Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in Northern India and is hugely popular for the preservation of tigers. It is the one of the first national parks where Project Tiger, a revival project for the dwindling population of Bengal tigers, was started in 1973. Any wildlife enthusiast can visit the national park to spot tigers in the broad daylight roaming around the vast stretches of the deciduous forest, predominantly present in this sprawling park. The park is also famous for Dhak, a species of tree which can withstand long spells of drought. The park is guarded by the Banas River in the north and the Chambal River in the south. The national park is named after the magnificent fortress Ranthambore, standing tall amidst the speckled greenery of the national park.

The national park stretches over a vast area of about 500 sq. kms., covered with large areas of dry deciduous forests, interrupted with grassy meadows and dotted with large lakes in between. The three of the largest lakes are Padam Tal, Raj Bagh Tal and Malik Tal. These lakes, being extensive in size, are good sources for wildlife animals to quench their thirsts and good spots for tourists to see these wild beauties in their natural habitat.

Bakaula region, being one of the thickly forested and coolest regions of the National Park has an abundance of wildlife. Apart from tigers, the national park is a beautiful place to experience other species of fauna as well as flora. The park is guaranteed to be an ultimate, cumulative experience of adventure, nature and history to its every single visitor.

Location Sawai Madhopur District (Rajasthan) 
Nearest Airport Sanghaner Airport in Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur. Distance 180 km (3.5 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway Station Sawai Madhopur Station: 10 km
Key Wildlife Attractions Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar Deer, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Indian Foxes, Yellow Bats, Macaques, Small Indian Mongoose, Black Bucks
Total Area Covered 1334 sq. km. (Including the Core & Buffer Forest)
Established in Year 1980
Best Time to Visit 1st October to 30th June. Weather is moderate and pleasant until March. Post that, it becomes hotter. However, the best time to see tigers is during this period, as the sightings are better. The park is closed for visitors during the remaining time of the year. But occasionally Safari in zone 6 to zone 10 at Ranthambhore National Park is open for visitors during Monsoon season (August and September).
Climate October – November: A good time to visit as the temperature is cooled down by the monsoon rains.
December – February: Cold months with an average temperature of 2°C.
March – June: Hottest period where average temperature shoots up to 48°C. The water holes dry up.


Season  Timing 
Winter (October to February) Morning: 7:00 – 10:30 am
Evening: 2:00 – 5:30 pm
Summer (March to June) Morning: 6:30 – 10:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:30 pm


There are 10 designated safari zones at the Ranthambore National Park

Safari Zones
Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6 (Kundal)
Zone 7 (Chidikho)
Zone 8 (Balas)
Zone 9 (Qual Ji)
Zone 10 (Aantri)


There are two ways to book your safaris at Ranthambore National Park:

  • Online Bookings
  • Current Bookings

Online bookings can be made through the Ranthambore National Park official website i.e. Rajasthan Forest Department. Allocation of Zone and Guide is done sequentially and one has no control over it. Current bookings are made at the Ranthambore safari booking office at Sawai Madhopur. They can be booked an hour prior to each safari. But the current bookings are confirmed only if you are a group of 6 people. If you are less than 6 then you’ll to wait for other people to join you, unless you are willing for pay for the entire jeep (i.e. for 6 people)

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