Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambhore National Park is one of the best places in India to spot tigers and many other species of wildlife such as sloth bears, leopards, monkeys, crocodiles, birds, and many species of deer. It’s the best place for a tiger safari. 

In this post, you will find our favorite things to do and plenty of tips for your trip to Ranthambhore National Park. We stayed 1 day in Ranthambhore but would have stayed longer if Agra wasn’t calling. 

How to get there 

We got there by car from Udaipur which took around 7 hours. You can also get there by train from major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. The closest railway station is at Sawai Madhopur, 11 kilometers from Ranthambhore National Park. The trains sell out very frequently; often days in advance so we recommend you to book early. You can also reach Sawai Madhopur by bus from Jaipur. 

When to go 

Most animals are seen during the hot months of  March to June. This is the time they come out in search of water. However, it’s more comfortable to visit during the preceding cooler months. Be sure to bring warm clothes if you visit Ranthambhore National Park during winter. 


Where to stay

We stayed at Hotel Aditya Resort. If you travel on a budget then this hotel is perfect for you. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. 

Tiger Safari

Ranthambhore National Park is the best place to spot wild tigers in Rajasthan. It comprises 1334 sq km of wild jungle. The park was a maharaja hunting ground until 1970.  There are around 70 tigers in the park and seeing one is a matter of luck. But there’s plenty of other wildlife to see.  

Safaris take place in the early morning and late afternoon, starting between 6 am and 7 am or between 2 pm and 3.30 pm, depending on the time of year. Each safari lasts for around 3 hours. 

The best option is to travel by gypsy; an old-fashioned six-seater jeep. The other option is by canter; an open truck that can fit around 20 people, but other people can be very rowdy. 

A ride in a gypsy cost around 1000 rupees for Indians and 1700 for foreigners, the price for a ride in a canter is around 600 rupees for Indians and 1400 for foreigners.  

The park has 10 zones (the tenth one was opened in January 2014 to try and lessen the tourist pressure on the park). Zones 1-5 are in the core area, while the remaining 6-10 are in the surrounding buffer area. Tiger sightings in the buffer zones are usually rarer than in the core zones.

You can book online through the park’s official website, or go in person to the safari booking office. We recommend you to start queueing at least 1 hour before the safaris are due to begin. Another option is to book tickets with agencies and hotels. This is much simpler but they add a commission to the official rates. We booked tickets for the morning safari at our hotel.

We didn’t get to see any tigers on our safari but plenty of other wildlife! It was an amazing experience even if we didn’t see a tiger. 

Ranthambhore Fort

In the center of the National Park is the 10th century Ranthambhore fort.  Scattered around the fort are ancient temples and mosques, hunting pavilions, crocodile-filled lakes, and cenotaphs. From the top, you have amazing views over the park. 

The fort is open from 6 am – 6 pm and you can get there by joining the locals who go there to visit the temple dedicated to Ganesh or you can take a tuk-tuk from the train station. 

Ranthambhore National Park is a really extraordinary place. We would definitely go back. If you have your heart set on seeing a wild tiger, we recommend you to stay longer than 2 days and go on more safaris. For us, the experience was complete without seeing a tiger.


1 Comment

  1. Martine
    November 24, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    Prachtige natuur!

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