1,334 sq. kms
Ranthambore has desert type of climate with hot and humid summers and
comfortable winters. In Summers temperature varies between 45°C- 26°C
while in winters temperature remains between 30°C and 10°C. The
monsoon brings maximum rain between July-August.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit the Ranthambore National Park is between December and
April, when the weather remains pleasant. March and April are warm months,
when tiger spotting is common and there is plenty of opportunity for
wildlife watching. Ranthambore National Park is open for visitors between
October and June.
Fees Charged at the Park
Entry fees Rs. 25 for Indians, Rs. 5 for Indian students, Rs. 200 for
foreigners. Extra charges levied for vehicles, cameras, guides etc.
From October to March 6.00 am - 9.00 am and 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm..
2. From April to June - 6.30 am - 9.30 am and 3.30 pm - 6.00 pm.
About the Park
Ranthambore National Park lies in the Eastern Rajasthan, 11 kms away from
Sawai Madhopur. The park is situated on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert
flanked by the Aravalli and Vindhya hills. Ranthambore National Park is one
of the best places in the country to see Tigers at their normal pursuits.
Once the hunting preserves of the royal family of Jaipur, Ranthambore is now
one of the famous sancturaies of the Tiger. The area was declared a wildlife
sancturay in 1955, in 1973 it turned to Project Tiger and in 1980 it became
a national park. Ranthambore National Park consists of three parts - the
National Park itself, the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Keladevi Sancturay.
The core area of the park is just 492 sq.kms, but with the
addition of Keladevi and Mansing sanctuaries the total area of the park
stands at 1,334 sq. kms. In the hilly slopes of the national park there are
three lakes - Padam Talab, Raj Bagh and Malik Talab. The wild animals come
to these lakes to quench their thirst, auatic birds and animals can be seen
here. The terrain comprises massive rock formations, steep scarps, hills,
open valleys, perennial lakes, streams and forest opening up into large
areas of Savannah. The forest of the park is dry deciduous type which were
once a part of the jungles of Central India. The park is dotted with Dhok
trees, Banayan trees, Pipal trees, Mango tress crisscrossed with lush green
National Park has a rich diversity of flora and fauna that include 30
species of mammals, 12 reptiles, amphibians and 272 avian species.
» Fauna :
Ranthambore is famous for Tigers which can
be spotted even during the day. In addition to this, a number of animals are
found in the park. Some of the famous animal species are Leopard, Jungle
Cat, Marsh Crocodile, Sambar, Chital, Antelope, Nilgai, Sloth Bear, Wild
Boar, Chinkara, Porcupine, Mongoose, Gazzelle, Fox, Hyena, Jackal, Indian
Hare, Monitor Lizard etc.
» Avian Species :
Ranthambore National Park is home
to 272 avian species including the migratory birds. Most famous avian
species are Crested serpent eagles, Bonelli's eagle, White-necked storks,
Black storks, Partridge, Peafowl, Indian horned owl, Pintails, Ruddy
sheiduck Spur fowl, Paradise flycatcher, Graylag goose etc.
» Ranthambore Fort :
The 1,000 year old Ranthambore
fort is situated on the hilltop. Erected by Chauhans in the 10th century
this oldest existing fort in Rajasthan was a vital centre for the control of
Central India. The ancient temples, gates and tanks are major attractions of
» Jogi Mahal :
Jogi Mahal is situated on the foot of
the fort and famous for the second largest Banyan tree of India.
» Ganesh Temple :
Built in 8th century the temple is
the famous temple of Rajasthan. During the Ganesh Chaturthi (the Lord
Ganesha's birthday) large number of people throng the temple to pay honour
to the God.
Sawai Madhopur :
Situated 11 kms away, Sawai Madhopur is the entry point
to the park. The town houses several monuments of historic importance.
» Jeep Safari :
Jeep Safari is the finest way to
explore the park. The tour is accompanied by the guide of Tourist
department. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation organizes jeep
safaris for tourists you may also bring your own vehicle into the park.
Where to Stay
Excellent accommodation facilities are available both inside and outside
the park. The hotel ranges from deluxe heritage hotels to RTDC rest houses
suit the budget of tourists. The Maharaj Lodge of the Taj Group provide fine
accommodation. Jogi Mahal (forest rest house), Hotel Kamdhenu and Joomer
Basti (forest lodge) are few of the hotels run by the RTDC. Sawai Madhopur
is also well-equipped with good accommodation facilities.
» Air :
Nearest airport is at Jaipur which is 145
kms away from Ranthambore. The airport has various flights from different
parts of India. From Jaipur one has to take road route to reach the park.
» Rail :
Sawai Madhopur (11 kms) on the Delhi-
Mumbai railway route is the nearest railway station. The railway station is
connected to many cities and towns all over the India, including Jaipur,
Delhi and Mumbai.
» Road :
Good network of road connects Sawai
Madhopur with important cities of Rajasthan and nearby states. Buses ply
from Jaipur, Kota, Ajmer to Sawai Madhopur.
8 days/ 7 Nights
Agra and Fatehpur Sikri >
Day 01: Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, you will be received by our representative, who will help you check into your hotel. Relax and then leave for a tour of Old and New Delhi, where you see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate and other monuments in Delhi. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Day 02: Delhi - Ranthambore
Leave for Ranthambore National Park. Arrive and check into the jungle resort. Famous for its population of tigers, which can be seen quite frequently, National Park Ranthambore is also home to deer, bears, leopards, many species of birds and also marsh crocodiles. Stay overnight at the jungle resort.
Day 03: Ranthambore
Enjoy a wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park and see many rare animals and birds. The tigers of Ranthambore are often seen by tourists on jeep safari tours in Ranthambore. Later you can take a nature walk around the Sorwal Lake, where many water birds can be seen.
Day 04: Ranthambore - Jaipur
Enjoy a wildlife safari in the morning and see the amazing animals of Ranthambore. Leave for Jaipur. Arrive at your hotel. Check in and relax.
Day 05: Jaipur
Enjoy a day of sightseeing in Jaipur. See the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and feel like a maharaja as you take an elephant ride up to Amer Fort. Later you can shop for artifacts at Johri Bazaar. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Day 06: Jaipur - Bharatpur
Leave for the famous Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, where numerous species of birds can be seen. Check into your resort and relax. In the evening take a tour of the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and see the birds as they return to their nests. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Day 07: Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Early in the morning go on a bird watching tour in Bharatpur. You can see many birds as they emerge from their nests and feed in the marshy wetlands. Leave for Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city of the Mughals. In Fatehpur Sikri you can see many grand buildings including the tomb of the Sufi Saint Muin-ud-din-Chisti. Check into your hotel and stay overnight.
Leave for Agra. Spend a day exploring the Mughal heritage of Agra including the Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah's tomb and Akbar's tomb at Sikandra. See the monumental wonder the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Day 8: Delhi
Leave for Delhi. Arrive at your hotel, check in and relax. Leave for the airport to board your flight to your international destination.