Ranthambore National Park

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL GUIDE

Wildlife

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Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Sawai Madhopur (8 Kms)

Nearest City to Ranthambore National Park: Jaipur (162 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park: October to June

Peak Season: March to May

State: Rajasthan | District: Sawai Madhopur

Ranthambore National Park Weather: Summer: Maximum - 47°C and Minimum - 25°C
Winter: Maximum - 32°C and Minimum - 4°C

At a distance of 8 km from Sawai Madhopur, 140 km from Kota, 162 km from Jaipur, 268 km from Agra, 271 km from Ajmer, 368 km from Delhi, 413 km from Udaipur, and 448 km from Jodhpur, Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambore is a wildlife sanctuary situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest and most renowned national parks in Northern India.

Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1974. Ranthambore became a national park in 1981. In 1984, the adjacent forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, and in 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include the Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries.

The Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The rivers Chambal in the South and Banas in the North bound the Ranthambore National Park. The landscape of the park is formed of massive rock formations, steep scarps, perennial lakes and streams. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park. The Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Malik Talab are the prominent water bodies in the park.

Spread over an area of 392 sq. km, the park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to watch the majestic predators in its natural habitat. The park is divided into 10 zones for safari. Apart from tigers, visitors can also spot large variety of animals including sloth bear, leopard, caracal, jackal, fox, hyena, mongoose, dainty chital, sambar deer, the blue bull antelope or nilgai, rhesus macaque, langur and an incredible variety of birds at Ranthambore. The park also has a large number of reptiles like snub nosed marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, banded kraits, cobras, common kraits, Indian pythons, rat snakes, Russell's vipers, saw-scaled vipers and the Indian chameleon.

Ranthambore is also counted as a famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park which includes Ranthambore Fort, Jogo Mahal and Rajbagh. Apart from the wildlife, visitors can also visit Trinetra Ganesh Temple, Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History, Kachida Valley, Ranthambore School of Art, Lakarda and Anantpura, and Bakaula at Ranthambore. This National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream. It offers excellent accommodation and internal transportation facilities. Safari rides are added feature of the Ranthambore National Park. There are two options of vehicles for the safari: 20 seater open top canter or 6 seater open top gypsy. Each ride lasts for about three hours.

The nearest airport to Ranthambore is Jaipur which is about 148 km from Ranthambore. Sawai Madhopur Junction, which is about 8 km from the park, is located on the Delhi - Mumbai trunk route. It has good connectivity with Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Ranchi, Ajmer, Udaipur, Agra, Kota, Puri, Bikaner, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Mysore, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Amritsar, Haridwar, Lucknow, Guwahati, Trivandrum, Patna, Dehradun, and Bhopal. Sawai Madhopur Bus Stand is the nearest bus station, which is about 9 km from Ranthambore National Park which has direct bus connectivity with Udaipur, Jaipur, Alwar, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Kota, and Tonk.

The park remains open every year from October to May and closed during monsoon season from June to September. The best visiting season of Ranthambore National Park is during the months of March - May.

Safari Timings: 6.30 - 9.30AM &3.30 PM - 6.30 PM in summer, 7 AM - 10.30 PM & 2.30 PM - 6 PM in winter

Bus Safari - Rs. 900 for Indians & Rs. 1900 for Foreigners

Jeep Safari- Rs. 1500 per Person for Indians & Rs. 2500 per Person for Foreigners

Note: Entry Fee & Safari Charges are subject to change by the management without any prior notice.

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Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 07462
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Mewari, and English
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HOW TO REACH RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK


By Air

Nearest Airport: Jaipur - Jaipur International Airport (148 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Sawai Madhopur (8 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Sawai Madhopur (9 Kms)

14 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2.5 km from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and 9.5 km from Ranthambore National Park, Sri Chamatkarji Temple is a Jain temple situated in Rajasthan. It is one of the holiest destinations for the Digambara Jains and also one of the best places to visit in Ranthambore.

The Chamatkarji Temple has been named so because of a number of fascinating miracles were linked to its foundation. According to the history, this temple belonged to a simple farmer who had found God's idol when he dug up a particular place in the field after being directed by God in his dream. The idol was given over to the Jain Digambaras. The legend further goes to say that the same farmer was again told by God in his dream to place the idol in a chariot and leave it to see where the horse refuses to move further. That place was chosen the site of the temple. Thus Chamatkar Temple came to be built in Sawai Madhopur.

Sri Chamatkarji Mandir is a huge ancient and beautiful temple decorated with .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 3.5 km from Ranthambore National Park and 6.5 km from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, the Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History is a museum situated at Ramsinghpura village of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. It is the fourth Regional Museum of Natural History in India after Mysore, Bhopal and Bhubaneswar.

The honourable Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari laid the foundation of Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History in December 2007 and was inaugurated in 2014. The museum was undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Spread in 7.2 acres of land, the museum is tastefully designed and aims at creating awareness of diverse life on earth.

