Ranthambore National Park

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Ranthambore National Park featuring tranquil scenes and animals

Join a jeep safari in search of the Bengal tiger, visit an ancient fort and marvel at a natural landscape of lotus-filled lakes and forest-covered valleys.

The verdant jungle bush of Ranthambore National Park presents one of the best opportunities to spot the grand Bengal tiger. Visit historic landmarks and discover black bucks, colorful birdlife, big cats and wild dogs. Ranthambore National Park spreads across an area of about 155 square miles (400 square kilometers) of deep valleys, green grassland, placid lakes and rugged cliffs. The land was used as a hunting ground by the Jodhpur maharajas. It became a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and a national park in 1981.

Access to the park is via open-top jeep safaris and canters, buses that seat up to 20 passengers. Vehicles travel along various routes and offer boundless vistas of the park’s stunning natural beauty. For most, the highlight is the chance to get close to a mighty Bengal tiger. Drivers will take you very close, so have your camera ready to snap once-in-a-lifetime shots. Sightings of some of the more than 20 tigers are common but not guaranteed.

Besides tigers, the park has a multitude of other wildlife to enjoy. Discover over 250 bird species, including cormorants, eagles, kingfishers and parrots. Watch for jungle cats, Indian flying foxes, wild boars, elusive leopards and India’s biggest deer, the sambar. Lucky visitors might even see crocodiles rise from the tranquil waters of a lotus-covered lake.

Walk to the 8th-century Ranthambore Fort, which commands a majestic view over the park. Here find a fascinating collection of derelict palaces, stepwells and chhatris, which are dome-covered pavilions. Look for the sacred Ganesh Temple, where hordes of pilgrims gather in August to celebrate Lord Ganesh’s birthday.

The park is about a 30-minute drive from the city of Sawai Madhopur. Public buses and taxis travel frequently between the town and park. Sawai Madhopur is connected by train to Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and New Delhi.

Ranthambore National Park is open from October to June, with tours departing in the morning and afternoon. Book in advance to ensure a place on the smaller jeep safaris. Ranthambore Fort is the park’s only walkable area. Find more information on the park’s official website.

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Sawai Vilas
Sawai Vilas
4 out of 5
Ranthambhor Rd, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $160 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Situated in Sawai Madhopur, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Ranthambore National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wild Dragon Adventure Park and Ranthambore ...
1/5 (1 review)
Worst hotel of my life
"Pathetic - Disgusting - Nightmare The staff sent me a wrong Google location for the hotel and I ended up in a forest and had. A car accident. I only checked in the morning for few hours and they charged me for all day . They did not help with car mechanic to help me with my car and something basic ..."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

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Nahargarh Ranthambhore
Nahargarh Ranthambhore
4 out of 5
Village Khilchipur, Ranthambhore Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $468 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 4.3 mi (7 km) from Ranthambore Fort and 7.2 mi (11.5 km) from Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
Restful, old world grandeur.
"The hotel is situated in an old palace which is built in the traditional style around a series of courtyards. The rooms are spacious and clean, bathrooms are well equipped. The whole place feels a little like stepping back in time - in a nice way - and is very calm. There are two pools, one is a ..."

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The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore
The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore
5 out of 5
Ranthambhore Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $735 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
This family-friendly Sawai Madhopur resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ranthambore National Park and Wild Dragon Adventure Park. Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple and Ranthambore ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
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Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

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Tiger Moon Resort
Tiger Moon Resort
3 out of 5
Ranthambore National Park, Village Sherpur, Khelchipur, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $56 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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Sawai Vilas
Sawai Vilas
4 out of 5
Ranthambhor Rd, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $160 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
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Nahargarh Ranthambhore
4 out of 5
Village Khilchipur, Ranthambhore Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $468 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore
The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, Ranthambhore
5 out of 5
Ranthambhore Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $735 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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The Baagh Ananta Elite
The Baagh Ananta Elite
4 out of 5
Ranthambhor Rd, Saptar, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $69 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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The Tigress Resort & Spa, Ranthambore
The Tigress Resort & Spa, Ranthambore
4.5 out of 5
Khilchipur Village, Near Helipad, Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $140 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
The Tigress Resort & Spa, Ranthambore
The Earth At Ranthambore
The Earth At Ranthambore
3.5 out of 5
Ranthambore Road, Near Helipad, Village Khilchipur, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $73 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
The Earth At Ranthambore
Clarks Resort Abhyaran Ranthambore
Clarks Resort Abhyaran Ranthambore
3.5 out of 5
Ranwal, Ranthambore Road, Sawai Madhopur
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Hotel Juna Mahal
Hotel Juna Mahal
4 out of 5
Jamool Khera, Ranthambore Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
The price is $119 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Hotel Juna Mahal
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