Ranthambore National Park Travel Facts
Highlights: Tigers and over 250 bird species
National Park area: 275 km² core area. 392 km² including buffer zone
Tiger Reserve area: 1334 km²
Altitude: 215 to 505 meters above sea level
Eco-region: Kathiarbar-Gir dry deciduous forests
Terrain: Dense tropical dry forest, open bushland and rocky terrain interspersed with lakes and streams
Best Season: From November to March
Best Time for Tiger Spotting: March-June
Closed: Monsoon season (July - August)
How to reach: Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station 11 km away. Kota Station 110 km away has a halt of all the trains for 10 min and connects Sawai Madhopur with almost 50 trains. Closest airport is Jaipur at 130 km.
Introducing Ranthambore National Park
Situated strategically at the meeting of Aravali Hills with Vindyas Plateau, Ranthambore’s vivid topography is an amalgamation of dense forest, deep gorges, turquoise lakes with a 10th century fort in its heart that blend seamlessly with the surroundings.
|Ranthambore Fort is a UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site|
Ranthambore National Park Climate
- Subtropical, dry climate with distinct winter, summer and rainy season.
- Highest Temperature = 49.0C (May–June)
- Lowest Temperature = 2.0 C (December–January)
- Average Rainfall = 800 mm
- Monsoon = July to September
- Humidity = 10–15%(summer), 60%(rainy)
- Visit Season = Nov-May (National Park remains closed in Monsoon)
Summer (March to June) in Ranthambore is extremely hot and rather punishing in May and June. Maximum temperature in summer could reach as high as 46°C and the minimum temperature recorded is 23°C.
Although very hot, May-June is considered to be the ideal time for spotting tigers in Ranthambhore National Park.
Wildlife in Ranthambore National Park
This National Park in India is home to over 30 mammals, 12 species of reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 272 bird species.
Mammals in Ranthambore
Reptiles in RanthamboreThere are over 12 species of reptiles that live in their natural habitat at Ranthambore. Reptilian species in Ranthambore National Park include Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Vipers, Desert Monitor Lizards and the Indian Chamaeleon.
Avifauna in Ranthambore
In fact Ranthambore National Park could be a birdwatcher’s paradise with list of spotted avifauna including Black Francolin, Blue Breasted Quail, Red-Crested Pochard, Eurasian Wryneck, Indian Gray Hornbills, Asian Palm Swift, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Nightjars, Chestnut-Bellied Sandgrouse, Great Crested Grebe, Eagles, Darters, Black-Headed Bunting, Egrets, Herons, Yellow-Legged Gull, Flamingos, Ibis, Pelicans, Storks, Pittas, Shrikes, Stork Billed Kingfisher, Bee Eaters, Eurasian Cuckoo, Parakeets and Tree Pies among others.
|Black-headed Bunting, Birds of Ranthambore|
|Chesnut-bellied Sandgrouse - Birding in Ranthambore|
|Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Ranthambore National Park|
Ranthambore National Park Wildlife Safaris
There are 2 options available when it comes to choice of the vehicle for safari in Ranthambore; either open top gypsy with seating capacity of 6 or the open top canter with seating capacity of 20.
Safari in Ranthambore is available in 2 shift per day; one in the morning at 7:00 AM and other in the evening at 2:00 PM. Each ride last for 3 and a half hour.
Traffic into the park is highly regulated and private vehicle are not allowed. At one time only 20 vehicles are allowed inside split along 5 different zones.
Ranthambore Safari Cost
Foreign Nationals need to shell out INR 478 and INR 475 respectively for the same.
Each passenger (irrespective of Nationality) has to pay an additional charge of INR 330 at the time of collection of boarding pass at the entrance of the park.
A guide fee of INR 67 in Gypsy and INR 20 in Canter is also charged for the safari.
How to reach Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore by AirThe closest airport to Ranthambore National Park is in Jaipur 130 km away. It takes around four hours to reach Ranthambore from Jaipur by road.
Ranthambore by TrainThe nearest railway station from Ranthambore is at Sawai Madhopur which is 11 km away. Sawai Madhopur is well connected via rail route from Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Alternatively, Kota Station 110 km away connects Sawai Madhopur with almost 50 trains. All trains passing through Kota halt there for minimum 10 minutes.
Distance by road:Delhi - 450 km, Jaipur - 180 km, Kota 110 km
Packing Tips for Ranthambore Safari
It is also advisable to wear clothing with natural colors that blends in with the natural surrounding so as to not to disturb or distract the animals.
Additional information for planning Ranthambore Tiger Safari
- Indian tourists need to carry a photo-id proof (passport, driving license, etc.) or any other identification proof provided while booking.
- Foreign tourists need to carry their passport for identification purpose while making a booking and entering the park.
- Id-proof to be submitted at the time of receiving boarding pass
- Children up to 5 years can accompany their parents, but extra seat will not be provided
- Video Camera fee – Rs. 400/-; Still Camera – free; Professional Video & Movie Camera or for Feature Films –permitted only with the permission of Chief Wildlife Warden, Jaipur.
- Camera Fees have to be deposited at the time of receiving boarding pass or at the entry gate.
Here's a bonus tip, if you are looking for further wildlife adventure in India. Try our travel guide on Periyar National Park. Or if it is the Single-horned Rhinos that you are looking forward to along with the tigers and great tuskers, you should head to Kaziranga National Park which is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in India as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Looking for more? Check out the best national parks and wildlife reserves in India.
Contributed by Nikhil Chandra