The Ranthambore National Park, which is nestled in the lap of the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges in the northwest region of India and spread in the area of around 392 sq km. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, the Ranthambore forest has a very vibrant wildlife and a very diverse topography. The landscape of this national park consists of dense deciduous trees and shrubs, numerous big lakes, plenty of small water holes, razor-sharp ridges, the deep ravines filled with boulders, narrow valleys and lush greenery. The Ranthambore forest was once the Royal hunting ground for the Royals of Jaipur kingdom, but it was declared as a sanctuary after the independence of India. And later, in 1973, it was declared as the tiger reserve forest when incorporated into the Project Tiger.
The wide range of carnivores and herbivores enrich the wildlife of this forest along with the numerous species of resident and exotic migratory birds. The majestic Tigers are on the top of the food chain and rule the Ranthambore forest, and are the prime attraction for the wildlife tourists. The sighting of the majestic tiger in the wild is a lifetime memorable experience. Other animals which enrich this amazing forest are the panther, leopard, wild boar, hyena, nilgai, sloth bear, various species of deer, sambar, languor, etc. along with a large number of reptiles and birds. Jeep safari and canter safari is the only way to explore the beauty of the wildlife of this tiger-rich reserve forest.
The park is open for the wildlife safari all year except for the three months, from July to September, during the monsoon season. The park is open from January to June and from October to December for the forest safari. When it comes to the best time to visit the park most of the tourists are comfortable during October and March as the weather are pleasant during this time, except the few days in the winter season when cold is on the peak. From April to June, the weather is getting hotter day by day and thus you need to face scorching heat during your safari. However, the chances of tiger sighting during the summer season increased as the big cats often visit the lakes and other water bodies to quench their thirst or in search of their prey. You required a little bit of precaution while visiting Ranthambore during the summer season.
While holidaying at Ranthambore, the prime adventure activity, for which tourists visit this forest, is the Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park. This is most sought after activity in Ranthambore and thus you are advised to book your safari prior to visit Ranthambore, as getting a safari permit on the spot is almost next to impossible. Apart from the Safari, you can also visit the Ranthambore Fort separately, which is situated inside the reserve forest. There is a famous Trinetra Ganesha Temple situated at the entrance of the Fort. If you have more time then you can also choose to visit the nearby locality outside the park where you will find shops for souvenirs like Dastkar Ranthambore, village women crafts, Dhonk crafts where you can buy amazing handcrafted clothes, toys and other things. The Museum and Art School can also be considered visiting while in Ranthambore.
There is a wide range of options for the accommodations in Ranthambore. Ranging from exquisite palatial Resorts and luxurious five-star hotels to the economical hotels, staying options at Ranthambore suits every pocket. All the Resorts and Hotels are situated on the periphery of Ranthambore forest so that you will get the feel of the forest environment. However, there is a plethora of options for the accommodation in Ranthambore but it is always a wise decision to book your hotels beforehand during the peak season as there is a crowd of tourists during the holiday season and on weekends.
The Jaipur Airport is the nearest airport to the Ranthambore so you can fly to Jaipur from anywhere in the world and then reach Ranthambore by road from Jaipur. You can hire a taxi or take the bus from Jaipur to arrive at the Ranthambore.
The Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station which is around 11 km from the Ranthambore. Sawai Madhopur is directly connected to major cities of India through the rail route. You can get direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Kota, etc. Most of the Resorts offer pick-up and drop facility from the station, if not, then you can hire a taxi or take the bus to Ranthambore.
If you want to visit Ranthambore by road, then you can either choose the Rajasthan Roadways bus service or hire a car to visit Ranthambore from any of the big city of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur, etc. The bus service to Ranthambore is also available from Delhi, the capital of India. You can also choose to visit Ranthambore by your own vehicle. However, it is best advised not to choose your personal vehicle rather choose train journey or Bus journey.