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  • Ranthambore National Park

    Ranthambore National Park, located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, is one of India's most renowned national parks and a fantastic getaway for any wildlife and nature enthusiast. Famous for its large population of tigers, you can spot the striped beasts strolling around the park or basking under the sun while on your Ranthambore safari.

    The Park is surrounded by the hill ranges of Vindhyas and Aravallis and bordered by the Banas River to the north and the Chambal River to the south. Named after the historic fortress, Ranthambore, whose ruins can be found inside, the national park was once the hunting grounds of the Jaipur Royals. 

    Initially, in 1955, the national park was set up as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary by the Government of India. It was established as a tiger reserve in 1973 and then in 1980, Ranthambore was declared as a national park. The adjoining forests were set up as the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary in 1984 and less than a decade later in 1992, they were merged with the tiger reserve, making Ranthambore National Park one of India's largest. 

    Sprawling over an impressive area of 1334 sq km, the terrain of the park is interspersed with dry deciduous forests and open grasslands. It contains steep hills, narrow valleys, beautiful streams and many lakes, including the Padam Talao, one of the largest lakes in the park.

    Ranthambore Safari

    Jungle safari in the best way to explore the interiors of the dense jungles and catch sight of all wildlife species that call the park their home, especially the Royal Bengal tiger. Jeep safari and Canter Safari are your two options to explore the Ranthambore National park.

    Jeep Safari 
    You'll enjoy your safari in a 6-seater Gypsy that is open on all sides. It offers a wonderful viewing experience, mainly for those with interests in wildlife photography, bird watching, landscape photography, etc. Jeep safari is perfect for a small group and being smaller in size than a Canter, it can take you deeper into the forest, increasing your chances for sighting a tiger. 

    Canter Safari
    Canter Safari provides an economical way of exploring Ranthambore forests. It is a 20-seater bus that is also open on all sides for the best viewing experience. Canter is perfect for a large group.

    Buffer zones in Ranthambore National Park

    The national park has a total of 10 safari zones that offer an exclusive experience to all. Both canters and jeeps will take you into all the zones, to the heart of the park to enjoy the wilderness. 

    What you’ll see

    The national park of Ranthambore houses varied species of flora and fauna that attracts tourists from all over the world. Along with being famed for being a natural habitat for Royal Bengal tigers, the park is also home to over 40 species of mammals, 35 species of reptiles and 320 species of birds.

    Fauna
    Some common wildlife that lives in the park are:

    Mammals: Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Hanuman langurs, Jackals, Jungle cats, Sloth bears, Blackbucks, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Indian Flying Foxes and more.

    Reptiles: Snub-Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Indian softshell turtle, Indian flap shell turtle, Cobras, Banded Kraits, Common Kraits, Indian Pythons, Rat Snakes, Russel’s Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers, Indian Chamaeleon and more.

    Birds: Peacocks, the Great Indian Owl, Woodpeckers, Partridge, Parakeets, Spoonbill, Common Kingfisher, Indian Gray Hornbill, Cuckoos, Pigeons, Doves, Gulls, Eagles, Egrets, Flamingos, Ibis, Pelicans, Storks, Crows, Orioles, Sparrows, Bulbul, Mynas, Falcons and more.

    Flora
    Ranthambore tiger reserve is home to more than 300 species of flowering plants. The dominant plant found here is the 'Dhok tree' along with other plant species like mango, Imli, Babul, Khajur, Neem, Pipal, Jamun, Kadam, Babul and many more. You can also find Dhak trees, the flowers of which, when in bloom are so beautiful, they are called the ‘Flame of the Forest. Ranthambore is also famous for one of the largest banyan trees in India at Jogi Mahal.

    When to go

    Summer season, from April to June is the best time for a jungle safari in Ranthambore. The probability of spotting a tiger is highest during this season. They usually venture out to water holes and lakes to quench their thirst and hunt prey. 

    The winter season, from October to March is also a great time for jungle safari. The atmosphere is pleasant and you'll catch sight of various animals enjoying the winter sun. 

