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Ranthambore National Park

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Travel Guide Asia India Rajasthan Ranthambore National Park

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Introduction

Ranthambore National Park is a protected area India located in Rajasthan. It was established in 1980 and occupies an area of 392 kmĀ². Previously the Park was the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The park is part of Project Tiger, and since 1973 the area has been protected as a Tiger Reserve. Among the most representative animals of the park are tigers, leopards, blue antelopes, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bears, chital deer.

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Geography

It is located near Sawai Madhopur, in the region of Rajasthan, about 130 kilometres from Jaipur between Thar Desert and Aravalli Mountains. The flora of the park is typical of the semi dry and includes the famous tree whose leaves are Dhok food for herbivores, and the famous Banyan tree, of which an impressive specimen is near the Jogi Mahal, is considered the largest of its kind in the whole of India.

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Sights and Activities

In the territory of the park it is easy to see tigers as they move in the beautiful nature in search of food for their young, or they walk quietly along the trails at the edge of the bush.

Within its more than 1,330 square kilometres park it is home to many different species of animals including leopards, hyenas, wild boar, crocodiles and reptiles of various types as well as numerous bird colonies with at least 250 different species. Also inside are some temples, such as those of Mansingh and Kaila Devi and the temple of Ganesh, considered one of the most beautiful state of Rajasthan. Its large size and its vegetation protect, besides the animals, the ruins of temples, mosques and strong Ranthambore, dating from the tenth century.

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Opening Hours

  • 1st October to 31st October - 7:00am to 10:30am and 2:30pm to 6:00pm.
  • 1st November to 31st January - 7:00am to 10:30am and 2:00pm to 5:30pm.
  • 1st February to 31st March - 6:30am to 10:00am and 2:30pm to 6:00pm
  • 1st April to 15th May - 6:00am to 9:30am and 3:00pm to 6:30pm.
  • 15th May to 30th June - 6.:00am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 7:00pm

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Cost

The best way to explore the Ranthambore National Park Safari is in a jeep with six seats. A seat on the jeep must be booked at the Project Tiger office in Sawai Madhopur, and the fee is around Rs. 1200. This includes the guide and the jeep entrance fee, but you must pay a individual entrance fee.

A cheaper option to locate the tigers of Ranthambore is twenty seats in the canter.

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Getting There

By Train

The park is about 12 kilometres from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station. The main Mumbai-Delhi railway line passes through Sawai Madhopur.

By Car

To reach by road from Jaipur, you can take the NH12 going to Tonk via Sanganer or state highway to Ranthambore or Sawai Madhopur via Uniara.

By Bus

Bus service is also available from Jaipur (5 hours), Kota (4 hours), Ajmer, and some other cities of Rajasthan.

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Eat

Near Ranthambore you will get many good restaurants which serve local Rajasthani, Indian and continental cuisine to the tourists.

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Sleep

The cheapest hotels are in Sawai Madhopur itself, with a few premium hotels on Ranthambhore Road also.

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