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 Ranthambore (Rajasthan)

Located on the intersection of Aravalli and Vindhyas, Ranthambore National Park is approximately 11 km from Sawai Madhopur. Once a princely game preserve, Ranthambore is the best place to get a glimpse of the Tiger. The geography of the park ranges from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas to sharp and conical hills of the Aravalli. Having a unique topography, the jungle is scattered with grasslands at the plateaus, pastures in gorges and flourishing foliage around the canals. Read on this Ranthambore travel guide to more about this National Park:

The sanctuary has river Chambal in the south and river Banas in the north bordering it. Dry deciduous forest, open grassy paddock, several lakes and rivers that make up the park can be passed through only by the roads built by the Forest department. Another dominating feature of the Tiger Reserve is the Ranthambore Fort, dating back to the 10th century. There are three big lakes in the sanctuary, the Padam Talab (Lake), Malik Talab and Raj Bagh.

Apart from the tiger, the main attraction of the Ranthambore National Park tour, the park is also rich in other wildlife. Other wild life in the reserve include Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle cat, Marsh crocodiles, Wild boar, Bears Deer, etc. Ranthambore in Rajasthan, India also houses a wide variety of birds, both resident as well as migratory. Approximately 272 species of birds have been observed in the park. The park opens for sightseeing half hour before sunrise and closes down half hour after sunset.

Ranthambore Quick facts

  • Ranthambore Geography and Climate

    The climate of Ranthambore is of a typical desert type i.e. in the extreme. Ranthambore weather experiences a dry and hot summer season, lasting from April to June. The average temperature remains in the range of 37.0° C (max) to 23.0° C (min). The climatic conditions of Ranthambore, Rajasthan in winters range from being cool to being chilly. Stretching from October to March, the winter season witnesses average temperature around 29.0° C (max) to 9.1° C (min). The days are sunny and pleasant days but nights can see the temperature dipping to quite a low degree. The best time to visit Ranthambore is during 1st October to 30th June. At any other time, the park is closed for visitors.

  • Best time to visit Ranthambore

    The best time to visit Ranthambore is during 1st October to 30th June.

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    The birdwatching opportunities here, especially around the lakes, are legendary. You will see large herds of herbivores, cheetal, sambar and nilgai, and also find feline pug marks scattered in the sand around dilapidated chhatris. You can also spend endless afternoons crocodile-watching by a lake. Also visit Jogi Mahal, located near a shelter constructed by Raja Hamir for a sage.

    The entry point is on the Ranthambhore Road, about 10 km from the railway station at Sawai Madhopur. It passes through the Missradara Gate to the Ranthambhore Fort (the latter lies within the park’s precincts). The Ganesh Temple is within the fort, and the Jogi Mahal lies at the foot of the fort. The Ranthambhore School of Art, where you can do some shopping, is located on the road that leads up to the park.
    *Park entry fee Indians Rs 25, foreigners Rs 200 Vehicle fee Gypsy/ Canter Rs 125 Safari fee Rs 1,350 Guide fee Rs 150 Cameras Still free, video Rs 200 Park timings 6.30-10 am, 1.30-5.30 pm (subject to change from time to time, so get an update when booking your trip).

  • Ranthambore Near Getaways

    Tonk (100 km)
    Often called the ‘Lucknow of Rajasthan’, Tonk is a small town with a history of Pathan (tribesmen of Afghanistan) rule with the founder ruler being Nawab Mohammed Amir Khan (Year 1824). The Sunehri Kothi with its golden polished walls covered with Pachhikari and Meenakari work in diamond, glass and paintings is a must see.
    The Jama Masjid Mosque constructed between 1246 and 1298 is another place where one can find golden paintings and Meenakari work on the walls. The architecture is quite similar to the Mughal architecture in Agra and Delhi.

    Lakes and Camping Grounds

    The hub for a range of bird species, Ranthambhore obviously has numerous lakes in and around the National Park. The one closest to the Park is also the best for bird watching. Surwal Lake, just 12 km from the Park is flocked by a variety of water birds, both resident and migratory. It is also one of the favorite camping grounds around here.

    Mansarover Lake which lies about 20 km from the Park also attracts lots of migratory birds and is also known for its scenic beauty. Another favourite for campers is the Indergarh Fort which is located in a wildlife infested valley surrounded by forests. Another great spot for camping and boating is the Pali Ghat on the banks of the river Chambal and Devpura (15 km) is where you can find lots of antelopes and black bucks.

