Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore is a land of rich history. It is actually not a town or village but 392 square kilometre national park. Previously a hunting ground for Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore has now become one of the most popular Tiger Reserve and largest national park in
Situated in Sawai Madhopur district of south eastern Rajasthan about 110 Kilometres from Kota and 140 kilometre from Jaipur Ranthambore National Park is a must visit for wild life enthusiasts. Ranthambore National Park is rich in flora and fauna with many water bodies located all over the park. Ranthambore tiger reserve is known for its Bengal tigers and one of the best plac1es to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime which makes it a perfect location for tiger sightings in India. Best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is from October to May.
Things to do in Ranthambore
Going on Jungle Safari
Get up early in morning and take a Jeep Safari to Ranthambore National park is the prime activity tourists come here for. The Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary allows Jungle Safari two time a day in morning and evening. Tourists have to opt between a jeep safari and a canter safari. Jeep Safari is allowed in a 4X4 open gypsy with maximum 6 occupants and canter safari
is an open truck with 20 maximum occupants.
The Majestic fort is the landmark of Ranthambore National Park, situated about 5 kilometres inside the tiger reserve. The mansion is built upon a 700 feet high hill and is one of the major attractions in Ranthambore.
Trinetra Ganesh Temple
Situated inside the Ranthambore fort, the famous Ganesh temple is yet another attractions in Ranthambore National Park. Trinetra Ganesh or Pratham Ganesh Temple is amongst the oldest temples in Rajasthan. The temple was built by King Hammer, who is believed to be ardent devotee of Lord Ganesh.
Surwal Lake is one of the best place for sightseeing near Ranthambore National Park. The lake is paradise for many birds which are seen during the winter season.
The largest lake inside the national park is one of the main source of water for the wild animals. During early mornings a large number of animals can be seen drinking water from the lake. If lucky enough one can also spot the rare Chinkara deer here as well. Also known as Padam Talao because of water lilies which grow in abundant during the season.
Located on side of Padam Lake, Jogi Mahal is a popular point of interest in Ranthambore tiger reserve. Standing tall near Jogi Mahal is one of the largest Banyan Tree of India.
How to reach Ranthambore
Ranthambore National Park is very well connected with all the major cities in India.
Easiest way is to take train to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, which connects cities like Jaipur, Delhi & Mumbai.
The nearest airport to reach Ranthambore is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur. Jaipur is very well connected by air to all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Banagalore etc. The tourists can take a direct taxi or bus from Jaipur Airport.
Ranthambore is well connected with all the major cities through network of National highways. It can be reached through private busses and state run bus service and taxis from Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Delhi & Agra.
Distances from Major Cities
Delhi to Ranthambore by road is around 380 Kilometres. Agra to Ranthambore by road is around 270 Kilometres. Jodhpur to Ranthambore by road is around 460 Kilometres. Udaipur to Ranthambore by road is around 415 Kilometres. Ahmedabad to Ranthambore by road is around 670 kilometres. Mumbai to Ranthambore by road is around 1170 Kilometres
Climate in Ranthambore
Ranthambore has three very well defined seasons – summers, winters and monsoons. Summers starts during the end of March and last through the months of April, May and June. The hottest period in Ranthambore National Park is between April and June when
temperature can rise up to 47/48°C. The coldest months in Ranthambore national park are from end of November to the beginning of February, when the mercury can dip down to 2°C. It is advisable to wear very warm clothes while going on Safari during this period.