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Ranthambore National Park

Join a jeep safari in search of the Bengal tiger, visit an ancient fort and marvel at a natural landscape of lotus-filled lakes and forest-covered valleys.

The verdant jungle bush of Ranthambore National Park presents one of the best opportunities to spot the grand Bengal tiger. Visit historic landmarks and discover black bucks, colorful birdlife, big cats and wild dogs. Ranthambore National Park spreads across an area of about 155 square miles (400 square kilometers) of deep valleys, green grassland, placid lakes and rugged cliffs. The land was used as a hunting ground by the Jodhpur maharajas. It became a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and a national park in 1981.

Access to the park is via open-top jeep safaris and canters, buses that seat up to 20 passengers. Vehicles travel along various routes and offer boundless vistas of the park’s stunning natural beauty. For most, the highlight is the chance to get close to a mighty Bengal tiger. Drivers will take you very close, so have your camera ready to snap once-in-a-lifetime shots. Sightings of some of the more than 20 tigers are common but not guaranteed.

Besides tigers, the park has a multitude of other wildlife to enjoy. Discover over 250 bird species, including cormorants, eagles, kingfishers and parrots. Watch for jungle cats, Indian flying foxes, wild boars, elusive leopards and India’s biggest deer, the sambar. Lucky visitors might even see crocodiles rise from the tranquil waters of a lotus-covered lake.

Walk to the 8th-century Ranthambore Fort, which commands a majestic view over the park. Here find a fascinating collection of derelict palaces, stepwells and chhatris, which are dome-covered pavilions. Look for the sacred Ganesh Temple, where hordes of pilgrims gather in August to celebrate Lord Ganesh’s birthday.

The park is about a 30-minute drive from the city of Sawai Madhopur. Public buses and taxis travel frequently between the town and park. Sawai Madhopur is connected by train to Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and New Delhi.

Ranthambore National Park is open from October to June, with tours departing in the morning and afternoon. Book in advance to ensure a place on the smaller jeep safaris. Ranthambore Fort is the park’s only walkable area. Find more information on the park’s official website.


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Nahargarh Ranthambhore Rs10,000
Reviewed on 31 Mar 2019
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Nahargarh Ranthambhore

Nahargarh Ranthambhore

Village Khilchipur, Ranthambhore Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great place to stay. Close to the national park. Meals were good.

    The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore Rs24,000
    Reviewed on 4 Feb 2019
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    The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore

    The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore

    Ranthambhore Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
       
      5.0 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Without doubt one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed. Fantastic room. Hot water bottles at night and on drives, such a great touch. Amazing service. I have a cold one of the lovely guys Sandtosh appeared with the most delicious honey, lemon and hot spice drink. Insisting I drink at least two to ...

      WelcomHeritage Mount Valley Resort, Ranthambore
      Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019
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      WelcomHeritage Mount Valley Resort, Ranthambore

      WelcomHeritage Mount Valley Resort, Ranthambore

      Ranthambhor Rd, Sawai Madhopur, RJ
         
        4.8 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Had a nice stay for a quick trip to Ranthambhore. There's nothing going on in the neighborhood, so the hotel makes the stay. There's not really anything going on here, but they did have a pool and the rooms all come with blasting A/C which is great when it's 45/113 degrees outside. The restaurant ...

        Ranthambhore National Resort Rs2,400
        Reviewed on 14 Jan 2019
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        Ranthambhore National Resort

        Ranthambhore National Resort

        Ranthambhore Road, Opposite Saras Dairy, Ranthambhore, Sawai Madhopur
           
          3.8 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice hotel and comfortable room, very helpful staff including in the excellent restaurant, good location to explore Ranthambore.

          Tiger Den Resort
          Tiger Den Resort

          Tiger Den Resort

          Near Ranthambhore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, RJ
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Sawai Madhopur, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Wild Dragon Adventure Park, Ranthambore Fort and Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple. Chouth Mata Temple is 14.9 mi (24 km) away.

            TGI Tiger Roar Resort
            Reviewed on 9 Jan 2019
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            TGI Tiger Roar Resort

            TGI Tiger Roar Resort

            Gram- khawa, Charoda Road, Sawai Madhopur, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
               
              5.0 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Hotel stay was nice. Staff was also very friendly and co-operative. Food qwality was also cery good. Nice place to stay with family, Recommend for Couples and Friends.

              Tiger Moon Resort Rs5,085
              Reviewed on 7 Feb 2019
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              Tiger Moon Resort

              Tiger Moon Resort

              Ranthambore National Park, Village Sherpur, Khelchipur, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
                 
                3.7 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Tucked away this is a great place for a night or two. Go on safari or try to see wildlife from their special roof-top hide (we saw a tiger on the first night) and don't miss the fort, well worth a visit. We walked through the local village and met the locals but I don't thing they see many white ...

                The Pugmark- A Wildlife Resort Rs4,759
                Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019
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                The Pugmark- A Wildlife Resort

                The Pugmark- A Wildlife Resort

                Village Khilchipur, Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  I had a very nice stay at Pugmarks. It is a little difficult to find but once there things were excellent- staff and grounds, helpful and beautiful.

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