About Ranthambore National Park

An erstwhile royal hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park today is one of the finest and distinguished national park in Northern India. The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambore Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The national park is named after this ancient fort.

Ranthambore was declared one of the Project reserves in 1973. It became a national park in 1980. Ranthambore National Park is spread over an area of 1,334 sq km along with its nearby sanctuaries like – Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary. Ranthambore is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in the world to see these majestic predators in the jungle.

Interspersed with grasslands at the plateaus, meadows in valleys and luxuriant foliage around the canals, the park is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. Three big lakes – PadamTalab, Malik Talab and Raj Bagh – are similar turquoises studded in the vast forest that abounds with aquatic vegetation including duckweeds, lilies and lotus. PadamTalab is the largest of all the lakes located inside the park, and the beautiful red sandstone JogiMahal is located at the very edge of this lake.

Ranthambore brings you face-to-face to one of nature’s most gifted wildlife. It’s one of those national parks from where you will never return empty handed. Its heritage, culture, safaris, lush green forests and wildlife-makes it destination nonpareil.

Flora & Fauna

The fauna and flora at Ranthambore is gratifying. It is home to majority of wild animals including tiger, leopard, marsh crocodile, sloth bear, wild boar, nilgai, sambar, caracal, hyena, jungle cat, chinkara, black buck. It also offers the best of opportunities to ornithologists. The park has a significant bird population, both resident and migratory including greylag goose, woodpeckers, Indian grey hornbills, common kingfishers, cuckoos, Asian palm swift, owls, nightjars, eagles, drongos, flamingos, falcons, etc.

The vegetation in the park is mostly of the dry deciduous type. The most prominent trees spotted here are dhok, mango, jamun, gum, kadam, khajurkhair, karel, mahua, salar, etc.  Ranthambore is also the site of one of the largest banyan tree in India.

Ranthambore Weather

Summers (April to June): During summers, the day temperature can soar in between 35 to 47 °C with night temperature around 30°C. Visitors are advised to carry comfortable light cotton clothing.

Monsoon  (July to September): The Park is closed during this period. Only few zones remain open (kindly contact us to know more).

Winters (November to Mid March): During winters, the mornings and nights are freezing but afternoons are pleasant. Temperature goes down to a min 2°C or so during winters. One is advised to carry  heavy woollen clothes as the safari vehicles are open and one feels more cold in the moving vehicle.

About Ranthambore Tigers

One of the star attraction of park is a tigress namely Machhali-T 16 (born in 1997), also known as lady of the lakes, who taught its cubs, how to kill a crocodile. Her encounter with a 14 feet long crocodile was the first of its kind to be recorded and filmed by anyone in the history. She is the most photographed tigress of Ranthambore and has even received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to conservation and in widening Rajasthan economy. A postal stamp was also released on 18thSeptember, 2013 in her honour by the Post and Telegraph Dept.

Ranthambore National Park is also witness to rearing of two female cubs by a father (male tiger) after the death of their mother, when the cubs were hardly 3 months old. This is a rare phenomenon. Both these females are grown up and has been translocated to Sariska Tiger Reserve, where they would create their own world.

Ideal time to observe Wildlife and Photography

The park is open from 1st October to 30th June. The best time to see tigers is during summers (March to June) as there is higher probability of finding them near water bodies in which they spend more time to cool themselves from the scorching heat. Winter (October to February) is more comfortable and is good for bird watching and photography, considering the lighting conditions. In October, just as the park reopens, the jungle mesmerizes one with its lush green color post monsoons and offers spectacular photography opportunities.

How to reach Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is situated near Sawai Madopur town(10 kms from Ranthambore) of state Rajasthan. The easiest way reach Ranthambore is to take a train for Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, Which is connected to major cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai

By Road

The drive from Jaipur to Ranthmbore National Park takes three hours(160 kms). The drive from Agra to Ranthambore takes six hours(250 kms). The drive from New Delhi to Ranthambore via Alwar-Dausa, takes approximately eight hours(370 kms).