    During the monsoon season, from July to September, the park remains shut. This is the mating season for tigers and other animals in the park.

    How to get there

    Being one of India's finest national parks, Ranthambore enjoys good connectivity to all major Indian cities. 

    By air: Jaipur International Airport is the closest airport to the park, situated around 160 km away. From the airport, you can easily avail taxi services or hire private cars to reach the park.

    By rail: Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, situated around 14 km away from the park is the closest railway station. Jaipur Railway Station is located around 200 km away from the national park.

    By road: A good network of national and state highways ensure that Ranthambore National Park is well connected to all major cities in India. Delhi and Ranthambore are connected via NH 11A and NH8, and Udaipur and Allahabad are connected via NH 76. Ranthambore and Jaipur are connected via SH 24, and Agra and Bharatpur are connected to the park via SH 1. 

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The best time to go on a Ranthambore safari is during the summer season between April and June. The temperature soars up to almost 45 degrees Celsius. However, your chances of tiger sightings are high during this season. You can spot them near lakes and water holes quenching their thirst or lying in wait to hunt prey.

    The winter months between October and March are also ideal for jungle safari in Ranthambore. The weather is cool and pleasant during the day and drops to almost 2 degree Celsius during the night. You'll spot a variety of wildlife basking in the winter sun. 

    The monsoon season is mating season for most animals in the park; hence, Ranthambore National Park remains closed during this season from July to September.  

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  • Ranthambore National Park - Frequently Asked Questions

    Are cell/mobile phones allowed on the safari?

    You are permitted to carry cell phones and mobile phones on a safari ride, provided they are on silent mode throughout. Visitors are also requested to not play music, talk loudly or use flash. 

    How many people can one jeep accommodate?

    Are children allowed on Ranthambore jungle safari?

    Where can I stay while on my visit to Ranthambore?

    What should I wear if I’m going on a safari in Ranthambore during the winter?

    What should I wear if I’m going on a safari in Ranthambore during the summer?

    What are the buffer zones in Ranthambore National Park?

    How do I reach Ranthambore from Jaipur?

    How do I reach Ranthambore from Delhi?

    When is the best time to go on a Ranthambore jungle safari?

  • Ranthambore National Park Reviews

  • Ranthambore National Park is one of India's famous wildlife destinations, situated in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. The park is well connected to all major cities in India through airways, railways and roadways. 

    Air: The closest airport to Ranthambore is Jaipur International Airport, located around 160 km away. You can easily hire taxis and private cars to reach the park from the airport. 

    Rail: The closest railway station to Ranthambore National Park is Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, located around 14 km away. You can also reach Ranthambore from Jaipur Railway Station, which is located around 200 km away. 

    Road: Ranthambore is well connected to major Indian cities by roadways through a network of state and national highways. You can reach Ranthambore from Delhi via NH 11A and NH8 and from Udaipur and Allahabad via NH 76. Ranthambore from Jaipur can be reached via SH 24 and Agra and Bharatpur are connected to the park via SH 1. 

    For your safari, wear clothes in colours that allow you to blend in with your surroundings. Muted shades of green, brown and yellow are your best choices. Pair your clothes with shoes or sneakers. During the summer season, opt for comfortable clothing in cotton or linen that covers your arms and legs from harmful heat rays, dust particles and insect bites. Wearing sunglasses, sun lotion, sun cap and insect repellant is very important. 

    During the winter season, opt for clothing in woollen and dress in layers. See that your ears and neck are covered from the cold and carry an extra jacket for the nights.

    For your Ranthambore jungle safari, you need to pack sunglasses, suncap, sunscreen with SPF 50+, insect repellent, refillable water bottle, a light jacket for summers, a thick jacket for winters, a pair of binoculars, and a fully charged camera with ample memory space. 

    No sort of physical preparation is needed before your safari. You’ll be seated in the jeep for most of the day with little to no walking around. People of all age groups can come to enjoy the magic of Ranthambore National Park.