Ranthambore National Park Safari - A Detailed Guide
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Last Updated: 08 Apr 2021
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Buses, Taxis, cab aggregators and autos are allowed in Ranthambore.

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No e-pass required to visit Ranthambore for intra-state and inter-state travellers Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Visitors from districts in Rajasthan as well as other states do not need an e-pass to travel to Ranthambore anymore.Read more.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Other Luxury Hotels Open in Restaurants Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Several resorts and hotels in Ranthambore like the Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort have begun operations with strict safety measures.Read more.

The Ranthambore National Park is Open for Tourism Now Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Travellers are now allowed to book tours and safaris at Ranthambore National Park, one of the foremost tiger reserves in India. The Park is following all the safety guidelines and SOPs as mandated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Night Curfews, Weekend Lockdowns Lifted in Ranthambore Updated: 04 Sep 2020

According the MHA guidelines for Unlock 3.0, the state government of Rajasthan has lifted all night curfews and weekend lockdowns in Ranthambore and neighbouring districts.Read more.

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.

Essential Information About Ranthambore National Park

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Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park

Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is famous around the world as the “Tiger Reserve”. With a great number of Royal Bengal Tigers at its place, the park also houses an array of other species of flora and fauna worth sighting.

It is one of the popular and largest national parks residing in the Rajasthan state of Northern India. There are tons of activities one can experience on their exploration of the abode of Royal Bengal Tiger. The Ranthambore national park safari is one of the great activities to start with. It is divided into two shifts, morning and evening shifts. These are the times when there is the highest probability of sighting any fauna in the park.

With jungle safari Ranthambore, you can acknowledge yourself with the rich heritage of this park and its history. From clicking pictures of the exotic species of flora and fauna to sighting the animals indulging in their day to day activities is a treat to watch.

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How To Reach Ranthambore

How To Reach Ranthambore
- By Road: To reach Ranthambore National Park via Road, Stick to:
- NH 11A & NH8 if travelling from Delhi, 
- NH 76 if travelling from Udaipur and Allahabad,
- SH 24 if travelling from Jaipur,
- SH 1 if travelling from Bharatpur and Agra.

- By Train: Get a train from your nearest train station to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station that lies closest to the Ranthambore National Park. For a second option, one can choose to travel to Jaipur Railway Station which is 200 kilometres from the park.

- By Air: The nearest airport is Jaipur International Airport from where you can hire a private taxi or other vehicle to reach the Ranthambore National Park. It is 200 kilometres away from the airport. Enjoy your Ranthambore National Park safari which is the main activity to do in the park.
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Timings of Safari at Ranthambore

Timings of Safari at Ranthambore
The Ranthambore Jungle Safari is open for the visitors in 2 Shifts.

Morning Shift:
- 06.30 am - 10.00 am (1st Oct to 31st Oct)
- 07.00 am - 10.30 am (1st Nov to 31st Jan)
- 06.30 am - 10.00 am (1st Feb to 31st March)
- 06.00 am - 09.30 am (1st April to 15th May).

Evening Shift:
- 02.30 pm - 06.00 pm (1st Oct to 31st Oct)
- 02.00 pm to 05.30 pm (1st Nov to 31st Jan)
- 02.30 pm to 06.00 pm (1st Feb to 31st March)
- 03.00 pm to 06.30 pm (1st April to 15th May).
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Different Zones of Ranthambore National Park

Different Zones of Ranthambore National Park
In total there are 10 Ranthambore Tiger Safari Zones in the Park. These are as follows:

- ZONE 1: It starts from Singh Dwar. One can spot tigers at Amreshwar Dang, Peela Pani , Gada Dub, Tuti ka Nalla and Sultanpur in this zone.

- ZONE 2: This zone holds the maximum number of Chances for tiger sighting at places like Phuta Bandha, Lahpur Tiraha, Nal Ghati and others.

- ZONE 3: The point visited most frequently by the tigers in this zone is Padam Talab.

- ZONE 4: The most famous tigress of Ranthambore named Machli nestles in this zone. The primary locations of sighting her are Lakkar Da, Adidaant, Lambi, Tamakhan and berda.

- ZONE 5: Jokha, Dhakda, Singhdwar, Anatpur are some of the many locations visited most by the tigers and other fauna here.

- ZONE 6 (kundal), ZONE 7 (Chidikho), ZONE 8 (Balas), ZONE 9 (Kuwal ji), ZONE 10 (Aantri) have a lower probability of sighting wildlife but they do reside the majestic tigers.
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History Of Ranthambore

History Of Ranthambore
The National Park got its name from the majestic Ranthambore Fort that stands tall till today amidst the jungle. It used to be the hunting area for the Jaipur Maharaja and other royal members of the Jaipur Kingdom. The people used to pay a small yearly tax to use the produce found in the forest to the king.