There are three floors in the museum, with exhibits on plants, livestock, mineral resources and geology of the western region and western dry area of India. As if now, only the ground floor is operational with a well-laid exhibition on the wildlife in Ranthambore and the famed .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 8 km from Sawai Madhopur, Jungle Safari is the major attraction and one of the most popular options to spot animal movement and admire beautiful landscape in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to explore different kinds of wildlife during safari.

Ranthambore National Park is divided into 10 safari zones. One can select their preferred zone 90 days before at the time of safari booking. After 90 days required safari zones are subject to availability. All safari zones are best and designed by forest department there are no bad zone in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. But, zones 1 to 6 are the popular zones for tiger sighting.

Safari booking at Ranthambhore National Park is controlled by the Department of Forest (Govt. of India). There are two types of vehicles permitted into Ranthambhore National Park- the 4 wheel drive jeeps (Open to roof Gypsys, which seat up to 6 visitors) and 20 seater Canters (open top roof buses).There .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 4.5 km from Ranthambore National Park Entry Gate and 13 km from Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore Fort is a historical fort lies within the Ranthambore National Park, near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. Ranthambore Fort, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan in 2013. It is one of the top places to visit in Ranthambore.

The exact origin of the Ranthambhore fort is still disputed but it is generally accepted that there was a settlement at the site of the fort, as far back as the 8th century AD. It is widely believed that the construction of the Ranthambhore Fort was started during the reign of the Chauhan Rajput king Sapaldaksha in 944 AD. The fort is known for the glory and valor of Hammir dev of the Chauhan dynasty. Aladdin Khilji conquered the Ranthambore Fort in 13th century. After that Ranthambore Fort changed hands a number of times, till Akbar, the great Mughal emperor, finally .....


Historical & Heritage | Lake & Backwaters | Wildlife

At a distance of 500 m from Ranthambore Fort, and 5 km from Ranthambore National Park Entry Gate, the Padam Talao is a large and beautiful lake situated inside Ranthambore National Park. It gets its name from the lotus flowers that bloom in the lake.

The Padam Talao is a favorite watering hole of the animals of Ranthambore. Tigers, Leopards, Deer, Monkeys and Peacocks can be seen drinking at the lakes edge during the early morning and late evening. Machans or huts on observation posts near the Padam Talao are an excellent platform from where visitors can see the animals in their natural habitat. Genghis, one of the legendary tigers of Ranthambore was famous for hunting deer that came to the lakeside to drink.

The hunting lodge called Jogi Mahal is situated on the banks of the Padam Talao. The view from the Jogi Mahal is a splendid one. Jogi Mahal was built by the royal families of Jaipur and served as a hunting abode to various generations of Jaipur Maharajas. After the decline .....


Historical & Heritage | Lake & Backwaters | Wildlife

At a distance of 1 km from Padam Talao, 1.5 km from Ranthambore Fort and 6 km from Ranthambore National Park Entry Gate, Rajbagh Talao is the most fascinating of the three large lakes in Ranthambore National Park other two are Padam Talao and Malik Talao.

The Rajbagh Talao is an important source of food and water for many of the herbivorous inhabitants of Ranthambore. The major attractions of the place is the animals that seem to always flock to its waters and also see the large population of animals and birds feeding in it. The lake is partially covered with marshy plants. Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Blackbuck are seen drinking alongside, peacocks, and wild boar. Tigers are often seen stalking the deer that come to drink and feed in the Rajbagh Talao.

The Rajbagh ruins located along the banks of the lake add to its exotic ambience. The ruins of these structures consist of broken down rooms and outhouses with arches, partly standing walls and domes. The majestic tigers of Ranthambore .....


Lake & Backwaters | Wildlife

At a distance of 6.5 km from Ranthambore National Park Entry Gate and 4.5 km from Padam Talao, Malik Talao is the smallest of the three lakes in Ranthambore National Park. It is one of the popular wildlife places to visit in Ranthambore.

Malik Talao is best known as a haven for birds and it attracts a large number of visitors. The lake is quite important to the wildlife of the park as it serves as the source of water and food for the animals and birds inhabited there. This small yet scenic lake is also home to the Marsh Crocodiles. Herds of wild boar and groups of peacocks, eagles and various migrated birds can be seen browsing along the banks of the lake. Kingfishers, egrets, herons, ibis, storks and cranes are some of the commonly spotted birds at Malik Talao making it the perfect place for bird watching in Ranthambore.

Tourists can visit this lake during their Jungle safari only.


Wildlife

At a distance of 9 km from Ranthambore National Park Entry Gate, and 7 km from Ranthambore Fort, Lakarda & Anantpura are the safari zones located in Ranthambore National Park.

Lakarda and Anantpura are located in north-western and northern region of Ranthambore National Park. These regions are known for their teeming population of Sloth bears as various sources of food like honeycomb and fresh fruits are available for them. Several species of monkeys and porcupines can also be spotted in the region making it a must visit spot for the wildlife enthusiasts and shutterbugs.

