Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in northern India. It is 1334 sq km of wild jungle scrub hemmed in by rocky ridges. All its centre is the 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, and scattered nearby are ancient temples and mosques, crocodile-filled lakes, chhatris (cenotaphs) and hides. The park was a maharajas’ hunting ground till 1970 – a curious 15 years after it had become a sanctuary.
Ranthambore is the only place to spot wild tigers in Rajasthan, but each year the odds are reduced by mismanagement and poaching, Project Tiger has been in charge of animals’ welfare since 1979.Getting an accurate figure on the number of tigers comes down to who you believe - an April 2006 in the Indian Journal Front-line estimated the figure to be as low as 15.
Seeing a tiger is just a matter of luck, but the park is also worth visiting for the scenery alone, particularly if you walk up to the fort. There are also more than 300 bird species in the park.
A good time to visit Ranthambore is in November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.
It is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 180 km from Jaipur, which is also the nearest airport. The nearest town and railway station is at Sawai Madhopur, about 11 km away. Accommodation is stretched out along the road from the town to the park. The train station is the heart of Sawai Madhopur. Sawai Madhopur old city, a residential area, lies about 2 km southeast of the train station.
STD Code : 07462 Project Tiger Office:223402, Ranthambore Road Bank: State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur. It's in the old city. Tourist Reception Centre:2220808, Sawai Madhopur Train Station Local and Reliable Tour Operator:++91-80034-07457,Path Trekkers
The best time to take Wildlife Safari in Ranthambore National park is between October and May. Safaris take place in the early morning and late afternoon. If you are taking photo, it’s worth bringing some ISO 400 or ISO 800 film, as the undergrowth is surprisingly dark in places. The mornings can be cold, so bring warm clothes.
The best way to travel is by jeep, which takes five people. You still have a god chance of seeing a tiger from a canter, though sometimes passengers can be rowdy, and the engine tends to roar. Guides will lead you down one of eight allocated routes – negotiating an alternative route with your driver takes clever diplomacy.
Seats in both jeeps and canters are allocated on a first come first served basis. Demand outstrips supply because the number of motorised vehicle is restricted – only 15 jeeps and 15 canters are allowed inside per session.
A guide is compulsory and is included in the canter ticket price, but will cost an extra 200 INR if you go by jeep. Tips are heavily encouraged.
Safaris take three hours. From October to February, canters – 150 INR per person and jeeps – 1050 INR, both leave at 7 am and 2.30 pm. From March to June they leave at 6.30 am and 3.30 pm. Bookings for safaris – Indian/Foreigner 25 INR/200 INR.
List of Hotels -
- Hotel Ranthambore Resort
Location: About 5 km from Station.
Rent: 400-700 INR
- RDTC Vinayak Tourist Complex
Rent: 500-600 INR, with AC 800-900 INR
- Hotel Tiger Safari Resort
Address: 4 km from the train station.
Rent: 700-1300 INR
Sawai Madhopur has grotty but money-belt friendly options.
- Hotel Chinkara
Address: 13 Indira Colony, Civil Lines
Rent: 100-200 INR
- Hotel Pink Palace
Address: Plot A1, Bal Mandir Colony
Rent: 150-400 INR, with AC 450-700 INR
- Sharma Hotel
Address: Station Bazaar
Dishes: 16-60 INR
Getting There & Away
Buses include services to Jaipur (70 INR, six hours, three daily) and Kota(50 INR, four hours, four daily). Buses to these destinations via Tonk leave from small Bus Stand near the Petrol Pump close to the Overpass. To go via Dausa(on Jaipur-Bharatpur Road), buses leave from roundabout near the main post office. The inquiry Number is 2451020.
The train is preferable for most routes.
At the station there’s a computerized reservation office.
|Delhi||Golden Temple Mail, No. 2903||12.40 pm||7 pm||115||361|
|Bharatpur||Golden Temple Mail, No. 2903||12.40 pm||3.20 pm||78||182|
|Kota||Avadh Express, No. 9038||9.30 am||11 am||43||109|
Bicycle hire is available in the main bazaar (around 30 INR per day). Auto-rickshaws are available at the train station, the journey to Ranthambore road will cost around 30 INR.
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