Ranthambore National Park
Best Time To Visit:
March – May
October – February
Flight: New Delhi – Jaipur
Railway: New Delhi – Sawai Madhopur
About Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park, at the junction of the Aravallis and the Vindhyas, is a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in a vast arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 km. from the town of Sawai Madhopur. It is spread over a highly undulating topography, varying from gentle to steep slopes, from flat-topped hills (Indala, Doodh-Bhat and Chiroli) of the Vindhyas to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravallis, from wide and flat valleys (Lahpur, Nalghati, Khachida, Anantpur etc.) to narrow rocky gorges.
An important geological feature, the “Great Boundary fault” where the Vindhyas were brought against the ancient Aravallis, passes from here. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the Indian state of Rajasthan comprises distinct areas with varied conservation history and virtually separated geographically, with mere narrow corridors linking them to the core, Ranthambore National Park. These are mainly, the Ranthambore National Park, Keladevi Sanctuary and Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.
Ranthambore National Park still holds a major significance in wildlife protection and conservation. So much so that some tigers have even earned celebrity status; starring in their own TV show and being featured in numerous documentaries. The landscape of this area is unique. Deep gorges, grassy slopes, rugged hills, ravines, and large lakes make this park a photographer’s delight. Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Tiger sightings. Over the last decade, due to strict conservation efforts tigers have become more active during daylight.
Ranthambore has been home to some legendary Tigers – from Ghengis Khan, to Noor, then Machli, T17, T24, and now T19. Machli is considered to be most photographed tigress in the world and also featured in no. of documentaries. For instance, some of the unique tiger behaviour observed and photographed in Ranthambore National Park when a large male tiger hunted openly from the thickets on the edge of lakes and ran down its prey, a Sambar deer towards the lakes. One of the greatest encounters ever captured while on Ranthambore Tiger Safari is of a tiger battling a crocodile over a Sambhar deer carcass and successfully taking possession of it in broad daylight.
Ranthambore National Park Tiger Safari Tours
Popular Fauna at Ranthambore
Tiger Safaris at Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park conducts two types of jeep safaris. A full day safari and a half day safari.
Half Day Jeep Safaris: A half-day jeep safari can be further categorized as a morning safari and an evening tiger safari in Ranthambore. The morning safaris start around 0600 hours depending on the sunrise time and last for about 4.5-5 hours. After the morning safari, the guest heads back to the lodge/resort. You can freshen up, eat a quick lunch, relax for a bit and later head back in to the jungle for your evening safari. The evening safari lasts for about 3 – 3.5 hours depending on the time of sunset. Post your evening safari, you head back to the lodge for dinner and take the rest of the evening at leisure.
Full Day Jeep Safaris: A full day safari is a jeep safari wherein your vehicle/jeep enters the park 15-20 minutes prior to all other safari vehicles. You spend the day within the national park, including eating lunch amidst the forest wilderness. You head back out 15 minutes after all the jeeps have exited the park post the evening safari. This type of safari proves more fruitful during pleasant months like October – November or even the fag end of February – March. A full day safari is also mostly taken by professional photographers who are following a particular species or documentarians who wish to film a specific family within the national park.
Accomodations at Ranthambore National Park
Sujan Sher Bagh
The Oberoi Vanyavilas
Tiger Den Ranthambore
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