Ranthambore in Rajasthan, best known for it's tigers offers much more than that. Ranthambore or Ranthambhore is situated at the junction of the Arravali and Vindhaychal ranges, low lying hills, flowing
rivers and overflowing ponds and lakes adding to the beauty of the thick jungles. Ranthambore, situated close to Swai Madhopur, an historically important city with many a forts, chattris and jungle lodges doting the landscape, giving an excellent background to the exciting wildlife.
How to reach
Road There are two ways to reach Ranthambore via road. The best way is through Jaipur, from where it is 180 k via Tonk, a driving time of 3 hrs. The road has improved since some time and is easily driveable. This route is especially suitable if you are planning to combine Jaipur trip with Ranthambhore. Total travel time from Delhi should be about 8 hrs.
Another way is via Bharatpur and Dausa, though the ride is quiet bumpy in parts.
Train In our opinion, the best way to visit Ranthambore. 6-7 trains are available from Delhi to Swai Madhopur, the nearest railhead, about 15 km away. Pick ups available from most hotels.
Air The nearest airport is at Jaipur, about 180 km away.
What to see/What to do
Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary
The Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is situated in the eastern part of Rajasthan, where the Aravali Hill ranges and the Vindhyachal plateau meet. It is spread over an area of 400 sq. km with a variable landscape of hills, dense forests, open bush land,man made lakes etc. The park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora with Dhok, banyan, mango and other trees doting the sky line. The fauna apart from the Tiger includes Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Sloth bear etc. There is a lot for bird watchers too.
Park Entry Park is open from 1st October to 30th June every year. Entry to the park is limited and only a fixed number of vehicles are allowed inside daily, twice in the day- morning & evening. One can visit in an open jeep or canter. Jeeps are limited and available only if you book 2 months in advance. On some overcrowded days even canter may not be available, so one should plan accordingly and have alternate arrangements to visit the park in the evening or the next day. Tiger sightings are frequent, though not guaranteed. The visits are arranged by the hotels at which you are staying. The Park remains open from 1st October to 30th June.
Ranthambore is a favourite destination of wild life lovers from foreign land, and Indians are only recently starting to discover the magic of jungles of Ranthambhore. If you are fond of nature, photography or history, you will love this place. Do carry a good camera, a good tele-lens, and plenty of film.
The magnificent Ranthambore Fort is one of the oldest forts in India. The Fort was built by the Kachhwaha Rajputs (Chauhans) in 944 AD. Being at a height, the fort was impregnable in it's times and is a The fort also has an old temple devoted to lord Ganesh which attracts a lot of pilgrims and visitors. The fort remains an architectural marvel even today with the Hammir Court, Lord Ganesh temple and Gupt Ganga worth seeing.
Lakes around Ranthambore like the Mansarovar and Surwal provide excellent picnic spots and birding opportunities 25-50 km from the town. Fishing permits can also be made available for these lakes.
Weather Oct-Nov is pleasant. Dec-Feb is cold and woolens are required especially if you plan to go for a morning Safari. March- Sep are warm.
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