By Rail

Sawai Madhopur (10 km) from Ranthambore National Park is on the main rail line between Delhi and Mumbai and is also well connected to Jaipur. There are regular super fast trains like Jan Shatabdi, Rajdhani between these destinations. The travel time from Sawai Madhopur to Jaipur is approximately 2.5 hrs, to Delhi is 5 hours and to Mumbai is around 15 hours by train.

By Air

The closest airport is Sanghaner Airport in Jaipur, which is 180 kms(3.5 hrs drive). Delhi Airport is 350 kms(approx 5 hrs drive) from Ranthambore National Park.

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Activities in Ranthambore

Jungle Safaris in Open Gypsy

One of the best way experience Jungle is to do a open gypsy safari. Maximum six Particpants can sit in a gypsy apart from drivar and mendatory forest guide.

Note: There is sharing system in Ranthambore i.e. you have to share your vehicle (Gypsy or Canter) with other visitors unless you have a group to full board the vehicle. The gypsy/canter will pick you from your resort as well as others from their respective resorts.

Jungle Safaris in open Canter

Canters are bigger from of gypsy which can accomodate 20 travelers.

Note: There is sharing system in Ranthambore i.e. you have to share your vehicle (Gypsy or Canter) with other visitors unless you have a group to full board the vehicle. The gypsy/canter will pick you from your resort as well as others from their respective resorts.

Apart from Jungle safaris, one can engage oneself in other activities such as seeing archaeological monuments, temples, nearby birding places.

Ranthambore Fort Visit

Built in 944 AD, the Ranthambore Fort is a massive fort situated on top of a hill. The fort lies between the Vindhya Plateau and Aravali hills and is about 700 ft. high from the surrounding area. Ranthambore Fort is a must visit. If you are an archeological enthusiast, you would definitely enjoy everything this historic monument has to offer.

The fort is spread across 7 kilometers and is home to many Hindu and Jain temples, and a mosque. You can enjoy a marvelous view of the National Park from the fort. In 1964, the Archeological department undertook the upkeep of this extravagant Rajput fort and it has been marveling tourists ever since.

You can reach the Fort premises by open gypsy available at Ranthambore or by private vehicles too, but be prepared to take the stairs to enter the Fort. You will spot three artificial lakes inside the fort that solely rely on water harvesting for supply.

The aerial view of the jungle makes the Fort an ideal place to spend time with your loved ones. To explore the vastly spread Fort better without missing out any important sight, opt for a guided tour.

Ganesh Temple Visit

The vast magnificent Ranthambore Fort houses a Ganesh temple at its center that attracts devotees from all over the world, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi. You can find postmen bringing up sacks of letters and mail to the temple sent by devotees to Lord Ganesha, which is a unique spectacle to experience.

Amreshwar Mahadeo Temple Visit

Situated on the road to Ranthambore from Sawai Madhopur, Amreshwar Mahadeo Temple is one of the most famous religious attractions near Ranthambore. As its name says, Lord Mahadev or Lord Shiva is the prime deity worshipped here. Apart from the historical and religious importance, the beautiful groves, waterfalls and lovely hills seen in its vicinity make the temple visit spectacular.

Visit to Surwal Dam

Surwal Dam is situated 25 Kms away from Ranthambore. This beautiful, mesmerizing, seasonal lake is ideal to visit from November to March. The lake is a paradise for birds especially during winter season. Plenty of migratory birds including Flamingos, Black-headed Gull, Pelican – Dalmatian and Rosy, Tern, Lark, Pipit, Raptor and Chestnut Bellied Sand grouse can be seen here. Another significance of this place is the picturesque view of sunrise and sunset it offers.

Blackbuck Safari

Around 14 Kms from SawaiMadhopur and near to Surwal villages lies – Deopura, a place famous for being home to Blackbucks. These beautiful creatures generally prefer to wander in open spaces than forests, so you may not be able to find them inside the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. However, as Deopura is close by, you can take a trip to the place in a 4×4 gypsy and with the help of a local guide explore the village, understand their culture and get a closer look at the magnificent Blackbuck.