Under the Maharaja's rule, it got its name as Sawai Madhopur Sanctuary and any commercial activity was banned in 1955. But unstoppable exploitation of the Ranthambore raised a major concern about the shrinking forest cover and safety of the wildlife species residing in it.

Any ban on hunting or commercial activity couldn’t stop the degrading number of the Royal Bengal tiger. This called for a strict action by the government of India in 1973 when this forest was finally declared as a national park and a tiger reserve.
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Tips to Know While Travelling to Ranthambore National Park

Tips to Know While Travelling to Ranthambore National Park
- Wear clothes appropriate to the season like woollen in winter season and cotton clothing in summer season.

- You need to keep calm and composed during your ranthambore tiger safari as any noise can distract the wildlife.

- Mosquito repellents, hat, sunscreen protection will help you in your exploration.

- Wear subtle and light color clothing that would not attract any attention of the wildlife.

- Avoid littering and carry your garbage back with you in your bag without throwing it anywhere in the national park.
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Distance from Major Cities

Distance from Major Cities
- Delhi: The Ranthambore National Park is located 394.8 kilometres from Delhi if proceeded via NH 48.

- Jaipur: The park is 200 kilometres away from Jaipur, be it the railway station, airport or the city.

- Bharatpur: Bharatpur to Ranthambore National park includes 243.5 kilometres distance to cover via NH 21.

- Kota: The distance between Kota and Ranthambore National park is 137.7 kilometres via Lalsot - Kota Mega Highway.

- Agra: The distance between Agra and Ranthambore National park is 296.9 kilometres via Bikaner - Agra Rd.

- Udaipur: The distance between Udaipur and Ranthambore National park is 406.8 kilometres via NH27.
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Flora of Ranthambore National Park

Flora of Ranthambore National Park

While you explore on your Ranthambore Safari, you will come across some exquisite flora that would leave you awestruck. The dense green jungle of the Ranthambhore National Park amidst the desert makes it a great place to tour for nature lovers. For the record, there are around 300 species of vegetation mostly of dry deciduous type as the rainfall received at this location is very less.

The major region of the forest is covered with a plant named Dhok or biologically Anogeissus pendula. Other types of trees one can find in this forest are Banyan Tree, Neem, Peepal along with the fruit bearing trees like Mango, Imli, Jamun tree and others.

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Fauna of Ranthambore National Park

Fauna of Ranthambore National Park

The apex predator and renowned resident of the Ranthambhore National Park is the Royal Bengal Tiger. Many other species of the cat family like leopard cat, desert cat, fishing cat and others can be seen here. On your jungle safari Ranthambore, you can also catch a glance of Sloth Bear, Jackal, Striped Hyena, common mongoose, python, Palm civet, crocodile and others.

Migratory birds are another attraction at the Ranthambhore National Park with over 300 species nestling here. Some of these species that can be seen frequently and easily on your Ranthambore safari are Bronze winged Jacana, Sandpiper, Nightjar, Kingfisher, Painted Spurfowl, Great horned owl, Painted Sandgrouse, Sarus Crane, large Cormorant and many others.

Types of Safaris in Ranthambore National Park

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Jeep Safari

Jeep 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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Canter Safari

Canter 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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Property Location- Village Ranwal, Ranthambore


About The Raj Bagh Jungle Resort, Ranthambore-

Located in the wilderness in Ranthambore, The Rajbagh Jungle Resort is bounded by nature and Aravali's foothills with all modern amenities. Experience the peace of living in the lap of nature while enjoying the glance of wildlife. You will be thrilled by visiting the nearby tourist attractions like Ranthambore National Reserve Gate, Ranthambore Fort, Surwal Lake, Kachida Valley, and a local village where one can see the simplistic lifestyle of the people. 

 

The Rajbagh Jungle Resort has open large gardens and open spaces which is surrounded by greenery. Experience sleeping under the star-lit sky with jungle ambiance. The resort has heightened practices around food handling, sanitization, disinfection, and cleaning. The traditional style restaurant of the hotel has a perfect setting where guests can enjoy mouth-watering scrumptious regional and Continental dishes. One can also avail of ayurvedic massage to rejuvenate themselves. The resort arranges adventure activities on demand so that you can make the most of your trip.

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Places to Stay in Ranthambore

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Tiger Machan

Tiger 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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Nahargarh Ranthambore

Nahargarh 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.

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Sher Bagh

Sher 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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Aman-i-Khás

Aman-i-Khás
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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.

