The Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime places to explore the wilderness of the Royal State of India, Rajasthan.
The Park was earlier known as the private hunting ground of the Royal Maharajas of Jaipur, now open for all the tourists around the world to explore beautiful wild creatures. The park is one of the best places for Tiger Safari, located only 14 km away from Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. The Park covers an area of 280 km at the junction of the oldest mountain ranges of India, i.e., the Aravallis and Vindayas.
Ranthambore offers a good opportunity for sighting the Bengal tigers in the vast jungle where high hills, grasslands, lakes and rivers, and a dry deciduous type forest nestles a wide variety of flora and fauna in the Park.
The Ranthambore National Park has 10 different zones named zone 1 to zone 10 and each region has equal tiger sighting chances. Ranthambore offers Jeep Safari and Canter Safari, with varying timings and prices of safari. Elephant Safari is not permissible inside the Park. There is also an option of full-day safari and half-day safari with distinct vehicle charges. One can also take a glimpse of beautifully constructed Ranthambore Fort while visiting the park. Due to the excellent road and railway network, tourists can easily reach the Park with the help of a distance chart.
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Ranthambore National Park Location
The park is 110 Km northeast to Kota, 140 km southeast to Jaipur and, 394 km south to New Delhi. The park is surrounded by the Banas River in the North and Chambal river in the South and has a massive and royal Ranthambore Fort inside the forest. The park is situated in the eastern Rajasthan where summers are hot and dry, and winters are chilled and sunny. The weather in Ranthambore is similar to Jaipur and Kota.
The Ranthambore Tiger reserve currently has more than 70 tigers making it one of the best and largest tiger reserves in Rajasthan.
Animals in Ranthambore National Park
The park is famous for its wildlife reserve and its scenic beauty and attracts lots of tourists from all around the world. Apart from Tiger, you can also have a chance to view the amazing fauna during your visit. List of different animals that can be found during your trip to Ranthambore wildlife safari is Tigers, Leopards, Striped hyenas, Deer, Nilgai, Jackals, Blackbucks, Foxes, Porcupines, Mongoose, diurnal tigers, Crocodiles, Turtles, Cobra, Python, Rat snakes, and many more.
Ranthambore National Park Safari Zones
The Park is divided into 10 zones out of which all 10 zones remain open for the public to explore. Zone 1 to zone 5 has the highest possibilities to spot a tiger amid beautiful landscape and the fort, which falls under zone 3 and zone 5. The best zones to explore during your wildlife safari in Ranthambore would be any zone 2,3,4,5,6. However, zone 3 is most famous among visitors. Every zone has different safari prices and can also be declined on the non-availability of seats.
|Zone 1||The Singh Dwar is the main entrance to this zone. This area is a protected area nestling T-39 and T-57. The zone is majorly known for the return of Noor (T-39) along with her 3 cubs, which were in the news for sighting several times between 2016 and 2017. Amreshwar Dang, Tuti ka Nalla, Sultanpur, Gada Dub, and Peela Pani are the other significant places where tigers can be spotted in this zone.|
|Zone 2||This is the only zone that has water holes due to which tigers in good numbers sighted in this region. The tigers reported in this area are T19, T22, T72, T57, T28, T60, T39. Phuta Bandha, Jogi Mahal, Phuta Kot, Lahpur Tiraha, and Nal Ghati are the essential points where tigers can be sighted in this zone. Leopards have also reported in the area.|
|Zone 3||The key points for tiger sighting in this zone are Raj Bagh, Padam Talab, Mandook, Jogi Mahal, and High Point. Here you can also get an opportunity to see action between T-19 and T-28.|
