close to the town of Sawai Madhopur (11 km), the Ranthambore National Park
remains skirted by the ranges of the Aravalli and Vindhya mountains. The
terrain of the park comprises desert and semi-desert vegetation. The
national park has a core area of 392 km and lies close to the outer fringes
of the Thar Desert. It gained the status of being a national park in the
year 1980 and was included under the Project Tiger Scheme in 1973. The Kaila
Devi Sanctuary and the Man Singh Sanctyary also happen to be a part of the
Ranthambore National Park.
Best Time : November to
Wildlife Species in the Park
Entry Fee : Rs 25 (Indians)/Rs 200 (Foreigners)
of visits each year! Its not only due to the much photographed
Ranthambore-tigers that wild fanciers have the national park heading their
visit list. The park harbours a variety of mammals, 264 species of exotic
birds and a number of reptiles. Tigers, the major draw for visitors, can
easily be spotted here. For tiger sightings, you need to get to the three
lakes Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Milak Talab.
Those who fancy seeing panthers in their natural habitat can head straight
to the Kachida Valley, an ideal spot to watch these spotted felines. Other
mammalian species that you can enjoy watching here include sambhar, sloth
bear, chinkara, chital, nilgai, leopards, jungle cats, fox, gazelle,
antelopes and hyena among others.
Bird watchers too would love making a trip to the national park. There are
avian species like painted storks, black storks, Indian horned owl, quail,
partridge, peafowl, spur fowl, paradise flycatcher, Bonellis eagle
etc. Monitor lizards and marsh crocodiles are special attraction for reptile
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Dont miss to visit the Ranthambore Fort that, after which the
national park is named. Belonging to the 10th century, the fort is one
of the most ancient in the state of Rajasthan.
- Also visit the Jogi Mahal, a forest resthouse. Here, you can witness
the second-largest banyan tree in India.
- Visit the town of Sawai Madhopur which has the Project Tiger office.
Guides are also available here.
The closest airport from the national park is Jaipur, 145 km away. The
airport has frequent flights to the key destinations of the country. Sawa
Madhopur, which is 11 km away, is a convenient railway station, located on
the Delhi-Mumbai railway track. By road routes as well, Sawai Madhopur is
well connected with all the important cities and towns of the state.
Adventure lovers can easily book their accommodation at luxurious tented
resorts and jungle lodges. A few of these are as follows.
- Tiger Den Resort
- Tiger Moon Resort
- Hammir Wildlife Resort
- Sawai Madhopur Lodge
- Sher Bagh Resort