The Rajasthan leg of the Golden triangle tour takes you to Ranthambore, among India's most favoured wildlife tourism destinations. The name Ranthambore comes from two hills in the area, Ran and Thanbhor. Another version says that Ranthambhore was once called Rana Stambhapura or City of the Pillars of War.
Ranthambore is a short trip, with the fort and the park being the main attractions.The first stop is the Ranthambore National Park, the seat of India's smallest tiger reserve.The Bengal Tigers greet you...!
When to visit
Summers are extremely hot in the state of Rajasthan so avoid May-August. The best time to visit the RanthamboreNational Park is from February to April, with the weather being conducive to sigh-seeing activity. However daytime temperatures during winter and spring are very moderate, making this the right time to travel to National Park Ranthambore. The National Park at Ranthambore is open to the public every year from October to June. The Park is closed during the monsoon months.
Caper travels promises to help you out with your accommodation worries. Majority of the hotels in Ranthambore offer complete packages, which include accommodation, food and jungle safaris, so booking packages in advance would help make your holiday hassle-free . Budget category hotels are also available.
How to get there
Ranthambore is located in the Sawai Madhopur town of Rajasthan.
Prepare yourself for a rare meeting with the Bengal Tiger, with your first stop at the Ranthambore National Park. The all-important National Park was once a hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The Chambal and the Banas rivers flow throughthe Park. Six man-made lakes and many perennial streams water the greenery in the Park. In 1955, the Ranthambore National Park was declared a game sanctuary; and in 1980, it attained the status of a national park. With the initiation of Project Tiger in 1972, it was declared as a tiger reserve in India. There is a limited entry in the Ranthambore National Park available only to the tourists having the permits at the entrance of Ranthambhore National Park. The foreigners pay an entrance fee of Rs 200; Indians pay a fee of Rs 25, while the Indian students pay Rs 5 only. Additional charges are levied on electronic equipments like cameras and other stuffs the jeeps can be hired at the entrance to Ranthambhore. The RTDC Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation also organises the truck safaris for tourists.
The park is well-known for the majestic Bengal Tigers, which can be seen around the lakes and watering holes, prowling through the forest .Tigers are also seen resting on the ruins of the fort-this will make for great picture so dont forget your camera. Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife sanctuary and home to a diversity of fauna, resident and migratory birds.
The park was named after the Ranthambhore Fort that stands at the centre of the national park. This 10th century fort is a formidable construction built by the Chauhans Rajputs and stands at 700 feet above the surrounding plains. The Fort assumes historic value as it is probably the oldest existing fort in Rajasthan and situated near the Sawai Madhpor town in Rajasthan. The Fort was captured and recaptured by several dynasties such as the Mughals, the Kachwaha Maharajas of Jaippur, the Sultan of Gujarat, aming many others.The forest rest house, Jogi Mahal houses the second-largest Banyan tree in India. Three Hindu temples made of red Karauli stone have been built inside the Fort . They are dedicated to Ganesh,Shiva and Ram.