Ranthambore National Park

  • Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India

Explore Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park, situated in the south-eastern part of Rajasthan, India is spread in the humongous expanse of 392 kms square area; making it one of the largest National Parks in the northern India. Ranthambore National Park is located in the eastern rajasthan, 14 kms from Sawai Madhopur district. Two major cities of Rajasthan, viz. Kota and Jaipur lie at distances of 110 and 160 kms northeast and southeast to it respectively; making it the nearest airport from the park.

The National Park gets its name from the famous fort of Ranthambore which lies within its province. Ranthambore jungle safari has a rich history of being the private hunting grounds for Sawai Mansingh, the Maharaja of Jaipur. It was in 1955 that Ranthambore was acknowledged by the Indian government as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary. In the year 1973 it was declared a Tiger Reserve. However, it earned the title of a National Park only in the year 1980. 1991 marked the year when the surrounding Sawai Mansingh and Keoladevi Sanctuaries were also assimilated in the park. This was encapsulated with the Chambal river in the South and Banas in the North.

Enveloped by the hill ranges of Aravalis and Vindhyas it provides a beautiful and serene environment for the wildlife to thrive in peace. The hilly terrain confines water to a handful of lakes and narrow valleys. The plants growing in the region are dry deciduous type, tropical and mostly with tropical spikes. The deep woods extending an area over 392 kms sq., is dotted with breath-taking canals and waterfalls. The lakes render a calm and a magnificent appeal to it. Some of these lakes in the park are great places to spot the rich wildlife. These are the Padam Talab, the Malik talab and the Raj Bagh Talab. Ranthambore jungle safari is perhaps the best place in the world for photography enthusiasts who are interested to shoot the tigers with their cameras. The tigers are quite easily spotted in their only natural dry and deciduous habitat.

Climate at Ranthambore National Park

The summers are quite unbearable. The days are extremely hot and dry and temperature can soar, reaching as high as 47°C ; the average day temperature being between 35 - 47°C in the months of April - June. The winters are a total opposite. The months from November to February are freezing cold. Although, the morning drives into the woods to capture some wee hours photographs can be very challenging, the daytime can be very pleasant and appealing. This time of the year is considered the best time to confirm your ranthambore safari booking and visit the park. Ranthambore jungle safari remains closed during the months of July to September for visitors.

There are ample of options to stay at Ranthambore. There are various hotels ranging from high-end resorts and luxury resorts to standard resorts to choose from as per the need of the visitors.

Ankur Resort


Om Rudra Priya


Raj Palace Resort


Tiger Den Resort


Fauna at Ranthambore National Park

The major herbivorous fauna of the region constitute Sambar, Chital and Chinkara. The park is the prides itself on the beautiful Sambar population. The deer can very easily be seen during the day. No other Asian park can boast of this largest Asiatic deer to be spotted so frequently. Other species which can be seen almost everywhere in the park is Wild Boars and Langurs. Other animals include Nilgai, Macaques, Rufoustailed Hare, Black Bucks, Five Striped Squirrels, Desert Cats, Indial Gerbilles, Indian Porcupines, Ratels, Indian Mole Rats, Long Eared Hedgehogs, Common Mongoose and Small Indian Mongoose among many more. The carnivorous population of the park consists of Tigers, Leopards, jackals, Striped Hyneas, Jungle Cats, Caracals, Sloth Bears, Common Palm Civet or Toddy Cat, Indian Flying Foxes, Common Indian Foxes, Small Indian Civets, Common Yellow Bats, Rattle, Indian False Vampires etc. The Ranthambore National Park is best known it its Tiger population, making it the most popular and feasible place to spot a tiger. The majestic beast can be spotted even in the daytime and can be frequently sighted basking in the sun ambling around. The best time for tiger sighting is fromNovember to May. The reptile clan largely includes marsh crocs. The Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Tortoise, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Cobras, Desert Monitor Lizards, Banded Kraits, Common Kraits, Rat Snakes, Saw- Scaled Vipers, Russel's Vipers Indian Pythons and Chameleons. The Common Indian Toad and Indian Frog are the Park's only amphibian species. The avifauna is rich and varied here due to the abundance of water reservoirs and distinct undulating landscape. The park prides on having over 300 species of birds, both native and migrant. The Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Hornbills, Common Kingfishers, Owls, Ters, Graylog Goose, Sandpipers, Great Crested Grebe, Flycatchers, Ibis, Doves, Bee Eaters, Minivets, Bulbul, wood Shrikes and Orioles among many more are a common sight especially around the lake areas. The best places to watch these magnificent birds are around Malik Talab, Rajbagh, Jahlra area, Ranthambore Fort etc. It’s one of the most popular safaris in India so make sure to confirm your ranthambore safari booking to enjoy this wildlife extravaganza.

