Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve holds the significant status in the tourism sector of India with its distinct class and charm. However, the Ranthambore National Park is not one of the biggest National parks of India, but surely it is the most famous one. Situated in the vicinity of the Aravali hills and Vindhya plateau, the Ranthambore forest spreads over an area of 1334 sq km with having the 392 sq km of the area as the national park. Highly revered for the natural habitat to the significant number of Royal Bengal tigers, the Ranthambore tiger reserve is very popular among the wildlife lovers for its diurnal tigers, which means tourist can easily spot a tiger during their day safari visit.

National Park has taken its name from the famous Ranthambore Fort which is situated within the park. The park is located in the district of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan and at the distance of around 11 km from the Sawai Madhopur railway station. Sawai Madhopur is approx 130 km away from the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Before the independence of India, the Ranthambore forest was under the Jaipur Kingdom and was the hunting place for the Maharajah and other royal members of the Jaipur Kingdom. In 1973, the forest was incorporated into the tiger project and declared as the national park in 1980.

Today, the Ranthambhore national park is a popular tourist destination for the forest safari. Due to many of the popular tigers living in this forest park, thousands of tiger lovers from all over the world visit here daily during the safari season. Among many famous tigers, the tigress Machli was the most celebrated tiger in the world. However, she died last year in August 2016 but left many legends of her youth days. Her prodigy of braveness and strength has inspired many wildlife documentaries, movies and TV shows. Watching these dangerous wild predators in their natural wild environment at a short distance is really an adrenaline-pumping adventure to savor for whole life.

The Ranthambhore National Park not only boasts of its populous tiger reserve, but also the heritage sites which includes the mighty Ranthambore Fort, Jogi Mahal, Ancient temple and Rajbagh ruins which are the reminders of glory and grandeur of the Rulers of Ranthambore. Many picturesque lakes like Padam Talao, Malik Talao, Raj Bagh Talao and others are enriching the landscape of this forest which consists of deciduous forest, small hills, valleys and lush greenery. The park is enclosed by the Chambal River and Banas River from the two sides enhancing the wild ambience of the Ranthambhore forest. Without any doubt, the tour to this National Park of Rajasthan will be the best holiday for you if you actually love nature and wildlife. The whole experience of watching majestic tigers roaming freely in the park, a mesmerizing gamut of ultimate species of animals and birds and captivating greenery will enthrall your mind and you will be thanking yourself for having embarked on this wildlife journey Click Here For More Information About National Park.

Some Quick Facts About the Ranthambore National Park

  • 1955 - Establishment of the Sawai Madhopur Gaming Sanctuary to protect wildlife by the Government of India.
  • 1973 - The Ranthambore forest is incorporated in the Project Tiger, a tiger conservation initiative by Indian Government.
  • 1980 - Ranthambore forest declared as the National Park.
  • 1984 - The adjacent forests of Ranthambore were acknowledged as the Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary.
  • 1991 - The Ranthambore tiger reserve was extended to incorporate the Sawai Mansingh and Kaladevi Sanctuaries.

Ranthambore Forest is The Natural Habitat To-

  • 40 species of mammals
  • 320 species of birds
  • 40 Species of Reptiles
  • 50 species of Butterflies
  • 300 species of plants

Other Tourist Attractions

Ranthambore Fort
One of the ancient forts in India, the Ranthambore Fort is declared as the UNESCO world heritage site due to its historical significance. The fort is located inside the Ranthambore National Park, at the distance of 13 km from the Sawai Madhopur railway station. This heritage fort is said to be built in 944 AD and has witnessed the long history of Rajasthan. The epitome of valor and pride of the Rajput rulers of the various Kingdoms, the Ranthambore Fort was the strategic fort and thus captured by various rulers. At the time of the Independence of India and the abolition of the imperial era, the fort was under the Maharaja of Jaipur and the Ranthambore forest was the exclusive hunting ground for the Royals of Jaipur Kingdom.

