Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve
West IndiaStriking images of tigers lying on ancient tombs or fortress walls or lapping up water from its picturesque lakes draws thousands of visitors to Ranthambhore each year. It is brimming with tigers too, over 30 individuals plus numerous cubs at the last count. Ranthambhore National Park is part of the much larger 1,333 square kilometres Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. It derives its name from the hilltop fortress within its boundaries and has been the destination of many well-known documentaries over the years. The fort overlooks the lakes and is a picturesque spot where many birds and animals can be found, making you want to linger just a little bit longer, to watch one of the tiger royalties who reside here. The ancient mountain ranges of the Aravalli and Vindhya meet here creating a mix of flat tablelands and steep cliffs. These forests were, until 1949, the private hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur. This is where the Queen of England and her husband went on a tiger hunt in ...the late 1940’s. An inspired Park Director, Fateh Singh Rathore, pioneered the relocation of nine villages from the core area to lands outside the park boundaries between 1973 and 1975. This proved a resounding success as the dependence on the forest resources was reduced. The wildlife, relatively free from human interference, could roam the forests during the day and tiger sightings increased dramatically. Many of his ideas have helped shape the park you see today, flourishing with wildlife.
How To Book
Safaris can be booked through your lodge, tour operators, or online.
Winter : Morning: 07:00 am to 10:30 am Evening: 02:15 pm to 05:30 pm Summer : Morning: 06:00 am to 09:30 am Evening: 03:00 pm to 06:45 pm The park is closed to visitors from July to September every year
Getting Around the Park
Game drives are in either government-registered jeeps or large 20-person safari bus called canters. Private vehicles are not allowed inside.
Jeep: R 5,950 for Indian and Foreign Nationals. Canter: R 2,500 for Indian and Foreign Nationals
By Air: Jaipur (180 km). Transport can be hired to drive to the park. By Rail / Road: Sawai Madhopur (10 km). Transport can be hired to drive to the park.
Eco-friendly properties in the area
Owned by Dr. Goverdhan Singh, son of legendary Park Director, Fateh Singh Rathore and his charming wife, Usha, Khem Villas is a very comfortable and family-run stay in 25 acres of restored farmlands.
For those who demand the sumptuous home comforts, The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort is just your abode. Spread over twenty acres of landscaped gardens, it has a number of palatial tents with finely embroidered canopies and private walled gardens, a large waterhole and lounge areas fit for a Maharaja.
Other Destinations To Combine
National Chambal Sanctuary, named after one of India’s cleanest and longest rivers Chambal,
Ranthambhore National Park is part of the much large 1333sq km Ranthambhore Tiger reserve,
Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird
The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat,
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