Every person dreams of going on a wild and rough adventure at least once in their life and that’s what Ranthambore promises to you. When it comes to exploring the richest forests to taking selfies with the animals, from royal ruins of majestic forts to the stories of the glorious history of the state this is certainly the right place for you to go. Among Ranthambore’s rustic beauty and flourishing flora and fauna, you’ll find a plenty standout attractions that are worth exploring. The best time to visit Ranthambore is any time you’re prepared to face its beauty in the wilderness.
WHAT TO CARRY WHILE VISITING RANTHAMBHORE
- Snacks and Water– When set for a whole day’s trip, always carry snacks and water that will not let you starve in some secluded place. Staying hydrated during the course of your tour is fairly needed.
- Sunscreen and Sunglasses – Come summer or winter, it is essential to protect your skin and shelter your eyes from blistering sun and dust.
- Sun Hats/ Umbrella – To shield you and keep your head cool from the sun, wide-brimmed hat/ umbrella is a must in both seasons.
- Binoculars – A pair of binoculars will help you get a fine view of the eccentric fauna.
- Camera – No trip is ever complete without capturing the mystic moments. Along with the camera do carry stands, extra batteries, and memory cards.
- Power Bank – You may not find plug-ins to charge your gadgets, therefore, carry power bank as a backup for your smartphones and other devices.
With our top 12, get ready to travel freely with zero-worries and appreciate the natural beauty and scenic spots of Ranthambore.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary, situated in Sawai Madhopur District in Rajasthan, is the best tiger reserve in India that offers the travelers a chance to explore different species of birds and animals.
Having been spread over an area of 392 square km, the park is open for tourists from 1st of October to 30th of June. The period between November and February is excellent for wildlife viewing, in particular, bird watching. A lot many migratory birds visit the national park during winters.
- An ideal time to visit: March is a great month for wildlife viewing and when the temperature is not very high. Entry fee is applicable.
- Do look out for: A variety of Striped Hyenas, Tigers, Sambar Deer and Indian False Vampires
- Other Available Facilities: Camera/video is allowed inside, option of lockers/storage
- Timings: 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM
Built over an area of 102 hectares, Ranthambore fort is a breath-taking spot which lies within the national park vicinity near Sawai Madhopur. The Fort was given international recognition after it was declared a World Heritage Site. Said to be built by the Nagil Jats, this castle stands majestically as the wandering Bengal Tigers in the area add to its enigmatic charm.
The fort is a living example of exemplary glory and valor of the Chauhan dynasty. It is situated amid a pristine location nurtured by thick green forests and energizing environment. Besides exploring the fort you can also discover the nearby valleys, lakes, picnic spots, wildlife species etc. Visit this heritage site to travel back in the time of wars, capture, and conquerors.
- Do look out for: Ganesh Mandir, a rather prominent temple, located at the main gate of the fort and Battis Khamba Chattri which is a dome supported by 32 pillars.
- Interesting fact about the place: When Raja Hammir Singh, the ruler, lost the battle in 1302 A.D., thousands of women committed Jauhar (mass suicide) in this fort.
- Summer Timings: Mornings- 6 AM to 9:30 AM and Afternoon- 2 PM to 5:30 PM
- Winter Timings: Mornings- 7 AM to 10:30 AM and Afternoon: 3:30 PM to 7 PM
Inside the Ranthambore National Park is situated Padam Talab (lake), one of the most beautiful and largest lakes of the park. It is named after the beautiful flowers Lotuses and Lilies that grow inside it. Crocodiles and even some rare birds like Oriental Darter, Pond Heron, Woolly Necked Stork, and Asian Bill etc. can be seen in and around the lake. Known as one of the favorite spots of tourists, the chances of witnessing a Tiger are more here. The big cat arrives at this lake to hunt its prey. Another roaring sight that tourists might see is that of combat between Tigers and Crocodiles.
It is best advised to visit the lake during sunrise or sunset. Herds of various species can be seen early morning and in the evening. Owing to its rich scenic beauty, this place is definitely a heaven for wildlife photography.
- Deals: Use the yatra offers and get flat 50% diount on your domestic hotel booking.
- Do look out for: Located near the banks of this lake is a hunting Adobe, named Jogi Mahal.
- Timings: All days – 6 AM to 6 PM
Ranthambore national park has in all three lakes within it and this one is the smallest of all. It is a perfect place for bird watching. Situated in the Zone 4 of the reserve, you might see Alligators lying along the periphery of this lake on the edges along with Deers, Sambhars, Langurs and the famous Tree Pie Bird. Best known as a haven for birds, if you are lucky you may also spot some of the rare species of birds and wild animals drinking water from the lake.
- Do look out for: Rare migratory birds such as White Throat Ed Kingfisher, Long Beaked Kingfisher, and Indian Cormorant.
The next in the list is Surwal Lake which is another popular tourist destination offering a beautiful view of flora and fauna. You will have to cover a distance of 25 km from Ranthambore to reach this place. Not very deep, the lake dries out in summer. Therefore, the best time to visit this place is during the months of November and March.
Most of the migratory birds such as Demoiselle Cranes, Pelicans etc. are seen here in winters. The best time of the day to make your visit is around sunrise when birds are seen picking up their breakfast from the waters. Enjoy the serene sunrise and sunset in peace and solace.
