Situated in Rajasthan Ranthambore National Park, with an area of about 395 square kms is a tiger lovers paradise. This park is famous for its tiger sightings and the amazing ruins of once royal fort that lies right within the forest. Other animals that reside here are wild cats, wild boar, birds, deer, sloth bear hyenas and snakes.
Ranthambore National Park Safari
There are two safaris a day from October to June, one starting in the morning and the other late in the afternoon. The tour lasts for 4 hours and the options are either in a 6 seater gypsy (open top ), 12 seater open canter or a 20 seater canter .There are 10 different safari zones for visitors in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
From October to February, canters and gypsies leave at around 7 AM in the morning and 2:30 PM for the evening session. From March to June, this timing is 6:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
Booking for the Safari
You can click here for advance booking. On the spot bookings can also be done from the Project Tiger Office in Sawai Madhopur. To book safari name and passport number for the Foreigner National; name and any id details of person traveling for Indian National is needed.
Inside the Jungle
Inside the jungle other than spotting variety of wildlife like tigers, bear, crocodiles, deer and birds there are a few attractions that cannot be miised.
The Ranthambhore Fort
The stunning ruins of Ranthambhore Fort in the middle of the jungle is a must see.
There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the famed Ganesh temple inside the fort that is still thronged by countless devotees, particularly during the Ganesh Chaturthi fair.
Malik Talao is situated between Zone 3 and Zone 4 and quite often tigresses with their cubs can be sen here.Crocodiles are a common sight along with birds like Kingfishers, herons, egrets and other waterbirds also frequent this area.
Many wild animals can be spotted drinking water from this breathtaking lake in the middle of the Zone 3.
The banks of this lake seem to be the favorite resting place for crocodiles. The backdrop of the ruins and the fort on the hilltop present for a stunning sight.
Kachida Valley in Zone 5 of the forest has a high possibility of wildlife spotting because of the abundant water supply.
Amareshwar Mahadev Temple
You have to travel through the forest to reach this temple. The high hills and waterfalls surrounding the temple are an added beauty.
Stay and Food
There are several accommodation options on Ranthambore Park Road as well as Sawai Madhopur town. You can have a memorable as well as comfortable stay at the resorts and budget hotels according to your preference. For local delicacies like dal-batti-churma try out the local eateries. The restaurants in the hotels and resorts caters to all types of Indian and world cuisine.
The nearest airport is at Jaipur at around 180 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. The railhead of Sawai Madhopur lies on the route between Delhi and Mumbai. You can hire a private cab from here to reach Ranthambhore.