Ranthambore – once where Maharajas hunted

Nestled in the Sawai Madhopur area of Rajasthan, the Ranthambore National Park roars with the sound of Royal Bengal Tigers. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve was once a royal hunting ground for the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur. The lush forested area is now reckoned as one of the biggest and most famous national parks in Northern India. Flanked by the Chambal River to the south and Banas River to the north, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve also flaunts several lakes within its boundary. Besides watching the big cats in action during Tiger Safaris, the Ranthambore National park allows you to explore its rich wildlife and heritage.

Cradled between Vindhya and Aravalli hill ranges, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is home to wild boar, Indian leopard, sloth bear, striped hyena, rhesus macaque, southern plains grey langur, 250 avifaunal species and many more. Furthermore, one can treat the eyes to the beautiful views of the water lilies blossoming in the Padam Talao Lake in the park. Dating back to 944 A.D., the Ranthambore Fort is another major attraction here in addition to the various astounding ruins that are sprawled across the park. Therefore, the sanctuary is surely a paradise not only for wildlife but also for history, photography and nature lovers.

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve along with Keladevi Sanctuary and Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary that lies adjacent to the park offers an unforgettable wildlife trip in India to the visitors.

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Activities

  • Jungle Safari – Witness the flora and fauna from the comfort of your jeep or canter

Immensely enthralling, Jungle Safari in Ranthambore is the best way to experience wildlife in the park. The sweeping hunting ground is best explored by jeep or canter. Feel the adrenaline rush at every twist and turn you take. Observe those mysterious eyes staring at you or simply follow the chirping birds leading you to somewhere amidst the dense woods. Don’t forget to spot the second largest banyan trees in India here. Jungle Safari is surely one of the best things to do in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and will surely leave you with a pounding heart.

Safari Timings in Ranthambore is as follows:

MonthsMorning TimeEvening Time
1st October to 31st October6.30 AM to 10.00 AM2.30 PM to 6.00 PM
1st November to 31st January7.00 AM to 10.30 AM2.00 PM to 5.30 PM
1st February to 31st March6.30 AM. to 10.00 AM2.30 PM to 6.00 PM
1st April to 15th May6.00 AM to 9.30 AM3.00 PM to 6.30 PM
15th May to 30th June6.00 AM to 9.30 AM3.30 PM to 7.00 PM
  • Ranthambhore Fort Excursion – Listen to the folklores of the bygone era

Located deep within the dense park, Ranthambore Fort stands as an epitome of the valour and pride of the Rajput rulers. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort passed through several hands as a bounty of vicious battles. An excursion to this ancient site will let you relive the long history of the land of kings – Rajasthan. Designed to keep enemies at bay, this ancient legacy stands atop a hill as a witness of many battles and sieges. An excursion to the Ranthambore Fort will allow you to explore its various attractions namely Mahadeo Chhatri, Toran Dwar, Sametonki Haveli and others that lie within its premises.

Hotels

  • Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort – for unmatched luxury and comfort

Reckoned as one of the best 5-star hotels in Ranthambore, the Oberoi Vanyavilas offers accommodation in tents equipped with the latest amenities. Inspired by the lavish caravans of the royal families, the resort will make you feel and live like a king or a queen of the bygone era. Rejuvenate your senses at the spa after following the mysterious trails leading to the Royal Bengal Tigers. Savor delicious Rajasthani cuisines at the fine dining restaurant. Besides Rajasthani, one can also gorge on international delicacies. Or simply cherish the warm hospitality offered here.  

  • Sujan Sher Bagh – relive the era of staying under tents but without compromising the comforts

Treasure the experience of living in luxury camps whilst on adventurous wildlife holidays in India at Sujan Sher Bagh. Just a stone’s throw away from one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India, Ranthambore, the resort is a haven of serenity. The sumptuous camps allow you to enter into a different world altogether. Set up in the dramatic wilderness, these camps make your stay a memorable affair. Dedicated to conservation, this resort comprises 2 exceptional tented suites and 10 luxurious tents. The meticulously designed menus include Anglo–Indian and European lunches, with traditional Indian dinners cooked on outdoor clay ovens.   

  • Tree of Life Kipling Lodge – offering an unparalleled stay

Showcasing a perfect mélange of modern luxury and traditional hospitality, Tree of Life Kipling Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Ranthambore. Deriving its name from the very famous British novelist Rudyard Kipling who is known for his Jungle Book, the lodge gains attention for its Rajasthani architectural style. Spend some days here and embark on a trip down the memory lane combined with a perfect luxury. From wildlife safaris to fort excursions to village tours, you can choose from anything that is offered here.  

  • Nahargarh – make your staycation memorable

Positioned at the foothills of the Aravalli Hills, Nahargarh offers a perfect combination of wilderness and royalty. Boasting ivory-white fortification, the magnificent palace features exceptional amenities. Once here, you will be treated to jungle safaris in the morning and amazing cultural performances in the evening. Dine like a royal at the Grand Dining Hall that serves Indian, continental and Rajasthani dishes. Dotted with dimly lit lamps, the Hathi Kund looks truly magical at night. Designed on the military theme, the Lancer’s Bar welcomes guests who wish to spend some ‘Me time’ while enjoying a drink. An amphitheater, spa and swimming pool add to the charm of the place.

  • Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge – Exuding old vibes with new changes

The best heritage hotel in Ranthambore, Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge was designed for the royals of Jaipur. Once a royal hunting lodge, the lavish property is more than 80 years old. It has undergone modifications but has still not lost its charm. This lodge is known to offer luxury rooms and a world-class dining experience. Its signature experiences include Awan Ki Chokie, Neem Terrace Dining, Machan, etc. A blissful getaway from chaotic city life, the lodge will leave you pampered to the core. Friendly staff, excellent hospitality and wonderful service will make you feel at home.