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Tiger Moon Resort, Ranthambore @ Flat 48% off
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Resort Location: Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan

Check-in time: 02:00 PM

Check-out time: 12:00 PM 

Tiger Moon Resort is situated beautifully, with a foreground view of Aravalli hills, sharing a virtual boundary with the Ranthambore National Park, at just a two km drive from the main gate. Tiger moon resort offers a shared lounge, a games room and a tour desk, BBQ facilities, 24-hour front desk, travel desk, and much more. The retreat takes care of sanitation and hygiene with a professional housekeeping staff and laundry/dry cleaning services. The retreat has increased the frequency of cleaning public areas (including the lobby, elevators, doorknobs, common washrooms, etc.) and continue to use hospital-grade disinfectants. There are more antibacterial hand sanitizers throughout the property.

Tiger moon resort has a multi-cuisine restaurant which serves Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines. Relish with the local delicacies of Uttarakhand with a jungle ambiance. 

Experience an amazing stay in the Deluxe cottage with complimentary welcome drinks. A better way to know the hidden wildlife of the national park is jungle safari so the package has a discounted voucher for your Jungle safari. Make your evening memorable with a bonfire with your love ones

Highlights of this Tiger Moon Resort:

1. Accommodation with a Complimentary Breakfast

 2. Flat @ 25% Off on Jungle Safari

 3. Stay with mountain and pool view 

How to reach Tiger Moon Resort?

The resort is 13 km from Sawai Madhopur  Bus Stand. It is easily accessible by public and private transportation. There is free parking available at the resort.
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Dev Vilas Resort

Dev Vilas Resort
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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.

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Resort Location: Near Helipad, Khilchipur
Check-in time: 02:00 PM
Check out time: 12:00 PM

About the Ranthambhore Kothi

Encompassed by the lush green forests and edged with the soothing sight of natural water lake, Ranthambhore Kothi, Sawai Madhopur offers a never to be forgotten experience, with an exciting chance to glimpse the very rare tigers and other species in the complete wild. 

Resort  offers all basic amenities like wifi, 24hr help desk, travel desk, doctor on call, room services etc. The retreat has increased the frequency of cleaning public areas (including the lobby, elevators, doorknobs, common washrooms, etc.) and continue to use hospital-grade disinfectants. There are more antibacterial hand sanitizers throughout the property. 


Ranthambhore Kothi, Sawai Madhopur comes equipped with a spa that offers various rejuvenating therapies and holistic treatments. It features a swimming pool with sun deck, steam and sauna room, carom board table, tennis table, along with activities such as trekking, jeep, and wildlife safari.

The resort offers courtyard dining that serves multi-cuisine dishes. The hotel also features a poolside bar, complete with Onyx stone bar counter and a relaxing atmosphere with sounds of running water. The resort has an inhouse restaurant which serves local and different cuisine of food prepared by proffesional cooks.

Along with this amazing stay, the package offers a nature walk as the trails leading from the property are well known to spot the wide variety of flora and fauna. Experience exciting vouchers on spa which will unwind with the body massage. This will remove dead skin cells, strengthens bones, relieves pains, smoothes skin, and reduces stress. 

One can also enjoy refreshing mocktails and cocktails along with the complimentary Private Sky Shower Experience and to get some delicious meals resort offers voucher on Food & Beverages.

Highlights of 
Ranthambhore Kothi :
1. Accommodation in Deluxe Room with Breakfast
2. Flat 15% Off on a Cocktail Menu
3. Complimentary Nature Walk
4. Complimentary Private Sky Shower Experience
5. Flat 20% off on Spa Services
6. Flat 15% off on F&B Services

How to Reach 
Ranthambhore Kothi, Sawai Madhopur?
The resort is 9 km from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and 151 km from Jaipur International Airport. Both public and private transport can be availed to reach the location.
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Oberoi Vanyavilas

Oberoi Vanyavilas
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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.
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Taj Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge

Taj Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge
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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.

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The Ranthambore Bagh

The Ranthambore Bagh
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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.

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The Pugmark

The 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.

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Khem Villas

Khem Villas
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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

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Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort

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.

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Padam Talao

Padam Talao

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.

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Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History

Rajiv 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.

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Kachida Valley

Kachida 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.

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Surwal Lake

Surwal 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.
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Lakarda-Anantpura

Lakarda-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.

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Trinetra Ganesh Temple

Trinetra Ganesh Temple
It is one of the oldest temples in Rajasthan that is located inside the Ranthambore Fort. This temple is only one in itself that has the whole family of God Ganesha. You can also indulge in the morning and evening aarti with the Ranthambore jungle safari.

