Safari In Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is one of the most visited tiger reserves in India. The sheer beauty, grace and might of the unscathed nature of the Ranthambore forest are enough to fascinate wildlife lovers to this place. The magical characteristics of this national reserve park can easily be explored through the Jungle safari organized by the forest officials. The Ranthambore national park, which is predominantly ruled by nature, encompasses a plethora of wildlife species. Safari tour is the only option to visit deep in the Jungle and get a chance to sight a tiger. With the mesmerizing landscape of the park that boasts of exotic lakes, dense deciduous trees, water holes and various small hill along with the ruins of ancient monuments, exploring the park can be a memorable experience of the lifetime. The fauna which include hundreds of bird species and wild mammals and reptiles will provide you a sense of adventure with the feeling of expected sighting or encountering of wild predators like tigers, leopards, wild boars, etc.

The safari for the Ranthambore national forest can be booked online from us and the booking can be done a maximum of the 90 days in advance. One can book the safari online by paying the required fees on our website, which includes entry fee, Jeep or canter fee and naturists/ guide fee and the accommodation charge. The entry fee, jeep or canter fee and guide fee are mandatory whereas the accommodation is optional. There is no any type of accommodation is available inside the Ranthambore national park. However, there are plenty of budget hotels, luxurious hotels and exotic resorts available outside the park, just at the fringe of the park. You can stay there for the night and go for the safari tour in the morning or afternoon shift. The safari service is available in the two shifts - one is the morning and one in afternoon. The safari tour for the public is allowed during the months from October to June of every year. One shift is 3 and a half hour long only and the entry and exit time is fixed which changes with the changing of the season.

There are two types of vehicle is available for the safari - one is a jeep having six seats and the second is a canter having 20 seats. The total of the 20 jeeps and 20 canters are allowed in one shift and both the vehicles are the open from the top and sides especially modified for the best viewing experience. All these vehicles are attached to the forest department for the safari tour. The guide or trackers also are the registered naturalist and belong to the local communities who know the Jungle since many generations and very well aware of the behaviors of the wild animals of the park. As there is a large rush of wildlife tourist in the Ranthambore, so it is highly advised to book the safari, especially the jeep safari in advance before visiting the Ranthambore. At the entrance of the park, some formalities are necessary to fulfill at the entry gate such as filling up the forms with the naturalist details, visitors' details, etc.

Details about the Safari Zones:

The Ranthambore National park is divided into the 10 safari zones for the easy management of the tourism activity in the park as well as to make sure the safari is distributed evenly throughout the Jungle and not just get accumulated in few tiger prone area disturbing the habitats of the Jungle. The zones are allotted to the safari at the time of entrance by the forest officials. You cannot choose your desired zone as the zone allotment is done randomly by the computer just before the entry and no any external interference can be made in this process. Both the vehicles, the jeep and the canter, travel on the same route so offering entirely the same prospects of wildlife sighting. All the zones have its own specific beauty of wildlife and landscape in the buffer and core area. Every safari will take you to the core area of the respective zone and the prospects of sighting a tiger are more and less same in every zone. The safari vehicles are not allowed to change their allotted zone. However, the vehicles are allowed to roam anywhere on the network of routes in their allotted zone.

Zone 01:

This zone is the territory of few of the most famous tigers of Ranthambore reserve forest such as Sultan(T-72), Noor (T-39) and Ustad (T-24). The Singh Dwar is the entry and exit gate for this zone, which is popular among the tourists due to better chances of spotting a tiger in this zone. In this zone, Tuti ka Nalla, Sultanpur, Gada Dub, Amreshwar Dang and Peela Pani are the places where there are higher chances of viewing big cats.

Zone 2:

With the increased sighting of tigers in this zone, it is considered best zone for tourists. Due to the many water holes found in this zone, the chances of tiger viewing are higher around the places such as Jogi Mahal, Nal Ghati, Phuta Kot, Phuta Bandha, Jhalra and Lahpur Tiraha. The zone is home to famous tigers like Ustad (T-24), Noor (Y-39), Sultan (T-72), Jhumru (T-20), Krishna (T-19) and others. Also, the leopards are also seen by tourists in this zone.

Zone 3:

Padam Talab, one of the famous lakes in Ranthambore national park is located in this zone, making it one of the prime zones to get a sight of a tiger. This zone is the home to star tigers like Sitara (T-28), Krishna (T-19) and their cubs. Some of the main locations of this park where there are higher chances of tiger sighting are Padam Talab, Jogi Mahal, Raj Bagh ruins, High Point and Mandook.