  • Ranthambore Distance(s)

    Cities    Distance in km    Distance in Miles
    Agra            294                          183    
    Ajmer          255                          158    

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  • How to reach Ranthambore by Road

    How to Reach Ranthambore by Road
    Sawai Madhopur is the nearest town, about 11km away from Ranthambore. You can reach Sawai Madhopur from Delhi, Jaipur or Agra. Delhi - 480 km (via Dausa), Jaipur - 180 km (via Tonk)

  • How to reach Ranthambore by Rail

    How to Reach Ranthambore by Rail

    The nearest railhead from Ranthambore is Sawai Madhopur. There are many trains that link Sawai Madhopur with cities like Jaipur and Delhi.

  • How to reach Ranthambore by Air

    How to Reach Ranthambore by Air

    The nearest airport from Ranthambore is Jaipur, four hrs drive away. Regular bus service is available between Jaipur and Ranthambore. You can also hire taxi to reach Ranthambore. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is an important domestic airport and is connected to major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai.

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    Ranthambore Festivals and culture

  • Ranthambore Festivals

    The rush of people increases manifold in the months of September/October during Ganesh Chaturthi, which celebrates the birth of the god. The celebrations are marked by singing of devotional songs through day and night.

    The Kaila Devi or Mahalaxmi Temple in the village Kaila, situated in the range of Ranthambhore National Park, experiences similar celebrations during the Kaila Devi Fair. Held on the river Kailisil, a fortnight of celebrations mark the event in the Hindu month of Chaitra (April).

  • Ranthambore Culture

    A cultural and traditional experience of the Meena tribes, a night out in the many hideouts in the park are some of the options you must not miss.

  • Ranthambore Religious Places

    Ranthambore Fort is an immensely popular fort of Sawai Madhopur. People from all over the world come to visit this magnificent fort.Ranthambore Fort is positioned on top of rocky outcrop in the mid of forest. This is one of the oldest forts of the country and built by warrior Chauhan in 944 AD. You would have a thrilling experience during the trip of Ranthambore Fort. If you are religious by nature then you must pay a visit to the Ranthambore Fort, India. Beautiful temples and mosques are dotted all over the fort. While your trip to Ranthambore Fort, you must carry a pair of binocs or powerful lens.

  • Ranthambore Monuments

    The name Ranthambore is an amalgamation of the names of two hills- Ran and Thanbor. As the fort is located within these two hills this massive structure is called Ranthambore Fort. Though the exact origin of the fort is unknown the settlement around it dates back to the 8th century. In the geography of ancient India Ranthambore Fort was strategically located. As a result a lot of wars were fought to conquer the fort. From Ala ud din Khilji to Akbar-the emperors had always strove for capturing the fort. Amidst this the only ruler who had ruled comfortably for a long time was Rao Hammir. He descended the throne in the 11th century.

    In the later half of the 19th century the fort was handed over to the ruler of Jaipur, Sawai Madho Singh by the Mughals. It was he who built the city of Sawai Madhopur around the fort. From then on the fort remained with the Rajputs and the adjacent forest area became their favorite hunting ground. This area was later given the status of a national park. Today the Ranthambore National Park is one of the important tourist destinations in Jodhpur.

    Ranthambore Fort stands tall on an area of 4.5 sq2. The walls of the fort stretches till 4 kilometers. Within the fort a number of interesting buildings are located. Temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Goddess Chamunda and other gods are to be found. Besides such buildings the fort offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

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    Ranthambore Entertainment and Night Life

  • Ranthambore Adventure

     Adventure:       Jeep safari, Canter Trips

  • Ranthambore Shopping


    Tourists who wish to go on a shopping spree may take a ride to the nearest town of Ranthambore National Park. Along with other typical Rajasthani memorabilia such as tie and dye and batik fabrics and traditional ethnic silver jewellery, the paintings in the style of Ranthambore School of Art is the hot picks among the tourists. The paintings typically portray tigers, inspired by the Project tiger, which aims to conserve the species.

  • Famous To Eat at Ranthambore

    Since you are in Rajasthan, the best cuisine to opt for and of course, relish, is Rajasthani. An amazing range of food with each dish more delicious than the other, Rajasthani food is bound to bowl you over. Although a little spicy, garlic chutney and bajre-ki-roti must be tried. You could also opt for the usual Rajasthani thali available at most budget restaurants, for a taste of the numerous dishes which might include gate-ki-sabzi and sangri-ka-saag. To wash it all down choose between the salty-sweet chhach and the bright red, sourish drink made out of the phalsa berries that grow in the desert but the latter would only be available in summers in summer.

