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Ranthambore National Park – A Traveller’s Guide 2022

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About Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambore Tiger Safari Reserve in India is present over an area of 1334 Sq. Km with an area of 400 Sq. Km consisting rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees.

This park gets its name from the thousand-year-old fortress Ranthambore fort, which looms above the forest. The forest, hills and forts of Ranthambore have witnessed invest from Khilji army in 1301 AD and Mughal dynasty in 1569 to becoming private hunting grounds for Maharaja of Amer.
In 1973, it was declared as one of the Project Tiger reserves in India. It was on 1st November, 1980 that Ranthambore National Park was declared a national park, while the forests located beside it were named Sawai Man Singh Wildlife Sanctuary & Kailadevi Sanctuary in 194 and later incorporated into Tiger reserve zone in 1991.
Other than tigers Ranthambore National Park has other smaller predators like Leopards, hyenas, Jackals, and Jungle Cats. Caracal have been also recorded. Around 300 species of Birds, Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and langur.

Reasons to visit Ranthambore Tiger Safari

Ranthambore National Park still holds a major significance in wildlife protection and conservation. So much so that some tigers have even earned celebrity status; starring in their own TV show and being featured in numerous documentaries. The landscape of this area is unique. Deep gorges, grassy slopes, rugged hills, ravines, and large lakes make this park a photographer’s delight We can give you endless reasons why you should visit the park, but here are the top 5 reasons to visit Ranthambore National Park:

1. It can be best explored with a tour of Golden triangle of Agra, Jaipur and New Delhi due to proximity and high frequency of Tiger sightings.

2. Ranthambore fort offers a panoramic view of the forest along with a vibrant history.

3. Ranthambore National Park is a very special and unusual area where a natural beauty of forest meets a historical past. Dotted across the landscape are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chhatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts, all of which reinforce the magical and ethereal quality of this great wilderness.

4. The presence of 3 large lakes, named Padam Talao, Raj Bagh Talao and Milak Talao filled with crocodiles makes it even more picturesque.

5. Ranthambore National Park is a bird lover’s paradise with around 300 species of birds. In fact, for a keen bird watcher, Ranthambore and the surrounding area is an absolute paradise.

Tigers in Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Tiger sightings. Over the last decade, due to strict conservation efforts tigers have become more active during daylight. Ranthambore has been home to some legendary Tigers – from Ghengis Khan, to Noor, then Machli, T17, T24, and now T19.
Machli is considered to be most photographed tigress in the world and also featured in no. of documentaries.
For instance, some of the unique tiger behaviour observed and photographed in Ranthambore National Park when a large male tiger hunted openly from the thickets on the edge of lakes and ran down its prey, a Sambar deer towards the lakes.

One of the greatest encounters ever captured while on Ranthambore Tiger Safari is of a tiger battling a crocodile over a Sambhar deer carcass and successfully taking possession of it in broad daylight.

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Ranthambore Tiger Safari
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Train

The closest rail head to the park is Sawai Madhopur at a mere distance of 11 kms from the park, followed by Kota and Jaipur at a distance of 108 and 180 kms.
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Flight

The closest Airport is the Jaipur, which is at a distance of 180 kms from the park. Jaipur has great connectivity with major cities in the country including New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad etc.
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Road

Ranthambore National Park is accessible by road from most of the major cities in India by busses or private cabs.
New Delhi – Ranthambhore: 381 kms (06-hour drive)
Jaipur – Ranthambhore: 180 kms (03-hour drive)
Agra – Ranthambhore: 239 kms (05-hour drive)
Bharatpur – Ranthambhore: 202 kms (04-hour drive)

Tiger Safaris & Zones in Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is a unique park that has its tiger safari zones numbered and not named. Initially, it only had 5 zones, however, as the park gained popularity and got attention from wildlife enthusiasts, the park was expanded to accommodate 10 tiger safari zones. Each of these 10 zones is thriving with unique flora and fauna. A total of 144 safari jeeps and canters are allowed in all 10 zones each shift of morning and afternoon safari.

Both the vehicles use the same designated tiger safari tracks in their allowed zone The safari vehicles are not allowed to change their allotted zone and the vehicles are allowed to roam anywhere on the network of routes in their allotted zone. The time of beginning of safari is dependent on Sunrise and sunset and continues for a duration of almost 3.5 hours.

However, in full day tiger safari in India and half day safari one can explore different zones in allotted time. For full day and half day safari in Ranthambore National Park starts at the sunrise timing of summer and winter seasons in zone 1-5 and should come back by 1230 hrs. for both full day and half day safari jeep or gypsy. After lunch and refreshment full day safari gypsies can continue to explores the forest, terrain, flora and fauna of zone 6-10 in Ranthambore can continue here or after 1430 hrs. can back to explore zone 1-5 in search of tigers and come back before the sunset.

Visiting Ranthambore National Park

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