A Tiger Safari India experience can be a tedious one to plan, specially when you do not know the little details that make up a perfect wildlife holiday. But no worries! This is where we step in. Our team of experts have drafted the following Tiger Safari India Travel Guides – 2021 to help you plan the perfect tiger safari holiday. They contain details like the best time to travel for a tiger safari in India, national parks that boast of a high tiger population for higher chances of tiger sightings, a list of boutique lodges and resorts to make your stay every bit memorable, a comprehensive checklist of all the other species you could encounter on you tiger tour in India and lastly, cultural and other wildlife destinations around your chosen park.
About Ranthambore National Park
It is one best National Park for Tiger safari in India. Ranthambore is spread over an area of 1334 Sq. Km with an area of 400 Sq. Km in National Park area encompassing rocky hill crests which descend to open valleys between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges, dotted with water pools and fruit trees. Got its name from the thousand-year-old fortress Ranthambore fort, which looms above the forest. It has current tiger population of 53 tigers as per Tiger Status report 2018 by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The tiger density of Ranthambore National Park is 9.5 per 100 Sq. Km.
The forest, hills and forts of Ranthambore have witnessed invest from Khilji army in 1301 AD and Mughal dynasty in 1569 to becoming private hunting grounds for Maharaja of Amer. In 1973, it was declared as one of the Project Tiger reserves in India. It was on 1st November, 1980 that Ranthambore was declared a national park, while the forests located beside it were named Sawai Man Singh Wildlife Sanctuary & Kailadevi Sanctuary in 194 and later incorporated into Tiger reserve zone in 1991.
Ranthambore National Park is connected with highly fragmented forest patches of PAs, Chambal ravines, river streams, and agricultural land. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is connected to the Kuno-Palpur landscape in Madhya Pradesh through parts of Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary, the ravine habitats of Chambal and the forest patches of Sheopur. Tributaries of river Chambal provide easy passage for tigers to move towards Kuno National Park. There are evidence of individual tigers dispersing out from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary to Kuno National Park. Ravines (Beehad) of river Chambal, Banas and Mez are unique feature of this landscape. These ravines act as refuge to dispersing tigers.
Other than tigers Ranthambore National Park has other smaller predators like Leopards, hyenas, Jackals, and Jungle Cats. Caracal have been also recorded. Around 300 species of Birds, Sambar, cheetal, chinkara, nilgai and langur.
Reasons to visit Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park still holds a major significance in wildlife protection and conservation. So much so that some tigers have even earned celebrity status; starring in their own TV show and being featured in numerous documentaries. The landscape of this area is unique. Deep gorges, grassy slopes, rugged hills, ravines, and large lakes make this park a photographer’s delight We can give you endless reasons why you should visit the park, but here are the top 5 reasons to visit Ranthambore National Park:
- Best explored with a tour of Golden triangle of Agra, Jaipur and New Delhi due to proximity and high frequency of Tiger sightings.
- Ranthambore fort offers a panoramic view of the forest along with a vibrant history.
- Ranthambore is a very special and unusual area where a natural beauty of forest meets a historical past.
- There are the crumbling ruins of its past glory, be it chhatris or cupolas, like palaces or old guard posts
- There are 3 large lakes, named Padam Talao, Raj Bagh Talao and Milak Talao filled with crocodiles
- Ranthambore is a bird lover’s paradise with around 300 species of birds. In fact, for a keen bird watcher, Ranthambore and the surrounding area is an absolute paradise.
Ranthambore is famous for its Tiger sightings. Over the last decade, due to strict conservation efforts tigers have become more active during daylight. Ranthambore has been home to some legendary Tigers – from Ghengis Khan, to Noor, then Machli, T17, T24, and now T19.
Machli is the most photographed tigress in the world and also featured in no. of documentaries.
a tiger battled with a crocodile over a Sambhar deer carcass and successfully taking possession of it in broad daylight.
Types of Safaris and Zones of Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore has its zones numbered and not named. Popularity from wildlife enthusiasts gave 5 more zones to the park… Each of these 10 zones is thriving with unique flora and fauna. A total of 144 jeeps and canter are allowed in all 10 zones each shift of morning and afternoon safari. Vehicles use the same designated safari tracks in their allowed zone. The safari vehicles can’t change their allotted zone.
