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.
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
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.
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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