|Zone 4||This zone was earlier a home to the famous tigress of Ranthambore, i.e., Machli. After her death, other big cats spotted in this region are T-28, T-64, T-19, T-75, T-41 and T-25. The important points famous for tiger sighting in this zone are – Adidaant, Singh Dwar, Tamakhan, Lakkad Da, Lambi, Malik Talab, and Berda.|
|Zone 5||The zone 4 and Zone 5 share a few things in common such as entry gate and tigers and sighting spots. The tigers spotted here are T-74, T-75, T-28, T-25, and T-17. The important points of this zone are Jokha, Singh Dwar, Dhakda, Baghda, Anatpur, Bakola, and Kachida.|
|Zone 6||Zone 1 and zone 6 share the same boundary and hence T-39 (Noor) with her cubs sighted in this zone too. This region is entirely different from the above 5 zones having more beautiful landscapes with mountains in backdrop and animals roaming in open grasslands.|
|Zone 7||This zone has fewer points in comparison to other zones named as Jamoda, Kushalipura, Chidikho, and Rajbagh Naka. The tigers spotted in this region are T-34 and T-8.|
|Zone 8||The big cats, T-8 and T-34, are spotted in this region, which is seen in Zone 7 too. The important points of this region are Bhat, Balas, Mahakho, Kherai, Neemli Dang, and Kali.|
|Zone 9||Other than T-59, this zone is famous for nestling T-42 (Fateh), which is an aggressive male tiger known for once chasing the forest department vehicles and captured killing a Sloth bear on trap cams. It homes other various rich biodiversities such as Aquatic birds, Caracals, and Sloth bears.|
|Zone 10||The tigers spotted here are T-43, T-13, and T-42. The important points where the tigers can be sighted are Banskhori, Bodal, Kushalipura, Aantri, and Halonda. It is advisable to the tourists to choose any zone available and enjoy the right seeing of the beautiful landscape.|
Types of Safaris Offered in Ranthambore National Park
Canter safari is best for the people who want to surf the jungle in a group. The bus can accommodate 15-20 people comfortably along with 1 registered tourist guide. The Canters have pre-designed paths, so you can’t request the driver to change the route. Tourists are also not allowed to get down of the canter due to security purposes. Only 20 canters are available in one particular shift, that’s why Ranthambore canter safari booking is required in advance to make sure that you get a seat in canter once you reach there.
Jungle excursion with Ranthambore Jeep safari is the best way to witness varied wildlife of Ranthambore National Park. A Jeep can accommodate only six people at a time, along with one trained forest guard. The safari timings are fixed, i.e., once in the morning and the next in the evening. The Ranthambore forest officials have pre-designated paths and timings for jeep safari, which are to have strictly adhered to. No more than four jeeps can run on one route, and hence only 40 vehicles are allowed at a particular shift in the Park.
|Canter Safari Charges||Jeep Safari Charges|
|For Indian Nationals – INR 617/-person||For India Nationals – INR 799 per person|
|For Foreign Nationals – INR 1,357/- person||For Foreign Nationals – INR 1,539 per person|
Ranthambore National Park Safari Timings
Safaris in Ranthambore National Park are safe and comfortable. There is a different time slot for safari organized in different months.
|Month||Morning Trip||Evening Trip|
|1 Oct to 31st October||6:30 am to 10 am||2:30 pm to 6:00 pm|
|1st Nov – 31st January||7:00 am to 10:30 am||2 pm to 5:30 pm|
|1st Feb- 31st March||6:30 am to 10 am||2:30 pm to 6:00 pm|
|1st April- 15th May||6 am to 9:30 am||3 pm to 6:30 pm|
|15th May – 30th June||6 am to 9:30 am||3:30 pm to 7:00 pm|
Ranthambore National Park Safari Charges
|Full-Day Safari Cost||Half-Day Safari Cost|
|For Indian Nationals – 48,000 Per Vehicle||For India Nationals – 27,000 Per Vehicle|
|For Foreign Nationals – 65,000 Per Vehicle||For Foreign Nationals – 37,000 Per Vehicle|
Major Tourist Attractions in Ranthambore National Park
While exploring Ranthambore Safari you will get a chance to explore Ranthambore’s real treasure.
