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About: Introduction: – Attraction of many foreign tourists and remarkable touristic favouriste Sanctuary,” Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve “in Rajasthan which is the hottest state of India is Pride of Bharatpur range. Ranthambhore National Park has attracted not only the visitor or tourist of abroad but also National top class leaders, Indian Prime Minister, Late Shri Rajeev Gandhi, well-known leaders, emperors and minister have quietened their curiosity and got pleasure in visiting the world fame sanctuary. Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve includes distinct area with varied conservation history virtually separated geographically   with narrow corridors linking them to the cure, Ranthambhore National Park, Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary. These are attraction center of many tourists of nation and abroad.

Ranthambhore History: In the 17th century the fort was a prison in forest. The area of Ranthambhore was the Hunting Reserve of the erstwhile Jaipur State freedom and continued to be so till 1970 even after it was declared a sanctuary.  It was declared as Sawai Madhour Wildlife Sancturary in 1955.

Project Tiger was founded in 1973 due to continue threat to the tiger by the Government of India. Ranthambhore was the smallest of nine chosen tiger habitats. Ranthambhore become a National Park in 1980. In 1984, the adjacent forests were declared the Sawai  Man Singh Sanctuary  and Keladevi Sanctuary. The Tiger Reserve was enlarged to include the Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is bounded with beauty. Now, the total area of Tiger Reserve is about 1700.22 sq.km, which falls in Sawai Madhopur and Karauli districts.

Geographical Feature

This Tiger reserve lies between 23.11 to 25 .54’ north latitude and 73.22’to 76.36’ east longitudes. It is situated in the south eastern part of Rajasthan in both districts named Sawai Madhopur and Karauli. The Reserve is located on the Western bank of Keladevi Sanctuary. A significant geological feature, the Great Boundary Fault where the Vindhyas were brought against the ancient Aravallis passes from here.

About Safari

Rides

There are three types of Rides in a day. One is Regular Safari that starts in the morning and the other starts in the afternoon. Second is Half Day Safari that starts in the morning and the other starts in the afternoon. Third is Full Day Safari that starts in the morning.  Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve area has been divided in to several zones. Regular safari is allowed only one zone while the Half Day and the Full Day safari have no zone limit. That means the Half Day and the Full Day safari can go any zone from one to 10. Since there is a good chance of not sighting a tiger in one outing, people usually take more than two rides to enjoy tiger’s sight and natural beauty. There is a lot of quality resort on the way from Sawai Madhopur to the National Park.

 Time

The premium zones (1 to 5) of the National Park are open for visitors from the 1st October to the 30th June every year. Rest of zones (6 t0 10) are opened in rainy season. But, it is good to check before making the trip in monsoon time because some time it might be closed due to heavy rain or other reason. There are three types of safaris in a day from October to June. One is regular safari that starts in the morning and the other start in the afternoon. Second is half day safari that starts in the morning and the other start in the afternoon. Third is full day safari that starts in the morning. Generally speaking, the morning safari starts half an hour after sunrise and the evening safari finishes half an hour before sunset. As a result the timings change slightly every two months or so.

Mode

There are two modes of transport for safaris in Ranthambhore – the 4 wheels drive jeep called “Gypsy” which seat up to six visitors and 20 seats safari buss called “canter”. All these vehicles are attached to the Forest Department and owned and run by local people. Vehicles that are not attached to forest department are not permitted in to the park. Gypsys and canters are booked in advance and visitors are strongly advised to book their safaris particularly for Gypsy safari well in advance.

To book the safaris it needs the full names of all guests who would be going for the safari along with an identification proof. The only identification proof that is accepted for foreigners is the passport. For Indian nationals the identification proofs that are accepted any one of the following – Voter ID/Passport/ Driving license / Pan card / school ID/ Government ID/ Employee ID. A copy of the identity proof is required to be submitted before every safari, so please carry multiple photocopies of the identification proof.

Zone

Whole tourist’s area is divided into 10 zones. The zones from 1 to 5 are considered premium zones. Beside these, there are five other zones numbered 6, 7, 9 and 10 in the adjoining  Sawai Madhopur and Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary.

Regular safari is allowed only one zone while the half day and full day safari have no zone limit. That means the half day and full day safari can go any zone from one to 10.

