One of the most sought-after wildlife tourism destinations in India, the Ranthambore National Park, has always been an apple of the eye for the wildlife lovers from all over the world. When it comes to the best place to get the unhindered sight of the Tigers, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve stands at the top with its extraordinary track record of the maximum tiger visibility. Due to this, this park is the most favorite place for wildlife photographers and film and documentary makers.
The Ranthambore National Park is among the largest parks in the North India, located in the historic place of Sawai Madhopur in the Rajasthan, a northern state of India. Enriched with the numerous wild flora and fauna along with many endangered wildlife species, the Ranthambore offers you the amazing wildlife viewing experience with the Jungle safari organized to explore the insides of the forest. Also, the gigantic Ranthambore Fort that situated inside the park adds the heritage value into the forest.
The landscape of the forest is bestowed with the amazing natural beauty with its vividly varying topography which mesmerizes you with its raw attraction. The deciduous forest landscape includes lush shrubby vegetation, arid lands, greenery, grasslands, ravines, valleys, hilly terrain, river channels, lakes and water holes. Such a diverse topography and a typical rawness of the forest of Ranthambore make it an ultimate destination for photography and video shooting. For adding the charm, there are various historical architectural ruins, Palace, Fort and ancient temples located inside the park.
Most of the wildlife tourists who visit Ranthambore have the sole intention to get the sight of the Royal Bengal Tiger and nothing else. But apart from getting the sighting of the majestic Tiger in its natural habitat, there are many other things to view inside the forest. There are various wildlife species of flora and fauna which are rarely found outside the Ranthambore forest can also be an ultimate addition to the wildlife experience. The Ranthambore is the home to around 300 species of plants, 40 species of animals, 35 reptile species and more than 300 species of domestic and exotic migratory birds.
However, the tiger sighting is the foremost desire of most of the wildlife tourists in Ranthambore so every tourist wants to know the right answer to the question 'which is the best zone for tiger sighting in Ranthambore National Park'. Here, you will know the detailed information about the best zone for tiger spotting and how you can enhance the chances of tiger sighting. Presently, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is divided into the 10 ecotourism zones to manage the tourist activities in a better way. The Jungle safari is allowed in all the zones and the zones are allotted to the safari vehicles randomly.
The most dominant plant of all the plant species of the Ranthambore National Park is the 'Dhok', also known as the biological name of Anogeissus pendula. This tropical tree constitutes of more than three-fourth of the vegetation of this national forest. This tree has the height of up to 15 meters and its shrubs and fruits constitute major foods for the animals such as Deer, Antelope and Nilgai. The Dhok tree can also grow in the shallow soil but with limited growth and small in height.
All the 10 zones are the raw forest and have its own share of beautiful landscape and enriched with the wildlife. All the zones are tiger territories of the various tigers. The tiger density in Ranthambore is very high and the area of forest is not enough to accommodate the increasing tiger population of Ranthambore. There is a demand for increasing the forest area of Ranthambore and also the demand for creating wildlife corridors between forests and parks. So, it is absolutely wrong to say that any zone has no tiger or less tiger.
There are enough tigers in every zone, but what makes one a good zone is the chances of spotting them. The safari zone, which has the good number of the water bodies, offers the more possibilities to spot a tiger than the arid lands. Also, the zone which has higher prey density also has the better tiger spotting possibilities. So, the zones from 2 to 5 are considered as the best zones for tiger spotting. As the previous records say, the tourists have spotted more tigers in these zones than the other zones. These zones offer slightly better possibilities of tiger spotting it doesn't mean other zones have absolutely no chances of the tiger spotting.
The tourism zone no 3 and 4 has many lakes and has the beautiful lush green landscape making it the best zone for nature lovers and wildlife lovers as well. The lakes and its surroundings are the best places to spot a tiger. The zone 3 has the three most famous lakes of the Ranthambore which are Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Malik Talao. The famous world heritage site, the Ranthambore Fort, is located nearby this zone and enhances the captivating beauty of this zone. The water bodies in any zone are the best place to spot a tiger, especially, in the summer season. There is a maximum possibility of spotting a tiger near water holes during a hot day.
The Jeep Safari is allowed in all the zones with the limited number of vehicles in each zone while Canter safari is not allowed in the 7, 8 and 10 zones due to hilly track and steep turns and climbs. Four Jeep Safaris and four Canter Safaris are allowed in each zone to maintain the equal tourists flow in every zone. The safari track in every zone is same for the Jeep and Canter both. The different areas of all the zones have been marked as its territory by various Tigers and they rule their territory. The Tigers are spotted in their territory while resting, following its prey, walking or cooling in the water bodies in the summer or basking in the sun in winter.
However, the zone is allotted randomly to the safari vehicles by a computer program to ensure the fair practice. Any vehicle cannot get the favorable zone by altering the allotment and once the zone is allotted, they have to stick to their zone for the allowed safari time period. But, one can make a request for the change of the safari zone by paying the required extra fee to the forest office at the time of the entry. The change of zone is subject to availability in the zone and fully depends on the forest officials to accept your request or not.
At last, I repeat once again that there is no such thing as the best zone for tiger sighting or bad zone for tiger sighting in Ranthambore. All the zones offer you the equal opportunity to explore the forest and tiger sighting. Though some zone is known for better tiger sighting experience, the tiger sighting is a matter of luck. So, one may not get the sight of the tiger even in the better zone and one can easily spot a tiger in another zone.