The temple’s history dates back to 1299 when King Hameer who was an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha regularly offered prayers at this temple. He was in a battle with Ala-ud-din Khilji inside Ranthambore Fort.

One night God Ganesha came in the king’s dreams that there would be no problems once he woke up in the morning. To his astonishment when he woke up the battle had ended. This enhanced the spirituality of the people towards the God Ganesha and his temple inside the fort.
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Jogi Mahal

Jogi Mahal
On your jungle safari Ranthambore, visit the famous Jogi Mahal that is located just half kilometers away from the National Park. In the earlier times the maharajas used to stay here while they were on their hunting session.

It is also renowned as one of the oldest buildings in the Ranthambore region. The architecture of the place is remarkable and classic. The stunning backdrop of the Jogi Mahal includes a banyan tree and a pristine lake on the side. Presently, Jogi Mahal is a place where tourists can rest for a bit and eat while soaking in the vibe of nature.
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Bakula Region

Bakula Region
The dense forested Bakula Region of the park has the highest chances of sighting the Royal Bengal tiger on your Ranthambore National Park Safari. It has an array of small pools and water holes dispersed in its region.

Many tigresses with their cubs can be seen close to this water location. Because of the dense and lush green vegetation and the presence of the water bodies, this place experiences a cool climate. It offers a comfortable abode to the tigers thus helping one catch a glance of the same at this region. Do carry your binoculars and camera for a worthy experience.

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Black Buck Sightseeing

Black 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.

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Dastkar Ranthambore

Dastkar 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.

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Ranthambore School of Art

Ranthambore 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.

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Rameshwar 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.

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Amreshwar 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.

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Raj Bagh Talao

Raj Bagh Talao
Image Credit : DJ SINGH - Flickr

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.

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Malik Talao

Malik Talao
Image Credit : DJ SINGH - Flickr
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.
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07 December 2019
Excellent
One of the best stays i have experienced. Meals served were tastya nd fresh, the stay was comfortable, various activities we enjoyed like Jeep Safari, spa. Everything was perfect and well managed. We loved our couple spa it is amust try.
05 December 2019
Excellent
The Sher Garh Resort is one of the peaceful stay in Ranthambore. A perect base for safari trips to the magnificent Rathanbora tiger reserve. Very friendly staff and management. Delicious, authentic Indian food. Thourghly enjoyed our 2 night stay.
03 February 2020
Excellent
At first I would like to recommend Thrillophilia for online bookings, I have always made the bookings from this website for my stays as they provide the best deals as compared to other platforms with instant booking confirmation. Thiis time I have visited The Sher Garh Resort with my family and the room was cozy and comfortable, they maintained proper hygiene at the resort and the staff was so cooperative and friendly. Me and my family have went for Jeep safari which was an amazing experience for all of us. Overall we had a great time.
02 January 2020
Excellent
We booked this resort from Thriilophilia at a very discounted price as compared to other online sites and it was one of the best stay experiences. The room was cozy and comfortable, they maintained proper hygiene at the resort and the staff was so cooperative and friendly. The food was tasty. The safari was an amazing experience. We came across a lot of wildlife species may be due to the time we have opted for safari. It was amazing our guide was helpful and friendly Overall we had a great time.
16 November 2019
Excellent
I went to Ranthambore with my friend for a weekend and booked this resort from Thrillophilia. The resort was very beautiful and well maintained. Great hospitality, Staff was helpful and friendly. We totally enjoyed the jeep safari and had a memorable experience with the tasty food and the preparation done of our candle light dinner.. Thanks, Thrillophilia for this wonderful stay package.
20 November 2019
Excellent
Rajasthnai culture can be best experienced with their luxurious stays at this resort. Enjoyed the evening with BBQ at an amazing open place. Highly recommended.
27 January 2020
Excellent
If you are a wildlife lover do visit this place. I have visited with my family here we had a great time in our luxurious rooms. The spa treatments is a must try and the complimentary wildlife show in the evening has made our trip the best one! Thanks to Thrillophilia for arranging stay with activities at the lowest prices online. Will visit again to explore the outer areas of the location.
18 December 2019
Excellent
We had fun at the property, the rooms were clean and hygenic with great views. Staff was courteous and humble. Food was ok. Swimming pool was great. I would suggest bringing swimming costumes to go into the pool. They have policies. Recommended for a decent stay
We were a group of 11 people and have visited Ranthambore to explore the wildlife, the area is famous for. So have booked this property as they had the best reviews to stay. Booking it through Thrillophilia has given us the best deals online. We have stayed in executive rooms. The food was delicious with an awesome stay. We have done the safari and explored a lot of wildlife species. Back to the resort the same day and relaxed at their well-maintained pool. Overall a nice stay.
16 January 2020
Excellent
We booked Juna Mahal from Thriilophilia at a very decent price as compared to other sites. The room were very comfortable, they maintained proper hygiene at the resort and the staff was so cooperative and friendly. The food was tasty. The Jeep safari was an amazing experience. Overall we had a great time.

