Ranthambore National Park



Tigers of Ranthambore
Fateh, King of the Jungle in Ranthambore National Park


Once the hunting grounds of the royal family of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park is the foremost national park in North India for anyone on the quest to see the Bengal Tiger. Over time the Park's tiger population has increased due to conservation efforts as well as the locals' acknowledging that 'tiger tourism' is a major source of income for them and their families. 



Ranthambore National Park is a 3.5 hour drive from Jaipur or a 4 to 6 hour train journey from Delhi. Several visitors add this to their itinerary especially if they visit the golden triangle - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The Park's tigers such as Machli, Sundari, Ustad, Sultan to name a few have been in the media off late thanks to world renowned wildlife photographers, film-makers and conservationists. 

Tigress cubs in Ranthambore
A female cub yawning

The Park is divided in to 10 zones. Zones 1 to 6 are considered premium zones for which you must book at least 90 days in advance or pay a much higher amount called 'tatkal fee' if you book within 90 days. Zones 7 to 10 do not have this additional tatkal fee as compared to Zones 1 to 6. 

Three Female Cubs in Ranthambore National Park
Female cubs

Tiger sightings are good in most zones and vary every year as new adults take on their parents or rivals and drive them out of their territory. From a tiger's perspective a territory is considered prime if it supports a large number of prey base (deer, wild boar etc.) as that ensures a constant supply of food for itself and it's future generations. Older tigers once defeated by the new blood from prime zones venture close to the fringes of the national park for easy prey i.e. cattle or to protected forests and reserves such as Kaila Devi National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve and other areas that have less competition.

Watering hole in summer
Fear brings them together

I have made several trips to Ranthambore in the past few years and seen a tiger or tigers in most visits but I must say that if you don't see a tiger, please do not get disappointed. The Park has other animals worth checking out too such as leopard, sloth bear, smaller cats and several species of deer and birds. 

There is no guarantee that you will see a tiger during the safari. Some part of this depends on your safari driver and guide as they should be able to read and hear signs that indicate the presence of a big cat and then the rest is all about timing. After all, it is a wild animal that you're out to observe that too in it's natural home and not in a zoo. Safari drivers and naturalists are normally allocated by a roster determined by the forest department, however, you can pay extra to get a naturalist and gyspy driver of your choice - hopefully he/she is more experienced and worth the extra bucks!

Jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park
Jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park

Detailed Itinerary (can be customized):

Day 1
  • Arrive by train or drive to Ranthambore National Park (8 hours from Delhi and 3.5 from Jaipur). If arriving by train, let me know so I can arrange to get you picked-up from Sawai Madhopur Train Station. The closest airport is Jaipur.
  • Check in to your hotel, if you arrive before 1:00pm we can do the afternoon safari after having a quick lunch.
  • Dinner at the resort / hotel (hygienic independent restaurants are rare in Ranthambore, hence all your meals are typically eaten in the hotel / resort you are staying in).
Tiger in watering hole
Tiger in watering hole

Day 2:
  • Morning safari - departure from resort will be between 5:30 am to 6:00 am (depends on time of the year)
  • Breakfast and lunch in the resort/hotel
  • Afternoon safari
  • Dinner
Day 3:
  • If you checked in late on Day 1 and missed the afternoon safari then we can do an early morning safari.
  • Alternatively, you can also visit the Ranthambore Fort which has spectacular views of the forest.
  • Check out from hotel after breakfast.


Tigress in Ranthambore National Park
Tigress hiding behind tall grass

Price:

  • Please contact kunal@totravelwith.com / +919717148483 writing number of people traveling, their age, number of nights staying in Ranthambore and any other details that would help provide you with a proper estimate.
Sambar deer resting in watering hole in Ranthambore National Park
Sambar deer

Inclusions:

  • Stay in a resort/hotel
  • All meals
  • Jungle safaris in private jeep (recommended 04 people per gypsy, excluding the guide and driver)
  • Complimentary bottles of water during safari

Price excludes:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Transportation from your home city / town to Ranthambore National Park
  • Tips to guide and safari driver
  • Laundry, spa, mini bar any other services availed other than those mentioned in this itinerary
  • Medical insurance and expenses for any other services not mentioned above.


Please Note:
  • Try and wear dull color clothes (brown, grey, olive green) during safaris so as to blend in with the environment.
  • There is no guarantee that you will see the above wildlife. The river and / or sanctuary is their habitat and sightings depend on water level in the river, human interference, climatic conditions, weather and other factors, migratory pattern of birds, most of which are beyond your and my control. I will do my best to show you all there is to see. 
  • What to carry during the safari: photo identification, camera, binoculars, warm jacket (in the winter), backpack to carry sun glasses, cap, vizer, sun block, some cash and drinking water.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly not permitted in National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • Please do not throw trash on the floor even if you don't see a trash can. Please ask your guide who will help you to dispose it off properly.
  • To prevent any disturbance to wildlife, I do not permit the use of any call playback to attract birds, feeding or baiting of wildlife. Despite this, if you do and are caught by the authorities or called out by locals or fellow wildlife enthusiasts, then you are entirely on your own - embarrassment, fines and other penalties as per the local laws governing national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are to be borne by you.
  • Due to the remoteness of the location, you may not have access to the kind of amenities, facilities and services that you typically are used to / get in big cities. Please ask me if you have any questions about what or what not to bring with you on this trip. Cell phone network may be erratic too.

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