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Ranthambhore Natioanal Park / Tiger Reserve in the Rajasthan state of India, comprises distinct areas withRanthambhore Wildlife National Park, Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve, best time to visit, park timings, charges, how to get Ranthambhore, important tips information, Map of Ranthambhore Wildlife National Park varied conservation history and virtually separated geographically with mere narrow corridors linking them to the core, Ranthambhore National Park. These are mainly, the Ranthambhore National Park, Keladevi Sanctuary and Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.

Ranthambhore National Park, before a princely game conserve is the scene where the celebrated Indian Tiger is best seen. Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve lies on the junction of Aravali and Vindhyas just 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan. It sprawls over a varying and undulating landscape. The scenery changes dramatically from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas and sharp and conical hills of the Aravali. A tenth century fort also blends amicably with the background. Pure sands of Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) interspersed with grasslands at the plateaus, meadows in valleys and luxuriant foliage around the canals make the jungle. Three big lakes Padam Talab (meaning Lake), Malik Talab and Raj Bagh are similar turquoises studded in the vast forest that abounds with aquatic vegetation including duckweeds, lilies and lotus.

A significant geological feature within the park is the 'Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range. The Rivers Chambal in the South and the Banas in the North bound the National Park. The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambhore Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The rugged park terrain alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service.

The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhore; although it is the one park resident that people come to see. A variety of birds including Owlets, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are the other attractions.

Ranthambhore is plagued by the typical problems encountered by all game reserves in India - people living in and around the parks and grazing by livestock! Between 1976-1979, 12 villages within Ranthambhore National Park were resettled outside the designated park area with only a few people now residing in scattered hamlets within the park. Of course poachers continue their activities with increasing demand from China for Tiger parts. There are no accurate figures on how many tigers and poachers kill other species, but on occasion evidence appears in the form of large numbers of skins and other body parts found on couriers.
The park is well staffed and the folk who man the centres and the mandatory guides - one for every vehicle, are knowledgeable of the terrain and some even know the Latin names of most species.

The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhore; although it is the one park resident people come to see. We were lucky to see several varieties of birds including these owlets peering through their burrow pictured here on the right and of course the ubiquitous langur monkey. Other animals in the reserve include leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of deer.
The main food source for the tiger is the swamp deer like Barasinsga and on occasion the wild buffalo and also wild boar etc. If you wish to stay near the park, the facilities on offer are superb. The park gates open a half hour before sunrise and close half hour after sunset. The timings are vigorously imposed and no exceptions are made to this rule.

Save Tiger
Like oil lamps flickering in the wind, the world's tiger population is unhurriedly being snuffed out. Several books and literature have been produced to describe the most intriguing, the most powerful and the most majestic of all animals. The Hindu tradition and culture have a place of honor and worship for tiger. In India people had added Singh, Sher and Nahar on their names to upgrade their class. Yet people have been incredibly scant to the cause of the tiger. This web site aims in graphics, pictures and prose to advance the level of wakefulness and concern for this mythical and secretive striped beauty that placidly roams the jungles.

Tiger Moments
Tiger Burning Bright in rare and relaxed moments exhibits it lovable beauty. It is in these moments that the sheer beauty and power of this animal comes out so mesmerizing. It is an experience that no one should fail to spot. If your grand mother has told you that cat the maternal aunt of the tiger did not teach a tiger to climb trees so he cant climb trees then she was probably not wholly right. A commendable photographs shows that tigers can scale trees like other cats but only upto 16 months of age of after which they too heavy to do so.


Best Time to Visit

1st October till 30th June


Park Timings


6:30 to 10:00 AM & 1:30 to 5:30 PM (timings are subject to change)


Park Charges (in Indian Rupees)


  Indian Foreigners
Entry Fees 25.00 200.00
Vehicle 125.00 125.00
Video Camera 200.00 200.00
Safari 1350.00 1350.00
Guide 150.00 150.00

(Rates are subject to change)


How to Get There


By Air: Jaipur (165 km) is the nearest airport which is conveniently connected.

By Rail: The Park is around 12 km from Sawai Madhopur railway station, on the Delhi-Bombay trunk route.

By Road: A good network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur with quite a few areas around. To reach by road from Jaipur, take the NH12 to Tonk via Sanganer and state highway to Ranthambore via Uniara and Sawai Madhopur. It will be better to go by train, since private vehicles are not allowed inside the park.

Distances from Major Cities
Agra : 294 km
Delhi : 434 km
Jaipur : 176 km


Tips & Important Information

  • The clothing to be carried should be selected carefully. The summers are extremely hot and even the lightest cotton clothes will feel warm. Winters are just the opposite when chilling winds pierce into the body like needles and requires heavy woolen clothing.

  • Communication facilities are easily available as most of the resorts provide telephones with direct dial facility, besides there are a number of public call booths located at short distance from the park.

  • The only months to visit the park are October to June. Rest of the time the park remains closed for visitors.

  • Once inside the park, follow the rules and please keep your surroundings clean.

Resorts & Lodges in Ranthambhore Wildlife Park & Tiger Reserve

  1. Aman I Khas

  2. Vanya Vilas Palace

  3. Khem Vilas

  4. Sawai Madhopur Lodge

  5. Ranthambhore Regency Lodge

  6. Nahargarh

  7. Ankur Resort

Related Tours & Travel Packages of Ranthambhore
  1. Wildlife Heart Throb (17 Days)

  2. Wilderness of Rajasthan (23 Days)


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