Chamatkarji Jain Temple

Sawai Madhopur houses the very famous historic and religious attraction, the Chamatkarji Jain Temple. The temple was built-in order to worship Shree Adinath Bhagwan and has Tirthankaras idols as the prime attraction. It is believed that the temple has many miraculous powers and any wish made at this temple will be fulfilled; hence the name ‘Chamatkar’, meaning ‘miracle’.

Apart from this temple, Sawai Madhopur has many other Jain temples too, including the Mahavirji temple worshiping Lord Shantinath and those located inside the Ranthambore Fort.

Kala Gaura Bhairav Temple

Kala Gaura Bhairav temple is one of the most mystical temples in India as Tantrik rituals are practiced here. Situated in SawaiMadhopur, this temple has a beautiful structure and architecture. The temple is dedicated to the Bhairav brothers – Kala Bhairav and Gaura Bhairav. Their idols are worshipped here along with those of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga. It is considered to be auspicious to send an invitation to Lord Ganesha here before any personal ceremony. Many devotees request the priests to read out invitations before the Ganesha idol.

Amli Deh on Banas River

Amli Deh is one of the best spots in Sawai Madhopur for birding. Located around 40 Kms away from the town, Amli Deh is a natural habitat to varieties of birds and animals including Indian Skimmers and River Lapwings. Apart from bird watching, Amli Deh offers recreation opportunities like boating on the very famous Banas River and camel rides in the deserts. The countryside can also be considered as the perfect picnic spot for those who rejoice in peace and serenity.

Pali Ghat

Pali Ghat on the famous Chambal River is an excellent destination for those seeking tranquility and serenity. Hop on to the boat rides with a picturesque view that can take your breath away. The large Indian crocodiles – Gharials, can be seen at Pali Ghat, hence it is also known as Gharial Sanctuary. Pali Ghat, with its river view and natural beauty is one of the most serene places to visit in the region.

Fort of Khandar

On the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park stands the majestic and historic Fort of Khandar. It is worth a visit especially during the winters. Through the forest, you can reach the Fort in an open gypsy viewing the natural beauty and wildlife around. The Fort of Khandar offers a stunning view of the nearby areas. It also has a Jain temple inside. You can also visit the resettlement area of the communities of Kailashpuri and Gopalpura, who left the area in order to provide a habitat to the tigers to flourish.

Mansarovar

Inside the boundaries of Ranthambore National Park and on the way to Khandar Fort sprawls Mansarovar – yet another birding location in Ranthambore. You can get the best view of nature from here and the place is perfect for photography.

Rameshwar Ghat

RameshwarGhat is 65 Kms away from Sawai Madhopur. It is the meeting place of two rivers –Banas and Chambal. The place is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, as it is the natural habitat for many wild animals and migratory birds including Skimmer. The water body also serves as a habitat for aquatic life including various fishes, endangered river dolphins and crocodiles. Rameshwar Ghat has many temples nearby, making it a quintessential tourist spot.

Village Visit

Sawai Madhopur and Ranthambore have clusters of local villages that can be visited as a part of a separate tour that is often organized apart from the wildlife safari. It is advised to take a local guide along with you who would help you to communicate with the villagers better. You can learn about the lives of the locales who have preserved their traditions till date, without getting carried away by the city buzz.

Pancholas Dam

Pancholas dam is yet another perfect location for keen birders, as you can find many varieties of birds here. The lake and the birds along with the greenery surrounding the dam provide a peaceful atmosphere, giving you surreal flavors of nature.

Get Set for a City Tour

Throughout Sawai Madhopur, there are various breathtaking views and attractions that can make each day of your visit memorable. You can also visit various ancient temples in and around the town that dedicated to different Hindu deities. During the tour to the old city of Sawai Madhopur, you can find various local small-scale industries that focus on pottery, beedi making and so on. There are also shops selling traditional clothes and jewelry that showcase the Indian culture.

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