Ranthambore National Park is among the largest national parks of northern India. It is located in the district of Sawai Madhopur, about 180 kms from Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan. Ranthambore National Park is the best destinations to sight the majestic predator, the Royal Bengal tiger. Surrounded by Aravalis and Vindhyas hill ranges and is sprawled over an area of 392 Square Kilometres. The wildlife attractions and lush green beauty of Ranthambore National Park is amazing that attracts animal lover and wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world to this destination.
Before being accredited with the status of wildlife sanctuary, the jungles of Ranthambore was a hunting ground used by the Maharajas of Jaipur. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1957 and the park was selected under the Project Tiger Programme sometime during 1974. The wildlife reserve at Ranthambore was declared as Nation Park later in 1981. Ranthambore is also a famous heritage site due to the pictorial ruins and forts. The time spent in Ranthambore National Park watching the tigers and gamut species of animals and chirpy birds amidst the verdant greenery is priceless and worth repeating again.
Attractions at the Park
The Ranthambore Fort is the prime attraction of the park. The fort was built by the Chauhans ruler in the 8th century. The Ranthambore Fort sprawls in an area of 7 kms in circumference and comprises of many buildings that have been reduced to ruins. The fort also has many mosques, cenotaphs, barracks, temples, step-well and gates. Among the ruins of the fort, the two pavilions namely, Dullah Mahal and Bada Mahal, Hammirs court and 32 Pillared Chhatri gives the feel of old grandeur. There is a Ganesha Temple in the fort that is a famous tourist spot and visited by devotees from all over the country. People worship the Lord to seek prosperity and happiness.
Jogi Mahal is another important attraction of Ranthambore. It is a rest house of forest department where travellers can take rest after a long day. The adjoining Padam Talao with its serene beauty also lures visitors to the place. There is an ancient t banyan tree near Jogi Mahal that is the second largest banyan tree of the country.
The residents and the migratory birds are a sight to treasure at Ranthambore National Park. The park has more than 300 different species of birds. Some of the superb locations for bird watching include the Ranthambore Fort, Malik Talao, Padam Talao, Jhalra area and Rajbagh Talao. Birding at Ranthambore National Park can be done by a canter or jeep safari. Some of commonly sighted birds are Painted spurfowl, quails, Graylag Goose, pipits, kingfishers, spoonbills, Nightjars, Flamingos and Wood Shrikes to name a few.
Information about the Safari
Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest destinations to explore the untamed wildlife including the Tiger Safari. Jungle Safari is the prime attraction that gives visitors a chance to sight wild animals and admire the stunning landscapes of the Ranthambore Reserve. The Park is opened from 1st October to 30th June and tourists can either take a canter or jeep safari as per their convenience.
The jeep safari at Ranthambore National Park is an excellent means to set put exploring the jungles. For tourists who desire to capture the intriguing behaviour of the wild cats, the only feasible option is the jeep safari. Jeeps are open roof vehicles that allow a maximum of 6 people at a time. The Jeep safari gives the more enriched and personalised experience to admire the thrills and beauty of the Ranthambore National Park.
Canter Safari is a supreme style to discover the exotic wildlife of the park. It is a preferred choice by wildlife loves and nature enthusiasts as it gives a more playful rides compared to the open roof jeep. A canter safari can accommodate a maximum of 16 to 20 people.
The safari rides in Ranthambore National Park lasts for 3 and ½ hours by canter or jeep.Timings:
- The timings for entry and exit in the park vary with the seasons. The timings remain same for jeep or canter safari and is as follows:
- From 1st October to 31st October: The morning safari timing is from 7am to 10:30am while the afternoon shift starts from 2:30pm to 6pm.
- From 1st November to 31st January: The morning safari starts at 7am till 10:30am whereas the afternoon safari timings are 2pm to 5:30pm.
- From 1st February to 31st March: The morning trip time is from 6:30 am to 10am and the afternoon trip timing is 2:30pm to 6pm.
- From 1st April to 15th May: The morning safari starts from 6am to 9:30am while the afternoon shift timings are 3pm to 6:30pm.
- From 16th May to 30th June: The morning safari trip timing is 6am to 9:30am while the afternoon safari shift lasts from 3:30pm to 7pm.
The bookings at Ranthambore National Park can be made in 90 days advance to avoid disappointments as only restricted numbers of vehicles are allowed every day inside the park. Also at the time of booking, tourists need to provide their full name along with a photo Id proof. Passport details are required for foreign nationals visiting the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.Dos and Don’ts Within the Park:
- While visiting the park always carry your photo Id along
- Wear only sober and comfortable clothes to the park
- Do not try to get unwanted attention from the wild animals. Never feed the animals inside the park
- Maintain silence and do not cross the speed limit within the park
- Do not throw litter in the park and keep it pollution free
- Do not enter the park without the permits or stay for longer than the scheduled time at the park
- Photo Id
- Sunscreen lotion
- Mosquito repellent
- Sunglasses, hat/cap
- Water bottles Binoculars
- Cameras with extra batteries and rolls
Safety Measures to be Followed
Tourists visiting the Ranthambore National Park should abide by the guidelines and rules to ensure their personal safety. While visiting the park avoid using perfumes as animals are very sensitive to smell and it can arouse their curiosity. Always follow your fixed route inside the park and do not get down from the vehicle anywhere inside the park.
Best Time to Visit the Park
The Ranthambore National Park is open to visitors from October to June each year. During the monsoons the park remains closed from July to September. The most suitable to holiday in Ranthambore is from the months of November till April. During this time the weather conditions is ideal to sight the animals in the wilderness.
Tourists coming to Ranthambore National Park must definitely take the Village Tour to get an insight into the village life there. The villages close to Sawai Madhopur are quiet attractive with picturesque landscapes and pleasant atmosphere. The villagers here have their own religious customs and belief and it a delightful experience to get a glance of their daily activities of life. Some of the close village are famed for their lahariya and bandhani, block printed textiles, antique furniture, silver jewelry and metallic handicrafts and turns out to be a paradise for shopping lovers.
Tonk is a popular historical destination located at a distance of 96 kms from the Tiger Reserve of Ranthambore. Of all the historical monuments, the Sunheri Kothi also known as the ‘Mansion of Gold’ is the prime attraction. Tonk is worth visiting destination from Ranthambore with all its essence.