About Ranthambore National Park
Thanks to its proximity to the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park is one of the most popular parks in India to see tigers. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore is also one of India’s most scenic parks with wild jungle shrub and rocky ridges as well as a number of crumbling burial tombs and the 10th-century Ranthambore Fort. Originally established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 to become a national park in 1980, Ranthambore is a prime example of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts.Read More
The park lies at the edge of a plateau and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. Covering an area of some 400 km including steep crags embracing a network of lakes and rivers, terrain fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush land. For a relatively small area, the park offers a rich diversity of fauna and flora including sambar, chital, nilgai, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear and myriad birdlife as well as the star attraction, the Bengal tiger. One of the best locations for bird watching is the fort where a wide variety of birds have been spotted such as paradise flycatchers, peacocks, painted storks and crested serpent eagles.
When surveyed in 2014 the park claimed a population of 48 tigers and the best chance of seeing them in the wild is on game drives that take place in Ranthambore's three buffer zones, designed to restrict traffic and provide enough space for the resident tigers. The park is open from October to June and closed for the rest of the year due to the monsoon rains.
Ranthambore National Park Tours
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park Hotels
If you are planning a Ranthambore National Park holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Khem Villas Ranthambore National Park
Surrounded by indigenous trees and small lakes, the Khem Villas was designed to provide peace and tranquility with a touch of luxury and comfort. Khem Villas consists of six quaint cottages, four rooms and five tents. The thatched cottages have a bedroom, large bathroom, open-air private hot tub with an outdoor shower as well as a private courtyard and verandah. The restaurant serves a tasty selection of vegetarian food across Indian, Western and Oriental cuisine - meat is not served out of respect to nature. The Age Veda Spa looks out across natural grasslands and thick forest for a truly restorative experience.
Sawai Madhopur Ranthambore National Park
Formerly a hunting lodge for the Royal Family, the Vivanta by Taj Sawai Madhopur is Art-Deco in style with a rustic charm that incorporates the property's original dining hall, bar and lounge. Set over 12 lush acres of gardens, guests can discover romantic campfire spots and beautiful al fresco dining options. The large, comfortable rooms are well-appointed with excellent amenities with a living space and plenty of natural light. There is also a pool and spa to relax in alongside a fitness centre.
Sher Bagh Ranthambore National Park
Set amongst trees on a private estate, Sher Bagh is a luxury tented camp voted amongst the top 101 eco-friendly camps in the world by the Tatler Hotel Guide 2002. Each of the 12 luxurious white cotton canvas tents has beautifully handcrafted furniture, an attached bathroom and verandah, reminiscent of the safari encampments of the 1920s. Homegrown ingredients are used in the Anglo-Indian and European inspired meals with traditional Indian dinners cooked on outdoor clay ovens. The Sher Bagh also boasts a jungle spa in a secluded spot.
Ranthambore National Park Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Ranthambore National Park.