Discover Ranthambhore
About Park
It is hailed as one of India's finest wildlife destinations. Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The Park covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.

Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state.

It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger". It got its status of a National Park in 1981.

Ranthambore National Park is dotted with structures that remind you of bygone eras.There are many water bodies located all over the park, which provide perfect relief during the extremely hot summer months for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. There are many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the jungle, which give it a unique, wonderful and mixed flavour of nature, history and wildlife. Tigers at Ranthambore National park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors. These tigers are famous for being seen in the daytime too, due to their lack of fear of human presence in vehicles. This lack of fear of humans is excellent for tourists, as they get to see the tigers often.

This National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream. It offers excellent internal transportation facilities. The park remains open every year from October to May. Famous for the exciting and frequent tiger sightings captured dramatically in several books, this park is today affected by ecological pressures and poaching.

Topography
It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from the gentle to the steep slopes; from flat topped hills of the Vindhayas to the conical hillocks and the sharp ridges of the Aravalis. An important geological feature the 'Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhaya plateaus meet the Aravali hill ranges meanders through the reserve. The National Park is bounded by the rivers Chambal in the South and the Banas in the North. Pure stands of the Dhok interspersed with open grasslands of the plateaus, six large lakes - Gilai Sagar, Mansarovar, Malik talao, Raj Bagh and Padam Talao with in the National Park.

Ranthambore National park contains a huge variety of animals, birds and reptiles within it. Primarily the population consists of... 

Mammals
Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Common or Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Common Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Coomon Yellow Bats, Desert Cats, Fivestriped Palm Squirels, Indian False Vampires, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Indian Mole Rats, Indian Porcupines, Long eared Hedgehogs, Ratels, Small Indian Mongoose, Small Indian
Civets and Common mongoose.

The park is most famous for its diurnal tigers. The amphibian species only consist of the Common India Toad and the Common Frog. 

Reptiles
Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes, Russel's Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chamaeleon.

Flora
The vegetation in the park is mostly of the dry deciduous type with a large variety consisting of nearly 300 species. The majority of the tree cover is however mainly made up of:

  • Am (Magnifera Indica)
  • Imli (Tamarindicus indica)
  • Babul (Accasia nilotica)
  • Banyan (Ficus benghalensis)
  • Ber (Zizyphus mauritania)
  • Dhak or Chila (flame of the forest){Butea monosperma}
  • Dhok (Anogeossispendula)
  • Jamun (Syzygium cumini)
  • Kadam (Authocephalus cadamba)
  • Khajur ( Phoenix sylvestris)
  • Khair (Accacia catechu)
  • Karel (Capparis decidua)
  • Khejda (Prosopis specigera)
  • Kakera (Flacourtiaindica)
  • Mohua (Madhuca indica)
  • Neem (Azadirachta indica)
  • Dhok forms a majority of the tree cover

Things to do

Ranthambhore National Park: It is hailed as one of India's finest wildlife destinations. Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The Park covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.

Ranthambhore Fort: The Fort is a massive enclave and quite high. Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 AD and since then it was maintained as the private hunting preserve. Much later, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh were part of the Royal Hunting, who stayed here too. It’s a unique Rajput Fort. Archeological Department took it in 1964. It is 1578 ft from the sea level and 750ft from ground. Total area of the fort is about 7 miles. There is no drive way up to the fort, just the stairs. There are three big artificial lakes up in the Fort.

Ganesh Temple: Trinetra means three eyes, the temple was named by this reason. Legend about the Deity.Legend has it that Parvati created Ganesh out of the sandalwood dough that she used for her bath and breathed life into him. Letting him stand guard at the door she went to have her bath. When her husband, Shiva returned, the child who had never seen him stopped him. Shiva severed the head of the child and entered his house. Parvati, learning that her son was dead, was distraught and asked Shiva to revive him. Shiva cut off the head of an elephant and fixed it on the body of Ganesh.

Another tale tells of how one day the Gods decided to choose their leader and a race was to be held between the brothers- Kartikeya and Ganesh. Whoever took three rounds of the earth first would be made the Ganaadhipati or the leader. Kartikeya seated on a peacock as his vehicle, started off for the test. Ganesh was given a rat, which moved swiftly. Ganesh realised that the test was not easy, but he would not disobey his father. He reverently paid obeisance to his parents and went around them three times and thus completed the test before Kartikeya. He said, " my parents pervade the whole universe and going around them, is more than going round the earth." Everybody was pleasantly surprised to hear Ganesh's logic and intelligence and hence he came to be known as the Ganaadhipati or leader, now referred to as Ganpati.

