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 travellerŐs 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 kilometers 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.
Safari Rides is another added feature of the Ranthambore National Park. The rides are carried out at 6:30 AM and 2:30 PM sharp, costing 700-800 per person for three hours. It is advisable to carry caps or hats in summers and proper coverings in winters for the rides particularly.
Ranthambore has many resorts and hotels depending on one's budget. Top end 5 star luxury hotels are located at the boundary of the reserve. Be sure to make a booking during peak seasons.
Jungle Retreat Ranthambore
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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.
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Day 1:Reach Ranthambore by morning. Check in and freshen up. Post meals, head towards the afternoon Safari Rides. Make sure you carry hats/caps in summers and heavy woollens in winters. Wear comfortable shoes and carry water bottles along. Take your glasses and gloves (in winters) too.The ride extends for three hours. Later, you can stroll along the lakes or get back to your lodge. Alternatively, you can shop exquisite handicrafts made by localites as souvenirs. The Dastkar Craft Centre is one of the go-to places for handicrafts.
Day 2: Leave for the early morning Safari Ride. Later, you can head towards Kachida Valley to locate a variety of species. After this, head towards the majestic Ranthambore Fort, have a panoramic view of the entire sprawl. There are five temples, a mosque and a dargah inside the Fort. You can later spend the rest part of your evening at Jogi Mahal or Padam Lake.
Day 3: (Optional) You can visit the inspiring Ranthambore School of Art, a paradise for the connoisseurs of art. Also, if you happen to visit the place in January, you can feast at the Sawai Madhopur Utsav held on 19th of January every year.
Ranthambore is perfect for a fun-filled adventure trip. And the trip is futile without the jungle safari. You can book either a 6-seater Gypsy SUV or a Canter, which is a 2?seater bus service. A Gypsy is a better option as there are fewer people, better navigation and quicker movements. The Canter cannot take you into narrow zones, plus the seats can give you a stiff back. Each vehicle has a driver and a guide. The peak season to visit is autumn to spring because of the moderate weather. However, tiger sightings are more in the summer season. The safaris run in two slots in the morning and evening. In winters, the morning slot is 6:30 am to 10:30 am and the evening slot is 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. In summers, the morning slot is 6:00 am to 10:00 am and the evening slot is 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
The summer and winter timings differ from each other.
· 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 6.00 P.M.
· 1st April to 15th May: 6.00 A.M. to 9.30 A.M.; 3.00 P.M. to 6.30 P.M.
· 15th May to 30th June: 6.00 A.M. to 9.30 A.M; 3.30 P.M. to 7.00 P.M.
The safari season stays shut for three months from July to September due to the rains.
The approximate charges for the Gypsy and Canter are given below-
· Canter (Diesel): INR 334 (Indians); INR 313 (Indian student); INR 513 (non-Indians)
· Canter (Petrol): INR 364 (Indians); INR 344 (Indian student); INR 544 (non-Indians)
· Gypsy: INR 429 (Indians); INR 408 (Indian student); INR 608 (non-Indians)
You can book the safari online to avoid later disappointments and full-house. Or you can walk down to the local booking office an hour or two before to book a seat. The hotels also offer to book safaris for you, although they charge exorbitant prices for the same.
This national park is one of the most visited ones in Rajasthan. Sighting tigers here is more successful than most of the other tiger reserves. Tiger safaris are well organized here and Tigers of Ranthambore are known to be camera friendly and have been captured in many poses as well. At times they are outside the main reserve and it is possible for you to sight one without a ticket! The reserve is open between October and May. Safaris start early morning and then around lunchtime. The reserve closes by sunset time (depending on the weather). Tickets are to be purchased for entry and video cameras. Safaris can be very dusty, bumpy and tiring as the vehicles run on semi-paved roads with the reserve it is recommended not to have a heavy meal just before the safari. This national park is home to many wild animals apart from the tiger as well. This park covers an area of 392 km2 and is home to other wild animals including leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. It is also the site of one of the largest banyan trees in India.
Ranthambore has a vast and abundant wildlife. Other than a huge variety of animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plenty of exotic species of flora and fauna, the park is most famous for its diurnal tigers. As per the survey, the park has a total of 35 species of reptiles, 40 species of mammals and 320 species of birds, migratory as well as residential. The park is a haven for bird watchers and attracts tourists from worldwide due to the inhabitation of the tigers. Not just tigers but the other exotic wild cats can also be found wandering in the woods which include - Leopards, Caracals, Rusty Spot Cats, Fishing Cats, Jungle Cats etc. A visit to the same is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
During the summer months - April to June, the weather is intolerably hot. Even the lightest clothes prick you. Make sure you carry the coolest colours and the most comfortable, light fabric clothes. Don?t forget to carry a cap/hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the unrelenting heat. In the winter months- November to the beginning of February, the weather is just the opposite. Carry thick woollens to protect yourself from the bitter cold. The days are a little pleasant and can be done with a single sweatshirt. Remember to carry gloves and muffler. It is advisable to wear environmental, sober- khaki colours, which can mix and merge with the surroundings. The animals might get scared if you wear too bright or neon colours and stand out from the scenery.
Ranthambore can be your ideal destination for adventure and wildlife but the same cannot be said about food or cuisine. Ranthambore does not carry any significant food culture or unique delicacy but the resorts, here will give you numerous options. It's preferable to stick to those while you might want to try local Dhabas which offer bits of local Rajasthani and Punjabi cuisine.
- 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.
By Abhay Naik
I am planning ranthambore with golden triangle tour (delhi/agra/jaipur) this Nov. Pl guide me about tour plan