The timing is dependent on Sunrise and sunset and continues for a duration of almost 3.5 hours
However, in full day safari and half day safari one can explore different zones in allotted time. For both safari starts at sunrise timing of summer and winter seasons and should should come back by 1230 hrs. Full day safari gypsies can continue to explores zone 6-10 in Ranthambore can continue there.
Else after 1430 hrs. can back to explore zone 1-5 in search of tigers and come back before the sunset.
- zone 1 has Sultan (T-72), Noor (T-39) with Two Cubs, Ustad (T-24) (main spots of zone 1 are: Tuti ka Nalla, Amreshwar Dang, Sultanpur, Peela Pani, Gada Dub)
- Gayatri (T-22), Ustad (T-24), Krishna (T-19) with Three Cubs, , Sultan (T-72), Jhumru (T-20) in zone 2. (main spots of zone 2 are: Jogi Mahal, Phuta Kot, Phuta Bandha, Lahpur Tiraha, Nal Ghati)
- Zone 3 tigers are Star Male (T-28), Krishna (T-19) with her three Cubs (main spots of zone 3 are: Jogi Mahal, Padam Talab, High Point, Raj Bagh, Mandook)
- Tigers found in Zone 4 has Machli (T-16) (died), Dollar (T-25), Star (T-28), Krishna (T-19) with her three Cubs, Romeo (T-6), Mr. Bond (T-47), Laila (T-41) with her one cub some main spots of zone 4 are: Singh Dwar, Malik Talab, Lakkad Da, Adidaant, Lambi, Tamakhan
- zone 5 tigers are Romeo (T-6), Sunehari (T-17) with her two Cubs, Dollar (T-25), Bahadur (T-3), Laila (T-41) with her one cub and some main spots of zone 5 are Singh Dwar, Anatpur, Jokha, Dhakda, Kachida, Baghda, Bakola
- Tigers sighted in zone 6 are Ustad (T-24), Kumbha (T-34), Sultan (T-72), Noor (T-39) with Two Cubs and some main spots of zone 6 are: Kala Pani, Saran Ka Pattha, Patwa Ki Baori, Khabli, Soleshwar, etc
- zone 7 is home of Ladli (T-8) With Two Cub, Kumbha (T-34) and some main spots of zone 7 are: Chidikho, Jamoda, Kushalipura, Rajbagh Naka
- Tigers sighted in this zone 8 are Ladli (T-8) With Two Cub, Kumbha (T-34) and some main spots of zone 8 are: Balas, Kherai, Kali, Neemli Dang, Bhat, Mahakho
- Tigers sighted in this zone 9 Fateh (T-42), T-59 (a few times) ( main spots of zone 9 is Banks of Chakal River)
- Zone 10 has T-42(Fateh, Male Tiger), T-13(Old Sultanpur Female) & her three 6 months old Cubs (main spots of zone 10 are: Aantri, Kushalipur, Bodal, Halonda, Banskhori)
Best time to visit Ranthambore National Park
Summer season spreads from the last of March to the last of June. During these months, the day temperature reaches at 40 °C and the night temperature remains around 30 °C. In the month of May and June, the temperature even crosses 45 degrees Celsius making the day very hot. The wind gets very dry and the sun piercingly hot.
During the monsoon, which starts from the month of July and stays up to the September zone 6-10 in Ranthambore National Park are open and Zone 1-5 is inaccessible due puddles and mud on tracks due to rain.
The winter season starts from November and stays till the end of February.
How to reach Ranthambore National Park
- Jaipur International Airport, which is located around 180 km from the Ranthambore.
- Sawai Madhopur Railway Junction, which is located 11 km from the Ranthambore.
- Well connected with the State Highway road network with Jaipur (180 Km, 3 hours’ drive) Agra and many others.
Luxury lodges and Resorts of Ranthambore National Park:
- The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort– The best 5-star Lodge in Ranthambhore. Stay at Luxury tents and perfect place to relax after a thrilling Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park.
- Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge – The only heritage hotel in Ranthambore National Park.