Reputed to be among India’s finest tiger reserves, Ranthambhore has a combination of forest and scrubland with six lakes, the river Banas and its tributary Kandoli making it an ideal place for spotting tigers. The tigers almost always make an appearance. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times. Rides in the park are highly regulated at Ranthambhore and private cars are not allowed. Only limited number of vehicles is allowed to travel at a given time. The morning trip sets off half an hour after sunrise and evening trip ends half an hour after sunset. Apart from tiger there is plenty of other wildlife like langurs,wildboars,sambhar,herds of shy chital,sloths,hyenas,bears,pythons and sometimes a rare jungle cat can be spotted.
When to go:
The park opens on October 1 and closes end –June. November to February is recommended to those who don’t like heat. For tiger lovers the hot months are October, March and April when tigers are more easily sighted close to water bodies.
At the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges in south-eastern Rajasthan, 15km from Sawai Madhopur.
How to visit:
Rail: Nearest railhead is at Sawai Madhopur, all west bound trains stop here.
Highway driving up to Dausa then state roads to Ranthambhore.Private vehicles is not allowed into the park.