The park, which is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country, is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. It also contains abandoned fortress and lakes. Its 'friendly' tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. Ranthambore was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and became part of Project Tiger in 1973.
The Park covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. It is set between the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges, and located very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. The varied topography of the national park is home to animals like the jackal, mongoose, sloth bear, leopard, and of course, the tiger. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India .
Ranthambore Wildlife Park is dream for wildlife lover and photographers who are interested in wildlife photography. This park has very good accommodation facility and transportation facilities inside the park. This park is opened from October and closes around May every year. Park is famous for its tiger sightseeing, which is captured in various different books.
Ranthambore National Park is open from 1st October to 30th June (July - September closed to visitors). A good time to visit is between November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common.
Tourists should always carry the cloths according to the season, they are visiting the Ranthambore National Park as summers are very hot and winters are very cold.
In summer time tourists should always expect a hot day out in Ranthambore Park as the day temperature can soar in between 35 to 47 degree centigrade. Tourists can expect this temperature, if they are visiting this park in the month of April and June.
Winter season is totally opposite to the summer time. Winter season, especially from November to February, morning drives in the park can be very freezing and even if you wear many layers of cloths, they can be insufficient for you. Day time remain pleasant during winters and you can even enjoy the outing in thin layer t-shirts but again in the evening it starts freezing cold.
Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Tigers and is a favorite with photographers. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals.
For the wildlife savvy, Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary today offers an intense diversity of flora and fauna. Tigers, the park's pride makes it one of the best places in the country to observe them. Apart from that a large numbers of Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of birds.
The landscape is dotted with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok & Pipal trees, clusters of mango trees and crisscrossed with evergreen belts. The terrain is made up of massive rock formations, steep scarps, perennial lakes and streams and forest suddenly opening up into large areas of Savannah. The terrain of Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type, with Dhok, being the most prominent tree.
Near by Airports - Jaipur and Kota.
Distance by rail: Delhi - 362 km, Agra - 227 km, Bombay 1027 km, Kota - 108 km, Jaipur - 132 km
Distance by road: Delhi - 480 km (via Dausa), Jaipur - 180 km (via Tonk)
Take all the safaris you can (in the morning at 6:30 and in the afternoon at 14:30). You need a certain amount of luck to see a tiger (about 1 in 4 chance), but there are plenty of other wonderful sights. It is better to book the safaris via the official website the same time you book your hotel. Your hotel will also be able to secure tickets for you (in some cases, this maybe the only way to secure a "Gypsy" vehicle at late notice), but you will likely be charged a higher mark-up compared with purchasing the tickets from the government website yourself.
There are two choices of vehicle for going on the safari, an all wheel drive jeep called a "Gypsy" (which seat up to 6 visitors) or 16 or 20 seater safari bus called a "Canter". The 16 seater is the petrol version and is a bit quieter than the 20 seater diesel version. A diesel/petrol canter safari costs 500/530rs for a non-Indian and a jeep safari 600rs for a non-Indian, but jeeps are more mobile and everything is better seen from them.
Jeep safari: This is one of the famous and best ways to explore the park. Tourists should do the advance booking for the jeeps as thousands of tourists come to visit this park and there are only few number of vehicles are allowed in the park.
At the entrance to the Park your guide goes to the drawing procedure in order to get one of the five tracks you will be allowed to drive (since the park is a nature reserve only a limited number of cars can enter it and they are obliged to follow only one of the five routes). A good guide asks also a representative of the tourist group to be present at this procedure.
Safari can be booked directly on the government website for a small convenience charge, avoiding any hassle or hotel/agent commissions . Otherwise, tickets can be obtained the hour before each safari start time directly from the ticket window. This tends to be a chaotic process as the agents are also trying to finalize their safaris. This is a convenience charge / mark-up free way of purchasing tickets and most of the agents will be happy to assist you in dealing with the ticket window. Ensure that you have obtained and filled out a indemnity form prior to requesting tickets. These forms are available around the corner from the ticket window at the main entrance security desk. You may have to request one from a guard standing behind the gate
It goes without saying that it is NECESSARY to take warm things (including gloves, caps, fur-coats and blanckets) for the morning (and even evening) safari in winter. Since it is very cold before sunrise and after sunset and you will drive in an open car, you can get frozen through.
At the entrance to the park you will have to pay ONLY for usage of your video-camera. Foto-cameras are used free of charge.
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