People Also Ask About Ranthambore

  1. How much does Ranthambore safari cost?

    While visiting Ranthambore, you have the option of taking a full-day or a half-day safari. The rates are different for Indians and foreigners. For foreigners, a full-day safari costs 65,000 rupees for each vehicle and a half-day safari costs 37,500 rupees. For Indians, the charge is 48,000 rupees per vehicle for full-day and 27,000 rupees for half-day.
  2. What are the best things to do in Ranthambore national park?

    Here are some of the best things to do in Ranthambore National Park: 

    1. Going On The Tiger’s Trail: This is one of the most loved activities that tourists love to take part in the course of their visit to Ranthambore National Park in Karnataka. You will surely fall in love with this thing to do with your loved ones. 

    2. Hiking Up To The Ranthambore Fort: Hiking tours to the Ranthambore Fort can be considered as one of the most loved activities that adventure seekers can choose to try out. It is surely going to give you a relaxation to the adrenaline rush.

    3. Birdwatching in Tiger Habitat of Ranthambore: Ranthambore is also widely known for its amazing bird-watching spots which attracts photographers from all over the country. 

    4. Explore Heritage Monuments: On a trip to the Ranthambore national park, you will be able to make it to the heritage monuments that date back to centuries. Marvel at these places and capture wonderful snaps to cherish all through your life. 

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

    There is no such difference between Jeep or canters as the safari is all about the exploration of the forest. Both the vehicles are extremely comfortable for your Ranthambore jungle safari.

    The only criterion that makes these two options viable is the group size you are travelling with. If you are more than 6 people in a group, you can either rent 2 jeeps or 1 canter as per the budget you have.
  4. Is Ranthambore Safari safe?

    Ranthambore Safari is totally safe, however, you need to follow the instructions of your driver and guide. You should stay inside the vehicle at all times, not cause too much noise and, not disturb the wild animals. Older people and toddlers need to be taken care of, as the ride can be quite rough.
  5. What are preferable morning safaris or evening safaris?

    Both the safari options are best for Ranthambore tiger safari. The chances of spotting the wildlife in both are almost equal.
  6. What is the best time to visit Ranthambore?

    The best time to visit Ranthambore is during the winter season as the weather remains pleasant and there are most chances of spotting tigers in this season.
  7. What are the best places to stay in Ranthambore for couples?

    1. Tiger Machan: This is an exciting place to stay with your loved one. Here you get the authentic forest experience camping in tents and light up a bonfire for a romantic night. From here, you can book jungle safaris. 

    2. Sher Bagh: This is a jungle resort from where you easily arrange jeep safaris and spot some wildlife. You can stay in tents which have balconies and attached bathrooms. You can also enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.

    3. Aman-i-Khas: Located at the periphery of the national park, Aman-i-Khas features luxury tents where you can enjoy a romantic stay with your loved one. There are open spaces and a daybed where you can lounge and relax.

    4. Dev Vilas Resort: This picturesque resort has suites, luxury tents, and deluxe rooms. The rooms have unique designs and are physically-challenged friendly. The architecture is a blend of middle-eastern and Indian styles. Moreover, every room has two bathrooms.
  8. What other wild animals can one spot in Ranthambore except Tigers?

    On can sight common mongoose, python, Palm civet, crocodile, jackal and various other migratory birds like kingfisher, Painted Spurfowl, Great horned owl and others on their safari.
  9. Which is the nearest airport to Ranthambore Park?

    Jaipur international Airport is the nearest airport to Ranthambore Park which is 183km away.
  10. Can we choose zones for safaris ourselves?

    Yes! You can choose for the safari into the zone of your choice during the time of booking.
  11. How many days are enough for Ranthambore?

    2 days are more than enough to completely explore Ranthambore National Park as well as other attractions in the city like Ranthambore fort, Padam talab and Ganesh temple.
  12. What are the chances of seeing a tiger in Ranthambore?

    There are 50 percent chances of sighting tigers at the Ranthambore National Park. No assured scientific figure is ever given on this.
  13. What is famous in Ranthambore?

    Ranthambore is famous for Royal Bengal Tiger, Migratory birds, Jogi Mahal, trinetra ganesh temple, Ranthambore Fort and many more places.

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