Rated as one of the best places in the world for wildlife photography Ranthambore National Park is an incredibly vivid and magnificent park to tour.
Here you can observe different moods of wildlife in its natural environment. The Forest of the Ranthambhore National park is a tropical thorn and dry deciduous. The best way to explore the area is with Jungle safari. You need to book safari ahead and it can be done 365 days before of visit date.
Ranthambore Jungle safari timing depends on sunrise and sunset. Usually, morning safari starts when the sun is low – early mornings and the second shift starts- late afternoon.
There is two type of safari mode, one is six seat jeeps and another one is twenty seat vans that is open safari bus. Both safari vehicles travel on the same area and offer the same point for wildlife sight.
How to get there
The closest airport from Ranthambore Park is the Jaipur International Airport.
The distance between the Airport and the park is around 160 km which can be covered either by the road or by the train. There are regular flights to Jaipur from all the major cities of India. The airport in Jaipur is an International airport.
The direct bus and taxi services are available from the airport to reach the Sawai Madhopur where the Ranthambore Park is located.
The easiest way to travel to the Ranthambore is with the train. The Sawai Madhopur railway station is the nearest railway station from the Ranthambore Park.
The station is located about 11 km from the park and you can catch the local bus, taxi or cab to reach Ranthambore Park from the Sawai Madhopur station.
There are many trains that will take you to Sawai Madhopur from all the major cities of India like Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai.
The Ranthambore Park is connected by the road with all the major cities and towns of India. By rental car or hiring private buses and taxis, you can easily reach the Ranthambore Park from the cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Ajmer, etc.
The distance between Ranthambore and other cities
Jaipur to Ranthambore - 160 Km
Udaipur to Ranthambore - 388 Km
Jodhpur to Ranthambore - 456 Km
Delhi to Ranthambore - 381 Km
Agra to Ranthambore - 239 Km
Mumbai to Ranthambore - 1031 Km
What to do
The 4Wheel Drive is a 6-seater, while the Canter seats 20 people. For wildlife photography enthusiasts, the open car provides a wonderful angle to capture the picture at eye-level.
Also - a smaller vehicle increases the chance of spotting a tiger—the pride of Ranthambore. You can request a few stops if you wish.
20-seater Canter is a reasonable way to explore the park.
Sighting tigers are mostly driven by luck, but the chances of spotting tigers and other wildlife increase considerably near the lakes. The three-and-half-hour safari is a treat for those looking to explore the landscape and the nature of the park.
While the area of the park is seeded with very old Banyan trees, Dhok fills the forests in abundance. The dominance of Dhok is understandable as the region is prone to droughts and these trees are capable of surviving long periods without water.
The Indias oldest Banyan trees are found here. Many seasonal streams flow through the woods, with the three big lakes.
Look for the beautiful flowers of the Dhak trees, whose unseasonal bloom in the dry conditions is so fascinating, it is also called the ‘Flame of the Forest’.
Possibly the only place in India where you can sight the tiger hunting in the wild.
Leopards are scattered across the park in notable numbers, while mammals like the Nilgai, Striped Hyenas, Jackals, Wild Boar, Indian Flying Fox, Sloth Bear, and many others occupy these forests. The reptiles need a special mention, and Ranthambore National Park is home to a large population of Snub-Nosed Crocodiles. Monitor Lizard, Indian Chameleon, Ganges Soft-Shell Turtle, and snakes like the Cobra, Common Krait, and Indian Python are a few exceptional inhabitants.
The diverse territory of Ranthambore National Park marks numerous lakes and boasts of a rich reserve of bird species. Over 290 varieties of birds flock here, with most birds being migratory. While Peacocks are found in abundance, the Great Indian Owl, Partridge, Parakeet, Spoonbill, Common Kingfisher and scores of other birds offer an engaging time for those of you who are birdwatchers. Add to the mix a few varieties of fish species in the lakes, and Ranthambore’s well-balanced ecosystem comes to the fore.
Best time and place for Tiger sighting
The Bakaula area is full of small watering lakes. Also, the dense forest cover is a recommended region for spotting tigers.
Zones 1-6 have been listed for a relatively higher number of tiger sightings. The best time, it is half an hour after sunrise and a half hour before sunset.
However, tiger sightings are fairly common at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. The hotter Ranthambore gets, the better are your chances of catching the Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild. The tigers have grown used to human attention and do not feel threatened.
Safari Timings and Duration at The Ranthambore National Park
- In October, the National Park is open for Safaris, during the morning hours from 7 AM to 10.30AM and evening hours from 2.30 PM to 6 PM.
- From November to January the National Park is open for Safaris, during the morning hours from 7 AM to 10.30AM and evening hours from 2 PM to 5.30 PM.
- From February to March the National Park is open for Safaris, in the morning hours from 6.30 AM to 10 AM and evening hours from 2.30 PM to 6 PM.
- From 1st April to 15th May the National Park is open for Safaris, in the morning hours from 6 AM to 9.30 AM and evening hours from 3 PM to 6.30 PM.
- From 15th May to 30th June the National Park is open for Safaris, during the morning hours from 6 AM to 9.30 AM and evening hours from 3.30 PM 7 PM.
The safari costs are different for foreigners an Indians and are made up of a number of components including park entry fee, vehicle hire, and guide fees.
The rates for 2018-2019
Gypsy 4x4 car
- 974 rupees per person for Indians.
- 1,714 rupees per person for foreigners.
Children under five years old are free.
- 617 rupees per person for Indians.
- 1,357 rupees per person for foreigners.
Most people prefer to take a gypsy than a canter -- it's much more comfortable, plus there are fewer people, and the gypsy can navigate better and go faster. Private vehicles are allowed inside the park but are only permitted to go up to Ranthambore Fort and the Ganesh temple.