Ranthambore National Park

Famous for: It is famous for wildlife and Tigers.
Founded in: It was founded in 1955 AD.
Location: It is 130km from Jaipur in Sawai Madhopur District.

The Ranthambore National Park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. This one of the largest and famous National Parks in India is spread over 392 sq km of land. The park is one of the major tourist destinations in the country. Earlier it used to be the hunting base for Maharajas of Jaipur. The park is mostly popular for its tiger density that is seen basking in the sun and going on with their regular chores during the day. It is bordered by Kaila Devi Sanctuary and the Mansingh Sanctuary on two sides. You will find several species of bird, plants and reptiles in the park. Considered as a heritage site some of the largest banyan trees in India are also sheltered here. The beautiful lakes make the place all the more appealing. It draws a lot of wildlife enthusiasts and photographers from all over the world to capture great experiences of life time.

History of Ranthambore National Park

The Government of India founded the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955. Later in 1973, it was declared as one of the ‘Project Tiger’ reserves in India. In 1980, it was finally turned into a National Park. Again in 1991, the adjoining Keladevi Sanctuary and Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary were added to the National Park. Ranthambore National Park is considered as the biggest national parks in India today. Historically speaking, the park was named after the ancient Ranthambhore fortress which is boarded by Banas River in the north and Chambal River in the south.

Highlights of Ranthambore National Park

The national animal of India, Tiger is the main attraction of this park. Wildlife Safaris and Jeep Safaris are offered to tour the Park and witness the animals in their natural wild habitats from a closer proximity. It takes about three and half hour to tour the entire park via Jeep safaris. Consider yourself lucky when you get to see leopards, deer, hyenas, crocodiles, boars, mongooses, jackals, gazelles etc along with the famous tigers.

The park is abundant in wildlife. Different migratory birds migrate to Ranthambore to spend their winters. If the summer heat is not unbearable for you, the animals can be clearly seen in the leaf-denuded forests along the lakes as they quench their thirst.

How to Reach: Ranthambore National Park

The nearest airport for Ranthambore National Park is located 180 km from Jaipur city. From there you may either hire cabs or avail to bus services to reach your destination.

The nearest major railway station is Sawai Madhopur. It is well connected to other major cities across India. From there too you may either hire cabs or avail to bus services to reach the park.

The park is located 11 km away from Sawai Madhopur. Get on a bus or hire a local cab from Sawai Madhopur to reach the park.

Best time to visit: Ranthambore National Park

The Ranthambhore National Park remains open from the 1st October to the 30th June every year. However, it remains closed for the rest of the months due to the rainy season. But the best time to visit Ranthambore is from November to April. Since the weather remains mild you are always lucky to see almost all the animals of the park. There are two safaris available for tour each day from October to June. One in the morning and the other in the late afternoon.

The morning safari starts half an hour after sunrise and the evening safari finishes half an hour before sunset. Therefore, timings keep on changing after every two months. Note that temperatures in Ranthambore can cross 45oC during summers and go down up to 2oC during winters. Therefore, one of the best times is daytime during winters where the temperature is minimal at 16-20oc.

Safari Timings:

Time Table Ranthambhor National Park Rajasthan

S.No.

Month

Morning Trip

Evening Trip

1

1st October to 31st October

7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M.

2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.

2

1st November to 31st January

7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M.

2.00 P.M. to 5.30 P.M.

3

1st February to 31st March

6.30 A.M. to 10.00 A.M.

2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.

4

1st April to 15th May

6.00 A.M. to 9.30 A.M.

3.00 P.M. to 6.30 P.M.

5

15th May to 30th June

6.00 A.M. to 9.30 A.M.

3.30 P.M. to 7.00 P.M.

 

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