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

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  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

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Ranthambhore- Places
  1. Ranthambhore Fort: This fort is ancient glory of Rajputs. It is near by 1000 years old and is situated on the top of the hill which offers a glorious and attractive view of Ranthambhore National Park. It is one of oldest forts of warriors-breeding land Rajasthan. It is situated in the heart of the park. The fort possesses beautiful architecture, natural beauty and beautiful birds and agile and dangerous wild animals. It is situated in the middle of Vindhyas and Aravalli Hills. The fort is huge, splendid, and attractive. It spreads across vast geographical area that extends 3 kms in the East – West and about 6 kms. in the North – South direction. The infrastructure of the fort is marked by various lakes, cenotaphs, ancient steep wells, guard-posts, temple, tombs and summer palaces etc. All bearing witness to Ranthambhore’s varied and fascinating history. It is open with the rising and setting the sun. You can have visit of it after the morning safari to escape the time of evening safari. It is the best place for birding and occasionally panther use this area.
  2. Surwal Lake (22 Km from the Park)

It is a seasonal lake that located between acres of agricultural fields, it is a good place to different species of migratory birds in winters such as Flamingos. Painted Storks, Spoonbills, Sarus & Demoiselle Greylag Geese and Cranes etc can be seen in large numbers between November and March. Early in the morning is the perfect time for birds watching before the Sun rising. The Surwal Lake usually dries out by April-May. It is a place where you can have a look for village life.

  1. Chambal Sanctuary ( Pali Ghat)

Chambal Sanctuary, also called the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 5,400 km2 (2,100 sq mi) tri-state protected area in northern India for the protection of the Critically Endangered gharial, the red-crowned roof turtle and the Endangered Ganges river dolphin. Located on the Chambal River near the tri-point of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, it was first declared in Madhya Pradesh in 1978, and now constitutes a long narrow eco-reserve co-administered by the three states. Within the sanctuary, the pristine Chambal River cuts through mazes of ravines and hills with many sandy beaches.

It is 60 -70 km. away between the Aravalis and the Vindhyan hill systems in the Sawai Madhopur district of eastern Rajasthan. It is a great spot to enjoy a bit of serene tranquility, Pali Ghat, National Chambal Sanctuary, situated at the banks of the Chambal River.  Though abundant crocodiles and gharials are visible to the naked eye, the shimmering waters of the river hide many more secrets within its depth. The area around the river  is an ideal place for bird watching and provides for interesting pictures of rare avifauna amidst a backdrop consisting of deep ravines interrupted by the steadily flowing river.  Take a relaxing boat ride in this park that runs through three states – Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to get a closer look at the green reptiles.  It is great spot– where predators and their prey thrive in their natural habitat, and you may just get the chance to witness a live hunt.

  1. Rameshwaram Ghat (70 Kms): Rameshwara Ghat (temple) is situated at the meeting point of the Chambal, Banas and sheep rivers at border of Rajasthan & M.P. states. Sri Rama temple and Shiva Linga are very old & main attractions for hindu pilgrims. Parasaram Ghat is also famous for, “Chaturbhujnath temple “. Deep and silent waters of the Chambal with lots of crocodile, dolphins & migratory birds make it an interesting site for boating. On day of the ‘kartick Purnima’(full Moon), there is a very big fair held on both sides of the border. So, it is great spot to see village & cultural for guests.
  2. Amreshwar Mahadev

It is located on high hills on the way to Ranthambore National Park. It is the Lord Shiva   temple that representation of 12 Jyotir Lingas. In rainy season it is a perfect picnic place for local people.

     6. Khandar Fort

The Khandar fort is a place worth visiting and is situated just 45 kms from Sawai Madhopur. This magnificent fortification was long ruled by the Sisodia Kings of Mewar after which it was taken over by the Mughals.

      7. Hathibhata

It is situated  10kms from Kakod on the route to Sawai Madhopur. Hathi Bhata,carved out as a single stone in the shape of a huge life size stone elephant. To top it up, inscription on the rock tells us the story of Raja Nal and Damyanti. This monument was constructed in 1200 by Ram Nath Slat, during the reign of Sawai Ram Singh.

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  • Ultricies Vehicula Mollis Vestibulum Fringilla
  • Condimentum Sollicitudin Fusce Vestibulum Ultricies
  • Sollicitudin Consectetur Quam Ligula Vehicula
  • Cursus Pharetra Purus Porta Parturient
  • Risus Malesuada Tellus Porta Commodo
Ranthambhore attractions

1. Tri-Netri Ganesh Temple

(Three eyed) Trei-netra means three eyes, it is so famous that millions and millions visitors come to visit this place. They pray to Lord Ganesh and fulfill their desires. This is also the centre of faith, devotion and admiration of: The Hindu. Most of Hindu pilgrims come here to place devotional flowers before God Ganesh. They do so far seeking their blessings and to get merry of Ridhi-Sidhi provider. Various type of shops are installed here shopkeepers earth both money and joy of the fair. This temple has filled the empty tape of many mothers and empty pockets of true devotees. Devotee from the every corner of India come here with empty laps and returns with filled lap and wealth. Such is the magic power of Tri-Netra Ganesh Ji