Trinetra Ganesha Temple
Highly famous among the devotees of the Lord Ganesha since ancient times, the Ganesha temple located at the entrance of the Fort is the only temple of Trinetra Ganesha in the country. The idol of Lord Ganesha with his wives Riddhi and Siddhi makes it also a special temple of Ganesha with his full family. There are many legends associated with the foundation of the temple which make this temple a unique and popular religious place for the Hindu devotees. The temple is also famous for its unique tradition of getting the postal invitation letters sent by the devotees for inviting the Lord Ganesha for any auspicious occasion in their family. The temple receives many thousands of invitation letters every day and each and every letter has been read by the priest in front of the Idol.

Bakula Region
Considered as the best region for the tiger visibility in the Ranthambore forest, the Bakula region is the ultimate scenic landscape covered with the dense greenery and water bodies. The thickly forested land of Bakula along with the numerous ponds, water holes give the unique wilderness effect to the Ranthambore forest. Due to the dense forest, water availability and remote area, there is the abundance of the wildlife in the area making it a paradise for the wildlife lovers. The tiger sighting is relatively high in this area and tourists often get the sight relaxing tiger, especially tigress relaxing or walking with her cubs are often seen in the area.

Kachida Valley
Located at the periphery of the tiger reserve zone, the Kachida Valley is a must visit place for the wildlife with the abundance of the panthers, bears and other wild animals as well as a distinguished mesmerizing landscape which having steep outcrops, small valley, low hills, ravines and water bodies. The lush greenery and tranquil surroundings make this place a true wilderness away from any human activity. You can visit here only through the Jeep Safari and explore the wilderness and the beauty of the Kachida Valley.

Jogi Mahal
The Jogi Mahal, which is now a tourist attraction inside the Ranthambore forest, was once the resting abode for the Royals of Jaipur Kingdom while they visit Ranthambore for the hunting excursion. The small palace beautifully nestled in the wilderness of the Ranthambore at the bank of the famous Padam Lake offers an amazing site for monuments lovers. The big banyan tree situated near the palace is the second largest banyan tree in the country which is also an attraction for tourists.

Nearby Tourist Places to Visit

Jaipur
Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is one of the most visited tourist places in India for the tourist from all over the world. Highly famous for numerous forts and palaces in the city, the Jaipur is also known as the city of palaces. The famous palaces such as City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and many others are the splendid example of the wonderful architectural accomplishments. The city of Jaipur is located around 160 km by road from the Ranthambore National Park and makes the perfect gateway to infuse a historic touch to your wildlife tour. Along with the historic palaces, the vibrant culture and traditions of the ancient city of Jaipur are what will make your tour a memorable one.

Agra
Home to the most famous among the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal, the ancient city of Agra needs no introduction. The land which attracts thousands of the national and international tourist every day, Agra is a must visit place for any tourists not only for the legendary architectural wonders of Taj Mahal, but also for the other historic monuments like Agra Fort, Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah, historic city of Fatehpur Sikri, etc. along with the culture and traditions of the old Agra city which still holds the ancient ambiance. The symbol of eternal Love - the Taj Mahal is located just around 247 km from the Ranthambore forest so it can be a good historic diversion from the wildlife tour.

Bharatpur
Literally, a paradise for the bird lovers, the bird sanctuary of Bharatpur is yet another mesmerizing place near the Ranthambore to watch the plenty of exotic migratory bird species and beautiful domestic avifauna. More than five hundred of bird species can be found here, along the large stretch of water bodies and green landscape. Perfect for extending the Ranthambore wildlife tour, the Bharatpur city is located 237 km from the Ranthambore forest.

How to Reach At Ranthambore

By Air
The nearest airport to the Ranthambore is the Jaipur International Airport, which is located around 160 km from the forest. There are plenty of national and international flights connecting the Jaipur to various cities of Indian and abroad. You can get the taxi, cab or Bus at Jaipur airport to visit Ranthambore.

