Ranthambore is a magical land for nature and wild life lovers. Ranthambore has a very famous National park, which is one of the biggest Tiger Reserve. It is also called the ‘Tiger Hub of India’. Ranthambore is one of the best places to observe wild-life and nature and a significant travel destination of Rajasthan. This wonderful place offers you a best place to observe the great ferocious tigers and also relish the natural beauty at its fullest.
Location: It is located on the border of Thar Desert in the Sawai Madhopur District of South-Eastern Rajasthan, about 180 kms from Jaipur
Climate: Summers are very hot, while winters are chilling cold.
Wear very light cotton clothes in summers, while you will require lots of winter wears.
Best time to visit: October to April
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest Airport is in Jaipur (161 kms)
By Train: Nearest Railway Station is in Sawai Madhopur (10kms)
By Road: Can be reaches easily by private or public transport
Places of Interest
Ranthambore National Park
Location: 160 kms South-East of Jaipur, 110 kms North-East of Kota
Timings: The park is open from October to June, from 6.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m. Best time to visit is from December to April
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and well known National Parks in India. It spread over a zone of 392 sq kms. In 1957, the park was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary. It gained the protection of ‘Project Tiger’ in 1974. It got its prestigious status of a ‘National Park’ in 1981.
Initially, the park was a chasing place for the royal people of Jaipur. But, then it is announced as a Heritage Site, as it is the home of a huge variety of flora and fauna. There are Jeep Safaris and Wildlife Safaris here, in which you can visit the whole park and look at the wild creatures in their characteristic living spaces. You can see tigers, hyenas, deer, jackals, sambhar, mongoose, crocodiles, gazelles, wild boars and many more other birds and animals in the park. This park is very popular for its Tiger population. If you want to experience wild life from close, this is the best place for you to visit.
Location: Inside the Ranthambore National Park
Best month to visit: October to June
Ranthambore Fort was built by Tatu Meenas in the year 944 A.D. This excellent fort is located at the height of 700 ft. from the surrounding areas. The history of the Fort says that it was possessed by Mughal rulers in 1528. In the 17th century, the Fort was gifted by the Mughals to the Maharaja of Jaipur.
The magnificent Fort offers a stunning view of the Ranthambore National Park from the top. Do not forget to carry your binoculars, as you can see a huge variety of spectacular birds and wild animals here. It is a historical place designed with remarkable craftsmanship and interior.
Location: It is located inside the Ranthambore Fort
Best month to visit: October to June from Sunrise to 8.00 p.m.
Trinetra Ganesh temple is the oldest Temple in Rajasthan and is the only Temple in the World, which has the whole family of Lord Ganesh at one place, together. In Hindu religion, when it is said ‘Pratham Ganesh’, it is referred to the Trinetra Ganesh of Ranthambore.
The history of the Temple says that during the war between King Hammeer and Alauddin Khilji in 1299 A.D., the King got its godowns filled with food and other necessary things. When the war lasted for many years and the godowns became empty, the King prayed to Lord Ganesh for help. The Lord bestowed his mercy and came in his dream and told him that all his problems would be solved by morning. The next day, an idol of lord Ganesh with three eyes (Trinetra) was embossed itself at the wall of the fort. Also, the war got over and the godowns were filled again. King Hammeer built this Temple after the war got over.
Location: Inside Ranthambore National Park
Timings: Open all days from 6.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Jogi Mahal is one of the major attractions of Ranthambore. Initially, it was built by the kings of Jaipur for hunting the wild animals. It was ‘Hunter’s Den’ at that time. It is situated at the bank of Padam Talab. It was eventually transformed into a Forest Rest House. But due to some reasons, you cannot stay here now as it is not permitted.
The Mahal is situated on the banks of Padam Talao Lake. You will be intrigued to see various animals that come here to drink water. You will love the beautiful Deer and Peacocks here.
Location: Inside Ranthambore National Park
Timings: Open every day from 6.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Padam Talab is an amazing lake which has crystal clear water. The Lake got its name ‘Padam’ because of the beautiful bunches of lilies and lotus flowers growing in the lake water. Many wild animals come here to drink water and to cool themselves. You can see deer, crocodiles, tigers and other animals.