Complete Travel Guide To Ranthambore National Park
Rajasthan is one of the states in India that is known for its rich heritage and culture. The state is vast. One end of the state is with piles of dry sand, while the other end is covered with lush green woods. In the junction of the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges, there stands Ranthambore National Park. It is one of the finest places to witness wildlife. It is one of the biggest renowned national parks in India. There is always a high demand from the tourists to explore here. Getting a permit is a gamble and requires some effort to plan a venture. Hence, we came up with the complete guide to plan a trip to Ranthambore.
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The forest spreads across over 392 square kilometers area in the Sawai Madhopur district, of eastern part of Rajasthan. Ranthambore National Park is one of the forest reserves where you have the option of choosing half-day safari or full day safari which is recommended for photography professionals and wildlife enthusiasts.
History of Ranthambore
The national park,established as Sawai Madhopur National Park in the year 1955, initially covered 282 square kilometers. This was a move to stop exploitation of forests and eliminate poaching. However, the number of big cats continued to diminish until Project Tiger began in 1973. By 1980, after moving a few villages out of the reserve and hence it got the status of National Park.
Flora and Fauna Of Ranthambore National Park :
There are many varieties of fauna seen in Ranthambore. The Bengal tiger takes pride in being the most preferred big cat in the jungle. Besides, there are Indian leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, striped hyena, sloth bear, southern plains gray langur, rhesus macaque, mugger crocodile chital and many others. The jungle is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds, and reptiles.
There is plenty of water available to support a variety of flora and fauna. Around 300 plant species in the Ranthambore National Park are what the stats portray. This region receives very scanty rainfalls and so the vegetation in the park mainly comprises of the dry deciduous type. Banyan trees and peepal trees are more common here.
Safari Zones Of Ranthambore National Park
The Park is reframed into 10 zones. Zone 1 to zone 6 are considered as core zones and zone 7 to zone 10 are considered as buffer zones. Know the best zone In Ranthambore to experience the best wildlife adventure.
Types of Safaris At Ranthambore National Park:
Gypsy safari /jeep safari can be planned for twice a day for a span of 3 hours, morning, and evening. There are exclusive as well as sharing options here. The major benefit of preferring this type of safari is better exploration within the woods.Moreover, half day and full day safari explorations are available if gypsy safari is preferred. Most Inexpensive Way Enjoy the Safari
The most economical type of safari is exploring the jungle by canter. A canter can accommodate up to 20 tourists. However, it will be on a first come first serve basis.
Safari Timings Of Ranthambore
Morning safari – 6 AM to 9 AM
Afternoon safari – 3 PM to 6 PM
Half day safari – 6 AM to 12 noon or 12 noon to 6 AM(Gypsy option only)
Full day safari – 6 AM to 6 PM(Gypsy option only)
The tigers have a great history at Ranthambore. Machali was the crowned tigress here. She was globally popular with a series of recognitions on her name. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2016.
Romeo(T-6) and Laila(T-41) do share a good chemistry, attracting the tourists within their territory. Other popular big cats here are T-24 (Ustad), T-39 (Mala), T-41 (Junglee), Bina One, Bina Two & T-28 (Sitara).
Best Time To Visit Ranthambore National Park:
October to June is the time of the year when the park is filled with tourists. You can expect the park to be closed from July to September due to excess rainfall.
October to February is the time when the mornings get extreme cold here. March to June can be hot and humid. Carrying drinking water for the safari is suggested. Further, we recommend dressing according to the weather conditions. Be prepared for unscheduled rains at any point of time.
How To Reach Ranthambore?
Ranthambore National Park is connected from major metropolitan cities. It is approximately 160 km from Jaipur and 400 km from Delhi.
Sawai Madhopur railway station is 11 km from Ranthambore National Park. A lot of trains that pass through here are scheduled to stop here for off-boarding.
The nearest airport is Jaipur airport which is approximately 160 km from the park. While the flights from most of the cities fly towards Jaipur, the second nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Accommodation Types At Ranthambore:
We at WildTrails have 3 types of accommodations namely, budget, mid-range, and luxury. The package cost varies depending on the type of accommodation you choose for the trip.
- Budget accommodation has all the basic-level facilities at the lodge and the prices are lower when compared to other types. The best bang for your buck would be the budget type of accommodation.
- Mid-range accommodation has better facilities and little higher comfort-level when compared to the budget level lodges. You can expect a finite number of activities within the property to add some extra essence to your holiday.
- Luxury type accommodation consists of premium-level facilities and amenities where the priority is given to the comfort level and top-notch quality of service. The services in the mid-range accommodation can be compared to travelling in a basic sedan car, while the services in the luxury type accommodation can be compared with travelling in a luxury car like Mercedes.
There are super luxury resorts and properties around Ranthambore National Park. These accommodations are preferred more by top celebrities and VIP category tourists when they prefer doing wildlife in Ranthambore. The comfort level is top most with all the luxury facilities one can ever get.
At Wildtrails, we list out only the trusted accommodations whose quality of services are verified on a regular basis.
Nearby Attractions At Ranthambore:
The fort is within the national park, however, is a major attraction with an age-old history. The architecture is the best part here. You can also find Lord Trinetra(3 eyed) Ganesh temple within the fort premises.
A perfect spot for bird watching, Surwal lake is a place to relax post safari particularly during monsoon and winter.
Rajiv Gandhi Museum of Natural History
The museum was built with an aim of creating awareness of the conserved flora and fauna. It is located in Sawai Madhopur town.
The Mahal was once a hunting abode for the dignitaries who visited here. It resembles Rajasthan’s rich architecture.
Around 32 kilometres from Ranthambore, Manasarovar lake is globally famous for its history and the photographic view.
Village of Women craft
High contrast handicrafts portraying the rich culture of Rajasthan. The village is indeed worth exploring.
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