Ranthambore National Park- The Home of Royal Bengal Tigers
Tired with the honking horns and the black smoke of city life? Escape this holiday to the abode of sprawling greenery, visit Ranthambore National Park if you are looking for a blend of thrill and serenity.
What is Ranthambore National Park?
Located at the Northern part of India, Ranthambore is world famous for its large tiger population. This national park is at the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, which is just 130 KMs from the capital city of Jaipur. This was previously the hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rajasthan.
What to See?
Wild animals, birds and a wide variety of flora adorn the Ranthambore National Park. Out of all the parks in India, Ranthambore is the best place to see tigers. Here the sly leopards peep from the nook and corner of hills, the Nilgai, chital and sambar deer graze coolly on the rich, green grass of the park. The mischief of langur, small monkeys and hanuman is an entertainment for visitors while the melodious songs of cuckoos, bulbul, myna and munia fill the air of the forest.
There are three large talao (lake) within the park, namely, Malik Talao, Rajbagh Talao and Padam Talao. These are best bird watching centres here, where you can find Indian grey hornbills, kingfishers, bee-eaters, crakes, snipes, Asian palm swift, owls, Nightjars, pigeon, doves, sandpipers, gulls, terns, great crested grebe, eagles and darters.
Ranthambore has been a popular destination for the botanists for its unique 300 species of deciduous tree types. Some of the most known tree cover found here includes mango, tamarind, banyan, acacia, jamun, kadam, palm and khair. Medicinal plants like neem and mahua are also seen here.
How Are Jungle Safaris at Ranthambore?
Ranthambore is one of the most well organized national parks of India. Here with prior reservation you can go for safari rides through the dense jungle. If you want to get the true feel of jungle life ride on elephants through the forest, if you are travelling with elderly family members it is best to travel on vehicles for bigger groups there are canters (20 seaters) and for small families there are jeeps (6 seaters).
But there are specific timings which need to be maintained to go for safari rides to Ranthambore National Park. Keep the following timings in mind when planning your visit.
Morning Trip from 7 am to 10.30 am.
Evening Trip from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Morning Trip from 6 am to 9.30 am.
Evening Trip from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm.
When to Visit Ranthambore National Park?
You should always choose winter for a visit to Ranthambore National Park; from 1st October to 30th June is the ideal time for a vacation at this forest area. Strictly avoid monsoons to visit the park as it remains closed during this time.
What to Wear?
There are some rules to follow when you are visiting Ranthambore National Park. Between the months of April to June, the standard temperature felt here is between 35 to 47 degrees centigrade and hence carry light t-shirts, along with caps and sunglasses.
During winter, the forest experiences freezing cold and hence along with jackets, mufflers and gloves are must. During afternoon sweatshirts are enough. If you want to do some photography get thin gloves which are warm.
How to Reach Ranthambore?
Ranthambore is a world famous tourist destination and hence it is easily accessible not only from all parts of India but also from any part of the world.
Let us get some details into the transportation facilities to the park.
• By Air: You can directly land to Sanganer airport of Jaipur. Jaipur is just 130 KMs from Ranthambore and hence hire cabs or ride on bus to reach here from the airport.
There are also direct taxis available from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai or Bangalore International airports.
• By Road: There are several state bus which ply on regular basis from the major cities of the country. There are also luxury, air conditioned bus available which can take you directly to the park, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Delhi and Ahmedabad being some of the cities from which there are direct bus to Ranthambore National Park.
• By Train: The nearest railway station which connects Ranthambore National Park to the other cities is the Sawai Madhopur Railway Station. The station is just 10 KMs from the park and you can get bus, taxi or private cabs to reach the place. Choose the Palace on Wheels train and reach your destination in a luxury way.
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So why wait? Make this holiday special for your loved ones with a visit to the most sought after national park of India, Ranthambore National Park. Have more time in hand? Checkout the wildlife packages which also include special bird watching tours to Ranthambore and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary; special tiger trails to Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Corbett National park.
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