It is one of those few places in this wildlife reserve, where the pugmarks of the Indian striped Hyenas can be seen. This species of hyena has a very small population in the jungle and Lakarda and Anantpura are amongst those few spots where there is a possibility of sighting these otherwise rare species.

Morning is the best time to explore this hill in Ranthambore and study the natural lifestyle of .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 13 km from Ranthambore National Park, Kachida Valley is situated in the outer region of Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. It is one of the popular zones for jeep safari in the park.

Enclosed by low jagged hills, and dotted by revitalizing greenery, Kachida Valley is one of the picturesque and a must-visit place in Ranthambore. It is blessed with wide range of flora and fauna species. This area contains a majority of the Panther population of the park. The Panthers avoid venturing into the main jungle to avoid conflicts with tigers, which are known to kill them. Tourists can also see a variety of sloth bears and deer in this valley. Visitors will have to reach this valley via the jeep safari.


Wildlife

At a distance of 16 km from Ranthambore National Park Entry Gate, Bakaula or Bakhola is one of the many regions inside Ranthambore National Park.

Bakaula is amongst the coolest places in Ranthambore area due to its dense populace of trees and many water holes, small pools and other water bodies that are scattered in plenty here. The thick vegetation also retains moisture in the air and lowers the temperature of this area. Because of the excellent forest cover and availability of water, the Bakaula region in Ranthambore National Park has an abundance of wildlife like birds, squirrels, mongoose and monkeys. This region is also famous for many lions and one can often spot mummy tigers with their cubs roaming around leisurely.

Tourists can visit this place only as part of wildlife safari.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 km from Ranthambore National Park Entry Gate and 6 km from Sawai Madhopur, Amareshwar Mahadev Temple is a cave temple situated at Ranthambore in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is nestled amidst the high hills on the way to Ranthambore National Park from Sawai Madhopur. It is said that Amareshwar Mahadev is 1200 years old temple as old as Ranthambhore Fort. To reach temple in early years was almost impossible because of dense jungle all around. Till today one has to walk/drive for one km inside the jungle area via Ranthambhore road. During rainy season a waterfall is an added attraction. Large numbers of pilgrims visit during Shivratri festival.

Bus for Dungri village and sharing Jeep services for Ranthambhore fort is available at Sawai Madhopur railway station or Ranthambhore road to drop you close to Amareshwar Mahadev Temple. From there one need walk 1 km walk to reach the temple.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 25 km from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and 33 km from Ranthambore National Park, Chauth Mata Temple is a popular temple situated at Chauth Ka Bharwara in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.

This ancient temple was built by Maharaja Bhim Singh in 1942 CE. He brought the idol of Chauth Mata from Pachala, 15 km from Bharwara, and placed it atop a hill. Later a temple was built there. Thus the place came to be known as Chauth Ka Bharwara. Chauth Mata is the main deity of the ruler of this region. The Chauth Mata Temple also has a beautiful idol of Lord Ganesha and Lord Bhairav in the main area.

The temple is situated atop a hill with an arch at the entrance known as Toran Dwar. A long flight of steps lead to the temple with imposing Rajput architectural style. It is a double storied temple complex with interior made of marble & tile work with divine motifs on a well decorated panel. The visitors here can see a bird's-eye view of the meadows and the beautiful .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 44 km from Sawai Madhopur and 52 km from Ranthambore National Park, Khandar Fort is an ancient fort situated in the Khandar Tehsil of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. It forms the boundary of Ranthambore National Park.

Khandar Fort is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan and was earlier known as the 'security post of Ranthambore'. The fort was initially under the control of Sisodia Kings of Mewar before being taken over by the Mughals. Later, the fort was handed over by the Maharajas of Jaipur in the 18th century. This fort was also ruled by Bargujar Kings and was attacked by Alauddin Khilji.

Khandar Fort is perched on a vertical hill and has three entrance gates. It is believed that the king of this fort never once lost a battle to its enemy in the past due to its strategic location. Thus, the fort was considered as one of the most inaccessible and invincible forts in Rajasthan. The damaged walls, doors and ceilings of the fort serve as the evidence of the various .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 48 km from Sawai Madhopur and 55 km from Ranthambore National Park, Ghushmeshwar Temple is situated at Shiwar town of Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan.

The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, popularly known as Lord Ghushmeshwar or Lord Dhushmeshwar. Nestled in the picturesque Devgiri hills, the Ghushmeshwar Temple is believed to be 12th or the last of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva mentioned in the Shiva Purana 'Kotirudra Sahinta'.

Enshrined in the puranas, this temple has many mythological stories weaved around it. The most prominent, and popular story tells of the greatness of Lord Shiva, who resurrected his devotee Ghushma's son, and even promised to abide in Devgiri hills as Ghushmeshwar after her name, Ghushma.

The sacred shrine of Ghushmeshwar Jyotirling Mandir is belived to be thousands of years old. Millions of devotees throng the temple throughout the year. The congregation of devotees assumes a much colourful look during Shivratri and in .....

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