Ranthambore National Park

About Park

Popular as one of the largest national parks in northern India, Ranthambore National Park is a major wildlife tourist attraction spot fascinates a large number of wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. It is located in Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 130 km from state capital of Jaipur. In the year 1957, Ranthambore was declared as wildlife sanctuary and finally, the park attained the status of a National Park in 1981.

Fauna

The park is primarily renowned for the dense population of the Royal Bengal tigers that can be spotted hunting or lazing under the sun. Besides the tiger, the park is also a habitat of many endangered species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Some of the wild animals of the park are Indian Gerbilles, Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Five striped Palm Squirels, Nilgai, Leopards, Small Indian Mongoose, Black bucks, Jackals, Sambar deer, Chital, Chinkara, Indian Porcupines and Caracals.

Birds

Ranthambore is also a home of some beautiful and varied species of birds such as Cuckoos, Parakeets, Pigeon, Sparrows, Eagles, Woodpeckers, Dove, Wood Shrikes, Crows, Owl, Darters, Pelicans, Flamingos, Crakes, Great Crested Grebe, Bulbul, Mynas, Sandpipers and common Kingfishers.

Reptiles

The visitors can also get an opportunity to witness huge varieties of reptiles like Desert Monitor Lizards, Rat Snakes, Indian Chameleon, Tortoise, Cobras, Russel's Vipers, Pythons and Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles.

Birds

Ranthambore is also a home of some beautiful and varied species of birds such as Cuckoos, Parakeets, Pigeon, Sparrows, Eagles, Woodpeckers, Dove, Wood Shrikes, Crows, Owl, Darters, Pelicans, Flamingos, Crakes, Great Crested Grebe, Bulbul, Mynas, Sandpipers and common Kingfishers.

Reptiles

The visitors can also get an opportunity to witness huge varieties of reptiles like Desert Monitor Lizards, Rat Snakes, Indian Chameleon, Tortoise, Cobras, Russel's Vipers, Pythons and Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles.

Flora

The vegetation or the flora of Ranthambore National Park mostly consists of those prominent species that only last for a particular period of time, usually a month or a year. Some of the well-known species of flora available here are Accasia nilotica, Magnifera iIndica, Butea monosperma, Phoenix sylvestris, Zizyphus Mauritania, Flacourtia indica, Capparis deciduas, Tamarindicus indica, Prosopis specigera and Azadirachta indica.

Safari Timing

Month Morning Timings Evenings Timings
Oct 1-Oct 31 6.30 am-10.00 am 2.30 pm-6.00 pm
Nov 1-Jan 31 7.00 am-10.30 am 2.00 pm-5.30 pm
Feb 1-Mar 31 6.30 am-10.00 am 2.30 pm-6.00 pm
Apr 1-May 15 6.00 am- 9.30 am 3.00 pm-6.30 pm
May 16-Jun 30 6.00 am- 9.30 am 3.30 pm-7.00 pm
July 1 – Sep 30 CLOSED CLOSED

 

Travel Information

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit and explore the wilderness of the Ranthambore National Park is from October to June. During the hot months of March to June, a lot of animals come out in search of water and this provides you a golden opportunity to spot different species of the wild animals that too without spending too much time in the park. However, if you plan to visit the wildlife sanctuary during the cooler months, then make sure you bring warmer clothes with you because it gets very chilly here. If you want to enjoy the safari in Ranthambore, then make sure you are aware of the timings because during the winter season, the days and usually short and due to this the entry and the exit timings are adjusted accordingly.

Clothing

It is important that you keep the ongoing or the current season in mind while carrying clothing to Ranthambore. During the summer months, there are chances that the scorching heat may take a toll on you, so, if possible take the lightest clothes with you along with the cap and the dark glasses. Winters are freezing cold in Ranthambore and in such a situation, do not forget to take sweaters, gloves and muffler so that you keep yourself warm and enjoy the wildlife without any problem.

How to Reach

By Air : The nearest airports are Jaipur and Kota. The Jaipur International Airport is approximately 180 km from the Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary.

By Train : If you are planning a journey to the park through train, then you must get down at the Sawai Madhopur Railway Station as it is only just 11 kms from the Ranthambore National Park.

By Road : The Park is very well connected with the various major states and cities of India. It is to be noted here that the transport services are not easily available directly to the Ranthambore and for an easy journey; you may be required to hire a taxi or a car from Kota to Ranthambore.