A Visit to Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan – Detailed Guide
In Rajasthan, on one of the largest extensions of the protected Indian wasteland, you will find the Ranthambore National Park, home to the beloved tigers of India. Head with twins and your camera at the first hour of the morning for the Ranthambore National Park safari in an open top jeep with a local guide.
The park is a wonderful showcase for many of the national symbols of India:
- The Peacock: The National Bird of India
- The Banyan: The National Tree of India
- The Lotus: The National Flower of India, and of course
- The Tiger: The National Animal of India
How to get to the Ranthambore National Park
The nearest airport to Ranthambore is Jaipur, which is about 160 km away. You can reach Jaipur by flights from the main cities of India.
Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is the nearest railway station located 11 km away from the Ranthambore National Park. There are special trains coming from cities such as New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, etc. to Sawai Madhopur.
The closest city to this National Park is Sawai Madhopur. A very good network of buses and taxis connects Sawai Madhopur with the main cities of Rajasthan, Delhi (365 km), and Agra (260 km).
The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park
The best time to visit the Ranthambore National Park is from 1st October to 30th June. The park remains closed from 1st July to 30th September, due to the rainy season.
Types of Safaris in the Ranthambore National Park
The gypsy safari is for 6 people, while the canter safari for 20 people. For wildlife enthusiasts of photography, the open gypsy offers wonderful means to capture the best sightings at eye level.
However, the 20-seater canter is a viable way to explore. You should try to book a safari in the Ranthambore National Park well in advance to avoid complications.
Safari Times and Duration in the Ranthambore National Park
- In the month of October, the National Park is open to Safaris during the morning hours from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and in afternoon hours from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- From November to January, the National Park is open to Safaris during the morning hours from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and in afternoon hours from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- From February to March, the National Park is accessible to Safaris, in the morning hours from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and in the afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- From April 1 to May 15, the National Park is accessible to Safaris, in the morning from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- From May 15 to June 30 the National Park is open to Safaris, during the morning hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Other Places to Visit in Ranthambore
The main attraction in the area is the Ranthambore National Park. The park has safaris in the slots of morning and afternoon, that change according to seasons.
Tourists also visit the Ranthambore fortress built by Chauhan warriors that remained impenetrable due to its strategic location.
The Kachida Valley is a jeep ride away from the national park and would give you a chance to discover panthers.
To enjoy the wildlife of Rajasthan more holistically, it would be elegant to club Ranthambore visit with Bharatpur shelter and Sariska National Park.
All these sites are related to one another and are connected by a good road network and can be covered in a week.
Frequently asked questions about Ranthambore National Park Safari
Q. Which of the two is a better wildlife safari mode? Gypsy or Canter?
A. Both Gypsy and Canter Safaris are amazing in their own way. The fact about gypsy is that they are private, expensive and not very noisy. Also, Gypsy and Canters follow the same tracks in the National Park. If you have a smaller group like 4 to 6 people it is possible to opt for a Gypsy Safari and in case of a large group like 10 to 20 people, go for Canter Safari.
Q. Which of all the zones is the best zone?
Each zone provides an exclusive experience. It would be necessary to trade through each zone and enjoy the blissful wasteland.
Q. What is the probability of a tiger presence?
Ranthambore is one of the best places throughout the world to witness the tigers. But, tigers are basically introverted and mysterious animals and hence the observation of a tiger is very unpredictable.
Q. Is a permit required for a personal camera or video camera? What is the procedure to obtain this permit?
One can bring a photo camera for free. In case you have a video camera, then you have to pay Rs. 200 extra. You can pay this amount at the door and get permission. Do not hesitate to take the help of the driver, for the same.
Q. What documents are required in order to book the safari?
If you are an Indian citizen, then you are required to provide identity proof and address proof. If you are a foreign citizen, then you have to provide identity proof and nationality proof along with the passport number for the reservation.
Q. Do I have to make any advanced payment for the reservation?
The full payment has to be made in advance. This payment is not refundable, in case of cancellation or change.
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