Ranthambore “A Place Where the Tigers Are Camera-Friendly”
Situated in the lower hills of Aravali and
Vindhya Hills, Ranthambore is one of the most popular tiger reserves in the
world. The region of Ranthambore is rich in both cultural and natural heritage.
In addition to Ranthambore National Park, there is also a majestic Ranthambore
Fort that encircles the nearby hills. The jungle of these hills is home to
myriad species of flora and fauna and hence, is a perfect destination for
wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Spread over an area of about 392 km
square, this national park is an ideal place for bird gazing and to observe
animals in their natural dwellings.
This tiger reserve inhabits the friendliest
tigers and hence, the chance of spotting a tiger here is higher in comparison
to other tiger reserves in the country. You will be thrilled by the safari
rides which will, in turn, provide you with an opportunity to explore the
wildlife of this conservation park.
A majestic fort named the Ranthambore Fort is
also situated adjacent to the national park. This fort was constructed by the
rulers of the Chauhan Dynasty in the 10th century. It has recently
been nominated as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO. There are many
Hindu and Jain temples located within the premise of the fort. Trinetra Ganesha Temple is the most popular
shrine in the region which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and receives a huge
surge of devotees throughout the year. The other two temples are devoted to
Ramlalaji and Lord Shiva. You can also
find two Jain temples within the fort that are dedicated to Lord Sambhavnath
and Lord Sumantinath.
There are also two beautiful lakes within the
fort’s premises. In addition to the peaceful ambience, the surroundings around
Padam Lake and the Surwal Lake provide the perfect location for bird gazing. A splendid
mansion made of red sandstones named Jogi Mahal is positioned right next to
Padam Lake. The view of the lake from the palace with lush greenery in the
backdrop is definitely a treat to the sore eyes. There are other famous nearby
attractions such as Kachida valley where you can spot bears and panthers.
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Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is one of the most
visited tiger reserves in the country and the friendly nature of tigers here
makes is easier for the travelers to spot them. The safaris are well prepared
and you can choose the safaris slot and type that suits you the best. The
tigers here are camera-friendly and hence, you can capture their awesome
pictures. At times they are outside the main reserve and it is possible for you
to sight one without a ticket! The safari is operational during the months
of October till May and it remains shut
throughout the monsoon season.
There are two timing slots for safaris and the
reserve closes for the general public usually during sunset. The entry tickets
are to be purchased at the entrance and you will have to pay an extra fee if
you want to carry video cameras inside. The trails of jungle safari are rough,
dusty, and bumpy thereby, adding to the rawness of the place. Moreover, it is
advisable to avoid heavy meals before going on a safari.
Spread over an area of about 392 sq. km, this
conservation area is also home to other animals such as chital, leopard, sloth
bear, nilgai, wild boar, hyena, and sambar. It is also home to a wide variety
of trees, plants, birds, and reptiles.
Safari in Ranthambore
If you crave an adventurous trip in the wild
then Ranthambore is a perfect getaway for you. You ought to explore the
wildlife by going on a safari ride and there are various options for the
same. You can book either a two-seater
Cantera bus service or a 6-seater Gypsy SUV. A gypsy safari is better as there
are fewer people and it can take you through the deepest parts of the jungle,
whereas, the navigation is inefficient and problematic with Canter bus service.
You need not worry about safety during the trip as you will be accompanied by a
guide with each type of safari.
The ideal time to visit the national park is
during the autumn and spring months as the weather during this time of the year
is pleasant. However, tiger sightings are more in the summer season. There are
two safari slots, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The
month-wise safari timing slot is listed below:
1st October to 31st October: 7.00 a.m. to 10.30
a.m.; 2.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
1st November to 31st January: 7.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.; 2.00 p.m.
to 5.30 p.m.
1st February to 31st March: 6.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.; 2.30 p.m. to
1st April to 15th May: 6.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.; 3.00 p.m. to
15th May to 30th June: 6.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.; 3.30 p.m. to
The safari timing slots is different for
winter and summer months.
The safari remains closed for three months
from July to September due to the rains.
To avoid the hassle, you can select a safari
slot and book it online. Or, you can walk down to the local booking office an
hour or two before to book a seat. You can also contact your hotel employees to
book safaris for you.
Wildlife In Ranthambore
Ranthambore is rich in diverse species of
flora and fauna. The tiger reserve is famous for Diurnal species of tiger and
various other animals, birds, and reptiles. The park has a total of 320
varieties of birds, 40 varieties of mammals,
and 35 varieties of reptiles, and, migratory as well as domestic.
This place is a paradise for bird watchers and
attracts tourists worldwide. You can also spot other species of wild cats such
as Fishing Cats, Leopards, Jungle Cats, Caracals, Rusty Spot Cats, etc.
What to wear while traveling to Ranthambore?
During the summer months which lasts from
April to June, the weather is extremely hot. It is highly recommended to wear
light cotton clothes of the coolest colors. Don’t forget to carry a cap,
sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin from sunburns.
The weather during the winter months of
November to February is cool and pleasant. It might get very cold during
December and January, so it is advisable to carry woolen clothes. It is also
desirable to wear clothes of sober- khaki colors, which can blend with the
surroundings. The animals might get scared if you wear too bright or neon
colors and stand out from the scenery.
Restaurants and Local Food in Ranthambore
Ranthambore does not have fancy restaurants or
cuisine, however, the hotel here will provide you with a myriad Rajasthani and
North Indian cuisine. While commuting, it’s preferable to stick to local dhabas
Once you reach Ranthambore, check-in to your hotel and freshen up. After lunch, you can head to the national park and undertake afternoon safari rides. Make sure you carry caps in summers and heavy woolens in winters. Wear comfortable shoes and carry enough water bottles along. The ride is completed in three hours and after that, you can take a walk alongside the lake or head back to your hotel. You can visit the souvenir shop to buy a few handicrafts and artifacts that are made by local people.
Wake up early and after a light breakfast, head for the morning safari ride. Later, you can head towards Kachida Valley to spot a few animals like panthers and bears. Once you are done with exploring places around, head towards the majestic Ranthambore Fort to get a mesmerizing view of the surroundings and the fort. In the later part of the day, you can spend the time exploring the temples and a dargah situated within the fort premise.
You can extend your visit to Ranthambore for a day and visit the famous Ranthambore School of Art. Also, if you happen to visit the place in January, you can attend the Sawai Madhopur Utsav which is held on the 19th of January every year.