Travel packages to Ranthambore Rajasthan
 


Attractions in Ranthambore

Safari in Ranthambore

Wild life safari - The Park, which is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country, is the main attraction of Ranthambore. Covering over an area of 392 sq. km, Ranthambore is distinguished by dry deciduous forests sprawling over the Aravalli and Vindhyan ranges. If you are fortunate enough you can also see the tiger strolling in the jungle or near any of the three lakes-Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Milak Talab. The park also houses panthers in considerable numbers, though they are spotted generally at the outskirts of the park perhaps due to the  inevitable conflict  with the tiger  population , which  command the

'superior' position amidst the predatory cats. Kachida Valley is regarded as the ideal place for spotting panthers. Other mammalian species that have made Ranthambore their home are antelopes, nilgai, sambhar, chital, sloth bear, wild boar, chinkara, porcupines, jackals, leopards, jungle cats, fox, caracals, hyena, gazelle, Indian hare, mongoose and jacanas. Besides animals, about 264 species of birds are found within the park including painted storks, white-necked storks, black storks, peafowl, crested serpent eagles, Bonelli's eagle, Indian horned owl, quail, partridge, spur fowl, paradise flycatcher and jacanas. During winters migratory birds like graylag goose, ruddy she-duck and pintails can be spotted. Monitor lizards and marsh crocodiles are also found here.

Rides into the park are highly regulated and private cars are not allowed. If you are staying at a resort, you can enter the park in their jeeps. 3-hour trips are organized every morning and afternoon, beginning from the Forest Departments along four different trails. Only a limited number of vehicles are allowed to travel over them at a given time. The morning trip sets off half an hour after sunrise and the evening trip ends half an hour after sunset.

Ranthambore Fort - A visit to Ranthambore is incomplete till a visit is made to the remarkable Ranthambore Fort too. The fort was built by the Chauhan rulers in the 10th century and is considered to be one of the oldest forts of Rajasthan. Due to its strategic location, the fort was ideal to keep the enemy at bay. The fort is also related to the historical legend of the royal women performing jauhar(self immolation) when the Muslim invader Ala-ud-din Khilji laid siege on this fort in 1303. The fort is characterised by temples, tanks, massive gates and huge walls.

Jogi Mahal - The Jogi Mahal is a must-visit place in Ranthambore. It is the forest rest house that overlooks the pretty Padam Talab. The Mahal lies close to the park and has all the facilities for a comfortable stay. The most important aspect of Jogi Mahal that attracts a large number of tourists every year is the ancient banyan tree, which is believed to be the second largest banyan tree in India.
Quick Getaways near Ranthambore

Tonk - Situated at a distance of 100 kilometres from Ranthambore, Tonk is an old town dating to the middle of the 17th century. Reviving a forgotten era, Tonk makes a must visit itinerary in your excursion from Ranthambore. As the small town used to be the stronghold of the Pathan tribesmen of Afghanistan, Tonk is characterised by the Sunehri Kothi with its elaborate mirror work and colourful combination of painted mosques, mansions and colonial buildings.

Suhnehri Kothi near Ranthambore
Kota - Located at a distance of 100 kilometers from Ranthambore, Kota is another significant place to visit during your excursion from Ranthambore. Kota used to be an important part of the former Rajput kingdom of Bundi. It became a separate princely state during the 17th century. The glory of those times could be seen in the several monuments, palaces and gardens that exist here. Located on the eastern bank of Chambal River, Kota has number of sites to visit and see. The city fort and palace, Kota Barrage, the Kishore Sagar tank (which was built in 1346), the Jagmandir palace (built on a small island at the centre of a tank in 1740), the Brij Vilas Palace Museum, the Chambal gardens and Chhattar Bilas gardens with its number of royal cenotaphs are some of the places you must visit in Kota.

Festivals & Events in Ranthambore

Ganesh Chaturthi - The Reserve is home to one of the most famous Ganesh temples in the state of Rajasthan. It is a common belief here that all the marriage invitations should first be sent to Lord Ganesh at his temple here. This makes the spot an exceptional pilgrimage site and invitations pour from all over the country throughout the year, especially during the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in the months of September/October. During the festival, devotees participate in the singing of devotional songs.

Kaila Devi Fair - The Kaila Devi Fair is celebrated in the Kaila Devi or Mahalaxmi temple in the village Kaila, situated in the range of Ranthambore National Park. Sited on the river Kailisil, the temple hosts the festival for around 15 days in the Hindu month of Chaitra (April). Approximately 2,00,000 devotees participate in this festival every year.

Getting There and Away to Ranthambore

Flights to Ranthambore
The nearest airport to Ranthambore is the Jaipur Airport, about 145 km away. Regular flights are available from Jaipur to other cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Jodhpur, and Udaipur.
Trains to Ranthambore
The nearest rail junction is the Sawai Madhopur Railway Station at a distance of 11 km from the park. It is on the main Delhi-Mumbai railway line and some of the major trains stop here.
Car and Bus Service to Ranthambore
An excellent network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town from Ranthambore to all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan.

Getting Around in Ranthambore

Bicycles are available on hire to roam around the town. Jeeps have to be booked in advance for the safari.
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