- Ranthambore Fort: The Fort constructed around the 10th century is known for the courage and victory of the Chauhan empire. Inside the Ranthambore Fort, there are three Hindu temples named as the temple of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, and Lord Ramlalji, built-in the 12th and 13th Century with the Red Karauli stone. There is also a temple of Jain Lord Sumatinath and Lord Shivnath in the fort.
- Padam Talao: In Ranthambore National Park, there are 3 lakes, out of which Padam Talao is the largest lake. On the edge of the lake, the astonishing Jogi Mahal is situated. During sunrise and sunset, lots of animals around the lakeside can be spotted along with rarely sighted chinkara and legendary Bengal Tigers.
- Trinetra Ganesh Temple: The temple was built by King Hammer around 1200 AD in Ranthambore Fort. People across all over India visit the temple to attend mainly early morning aarti (Prabhat Aarti) and evening aarti (Sandhaya Aarti).
- Kachida Reservoir: The Reservoir, located close to the park, consists of many rocky outcrops and low hills. The region is popularly known for sighting large no. of panthers and beers around.
- Malik Lake: The lake is famous for Bird watching and Indian Marsh Crocodiles. The Kingfisher bird is commonly seen here hunting small fishes.
Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park
The best time to visit Ranthambore national park is in the month of November to March when the grass is dry and the roads are not mushy and give a clear view of the surroundings thus making spotting easy and clear. The temperature is also moderate enough to allow the day venturing in the jungle.
How to Reach Ranthambore National Park
By Air: The Jaipur International Airport is the nearest airport, just 180 km away from Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary.
By Road: Due to good road connectivity to major cities of Rajasthan, one can opt for either bus or can hire private cabs for a more comfortable journey.
By Rail: The nearest Railway Stations are Sawai Madhopur Train Station 7.3 km, Chauth Ka Barwara Railway Station 36.8 km, and Narayanpur Tatwara Railway Station 41.1 km away from the park.
For a luxurious tour, Tourists can also opt. for India’s luxurious trains as well such as Palace on Wheels, The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, the Maharaja Express, and the Indian Maharaja are the luxury trains of India that stop at Sawai Madhopur during their eight-day journey.
Distance Chart from Major Cities to Ranthambore National Park
- Distance from Jaipur – 130 km
- Distance from Kota – 114 km
- Distance from Jodhpur – 450 km
- Distance from Bikaner – 476 km
- Distance from Udaipur – 401 km
- Distance from Delhi – 365 km
- Distance from Ajmer – 258 km
- Distance from Mount Abu – 555 km
- Distance from Jaisalmer – 713 km
- Distance from Dausa – 109 km
Ranthambore National Park Accommodations
You can find much comfortable and luxurious accommodation in Ranthambore and Sawai Madhopur route. Some of the resort and hotel mentioned here could be considered because of their illustrious ambiance and value for money. Those resorts are Ranthambore Heritage Haveli ( Rs 7000), Ranthambore tiger resort( Rs 3000), White mushroom jungle caves(Rs 5500), The Ranthambore camp retreat( Rs 11500), Hotel Juna Mahal( Rs 14000), and Aman I.khas (Rs 2500)
The night safari in Ranthambore was initiated by the Park official but has been declined by the wildlife activist. The evening safari timing extent to 7.30 P.M during summers.
The park also provides some exotic views of water bodies, hills, mountains which makes the stay memorable for every visitor. The massive Ranthambore Fort, Padam Talao, and the beautiful view from the hilltop are what should not be missed while visiting Ranthambore national park.
Things to Remember while visiting Ranthambore National Park
- Book in advance the hotels and safaris to avoid the hassles during peak seasons
- Wear black and green comfortable cloth to camouflage with the vegetation to have close spotting of animals without frightening them.
- Book the experience tour guide who understands the forest and wildlife.
- Don’t litter in the jungle.
- The best time to do the safari is early morning or early evenings to spot the tigers.
We wish you the gala stay in the Ranthambore National reserve and we also believe that staying so close with nature and wild animals will surely bring lots of positive changes in your life. Booking a trip to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with LIH the Best Wildlife tour operator in India is an adventurous and value for money holiday with your friends and family.