If wildlife in Rajasthan has to be described in short, it will definitely be the Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur! Boasting as one of the largest and most sought after wildlife reserves in the country, it is also revered as the most ‘Tiger-friendly’ national parks in India.
Located around 180km from Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur, this picturesque wildlife reserve spreads across 392sq.km. and takes the pride of being the abode of the highest number of Tigers in India. Once a favourite hunting ground of the royal families, it was initially called Sawai Madhopur Gaming Sanctuary, and was later declared a Project Tiger Reserve followed by the status of a National Park in 1980.
While the dominant predator in Ranthambore National Park is the Indian Tiger, visitors can also spot other exotic and endangered species in this wildlife reserve. On the list, there are Leopard, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Sambar, Hyena, Chital, Sloth Bear, and lot more. The park also boasts of its wide range of flora and around 270 species of avifauna.
How To Reach Ranthambore National Park
Visitors can enjoy plenty of options to reach Ranthambore National Park by road! The sanctuary is well-connected with Sawai Madhopur through bus and private taxi service.
The Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is around 11km from Ranthambore National Park. Visitors can reach this railway station from Delhi, Mumbai and several other parts of Rajasthan.
Jodhpur Airport; with a distance of 180km, serves as the nearest airport to reach Ranthambore National Park. Following arrival at the airport, visitors can opt for regular buses or hire private taxis to reach Ranthambore National Park.
Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park
Though the park is inhabited by an array of wildlife species, visitors throng this wildlife reserve mainly to spot the majestic Tigers. If planning a Rajasthan tour and visit this wildlife abode, one must plan a trip during the months of November to March. During this interval, visitors can easily spot the giant cats along with several other exotic species in Ranthambore National Park.
Wildlife Safari Timings in Ranthambore National Park
1.October: 07:00 – 10:30AM & 02:30 – 06:00PM
2.November to January: 07:00 – 10:30AM | 02:00 – 05:00PM:
3.February to March: 06:30 – 10:30AM | 02:30 – 06:00PM:
4.April to May: 06:00 – 09:30AM | 03:00 – 06:30PM