  • Gardens and Parks at Ranthambore

    Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state.Located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range, this is one of the finest places to view animals, especially as they are used to being stared at here.The park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined it with the area of sawai man singh sanctuary area,it is around 500 Sq km.

    Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger". It got it's status of a National Park in 1981.

    Ranthambore National Park is dotted with structures that remind you of bygone eras.There are many water bodies located all over the park, which provide perfect relief during the extremely hot summer months for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. There are many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the jungle, which give it a unique, wonderful and mixed flavour of nature, history and wildlife.Tigers at Ranthambore National park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors. These tigers are famous for being seen in the daytime too, due to their lack of fear of human presence in vehicles. This lack of fear of humans is excellent for tourists, as they get to see the tigers often.

    This National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream. It offers excellent accommodation and internal transportation facilities. The park remains open every year from October to May.Famous for the exciting and frequent tiger sightings captured dramatically in several books, this park is today affected by ecological pressures and poaching.

  • Lake at Ranthambore

    Raj Bagh Ruins - These ruins are located between the Padam Talao (lake) and the Raj Bagh Talao. These ancient stone structures like arches, palace outhouses, domes and steps give the area an aura that is not possible to find anywhere else in the world. Especially if you include the jungle surroundings and are one of the lucky few who come across one of the resident tigers. These ruins are what give the Ranthambore National Park such a unique mixture of a wildlife reserve and a reminder of the past, which together make it one of the most picturesque parks in the entire world.

    Padam Talao - This is the largest of the lakes present in the park. The famous and beautiful Jogi Mahal is located at the very edge of this lake. When in season, the water lilies that give the lake it's name, can be seen in plenty. In the early hours of the morning and just before sunset, animals can be seen in large numbers on the lake side. It is in the shallow waters of this lake that the famous "lake hunters" of Ranthambore operate, the most legendary of which was the tiger, Genghis. It is also along this lake's edges that the rare sighting of the chinkara is most probable.

  • Ranthambore Seasonals

    The climatic conditions of Ranthambore, Rajasthan in winters range from being cool to being chilly. Stretching from October to March, the winter season witnesses average temperature around 29.0° C (max) to 9.1° C (min). The days are sunny and pleasant days but nights can see the temperature dipping to quite a low degree. The best time to visit Ranthambore is during 1st October to 30th June. At any other time, the park is closed for visitors.

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    Ranthambore Tips

  • Ranthambore Travel Tips

    Rajasthan travel tips are being provided to assist you while you are in Rajasthan. These safety guidelines for Rajasthan, India will prove quite useful to you if you are planning to visit this place. Here are some common dos and Don'ts for Rajasthan travel:

        * Don't forget to lock your hotel room before going outside for the purpose of sightseeing or shopping.
        * Never take a lift from a person you don't know. Women and those who are roaming around after dark should specially follow this advice.
        * Whenever you go out of your hotel room, do not carry excess cash with you. Also, keep your jewelry and other expensive items locked in your hotel room, along with your passport and return tickets.
        * Don't allow any unknown person to enter into your hotel room.
        * Always prefer to take taxis and auto rickshaws from prepaid booths or kiosks. In the other case, negotiate on the fare beforehand only.
        * Don't check into a hotel or guesthouse suggested by the taxi or auto rickshaw driver.
        * Do not consume drinks or eatables offered any an unknown person.
        * Go for shopping only in reputed or respectable shops.
        * Exchange your currency only from authorized money exchangers and don't forget to take a receipt.
        * It is advisable not to wear too revealing or scanty clothing.
        * Don't stay out after it gets too dark.

  • Ranthambore Tourist Offices

    Tourist Reception Centre in Sawai Madhopur
    RTDC Hotel Vinayak
    Ranthambore Road

    Tourist Information Counter at the Sawai Madhopur railway station

  • Must do at Ranthambore

    Must Visit to Jain temples, Falna, Sadri, Ghanerao, Ranthambore National park.  Don't Miss :      Tiger Safari inside the jungle, a visit to the Ranthambore Fort inside the National Park.

  • Not to do at Ranthambore

    Never get down of Jeeps or Elephants while in the Forest. Listen to the instructions of the Guide while on your Jungle Expeditions.

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