Flora at Ranthambore National Park

The flora in Ranthambore National Park is mainly dry and deciduous type that alternates open grassy meadow. The jungle cover of deciduous forest is characteristic of the jungles of commonly seen in Central part of India. The terrain is such that it bestows the park with a wide range of plants, with more than 500 species of flowering plants. The region is the home of the largest Banyan trees in India. Other main trees growin g in the region include, Aam (Mangifer Indica), Ber (Zizyphus Mauritania), Imli (Tamarindicus Indica), Dhok (Anogeossis Pendula), Khajur (Phoenix Sylvestris), Dhak or Chila or Flame of Forest (Butea Monosperma), Khair (Accacia Catechu), Neem (Azadirachta Indica) etc.

Experience Ranthambore Jungle Safari

The Jungle safari into this grandeur landscape that is picturesque with the many beautiful wild animals, birds and plants makes the trip quite special. The tranquil environment of the deep forest itself feels very inviting. To make the most of the jungle visit, the park offers safari. These safaris give the opportunity to explore the wilderness and capture the amazing moments on the cameras to last for a lifetime. The Ranthambore jungle safari consists of two trips one in the morning at 6:30 am and the other is carried out in the afternoon at 14:30. However, the timings vary slightly depending upon the climate and season. The duration of the trips is of three hours each. The park is well staffed. There are options of two different safari modes, one through an open top jeep with 6 seating and other through an open top 20 seater canter. Each ride is requires to have a guide go along. This is mandatory. The guides are well acquainted with the terrain and quite knowledgeable. The park arena is divided into several zones and each safari tracks down to only one zone during a ride. The visitors may need to take up more than one safari since tiger sighting can be tricky. Each safari ride in a canter costs a sum of INR 1000 per person.

Ranthambore National Park connects to many major cities of India quite well. The easiest way to commute to the park is to travel through train to reach Sawai Madhopur Railway Station from Jaipur, Delhi or Mumbai. However, there is also the option of travelling by air. The nearest airport is Jaipur city which has a good connectivity with all the metro cities of India.

How to reach Ranthambore National Park

Air: The Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport to reach Ranthambore. Regular flights from all the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai etc. are available for Jaipur. The distance from Jaipur to Ranthambore is 180 kms which can be traversed by taking a taxi or a bus from the airport.

Rail: The Railway is a convenient option for the tourists. Sawai Madhopur railway station, well connected with major Indian cities is the nearest railway station. It is located at the distance of just 10 kms from Ranthambore national park. Visitors can easily commute to the park by taking a local bus, cab or taxi from the station to reach the park. The park can also be reached via luxury trains viz. The Royal Rajasthan, The Palace on Wheels, The Indian Maharaja and Maharaja's express which make a stoppage at the Sawai Madhopur railway station every eight days on their tourist destination trips.

Road: Ranthambore National Park is connected with all the major cities and towns of India thus, state buses can be taken up from any of the cities viz. Jaipur, Delhi, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad to reach and leave from Ranthambore.