Amreshvar MahadevTemple: Revered ShivTemple, The waterfall and the Verdant grove make this spot ideal for picnics

Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary Eco Tourism site "BALAS": Is situated 9 km away from Sawaimadhopur on Sawaimadhopur-Kalibhat road. It is a part of Sawai mansingh sanctuary. The area includes the confluence of the ancient Aravalli hill, system with the Vindhyan hill system due to which the area is a very rich in bio-diversity. The Vindhyan system is characterized by flat table tops (plateaus) locally known as "Dang' and Aravallis are characterized by sharp ridges & conical hill tops.
The camping site is surrounded by bold vertical cliffs of Neemli 'Dang'. Eco trails and motorable paths have been developed to visit the 'Dang'. Know is another beautiful feature of the Dang. It is a very deep, wide and long rocky Nallah cutup in the Dang which is characterised by steep rocky slopes and cliffs, flat bottoms with deep and fertile soil Mahakho and Didikho are two khos which are very cool mist and alive throughout the year.

Flora in Balas : The main vegetation is dhok associated with beautiful trees of cheela, Raunj, Tendu, Gurjan, Kadaya, Khaair, Kadamb, Goya khair, Siras, Jamun, Khirni, Saintha, Salar, Kathphadi, Amaltas etc. Undergrowth is mostly jarked, jal, Gangerun, jhadberi . Ground cover is mostly grasses of species Chinkali, Bhanjura, Lampla, Sheen, Sedvs, Loth, Jhonudali, Dada Musi Pharda.

Fauna in Balas : The Main animals of the area are Chinkaras, Nilgai, Chital, Sambhar, Hare, Fox, Jackal, Hyena, Jingle Cat, Wild Boar, Sloth beer and Panther. Avifauna is represented by Peacock, Partridges, Quails, Sand grouse, Stone curlews, Minivets, Flycatchers, Tits, Orioles, Parakeets, Sparrow, and Vultures. Nesting of vultures can also be seen in the area.

Kundal Sanctuary : Is situated 15 km away from Sawaimadhopur on Sawaimadhopur-Kalibhat road. It is a part of Sawai mansingh sanctuary. The area includes the confluence of the ancient Aravalli hill, system with the Vindhyan hill system due to which the area is a very rich in bio-diversity. The Vindhyan system is characterized by flat table tops (plateaus) locally known as "Dang' and Aravallis are characterized by sharp ridges & conical hill tops.

Amli River Safari : This is the new picnic spot for sighting of Brid watching, Traditional Games, Candle Night Dinner, Boating, Village Tour & Camel Cart Riding.

Mansarovar lake (26 Kms) : Best Scenic Vistas, Camping, Paradise for Bird watchers.

Surwal lake (20 Kms) : A scenic and mesmeric location filled with natural beauty where the migratory birds flock

Pali Ghat (40 Kms) : A preferred camping & boating spot at the banks of River Chambal

Rameshwaram Ghat (70 Kms) : Picnic Spot on the confluence of Rivers Chambal & Banas, crocodiles, dolphins and migratory birds

Kandhar Fort (50Kms) : A Historic & Majestic fort on the outskirts of RanthambhoreNational Park.

Jungle Safaris

The three major lakes, Rajbaugh, Milak talao and Padam talao attract a variety of migratory birds. The lakes are covered with pink lotuses on which the sambar deer often feed. The grassy edges are frequented by chitals, wild boars and other ungulates. The Marsh crocodiles bask on the shores, the Tigers are often on the prowl at the peripheries. The park is studded with small covered pavilions, ancient summer palaces and crumbling guard posts that bear mute testimony of Rajput Kingdoms and battles long forgotten. Imposingly looming above the National park is the Ranthambhore Fort, in itself a major tourist attraction. The other animals which you are sure to encounter are Leopard, sloth beer, Marsh Crocodile, sambar, Chital, Nilgai (blue bull), Wild boar, Chinkara, Jackals, Hyena, Peafowl, Tree Pies, Parakeets, Robins, Painted storks, Sandpipers, and Plovers. In all there are over 300 species of birds.

Park Visiting Timmings

Oct 1-Oct 31: 6.30am-10.00am & 2.30pm-6.00pm
Nov 1-Jan 31: 7.00am-10.30am & 2.00pm-5.30pm
Feb 1-Mar 31: 6.30am-10.00am & 2.30pm-6.00pm
Apr 1-May 15: 6.00am- 9.30am & 3.00pm-6.30pm
May 16-Jun 30: 6.00am- 9.30am & 3.30pm-7.00pm

July 1 – Sep 30: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve CLOSED


Please let us know, if you would like the resort to organize a jungle safari for your visit to the Park, since a 60-day notice period is required as per the forest office regulations. Please indicate the number of jungle drives you would wish to reserve and whether the preference is for morning and/or afternoon drives. The Park restricts the number of vehicle entering, and bookings are therefore subject to availability. Given the date of arrival, however the hotel will make every effort to reserve a jungle safari.