- Do look out for: Some of the exceptional species that can be spotted here include Bar Headed Geese, Grey Heron, White Breasted Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Shrike, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Robin, etc.
- Deals: Use the Redbus coupon code: GPSBUS and get up to Rs 150 cash back in your wallet.
Lakarda and Anantpura
Located in the northwestern and northern region of Ranthambore National Park, Lakarda and Anantpura is a place for tourists to look for Porcupines, Monkeys, Indian Striped Hyenas and many more animals. The climatic conditions in this part of the park are favorable for several food sources such as honeycomb and fresh fruits. The availability of food makes the area highly populated with sloth bears.
- Timings: All days- 6 AM to 6 PM
- Best Time to Visit: During Sunrise
Situated in the outer region of Ranthambore Park, the Kachida Valley is a vast lush green expanse with low hills and the wide range of flora and fauna species. Tourists visiting this valley can expect to witness a huge population of beers and Panthers. This place is dominated by Tigers which is the main reason why Leopards stay away from this location. A variety of sloth bears and deer in this valley are also present. A lake nearby adds to the mystic beauty of this place. The Kachida Valley is best to be seen from the high standpoints of Ranthambore National Park.
- Pro Tip: The ideal way to go for safari in this valley is by hiring jeeps.
- Distance from Ranthambore National Park: 13 km
Trinetra Ganesh Temple
Trinetra Ganesh Temple is yet another attraction in Ranthambore National Park that is situated inside the Ranthambore Fort. Trinetra (Three-Eyed) Ganesh Temple is one of the oldest temples in Rajasthan. You will find the entire family of Lord Ganesha at this place of worship. It was built by an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha, King Hammer. It is a ritual to conduct Aarti 5 times a day. In the event of a wedding at home, the devotees believe sending first wedding card to Lord Ganesha is auspicious and brings prosperity. Wednesday is marked as the special day dedicated to Lord Ganesh and hence is the best day to visit this temple.
- Do look out for: You can also visit the other nearby monuments like the Royal Cenotaphs, Hameer’s Court, Badal Mahal, Dhula Mahal, and Phansi Ghar.
- Deals: New Goibibo users can use the coupon code: FIRSTROOM and avail up to 80% off on domestic hotel bookings.
- Best Time to Visit: During the Day
Raj Bagh Talao and Ruins
Comparatively the most beautiful among the three lakes within Ranthambore National Park, the Raj Bagh Talao is a striking spot. You can find Sambhar Deer which is a regular visitor of the lake, munching grass off the floor. Also spotted are rare types of birds, animals, and species around the vicinity of the lake around sunrise and sunset when the weather seems to be cooler. The wildlife animals are frequent guests of the lakes. Since the lake is located amidst the lush green forests reserve, animals approach the lake to drink water.
The Raj Bagh ruins at the extreme edges remind of the royal era of Rajasthan and add more beauty to the lake.
- Timings to Visit Raj Bagh Ruins: All Days- 6 AM to 6 PM
If you are looking for a place that has a fair probability of spotting a tiger, this is the place for you. With thick forest cover, a number of water holes and pools and a dense population of wild animals, the likelihood of seeing a tiger is high. This region stays cool during the peak summer season as well which eventually makes it a favorite hangout of many wildlife species in the park. Tourists might find Tigresses with her young cubs nearby the water holes quite often. Make the best of this place by going for a safari and enjoy the wilderness.
- Length of Visit: Less than 1hr
- Best Time: During Sunrise
- Entry: Paid
Ranthambore Schools of Art
The school, situated at Sawai Madhopur, was constructed with the aim of promoting the importance of Tiger survival to its students. Students aim at creating awareness about project tiger and so the faculty members often visit dense forests and nearby areas.
The wide collection of paintings of the Great Indian Tiger made by teachers and students are displayed and sold in exhibitions organized by the school. Various competitions are also organized so that more tiger paintings are made to encourage people to conserve this endangered species. Various NGOs and animal protection societies located in the country have acknowledged the efforts taken up by the school of art.
- Timings: All Days- 7 AM to 6 PM
Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History
This place is India’s fourth regional museum of natural history and is one of the best places to visit in Ranthambore. Rare plants, animals and, the geology of the western part of India are exhibited here. The museum aims at creating awareness among the public at large about the importance of preserving the flora and fauna. Visitors will have access to see the exhibits of Biodiversity of Rajasthan or Forests and Wildlife of Rajasthan placed on the ground floor of the museum.
The main attraction of this place is the facsimile of animals such as chinkara (gazelle), leopard, lion, and tiger along with the collection of village dioramas of several communities of the rural area of Rajasthan.
- Location: Ramsinghpura, Sawai Madhopur.
- Timings: Tuesday to Sunday- 10 AM to 6 PM
Ranthambore and its surrounding can be listed out as one of the major places to visit. When you plan to visit Rajasthan, consider this park on top of the list of places to visit. The wholesome destination will let you experience ruins of many ancient historical structures, valleys, thick forests, and, museums. Moreover, as responsible humans, it is our duty to support the conservation of wildlife and destinations like Ranthambore truly motivate us to do so.
Visit the National Park to get inspired and experience a life-changing trip.