The pride of Rajasthan.
Just like the majestic feel of its name, Ranthambore is home to one of the most majestic animals on the planet. It is one of the few national parks in India that is home to tigers. A favourite hunting ground for the rajahs of the past, today Ranthambore is a secured home for wildlife and forests. The different species found in these forests include leopards, sambar, wild boars, hyenas, sloth bears and myriad species of birds and reptiles.
A heritage site in the southern part of Rajasthan, the Ranthambore fort tells the story of ancient Maharajas and their valour. The fort is situated smack in the middle of the jungle and is a good place for spotting tigers and leopards, perched upon the towers of the great fort.
The best time to visit Ranthambore is usually the summer if you want to spot the wildlife out in the open. But the temperatures can reach up to 46 degrees Celsius and for those who cannot handle the heat, it is best to avoid this season. Monsoon gives a special character to the forest but the core parts are closed off for safety concerns. By November, winter strikes and stays on till February, making this the best time to enjoy the forest to its maximum.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore is one of the most famous national parks in the country. Home to a variety of species including the endangered tiger, the parks spans about 392 sq.kilometres. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, it is almost 130 kilometres from Jaipur. Previously a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rajasthan, Ranthambore derived its name from the Ranthambore Fort, perched upon the hills of Ran and Thambore.
Several safari and sightseeing tours are available into the national park. Canter buses are the most popular method where 16 to 20 people are seated in a large raised truck with open roofs, perfect for sightseeing and photography. Gipsy jeeps are also available with seating capacities of about 6 to 7 with open roofs. Jeep safaris are quite popular, especially in the monsoon months of August to October. Jeep safaris offer a personalised and unique experience of the forest.
Visitors are taken in during the early morning hours and late afternoon hours for the best experience as well as for safety concerns.
How to reach
Ranthambore is accessible by air, rail and road.
How to Reach by Flight
The closest airport is the Jaipur International Airport, also called the Sanganer Airport. The airport is serviced by flights from all major cities in India and from abroad as well. It takes a 180-kilometre ride from here to reach Ranthambore. Buses and cabs are available at the airport to reach the national park.
How to Reach by Train
Ranthambore is just 10 kilometres away from the Sawai Madhopur Railway Station. Several major train routes cover this station, making it quite easy to reach Ranthambore. Buses, cabs or autos are available at the station to reach the National Park.
How to Reach by Bus
The state bus service has a considerable number of buses servicing Ranthambore and its surrounding parts. Apart from them, several tour organizers, private buses and local operators have buses to reach Ranthambore easily.
How to Reach by Road
Ranthambore is well connected by road from all major cities in the region. Jaipur is just 160 kilometres away while Delhi is 450 kilometres away. Roads are well maintained for the most part with exceptions of bad roads here and there.
How to travel within
To travel within the national park, safari jeeps, canter buses and gypsy jeeps are available while getting around is quite easy with autos, cabs and buses available all throughout the surrounding areas. Ranthambore is a famous tourist attraction and thus it has all the amenities as well.
Food and Dining
Ranthambore, being the seat of Maharajahs and royal folks, follows a rich diet of Rajasthani fares. With influences from Punjabi and Rajasthani cuisines, Ranthambore, though not very unique in its palate, offers decent meals, especially in the vegetarian section. Resorts offer the usual variety of options found in most tourist destinations. Some good restaurants to try are:
- Chokhi Dhani
- The Oberoi Vanyavilas
- The Dining Room
- Dragon Dhaba
- Indian Spice Family Restaurant
Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore Fort, Ganesh Trinetra Temple, Kacheeda Valley.