2. BirdingBird watching area in Ranthambhore

The park region is rich in avifauna due to the variety of habitats with abundant sources of avian nourishment. Over 330 of the 1300 species of the Indian subcontinent’s birdlife can be located in the region at different seasons with monsoon and winter being special periods for tourists and nature lovers. The perfect palaces to watch birds are Padam Talav,, Rajbagh talav, Malik lake, Jhalara & Bagada inside the park. The park has one of the world’s most spectacular heronry which hosts a large number of migratory and resident birds.
There are some great birding spots outside the park and here you can walk around. In fact, some of the best birding areas are on the outskirts of the park.
For bird watchers, Ranthambhore¹s specialties are the Nightjars, Indian courser,Woodpeckers, Painted spurfowl, Indian Gray Hornbills, Indian skimmer, quails, larks, pipits,Ibis, prinias and Finches etc.
A good time to visit Ranthambore National Park is in November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.
The present list covers 320 species and their names in englsih & latin languages.
There are some great areas for birding:

Birding at Surwal Lake (22 Km from the Park)

It is a seasonal lake located between acres of agricultural fields, it is a good place to different species of migratory birds in winters Flamingos. Painted Storks, Spoonbills, Sarus & Demoiselle Greylag Geese and Cranes can be seen in large numbers between November and March. Early in the morning is the perfect time for birds watching before the Sun rising. The Surwal Lake usually dries out by April-May. It is a place where you can have a look for village life.

Birding at Mansarovar Lake (20 km from the Park)

Mansarovar Lake is the largest lake in the area; it lies at the southern edge of the park. It is a paradise for bird watching in winter time and you can have a chance to see Pintail ducks, Pelicans, Geese and Herons in large number. It is good place for walking too.
Birding from Misradhara gate to the Ranthambhore Fort
It is common road for the fort as well as the park that is a very good place for birding and you can watch Peacocks, Parakeets, Doves, Flycatchers, etc, along with a large group of Common or Hanuman langur . It is really the best place to see the Painted Spurfowl that is the main attraction for bird watchers! To walk from Misradhara gate to the fort you can have option to see more than 60 species. The specific area is perfect habitat for leopard because in tiger country leopards always make distance from tiger & prefer to stay on high elevation & the fringe of the park.

Birding at Amlideh (Banas river)(25 km from the Park)Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

Amlideh is situated on the banks of the Banas. It is a very quiet and good spot for birding, the best place for Indian skimmers and River lapwings. Here, you can enjoy Candle Night Dinner, Boating, and Village Tour & Camel Cart Riding.
Birding at Helipad ( Sherpur village) (8 km from the park)
The helipad is best place for chats, larks, sand grouse, india courser and other birds which prefer dry habitats.

The Amreshvar Mahadev Temple

: it is closed to the park & located on the way to the park. It is situated in the middle of high hills and is considered as a sacred temple with Lord, “Shiva Linge” under the umbrella of natural rock indented with the continuously falling water on it throughout the year. With 40 ft. high waterfalls between two hillocks close by this is a favored picnic spot as well. It is really best place to see the scenic beauty with vast mountain ranges.

Pali Ghat (40 Kms):

A preferred camping & boating spot at the banks of River Chambal. Here, you have good option to see alligator that are not found in the park. It is good place for birding. Such as water duck.

Rameshwaram Ghat (70 Kms)

Rameshwara Ghat (temple ) is situated at the meeting point of the Chambal, Banas and sheep rivers at border of rajasthan & M.P. states. Sri Rama temple and Shiva Linga are very old & main attractions for hindu pilgrims. Parasaram Ghat is also famous for, “Chaturbhujnath temple “. Deep and silent waters of the Chambal with lots of crocodile, dolphins & migratory birds make it an intesting site for boating. On day of the ‘kartick Purnima’(full Moon), there is a very big fair held on on both sides of the border. So, good to see village & cultural for guests.

Bhoori Pahari

it is one of the place , where the two rivers i.e the Banas and the Moral meet together. It is good area for tracking and swimming. Here tourist may see the real village life. Camels and horses safaries are available here. It is 33 km. from the park.
Peacock, Partridges, Quails, Sand grouse, Stone curlews, Minivets, Flycatchers, Tits, Orioles, Parakeets, Sparrow, and Vultures represent the avifauna. Vultures’ nests are the rare sight in this area.

Tiger Painting

Ranthambhore is also known for its marvellous tiger painting. In Ranthambhore, local people who had to leave their village from inside the park. Now, they become a great artist about tiger painting. Usually local people earn their livelihood to selling their paintings . Their painting job really like on international level.

Fair and Festival

Apart from sightseeing, travelers can also take part in the fairs and festivals of the district. Some of them include Chauth Mata Fair, Ganesh Chaturthi Fair, KalyanJi Fair and Shiv Ratri Fair.

5. Camel safari

You can enjoy Camel safari too.

