There are as many as 50 tiger reserves as like Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in India. You must be surprised at this news but it is true. The tiger reserves in India are widely spread over in several states that include:
All the tiger reserves in India are governed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the whole project comes under Project Tiger.
India being the home to nearly 70% of the world tiger population, takes extreme care in protecting their home tiger population by maintaining 50 tiger sanctuaries and the ecology required for the tiger’s survival.
The tourism centering these tiger reserves in India are meticulously developed that is evident from the prevalence of excellent connectivity and numerous forest lodges, cottages, resorts, tents, and tree-top huts.
In this article, you will come to know about the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
Location of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
This tiger sanctuary is located in the state of Rajasthan. It comprises an area of 390+ sq.km
How to reach Ranthambore Tiger Reserve?
Ranthambore town is well connected by road from the neighboring states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and New Delhi.
From New Delhi, it is located at a distance of 390 km and from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, the distance is 180 km. There are several buses from New Delhi and Jaipur to Ranthambore.
India has a great rail network and there is no dearth of trains to Ranthambore from several cities in India that include:
- New Delhi
Jaipur is the nearest airport to Ranthambore National Park.
What can you see in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve?
Since it is a tiger reserve, your main attraction is the Bengal Tigers. They are majestic, beautiful, fast, and ferocious cats that rule their habitats.
Since the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is now attached to two other wildlife sanctuaries and national parks namely the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, there is a wide range of forest animals and beautiful birds you can watch in Ranthambore.
- Indian leopard
- Sloth Bear
- Spotted deer
- Striped hyena
- Several species of monkeys
- Mongoose (there is an abundance of snakes)
- Black Bucks
- Bunnies and hares
- Indian Vampire bats
- Indian Civets
Birds that can be seen in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Though there are several species of birds that live here, you must heed to the local guide’s suggestion for vantage bird watching spots within the jungle. The Padam Talao and the Jhalra area are the best spots to watch colorful birds that are:
- Gray Hornbills
- Bee Eaters
- Several species of herons and cormorants
- Graylag Goose
- Eagles and Falcons
Since the forest is of a deciduous type that results in hardly any place to hide, you can see all these wildlife fairly easily and in the daytime too.
Other places of attraction near Ranthambore National Park
There are two rivers that flow on either side of the Ranthambore forest namely
- Banas River
- Chambal River
Other places of attractions near Ranthambore:
- Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary that is home to a large varieties birds is about 200 km from Ranthambore.
- Ranthambore Fort
- Jogi Mahal
- Bakaula Forest
- Kachida Valley
- Padam Talao lake
- Rajbagh (ancient ruins)
- Rajbagh Lake
- Malik Lake
Where to stay in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve?
Because the Ranthambore National Park and the other adjoining national parks are too large an area to see the wildlife in a single day, you need to find a place to stay and roam around the park, book a wildlife safari and enjoy the tastiest Rajasthani vegetarian cuisine.
You have a fairly good option to find lodging accommodation and the most recommended one is the Vanyavilas Resort owned by the famous Oberoi Hotels Group.
Here are some hotels and resorts for you to stay in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve area:
- Raj Palace Resort
- Sher Vilas
- Mount Valley Resort
- Ranthambore Heritage Haveli
- Tiger Moon Resort
- Tiger Den Resort
If you want to enjoy an animal safari, you have a wide range of options based on the area of wildlife that the safari tour organizers tell you such as Kundal and Kuwal Ji. There are several zones earmarked for safari routes.
Here are three best-handpicked safari organizers in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve:
Food in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Food, especially the delicious Rajasthani food is available in numerous restaurants that surround the park area in Ranthambore.