About Ranthambhore National Park
The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country, although even here their numbers have dwindled due to poachers. Most visitors spending a couple of nights here are likely to spot one of these wonderful animals, although many leave disappointed. Set in dry deciduous forest, some trees trailing matted vines, the park’s rocky hills and open valleys are dotted with small pools and fruit trees.The reserve covers 410 sq km between the Aravalli and Vindhya hills. Scrubby hillsides surrounding Ranthambhore village are pleasantly peaceful, their miniature temples and shrines glowing pink in the evening sun before they become silhouetted nodules against the night sky. Once the private tiger reserve of the Maharajah of Jaipur, in 1972 the sanctuary came under the Project Tiger scheme following the government Wildlife Protection Act. By 1979, 12 villages inside the park had been ‘resettled’ into the surrounding area, leaving only a scattering of people still living within the park’s boundaries. Should the tigers evade you, as you pass along misty dust tracks as the crisp morning air disperses with the sunrise, you may well spot leopard, hyena, jackal, marsh crocodile, wild boar, langur monkey, bear, and many species of deer and birdlife. The park’s 10th-century fort, proudly flanked by two impressive gateways, makes a good afternoon excursion after a morning drive.
It is best to visit from October to April, though vegetation dies down in April exposing tigers. Maximum temperatures from 28-49�C. It can be very cold at dawn in winter.
The Ranthambore National Park, at the junction of the Aravallis and the Vindhyas, is a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in a vast arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 km. from the town of Sawai Madhopur. It is spread over a highly undulating topography, varying from gentle to steep slopes, from flat-topped hills (Indala, Doodh-Bhat and Chiroli) of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravallis, from wide and flat valleys (Lahpur, Nalghati, Khachida, Anantpur etc.) to narrow rocky gorges. An important geological feature, the “Great Boundary fault” where the Vindhyas were brought against the ancient Aravallis, passes from here.
Things to do
The National Park (Jungle Safari): Definitely a must do when at the Ranthambhore National Park, the tour lasts for 3 � hour on a jeep/ open safari bus. There are special tracks along which the jeeps move, where tiger spotting are almost guaranteed. Similarly, Jungle safaris take you in the jungles on a jeep or a canter in the company of an expert guide and driver who can recognize the calls of the wild as you move through the forests. In fact, being locals, they would also be able to tell you interesting stories about the fort and lakes inside.
Guests will visit the park in a 20 seater open canter or a 06 seater Gypsy, both of which we have re-fitted and furbished for comfort and good viewing.
Mode of Transport
a) Gypsy [Open 4 Wheel Drive Jeep] 6 Seater
b) Diesel Canter [Open Safari Bus] 20 Seater
c) Petrol Canter [Open Safari Bus] 12-15 Seater
Right of Admission is reserved with The Government of Rajasthan.
- Park may be closed without any prior notice to visitor.
- No refund / cancellation is permissible after confirmed booking.
- Bookings are non-transferable.
- Reserved seats can not be resold / exchanged with any other visitor.
- Identity proof is must before entry into the park.
- Cost of Ticket and Accessories may change after booking and visitor will be liable to pay the difference at the time of entry into the park in case of any revision in rates.
- The visitor is required to positively report for boarding Gypsy/Canter 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of any designated boarding point.
Rules for Photo Equipments:
- There are no charges for Still Camera.
- Charges for Pcam (Movies 8 mm, 16 mm and video camera used by a mature photographer), DCam (Video camera and movie camera used by professional photographer for films other than feature films – filming by Indian company/agency), VCam (Video camera and movie camera used by professional photographer for other than feature film – filming by foreign company/agency), FCam (Movie and video camera used for feature film) as per Tourism/ Forest Department policy.
Ranthmbhore Fort: (12 kms. from the Resort) Perhaps the only one fort, which is not visible from a long distance. The Fort is a massive enclave and quite high. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 AD and since then it was maintained as the private hunting preserve. Much later, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh were part of the Royal Hunting, who stayed here too. It�s a unique Rajput Fort.
Archeological Department took it in 1964. It is 1578 ft from the sea level and 750ft from ground. Total area of the fort is about 7 miles. There is no drive way up to the fort, just the stairs. There are three big artificial lakes up in the Fort.
The Ganesh Temple: Located almost centrally in the sprawling fort, the Ganesh temple is still thronged by countless devotees, particularly during the Ganesh Chaturthi fair. An interesting aspect is the arrival of Lord Ganesha’s mail from his devotees, which is a daily feature and requires the services of a postman who brings up sacks full of it to the temple.
Amareshwar Mahadev Temple: Nestled amongst the sylvan surroundings of the hills around Ranthambhor Park is the Amareshwar Mahadev Temple . A waterfall and the verdant grove also make the trip to the temple ideal for a picnic.
Balas at Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary: Approx. 10 kms from Sawai Madhopur City, lies this haven for wildlife in the scenic area of the Aravalli Hills. An ideal additional trip or alternative to the safari in RANTHAMBHORE National Park, this sanctuary offers rugged hillsides, beautiful scenery, wildlife and birds. It is one of the best habitats in the area for the Leopard, the Honey Buzzard, the Indian Coarser and many more!
Sawai Madhopur Town: Famous for folk arts.
Bhairon Temple: The Bhairon Temple is located atop the hill close to the main entry point of Sawai Madhopur.
Jain Temple: At a distance of 3 km from Sawai Madhopur railway station is the Chamatkar Temple dedicated to the Join Tirthankar, Rishabh Deo.
Devpura: 14 km from Sawai Madhopur Where black buck abound, is not far from Surwal villages. Interestingly, black buck are almost never seen inside the RANTHAMBHORE Tiger reserve due to their preference for open spaces to jungles along with this trip you can get closer meet with the villages cultural.
Rameshwarghat: Situated about 60 km from Sawai Madhopur, at the confluence of the Banas and Chambal rivers, is Rameshwaram,the site of a stately Shiva Temple . The festivities on Shivratri are colourful.
Gilai Sagar and Mansarovar: GILAI SAGAR and MANSAROVAR are two major water bodies outside the reserve that attract thousands of migratory birds during the winter. Ideal for bird watchers.
Fort of Khandar: The fort of KHANDAR is on the far side of the reserve and well worth a visit.These forts command stunning views of the area. It is also intersting to visit the resettled complexes of Kailashpuri and Gopalpura if you are interested in the story of how communties left the park to give way to the tigers thereby allowing them to flourish.
Total Area: 392.5 Sq. Kms.
Core: 274.50 sq. Kms. and Buffer area to R.N.P. 118.00 Sq. kms.
Opening Time: The park is open from 1st October till 30th June.
Timing for entry in to park: Timings for entry into, and exit from, the park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier.
The winter timings are mostly kept as:
Entry: Morning Safari: 0730 hrs Exit: Morning Safari: 1030 hrs
Entry: Evening Safari: 1500 hrs Exit: Evening Safari: 1730 hrs
Entry: Morning Safari: 0630 hrs Exit: Morning Safari: 0930 hrs
Entry: Evening Safari: 1600 hrs Exit :Evening Safari: 1830 hrs
The Ranthambhore Fort timings also very according the season, with the exit time set as per the time of the sunset during that time of the year. It is advisable to check all the timings at the office before your first entry.
Summer: March to June
Monsoon: July to September
Winter: October to February
Longitude: 76017� E to 77014� E Latitude: 25047� N to 26022� N Altitude: 215 m. to 505 m. above MSL