Ranthambhore National Park is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India where you can find Royal Bengal Tigers freely moving around in natural habitat. While tigers are generally hard to discover in jungles, Ranthambhore is one of the rare places where you can easily get to see these wild cats.
What is the History?
Ranthambhore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957. Later it was covered under the ‘Project Tiger’ initiative in 1974. The park was honored with the title of national park in 1981.
Where is the Location?
The Ranthambhore National Park is nestled between the Aravalli and Vindhyachal mountain range. It is located at the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.
When to Visit?
Ranthambhore National Park is open for visitors from 1st October to 30th June. Rest of the months the forest is close for visitors.
The jungle safari generally starts at 7.00 am in the morning and lasts till 10.30 am during the winters, while in summers it is from 6.30 am to 10.00 am.
You can also go for jungle safari at afternoon, which is from 2.30 pm to 6.00 during the summer and 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm during the winters.
What to See?
Experience this adventure during your India Tours as Ranthambhore National Park is known for the large popular of diurnal tigers, that is, tigers that can be seen during the day. Besides the ferocious tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, sloth bears palm civets, five striped squirrels and Indian flying foxes are found moving round at ease. The biodiversity of the forest has led to the large population of deer at Ranthambhore; from sambar, chital, black bucks to chinkara deer, you can find almost all the species at this forest.
Near the water body of the forest tourists can find various kinds of reptiles, like marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, flapped shelled turtles, rat snakes, Indian chameleons, Russell and snow scaled vipers.
There are almost 272 types of avian life found at Ranthambhore National Park. Greylag geese, cuckoos, parakeets, woodpeckers, Indian grey hornbills, bee eaters, snipes, doves, crakes, owls, nightjars, eagles, darters and terns are just few of them.
How to Reach?
Ranthambhore National Park is a popular tourist destination and hence easily accessible from all parts of the country and world.
By Air: The nearest airport to the park is the Sanganer airport of Jaipur. The distance between Jaipur and Ranthambhore is 180 km and you can get private taxis and bus to the park from the airport. There are regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore to Jaipur.
By Rail: The Sawai Madhopur railway station is the nearest railway station to Ranthambhore National Park. The station is approximately 10 km from the park and there are regular trains from the major Indian cities to Sawai Madhopur railway station; Delhi is at 362 km, Agra 227 km, Mumbai 1027 km and 108 km from Kota. Tourists can avail taxis and bus to reach the park from the station.
By Road: By road, Delhi is at 480 km via Dausa, Jaipur is at 180 km via Tonk. Delhi to Ranthambhore is directly connected via NH 8 and NH11A. The park is also easily reachable from Ahmedabad and Ajmer.
Where to Stay?
Sher Bagh, Tiger Den Resort, Tiger Moon Resort and Vanya Vilas Resort are some of the decent accommodation facilities that are available near the Ranthambhore National Park; Sher Bagh provides luxury tent accommodation to tourists.
Hence pack your bags get set on a thrilling wildlife tours to the wild forests of Ranthambhore National Park.