By Rail
The Sawai Madhopur Railway station is the nearest rail station to the Ranthambore National Park, which is around 11 km from the forest. The station is the famous tourist station and connected through the direct trains from the major cities of India like Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, etc. For covering the distance from the station to Ranthambore, you can hire the taxi or catch the local bus.

By Road
There is a direct road passing nearby the Ranthambore forest connecting it with cities like Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota which is further connected with the major cities of India. So, If you are choosing the direct road trip from Delhi, Mumbai or Jaipur, you can easily reach the Ranthambore without any hassle. You can get on the road trip in your own vehicle or opt for the state Bus services to reach Ranthambore.

Geographical Details About Park:

Total Forest Area - 1334 sq. km
Core Area - 392.50 sq. km
Type of Forest - Dry deciduous Dhok forest
River - Banas River & Chambal River
Hills - Range of Aravali Hill and Vindhya Hill
Temperature - highest of 48 degree Celsius in summer, and lowest of 2 degree Celsius in winter
Annual Rain Fall - 800 mm
Latitudes - 25 4' N to 21 12' N
Longitudes - 76 17' E to 77 13' E
Nearest Town - Sawai Madhopur (10 km)
Nearest Railway Station - Sawai Madhopur Station (10 km)
Nearest Airport - Jaipur (160 km)

Road Distance from Ranthambore to the Following Cities:

Distance From Jaipur - 160 km
Distance From Kota - 114 km
Distance From Jodhpur - 456 km
Distance From Bikaner - 476 km
Distance From Udaipur - 388 km
Distance From Ajmer - 258 km
Distance From Mount Abu - 555 km
Distance From Jaisalmer - 713 km
Distance From Delhi - 381 km
Distance From Agra - 239 Km
Distance From Mumbai - 1031 Km

Places For Visit, Ranthambore National Park:


Ranthambore Fort: Located in the vicinity of Ranthambore National Park, the Ranthambore Fort is the prime tourist destination and offers you a panoramic view of the forest from the fort. A testimony of might and grandeur, the Ranthambore fort has a long, vibrant history to share with you.
Kachida Valley:
Enriched with amazing beauty of nature and a tranquil ambiance around, the Kachida Valley is a must visit place within the forest for the nature lovers. Also, it is a good place to spot wild animals and spending some time in the quite natural atmosphere.
Padam Talao:
Nothing beats a beauty of a lake in the dry deciduous forest and thus one can't ignore Padam Talao while visiting inside the Ranthambore forest. It is the biggest lake in the vicinity and home to a large number of resident and migratory birds. The Jogi Mahal, another testimony to the Royal grandeur inside the forest, located beside the lake adding an ancient view to the lake.
Malik Talao:
One of the famous lakes within the forest, the Malik Talao offers you a captivating natural view along with some good sighting of marsh Crocodiles. A large number of beautiful birds are found around this small lake.
Raj Bagh Talao:
Known as the best place to spot a tiger, the Raj Bagh Talao is among the beautiful lakes of the forest. This lake is named after the Raj Bagh whose ruins are located beside the lake.
Raj Bagh Ruins:
Located in between the two famous lakes - Padam Lake and Raj Bagh Lake, the ruins are of the pre-historic era and offer you a view that enhances the beauty of the landscape.
Jogi Mahal:
The Jogi Mahal was the resting place for the Royals of Jaipur during their hunting excursion in the forest. The serene and enchanting environment around the Jogi Palace will captivate you and compel you to stay here for some time.

Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History:


This museum is located outside the forest and can be visited for the knowledge of bio-diversity of Ranthambore region, which includes detailed information on the flora and fauna found in the forest.

Dastkar Ranthambore:


A small souvenir market located outside the forest offering you the handmade gifts and memento such as beautifully crafted colorful handbags, cushion or pillow covers, table cloths, sandals and many more things which are not only beautiful but durable too.