Zone 4:

Home to the legendary tigress Machli, the zone 4 of the Ranthambore tiger reserve was the most preferred zone before the death of tigress Machli. However, it still is the highly preferred zone due to the presence of a few of the star tigers of Ranthambore such as T-19, T-25, T-28, T-41, T-64 and T-75. Malik Talab, Singh Dwar, Lakkad Da, Lambi, Adidaant, Tamakhan are among the few places in this zone where maximum tiger sighting is reported.

Zone 5:

The star attraction of this zone is the sighting of tigers like T-17, T-25, T-28, T-74 and T-75. However, the entry gate to the zone 5 and zone 4 is same with the few common places to get the sight of a tiger. Singh Dwar, Kachida valley, Anatpur, Jokha,baghda and Dhakda are points where one can spot a tiger.

(From the zone 6 to zone 10 are included in the tiger reserve territory much later, so the entry gates of these zones are located far from the entry gates of zones 1-5, on the opposite side of the park. In order to reach there, the safari jeeps or canters have to go through the old city of Sawai Madhopur.)

Zone 6:

There are chances of spotting Noor (T-39) with her cubs as she frequently roams in this zone and spotted by the tourists. Other tigers which are seen in this zone sometimes are T-8, T-34 and T-57. The zone 6 is adjacent to the zone 1 but the entry gates are opposite to each other. The landscape of this zone consists of large open grassland with the hills in the background. One can also spot the rare species of birds in this zone, which includes endangered Red Headed Vultures. Few points where the chances of spotting the tigers are high are Palli Darwaza, Kala Pani, Patwa Ki Baori, Soleshwar, Khabli and Saran Ka Pattha.

Zone 7:

It is considered as the territory of T-8 and T-34 as they are spotted in this zone few times. However, this zone has fewer places than other zones where one can spot a tiger, but other animals also are spotted easily in this zone. Places such as Chidikho, Kushalipura, Jamoda and Rajbagh Naka in the zone have higher chances of spotting the majestic predator, the tiger.

Zone 8:

The topography of Zone 8 is almost same as the zone 8 and even the tigers which are spotted here are the same T-8 and T-34. The places where tiger visibility is higher are Balas, Kali Bhat, Neemli Dang, Mahakho and Kherai.

Zone 9:

Located on the bank of the Chakal River, it takes around the 45 minutes of drive to reach the zone 9 from the Tiger reserve. Considered as the territory of T-42 and T-59, this small conservancy is also known for the home to Sloth bears, Caracals and few aquatic birds.

Zone 10:

The zone 10 has recently been included in the safari route with the natural landscape consists of hilly tracks, deciduous forest and few scenic water bodies. The zone is known for the sighting of tigers like T-43, T-13 and her cubs. Sometimes, the T-42 (Fateh) is also seen in this zone by the tourists. Few good tiger spotting places in this zone are Kushalipura, Halonda, Bodal, Aantri, Banskhori and Devpura.

How to Book Safari In Ranthambore National Park:

The booking for the Jungle safari at Ranthambore National Park is managed and controlled by the forest department of the Government of Rajasthan. Both online and offline booking facility is available for the Ranthambore tiger reserve. One can make online booking from the website of the Ranthambore forest department as well as the offline booking can also be done at the office of Ranthambore National Park at the Sawai Madhopur. Currently, 20 Jeeps and 20 Canters are allowed for the safari in one shift with having the 6 seats in a Jeep and 20 seats in a Canter. The safari is allowed in two shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A guide or naturist is mandatory to enter the park. So, you will get the entry permit after the full payment of all the fees which includes entry fee, vehicle fee and guide fee in advance. The booking is done on the first come, first serve basis and is subject to availability. The allocation of the safari zone takes place on the spot and the zone is allotted randomly by the forest officials.

Note: The fees are non-refundable in any situation after the confirm booking.

