Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park

The Ranthambore National Park is open for the safari tour for the visitors from the 1st October to the 30th June every year as per the entry timing of the particular season. For the remaining months of the year, the park is closed for the visitors due to the monsoon season. Though one can enjoy the safari and savor the view of the majestic tiger anytime between the allowed months, but from November to April is considered as the best time to visit Ranthambore tiger reserve as the weather is pleasant around this time and the nature is in its full bloom around this time enhancing the beauty of the forest.

The winter season, from October to march, is the most preferred season to visit Ranthambore Park by the visitors as the cool weather has its own charm and the forest is bustling with greenery after the rainy season making the surroundings very pleasing and enchantingly beautiful. The flowers are in full bloom which adds a luster to the area around the lakes and other water bodies. Also, many migratory birds visit the park in the winter, which will be a real feast for the eyes of bird lovers. If you are traveling during the midwinter season between last December and early January, you must carry the enough winter clothes to keep you warm in the wilderness of the forest.

Of course, the summer season, from April to June, is the least preferred season to visit this park due to the unbearable hot weather. The Ranthambore park is adjacent to the Thar desert and due to this the place is real hot in daytime and the temperature usually goes higher, up to the 48 degree Celsius. Though, it is very difficult for most of the people to roam around the forest in the scorching sun in this season, but if you can tolerate the hot climate then you should visit during this season due to the two reasons: one is there is less crowd in this season and the second is there is a higher chance to trace the majestic tiger in this season, mostly in and around the water bodies of this forest. But of course, don't forget to keep sunscreens, scarves, and sleeved cotton dresses with you to fight the blazing sun outside.

Months Morning Safari Afternoon Safari
1st Oct to 31st Oct 06.30 am to 10.00 am 02.30 pm to 06.00 pm
1st Nov to 31st Jan 07.00 am to 10.30 am 02.00 pm to 05.30 pm
1st Feb to 31st march 06.30 am to 10.00 am 02.30 pm to 06.00 pm
1st April to 15th May 06.00 am to 09.30 am 03.00 pm to 06.30 pm
16th May to 30th June 06.00 am to 09.30 am 03.30 pm to 07.00 pm

The Ranthambore National Park remains closed during 1st July to 30th September for the tourist.

There is a heavy rush on weekends and holidays so it is always advisable to book safari and hotels in advance.

The morning safari usually starts half an hour after the sunrise and the afternoon safari concluded half an hour before the sunset. Thus, the timing changes accordingly with the changing of seasons. Each safari is allowed for a maximum of three and half hour of time.