Ranthambore National Park is located about 13.5 kilometers from the city of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. Located at the junction of the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges, this is one of the finest places to view wild animals, especially as they are used to being stared at here. The park covers an area of approximately 400 sq km, and if combined with the area of Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary area, is around 500 sq km.
Ranthambore National Park is dotted with structures that remind you of bygone eras. There are numerous water bodies scattered all across the park, which provide perfect relief to the wild animals during the scorching hot days in summers. A huge fort, after which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. There are many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the jungle, which give it a unique, wonderful and mixed flavour of nature, history and wildlife. Tigers at Ranthambore National park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors.
Apart from tigers, the major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. The reserve also has the thriving bird population of with more than 270 different species of birds.
History of Ranthambore National Park: Ranthambore National Park was established initially as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India. In 1973, it was declared as one of the Project Tiger reserves in India. It was on 1st November, 1980 that Ranthambore was declared a national park, while the forests located beside it were named Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary & Keladevi Sanctuary.
Safari Timings in Ranthambore
Ranthambore Safari Type
GYPSY SAFARI (6 SEATER)
CANTER SAFARI (20 SEATER)
Accommodation Options in Ranthambore:
As Ranthambore is one of the most visited wildlife destinations in India by both domestic and international travellers, the accommodation facilities here are very decent. From 5 stars to budget to tented accommodation, this wildlife destination has a plethora of staying options according to the needs of the tourists. Each & every hotel & resort in Ranthambore offers decent facilities to their guests.
Best Time to Visit Ranthambore:
November to April is the main tourism season of Ranthambore national park, as all the safari gates remain open in this time period. Ranthambore park remains closed during the monsoon season from July to mid-October, but tourists can also visit it during this time as a few gates are partially opened. For the wildlife photographers, summer is the best time to visit Ranthambore, because the chances of sighting the tiger are high during summer, as tigers leave their caves in search of water.
How to Reach Ranthambore:
By Air : Jaipur being the nearest airport to reach Ranthambore is simply at 180 kms of distance from the reserve area.
By Rail : Ranthambore National Park is around 11 km away from Sawai Madhopur railway station that lies on the Delhi to Mumbai trunk route.
By Road : Ranthambore is connected by road. It is best advisable to hire a car/taxi to reach at Sawai Madhopur. The Kota-Ranthambore mega highway is only 1.5kms away.
Places of Interest in Ranthambore:
Trinetra Ganesh Temple : Situated inside the famous Ranthambhore Fort, Trinetra Ganesh Temple is the oldest Ganesh shrine in Rajasthan. This popular temple in Ranthambhore was built by King Hammeer who dreamt of Lord Ganesha before finding an idol of him with three eyes (Trinetra) in the fort.
Ranthambore Fort : This is an ancient fort located just 13 kms from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station. Founded in 944 AD, and initially named as “Ranath Bhawar Garh”, which means “a place of Rajput warriors”, the Ranthambore Fort was the territory of the most famous Ranthambore tigress – Machali, who died a few years ago. The tiger lovers, especially the fans of Machali, who was better known as the “Queen of Ranthambore”, specially visited this fort to catch her mighty and royal moves. She was best known for her acts of bravery and expanding her territory by defeating the other tigers of Ranthambore.
Kachida Valley : The Kachida Valley is located at the outskirts of the reserve to bear different outcrops and low hills. The tourists can make a good excursion through Jeep Safari to explore the region of the Kachida Valley. This is the only location where Panther population of Ranthambore National Park is found, as they avoid venturing in the main area of jungle, so they would not indulge into any kind of conflicts with tigers. Besides, beers are also found in a good number here.
Jogi Mahal : The Jogi Mahal is actually a fort which is recognized among the must watch places in Ranthambore national park.