Ranthambore National Park

Located in the Sawai Madhopore district in the state of Gujarat, Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. The park is known for the diversity of wildlife as well as the sheer size of the reserved area. In all, the park covers a total area of about 151 sq. miles. The national park at Ranthambore is part of the Tiger Project which has been undertaken to conserve the tiger population in India. Located on the edge of a plateau, the park is bordered by two rivers, Banas River in the north, and Chambal River in the south.

Travel Tips

The best time to go to Ranthambore National Park is during the period between November and March. The temperature is cool then and there is not much rainfall. Summers tend to be quite warm and should best be avoided.

When to visit

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Things to do

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, Ranthambore National Park is one location that must be in your radar. The forest is the homeland of a large variety of animals, some of which have been declared endangered. The main attraction of the park here is the Royal Bengal tiger. Thought the population has declined a bit, there are still quite a few tigers that can be seen roaming the forest area. Other animals that can be found here are Jungle Cat, ubiquitous Langur, Caracal, Hyena, Leopard, Jackal, marsh Crocodiles, wild boar, bears and several varieties of deer. The forest is also rich in avian population. Several varieties of bids can be found nesting in the trees here. Apart from the local birds, the park is also a host to a large number of migratory birds that fly here during the winter from almost halfway across the globe. You can also take part in the wildlife safari which will take you on a jeep ride through the forest. This is one of the best ways of spotting the animals in the forest. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to go to if you want to see the animals is their natural habitat, and at their most relaxed.

Getting Around

The city of Vansda is quite well developed and getting around is fairly easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses. You can also move about by renting a car. Car renting services are fairly numerous and comes at a reasonable price.

Places to Stay

As a popular tourist destination, there are a large number of hotels in Ranthambore where you can book your accommodations. Depending on whether you want to pamper yourself or look at the budget end of things, there are a wide variety of hotels to care to your needs.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Jaipur Airport. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Jaipur Airport and Ranthambore National Park is around 180 km. It is connected to the major airports all over the country. Reaching the national park here by air is thus quite easy.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Sawai Madhopore. The rail station at Sawai Madhopore is connected to the station in Ahmedabad and the other stations across the country. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • The park is quite well connected by road. Sawai Madhopore is only 11 km from the park. There are direct bus routes between Sawai Madhopore and the park. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to the reserved forest. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses are of various types, from luxury AC ones to non-ac ones. The fare varies accordingly.

Surrounding Attractions

Once you are done with animal spotting in the reserved forest, there are a number of other things that you can do. The Ranthambore Fort is one of the most famous forts in the history of India and is quite nearby. The fort is known for its majestic structure. There are several lakes in the region which are known for their scenic beauty.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102