Ranthambore School of Art:


If you are an art lover then you should visit this art school, which is located at the nearby place outside the forest. This art school mainly focused on the wildlife art and also exhibits the art collection related to wildlife.
Trinetra Ganesh Temple
A must visit Lord Ganesha temple for the followers of the Hindu religion. It is an ancient temple located inside the Ranthambore fort and the only temple of the Lord Ganesha with trinetra. The temple has many legends from ancient times and a most visited temple in Sawai Madhopur.

Wildlife Safari in Ranthambore National Park

Exploring the interiors of a dense wild forest always fascinates wildlife lovers and they visit such forest where they can explore the wildlife. The forest of Ranthambore has always been an attraction for the wildlife tourists for many years due to its amazing wildlife especially the Royal Bengal Tigers. The safari organized by the Ranthambore forest administration is the best way to explore the large tranquil forest which is the natural habitat for the numerous distinct wildlife species. The Jeep safari and Canter Safari are the only two options to explore the Ranthambore National park. Here are details about the safari organized in the Ranthambore tiger reserve-

Jeep Safari Inside The Park

The Jeep Safari is the Jungle tour allowed in the 6-seater Jeep vehicle which is all sides open vehicle for the best viewing experience. Jeep is considered the best option for the wildlife photography and mostly preferred by the core wildlife enthusiasts as the Jeep, being a smaller vehicle than the Canter, can go even in the narrow place and can easily trail the wild animals without making much noise which increases the chance to spot the tiger as well as provide you the closer view of the wildlife. Also, the few number of seats means you can book all the seats in Jeep for you and your friends or family, and trail the wildlife as per your likings within the allotted zone and time slot. The Jeep safari is organized in two shifts in a day and 17 Jeeps are allowed in each shift.

Canter Wildlife Safari

The Canter Safari is the Jungle tour allowed in the 20-seater Bus which is also all sides open vehicle to offer you the best viewing experience. The Canter Safari is not as good as the Jeep Safari, but it offers you the economical way to explore the forest. Also, it is hard to book a seat on a Jeep Safari as almost all the seats in Jeep Safaris have been booked in advance, while it is comparatively easy to get seats in Canter Safari. The Canter Safari is also organized in two shifts in a day and 20 Canter is allowed in each shift. However, the number of tourists is much higher than the available safari so it is always advised to book your Jeep or Canter safari well in advance before visiting the Ranthambore to avoid any last minute hassle.

There are 10 safari zones in the Ranthambore National Park and the zones are randomly allotted to the safari vehicles at the time of entry by a computer generated zone allotment system. Each vehicle has to enter in the given zone only and is allowed to drive anywhere within the zone but only on the safari tracks. The sighting of the Majestic tiger depends on the sheer luck, but zone 1 to 6 are considered best zones when it comes to the tiger sighting as the most of the big lakes are in these zones and the chances of spotting tigers, leopards and other wild animals are higher near the water bodies.

Best time to Visit Ranthambore for Tiger Sighting

As the Ranthambore National Park is situated in the western part of India and has a dry subtropical climate. The 'extreme'is a common phenomenon for the temperature in the Ranthambore region as it crosses above 45 degrees in the peak summer season as well as it drops up to 2 degrees in the peak winter season. So, from October to April is a relatively better time to visit Ranthambore, as the temperature is moderately warm in the daytime and cool at night.

During the period from July to September, the park is closed due to the monsoon season and the monsoon season is the mating season for the Tigers. However, the summer season is considered best for the tiger sighting, especially, near the lakes and water holes as big cats often visit to quench the thirst and also to hunt the prey who visit the lakes.

News & updates

News Update: 20-September-2017

Hamir T-33 Died after the Territorial Infighting in the Ranthambore

It is sad news for the wildlife enthusiasts and tiger lovers that a territorial fight in the Ranthambore tiger reserve claimed the life of one more tiger...

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