Ranthambore is very famous for its national park. It is a good spot to see tigers and other predators at close quarters. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district, this region is famous for its aesthetically pleasing natural features like ponds, lakes, hills, birds and wildlife. Once a hunting reserve, Ranthambore is today a very famous national park destination attracting birdwatchers, children, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Best Time to Visit Ranthambore
The best time to spot tigers is during summer. The place will be hot and humid making tigers come out to water bodies with cubs to quench thirst. You can also spot many large animals during summer. Summer starts in March and ends in June. The rainy season starts in July and ends by August. Although the season is short, the rainfall is heavy. This is the worst time to visit the place, as the park will be closed. If you love photography, you ought to visit the place during rainy season. Moving around the forest region becomes difficult during rains. Winter season is the time when you can find many tourists. You can find many animals during the safari. The climate is mild and the place will be aesthetically pleasing. Winter starts in October and ends by February.
What to see/ Attractions of Ranthambore
Ranthambore national park is the core tourist attraction here. The park covers plateaus, hills, water bodies and others. Located on the border of the desert, this park is famous for its wildlife safari. Top attractions to enjoy in Ranthambore apart from the wildlife beauty are
- Ranthambore fort
- Raj Bagh ruins
- Kachida valley
- Surwal lake
- Jogi Mahal
Top animals to spot in the park are tigers, hyena, seer, langur, jungle cats, sloth bear, palm civet, desert cats, false vampires and others. You can find many rare birds and reptiles in the park too. The Bakula region is famous for spotting tigresses with cubs in the park.
Shopping in Ranthambore
There are a few shopping centers inside the park where you can find souvenirs.Local tribes make most of the souvenirs. Top handicraft stores in the park are Dastkar, Dhonk and Anokhi.
Famous handicrafts to buy from these stores are
- Camel leather articles
- Artifact replicas
- Local perfume from khas
- Wool carpets
- Leather items
- Dolls and puppets
Guava is commonly cultivated here. You can find fresh guavas during the right season.
How to Reach Ranthambore?
The nearest airport to Ranthambore is Sanganer airport, which is located in Jaipur. The airport is 180 km away from Ranthambore. You can find many flights from important destinations to Sanganer, every day. From the airport, you can hire buses or taxis to reach Ranthambore.
The nearest railway station is located in Sawai Madhopur, which is just 10 km away from the park. From the railway station, you can find cabs and buses to reach different destinations. You can find cabs from surrounding areas to Ranthambore. The service frequency changes with the season. Once inside the park, you can scale the region only with the park vehicles like canter or jeep. If you are looking for a better option, you can also choose Maharaja Express Train and make your journey more memorable.