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Ideal duration: 1 day
Best time: Oct-Apr
Nearest Airport: Jaipur
Upcoming: Ranthambore National Park (Read More)
This is one of the best tiger reserves of the country, known to have "friendly" tigers and chances of sighting one here is reasonably better than many other tiger reserves of India. Along with this Ranthambore has one of the richest flora and fauna making it an absolutely must visit area
Nestled in the foothills of Vindhya and Aravali Hills, Ranthambore is famous for its tiger reserves and the variety of flora and fauna found. The Ranthambore National Park, along with the Ranthambore Fort and the surrounding hills and valleys, altogether make Ranthambore a traveller's delight. The place is a boon for wildlife photographers and is perfect for excursions and sightseeing. Safari Rides add to the adventure along with hot Rajasthani picks for shopaholics. With an area of 392 kilometres square, Ranthambore National Park is a natural habitat for a variety of exotic species. It is an absolute delight for birdwatchers and an ideal place to watch animals in their natural habitat.
The Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th century, stands tall over the entire National Park. Built by the Chauhan Dynasty, the Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located inside the fort is the majestic temple of Lord Ganesha, the Trinetra Ganesh Temple. Ganesha devotees flock the temple throughout the year. The other two temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ramlalaji respectively. Two Jain temples, devoted to Lord Sumatinath and Lord Sambhavnath are other attractions of the Fort. The Padam lake and the Surwal lake are two among many that are a haven for bird watching. The ideal time to visit these lakes is early morning. Located adjacent to the Padam lake is the Jogi Mahal, a red sandstone marvel. Kachida Valley, famous for locating panthers and bears, along with Raj Bagh Ruins and the surrounding deciduous forests altogether score brownie points for Ranthambore.
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Undoubtedly one of the best places in the country to get a glimpse of wildlife (was a few meters away from a gorgeous white tiger myself). Make sure to take dull, covered clothing to protect yourself from the elements and the mosquitoes. The evenings can be quite pleasant and affordable hotels abound- however, Ranthambore is best enjoyed by exploring every nook of wilderness through safaris, animal rides, treks and night outs, which requires way advance booking. You’ll also find postcards and traditional Rajasthani handicrafts to take back home with you. Ideally should be part of a larger statewide holiday
- Remember to get mosquito repellants. Hats and umbrellas during summers might be needed. Safaris within the reserve are very dusty. Carry appropriate woolens during winters - as the safari (in open vehicles) can be very cold.
A traveller's delight, the place is one of the rare ones to spot Tigers and other variety of exotic flora and fauna.
Scorching sun of summer months and chilly winters are hard to combat with. Please ensure your safety in the National Park. Booking Safaris and finding accommodation close to the park might not be very easy.
People who are looking for excursions and sightseeing, an absolute delight for wildlife photographers. Weekend Getaway for solo travellers/couples/families.