Ranthambore National Park – A Complete Guide

Noted among the largest protected wildlife reserves in Northern India, Ranthambore National Park or simply Ranthambore is located in Sawai Madhopur district in the royal state of Rajasthan. The reserve forests were named after the eponymous ‘Ranthambore Fort’, which is located within the forest atop a hill.

Boundby the Banas and Chambal Rivers of Rajasthan on two sides, Ranthambore is spread across an area of 392  km2. The Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to see the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger in action, along with other exquisite species such as Leopards, Sloth Bears, Jackals, Hyenas, Sambhar Deer, Chital, Jungle Cats, Nilgai, Langur, Sloth Bear, Indian Wild Boar and Black Bucks etc. along with a large number of migratory birds.

How to travel inside Ranthambore?

The majority of visited areas inside the park are connected via jeepable dirt roads that spread across 300 kilometers.

  • Traveling inside the park can only be done by booking open top gypsies and open top mini-buses known as canters, which have been approved by the reserve authorities. Nevertheless, private vehicles are allowed till the Ranthambore fort and the Ganesh Temple.
  • However, all the visitors must carry valid identification proof before booking a safari. The foreign visitors must carry their passport and the Indian nationals must carry a government approved ID (passport, driving license, PAN card, voter ID card etc.) when visiting Ranthambore.
  • It is common for the head of the forest department to disallow the use of mobile phones inside the park during peak seasons. As the mobile signals and radiation can disturb the wildlife, it is often better to leave your phones in your hotel room.
  • Ranthambore features 10 safari zones for the visitors and each group is allotted a zone when they enter the park. Once the route is allotted, the vehicles are not allowed to stray from them so one must choose the routes carefully.
  • One must make bookings at least 2 months in advance for open-top Gypsies, as demand is extremely high during the peak tourist season (October- March). Canters however can be booked just a few hours prior to your visit and can also be booked through travel agents.

Once the safaris are booked, the visitors get a written confirmation and the amount is non-refundable in case of any cancellation.

Online bookings are available for Gypsies and Canters but since routes are automatically allotted, it is always best to make bookings on phone and choose the routes (zones) manually. Online bookings will cost additional transaction fees and currency conversion charges.

How to get the best out of Ranthambore?

Being a large protected zone, it is impossible to explore all the reigions of Ranthambore in a single trip. For those who want the best out of Ranthambore, must try reading the following tips.

10 Places to Visit in Ranthambore

The attractions found in Ranthambore include Palaces, Forts, Lakes, Hindu Temples, and ruins of Historical Monuments that not only entertain the wildlife and nature lovers but history buffs as well. Click here to check out all these 10 places.