Online Booking Procedures of the Jeep and Canter Safari-

In order to book your seat in the Jeep or Canter Safari, you have to follow the following procedures and have to provide the required information regarding all the visitors-
  • Visit the online safari booking page: http://www.ranthamborenationalpark.in/online-safari-booking-ranthambore.html
  • Provide all the required information about each visitor: Full name, Age, Sex (as printed on the ID proof provided by you)
  • Choose the Date for the safari & Safari timing (Morning/Afternoon)
  • Choose the type of Vehicle (Jeep/ Canter)
  • Provide Identity card numbers of all visitors: For Indian Nationals: Voter Id No., Aadhar Card No., Pan Card No., Driving License No. or any other Govt. ID.)
  • For the Foreign Nationals: Only the passport is valid as the Identity card
  • Pay the Safari Entry Fees in advance
  • Please carry the same ID card at the time of the safari that is submitted during the online booking.
  • Booking of Jeep/ Canter safari in Ranthambhore National Park is subject to availability.
  • Safari zones are allotted randomly at the time of safari so no zone preference is entertained.
  • You will be picked up from your boarding place in Ranthambhore before your scheduled safari.

Tatkal Safari Booking in Ranthambore

The forest department of the Ranthambore National Park has also initiated a Tatkal booking quota from October 2016 on the line of the Tatkal ticket booking system in the Indian Railway. The Tatkal booking system in Ranthambore is managed by the forest officials at the booking counter in Ranthambore. The Tatkal booking quota is available for the foreigners and Indian visitors alike with an extra charge as a Tatkal fee of total INR 10000 per Jeep safari instead of the regular safari fee of INR 4400 per Jeep. Under this quota, a maximum of 20 Jeeps is allowed to tackle a large number of tourists visit daily without any prior advance booking. So, if you didn't book your safari in advance before visiting at Ranthambore then you don't have to disappoint as you can avail this facility of Tatkal booking by paying around double the amount of the regular booking charge. Tatkal booking can be made a day prior to the safari date.

Full Day / Half Day Safari in Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park offers an exclusive full day and half day safari service to explore the forest from sunrise to sunset to your heart's content in your choice of zone from zone 1 to zone 5. On the line of the full day safari services offered by the National Parks in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, Ranthambhore forest officials also started a full day and a half day safari options from 2016. A limited number of Jeep is allowed to enter the park under this service and the GPS monitored vehicles are allowed to move freely within the tourism zone 1 to 5. A maximum of 6 persons is allowed in a Jeep except for the mandatory Naturist/ Guide and the driver. The full day safari is permitted for 12 hours which starts at 6 am and lasts at 6 pm whereas half day safari is for 6 hours from 6 am to 12 noon.

Safari Vehicles:

For the safari tour in any zone of the Ranthambhore tiger reserve, two types of vehicles are allowed to enter into the Jungle. One is an open Jeep with having 6 seats and the other is an open bus called canter with having 20 seats. There is a limit to the number of vehicles enters the park in one shift. The total of 40 vehicles is allowed in one shift, in which 17 jeeps and 20 canters are for tourists and 3 jeeps are for VIP guests. Only the vehicles which are registered with the forest department for the safari tour are allowed to enter. Safari vehicles which are not registered with the forest department or the private vehicles are not allowed inside the forest in any circumstances. The seats in the permitted safari vehicles are booked in advance and it is advised to book your seat prior to visiting the Ranthambore, as it is very hard to get the booking on the spot especially get the seat in Jeep safari is almost impossible on the spot. If you are touring in a group of more than 6 adults then it is best to book your seats in canter safari. Exploring the magnificent surroundings of the Ranthambore tiger zone all together will be a memorable experience. If you are single or a group up to 6 adults, then Jeep safari will be really the best option for you. Jeep safari is the most popular way to explore the Jungle and nothing could beat this experience. However, if you couldn't get the seats in a Jeep safari then booking the seats in a Canter safari is also not a bad option. Both the vehicles use the same route in any zone, so the chances of sighting a tiger are same in both the vehicles.

Terms & Conditions for the Safari in Ranthambore National Park:

  • No refund or cancellation is acceptable after the confirmed booking.
  • The entry permits are non-transferable and non-exchangeable
  • The fees regarding the safari may be revised without any notice and visitors have to pay the difference to the officials at the entrance gate at the time of entry into the park.
  • The Government of Rajasthan reserves the Right to Admission.
  • The opening and closing time may be changed or the park or any particular zone may be closed without any prior notice in case of any emergency.
  • Visitors are required to submit the photocopy of the Identity proof at the entrance before the entry into the park.
  • The original ID proof will be checked at the time of entry.
  • There is no charge for using the still camera.
  • Terms and Conditions are subject to change, may append or amend without prior notice or information due to various Govt. Policies.