibrancy that Rajasthan is noted for, is on full display here.

  • 32Dastkar Ranthambore

    In order to utilize the skills and talents of the displaced village-folk, Dastkar offers unique traditional handicrafts that are different from the rest of Rajasthan. The wildlife paintings are a treat for art aficionados, and other handicraft products make superb souvenirs of Ranthambore. 

    The regular Rajasthani artefacts are sold—Bandhani works, block-print textiles, handloom skirts and other jewellery are favourites of tourists in many of Ranthambore National Park’s bookings.

  • 33Ranthambore School of Art

    A little deviation off the road leading to the park takes you to Ranthambore School of Art. The backbone idea behind setting up this school was to instil the tiger in the popular psyche of the people. The Ranthambore School of Art sources its artworks from the students from surrounding villages and towns, and tries to convey the message of tiger conservation. 

    A trip to the school will welcome you into a world of tiger-oriented art, and this is where the experience of Ranthambore National Park comes full circle.

  • 34Essential Things to Keep in Mind:

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    - The extreme varying temperatures in Ranthambore mean that carrying the right set of clothing is paramount.

    - Sun glasses, mosquito repellents, a wide hat and a sunscreen lotion will hold you in good stead.

    - There are charges for using a video camera. With a still camera, you’re good to go without paying a nominal fee.

    - It is highly important to keep calm and composed during the safari rides.

    - Do not wear eye-catching colours during the safari; dull shades are recommended.

    - Do not litter.

    - Ranthambore National Park bookings done in advance will help you save time when you arrive.
  • 35Distance and Routes from Major Cities

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    Delhi

    The distance from Delhi to Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan is approximately 400km.

    ROAD:-

    - In case you plan to travel via NH8 and NH 11A, then you would cover around 380.6km, and reach Ranthambore in approximately 6 h 45 min.

    - If you travel via RJ SH 25, then you would reach Ranthambore in approximately 6 h 50 min, covering a distance of about 367.6 km.

    - One can also reach Ranthambore via Taj Express Highway or the Yamuna Express Highway and NH11; here you would cover a distance of 436.6km in approximately 7 h 23 min to reach the National Park.

    TRAIN:- 

    - If you choose to go from Delhi to Ranthambore by train, then you will have to travel from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur , which is the nearest railway station from Ranthambore National Park.

    Following are some of the trains to take for Sawai Madhopur from Delhi.

    - Sarvodaya Exp, Kota Janshtabdi, Golden Temple Ml, Jat Hapa Exp, Kalka Paschim Express, Ndls Bct Ac Spl, Nzm Kota Sf Spl, H Nizamuddin August Kranti Rajdhani Express, H Nizamuddin Mewar Express, Intercity Exp.

    - The above mentioned trains depart from New Delhi, H Nizamuddin, Subzi Mandi.

    - The time taken by different trains from Delhi to Sawai Modhapur is approximately 3.5 hours to 9 hours.

    AIR

    Jaipur is the nearest airport to the Ranthambore National Park. One can travel from Delhi to Jaipur in a flight, to reach Ranthambore. It will take approximately one hour.

    Jaipur

    The distance from Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan is approximately 200km.

    ROAD

    - In case you plan to travel via NH 12, then you would cover around 166.9 Km and reach Ranthambore in approximately 3 h 25 min.

    - One can also reach Ranthambore from Jaipur via NH 116; here you would cover a distance of 222.4 km in approximately 4 h 49 min to reach the National Park.

    TRAIN

    - If you choose to go from Jaipur to Ranthambore by train, then you will have to travel from Jaipur to Sawai Madhopur , which is the nearest railway station from Ranthambore National Park.

    Following are some of the trains to take for Sawai Madhopur from Jaipur.

    - Jp Indb Sf Spl, Jodhpur bhopal passenger, Jaipur Madras Express, Jaipur Ratlam Fast Passenger, Dayodaya Exp, Ajmer ranchi Garibnwaz Express, Jp Sc Spl, Ziyarat Express, Jaipur Bandra Terminus Super Express, Hmh Kota Specia and etc

    - The above mentioned trains depart from Jaipur station.

    - The time taken by different trains from Jaipur to Sawai Modhapur is approximately 2.5 hours to 4 hours.

    Agra

    The distance from Agra to Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan is approximately 290km.

    ROAD

    - If you travel via Agra - Bikaner Road then you would reach Ranthambore in approximately 5 h 6 min, covering a distance of about 293 km.

    - In case you plan to travel via NH 11B, then you would cover around 272.8 Km and reach Ranthambore in approximately 5 h 38 min.

    TRAIN

    - If you choose to go from Agra to Ranthambore by train, then you will have to travel from Agra to Sawai Madhopur , which is the nearest railway station from Ranthambore National Park.

    Following are some of the trains to take for Sawai Madhopur from Agra.

    - Varanasi Okha Express, Kamakhya Gandhidham Express, Pnbe Adi Specia, Ziyarat Express, Guwahati Dwarka Express, Gorakhpur To Bandra Avadh Express, Cpr Aii Spl, Patna jn Kota Express, Annanya Expres, Ranchi Garibnwaz Express ,etc.

    - The above mentioned trains depart from Agra Fort station and Raja Ki Mandi station.

    - The time taken by different trains from Agra to Sawai Modhapur is approximately 3.5 hours to 6 hours.

    AIR

    One can travel from Agra to Jaipur in a flight, to reach Ranthambore. It will take approximately one hour.

  • 36Frequently Asked Questions

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    Q. Which of the two is a better mode of wildlife safari - Gypsy or Canters?

     Both Gypsy and Canters are an amazing experience in their own way. The fact about Gypsy’s is that they are private, costly and not very noisy. Also, Gypys and Canters trade the same tracks into the wilderness. If you have a smaller group like 4 to 6 people it is feasible that you opt for a Gypsy Safari and in case of a large group like 10 to 20 go for a Canter Safari.

    Q. What are preferable morning safaris or evening safaris?

    It is advisable that you take a early morning or a late evening safaris, to avoid the scorching heat of the sun.

    Q. Which amongst all zones is the best zone?

    Every zone provides an exclusive experience. One should trade through every zone and enjoy the blissful wilderness.

    Q. What is the probability of witnessing a tiger?

    Ranthambhore is one of the best places across the World, to witness the tigers.  But, tigers are basically introvert and mysterious animals and hence sighting a tiger is very unpredictable.

    Q.  As per the information provided, the entry fee to the National Park is excluded from the package price. Can you help us with that?

    This depends on the clauses of the organisation; you have booked your package with.  Most probably they would help you to buy the entry permits or book it on your behalf and charge you for the same.

    Q. Is a permit required for personal camera or video camera? What is the procedure of obtaining this permit? Can you help?

    A. One can bring along a still camera for free. In case you are carrying a video camera, then you have to pay Rs 200 per. You can pay this amount at the gate and get the permit. Feel free to take help from the driver, for the same.

    Q. What are the documents required, in order to book the safaris?

    If you are an Indian national then you are required to provide an identity proof and address proof. If you are a foreign national then you have to provide an identity proof and nationality proof along with the passport number, for booking.

    Q. Do I need to make any advanced payment for prior booking

    The complete payment has to be made in advance. This payment is not refundable, in case of cancellation or change.

    Q. What are the hiking options in Ranthambhore area?

    Ranthambhore proffers three hiking options; the Ranthambhore fort, the Chandmari and Jhoomar Baori area and the Balas and Kala pathar area of Man Singh Sanctuary. Explore the National Park on foot and admire the varied bird life and the local vegetation in that area.