Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan
This article discusses the top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore & not just spotting the Tigers in the Wild. Of course, spotting the tigers in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve always remains the top priority for most if not for all. The point is, it should not stop there but should lead to other things which are worth exploring.
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve & National Park is a national park, wildlife sanctuary & a tiger reserve in the Sawai Madhopur District of the state of Rajasthan, around 160 kms from Jaipur, 375 kms from Delhi, & approx. 7 kms from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station.
Top 10 things to do in Ranthambore
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore, Reason 1: It’s the Tiger
Everyone wants to come to Ranthambore mainly to see and photograph the majestic tiger. There are 10 zones/gates in Ranthambore and Zone1 to Zone5 are the best for Tiger Sightings. To know in which zone tiger sightings are happening and what’s the Tiger Sighting Index (R), download WildTrails India app. Also if you want to book a package to Ranthambore, the app will help and automate the whole process for you. [Make sure you get an expert tiger tracker as your guide as it makes all the difference between sighting a tiger and not seeing one]
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore, Reason 2: It’s the Open Jeep Safari
The experience of open jeep safari in Ranthambore is something that cannot be explained but need to be experienced. It’s not just seeing the Tiger but the process of leading to see the big cats be it the tiger or the leopard or even the Sloth Bear, the pug marks, the alarm calls and finally sighting them is out of the world experience and should never be missed!!
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore, Reason 3: Birding at Ranthambore
It’s not just the big cats or the sought after mammals but Ranthambore is also very popular for its birds. Ranthambore habitat is rich with varied terrains and water bodies which results in excellent habitat for unique birds and animals. With more than 270 bird species documented so far is for sure one of the hot spots for birding. Some of the exotic birds are: Flamingos, Gray Hornbills, Flycatchers, and Nightjars for instance
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore Reason 4: Padam Lake, Jogi Mahal & the Big Banyan Tree
This is the largest of the many lakes located in the park. A red sandstone Jogi Mahal can be found at the edge of the lake. A gigantic banyan tree, considered to be India’s second largest, is also near the lake
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore, Reason 5: A Fort in the middle of the Forest
Ranthambore Fort lies within the Ranthambore National Park. It is a formidable fort having been a focal point of the historical developments of Rajasthan. The fort is known for the glory and valor of Hammir dev of the Chauhan dynasty. In 2013, Ranthambore Fort, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
Ranthambore is also known for its Ganesh Temple, located inside the fort. It believed that it is very old temple which attracts a lot of pilgrims and tourist
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore, Reason 6: Surwal Lake
Set amidst quaint settings, Surwal Lake is one of the best places for sightseeing near Ranthambore. This lake is the haven for many birds, which are seen here catching fishes, especially during winter or monsoon season. It is a shallow lake, which dries out in summer; therefore it is ideal to visit this place either in monsoon or in winter. The best time of the day to visit here is morning when many birds are seen picking up their fishes from here.
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore, Reason 7: Kachida Valley
This valley is located close to the outskirts of the Ranthambore Park and is mostly inhabited by leopards and Bears.Animals like deer and wild boars are also found in good numbers while Sloth bears are mostly seen in this area looking for honeycombs and fruits. The area is surrounded by low jagged hills, which enhances the beauty of this place making it one of the best places to visit in Ranthambore.
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore, Reason 8: Natural History Museum
India’s fourth regional museum of Natural History is located 9km from Sawai Madhopur near Ramsinghpura. The museum spreads about 7.2 acres of land and it offers some educational and extracurricular activities. There is a library where visitors can read books on flora and fauna, wildlife destination and biodiversity of Rajasthan. The Museum will provide excellent knowledge about Wildlife.
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore Reason 9: Village Women Craft
Apart from witnessing the wildlife in the park, one can explore the culture and tradition of Rajasthan as well. At Village Women Craft, which is situated at Gas Plant Road in Sawai Madhopur, one can find a variety of handmade carpets, woolen carpets, tribal rugs, wildlife paintings, shawls, bed covers and much much more! Village Women Craft is a social initiative that supports rural women in Rajasthan to become independent and economically stable. It is an incredible place to shop in in Ranthambore and definitely can pick up many mementos of Ranthambore National Park.
Top 10 Things to do in Ranthambore, Reason 10: Temples, Markets, & Forts
Ranthambore is known for its wildlife and natural vegetation but also well known for its old temples and forts in and around it. This old city of Sawai Madhopur, where the national park is situated is surrounded by rising grounds of Aravalli and Vindhayas which offer religious visitors a chance to visit Kala Gaura temple, Chamatkar Jain temple, Amreswar Mahadev, Trinetra Ganesh Temple to mention a few. Ranthambore is surrounded by many lakes like a shallow seasonal lake Surwal lies 25 km from the town, Malik Talao, Padam Talao and Raj Bagh Talao. Ranthambore is also well-known for its local markets where you can buy local art & goods.
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