Shopping in Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore)

The trip without shopping is always considered incomplete. This city also has lots of option for shopping. For tourists, who like the fragrance of different perfumes, can buy the immensely famous khas perfume. It is made from the local plant and is sold in many beautiful bottles. You can also get the very special gift bottles in here, and then there is also availability of khas fresheners. The old city is famous for wood toys and bangles.

The local artifacts and artisans also indulge in making handicrafts and artifacts. These can be bought from various shops as well as those located in the Shilpgram that was started so that the upcoming generation can witness the rich cultural heritage and also benefit the home industry. It is also the rural art and craft complex. There are also held workshops for kids, on various activities like theatre, music, art and craft.

Shilpgram- Sawai Madhopur

It is located near the Ramsinghpura village, about 9 km from Sawai Madhopur is the Shilpgram Museum. It is a craft village that encompasses and showcases the tremendous diversity in arts, crafts, and cultures of the various Indian states. Shilpgram is a living ethnographic museum, established with an aim to empower craftspeople, especially women, to use their skills as means of economic self-sufficiency, and to bring to the world the cultural heritage of Rajasthan. An embodiment of Rajasthani culture and heritage through arts and crafts, Shilpgram is a site that needs to be seen to be understood and appreciated.

Food and Cuisine of Ranthambore

Ranthambore is the great destination for adventure and wildlife but the same cannot be said about food or cuisine. It does not carry any significant food culture or unique delicacy but the resorts, here will give you numerous options. But, you might want to try local Dhabas which offer bits of local Rajasthani, Punjabi cuisine and South Indina .The tourists can enjoy a treat of the famous Rajasthani food and many sweet dishes. For the tourists who like fruits, there are many shops sprinkled round the city, which sell lots of type fruits including guava. These guavas are famous round the country, and are of export quality.
Rajasthan, the land of Maharajas, is famous for its rich culture. But what makes the state distinctive and popular is its cuisine. Rajasthanis are very much fond of their food and it is evident in their preparations. Dal Bati Churma and Laal Maas are the most famous dishes from the state. Every food enthusiast must have tasted them at least once. Your trip to Rajasthan is not complete if you haven’t experienced their scrumptious dishes. There are a few delicious foods!

Dal Bati Churma

It is the most famous dishes from the state, no Rajasthani food is complete without Dal Bati Churma. The round Batis dipped in ghee with Panchkuti daland churma make for an appetizing combination.

Laal Maas

You cannot talk about Rajasthani dishes without mentioning the crowd favourite,Laal Maas . This spicy dish gets its colour from the fiery red chillies. Best served with bajra rotis , this dish with plain rice won’t disappoint you.

Around RanthambhoreGhushmeshwar Temple

Ghushmeshwar Temple is situated at the Siwar village in Sawai Madhopur. It is believed to be 12th or the last of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. It is far from Ranthambhore about 70 km.

Tonk

It is situation 80 kms from Ranthambhore on route to Jaipur. Present Tonk was founded by the Nawab Ameer Khan as a result of a treaty with the British in 1818. It has several colonial buildings, painted mosques, quasi-Hindu architecture and a repository of ancient manuscripts and books.

Sunheri Kothi

It was constructed in 1824 by Nawab Ameer Khan. The exterior of the Mansion of Gold completely belies the grandeur within. In-lay work with mirrors, gilded stucco, coloured glass, mosaic and lapez lazuli, painted and polished floors reflecting in the stained glass window leaves visitors completely impressed. It is really specimen of Hindu Muslim cohesion of architecture.

Jama Masjid

Rajasthan’s finest mosque. It is located in the heart of the bustling city. Delicately frescoed inside and out with intricate patterns, mosque still contains some of the ancient lamps. The construction of this architecture began under the first Nawab of Tonk and was completed in 1298.

Kailadevi

About 85 kms from Sawai Madhopur stands the Kaila Devi temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess. In the months of March-April and September-October, devotees celebrate the Kaila Devi fair and worship the Goddess for the fulfilment of their wishes from all over India.

Shri Mahavirji Temple

It is located on the banks of Gambhiri River, stands the pilgrimage site dedicated to Sri Mahavirji, the 24th Jain Tirthankara.

Bharatpur – world famous bird sanctuary Kota -132 km - the land of the Chambal

Kota is the third largest city in Rajasthan state and is one of the popular tourist destinations. It is situated on the banks of the Chambal River. It is famous for its distinctive style of paintings, palaces, museums, and places of worship. The city is well known for gold jewellery, Doria sarees, silk sarees and the famous Kota stone.

Bundi -119 km- The city of Stepwells

Bundi is a magnificent town located around 80 km from Sawai Madhopur. It is dotted with palaces and forts; the place has a fairy tale quality about it.

Jaipur -161 Km – Pink City

It was structured and designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. It is well known for its coloured gems, the capital city of Rajasthan combines the allure of its ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis. The bustling modern city is one of the three corners of the golden triangle that includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

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