Take a game drive in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger.
Ranthambore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, today it is one of the premier national parks of India and the largest in Rajasthan. One of the original Project Tiger reserves, it received the status of national park in 1980. Ranthambore National Park is a place where nature has reclaimed ancient fortresses and hunting pavilions, leaving a haven for wildlife an eerie feel that this may have been the inspiration for Rudyard’s Kipling’s “the Jungle Book”.
For many decades now, researchers, wildlife film makers and tourists have been visiting this park because it was easier to see tigers here than most other places. This has made the tiger more accustomed to vehicles and the sightings, as a result, have only become better. The best chance of sightings are between Sept and May. During this period water is scarce and the wildlife stay close to lakes and rivers. Apart from the parks obvious main attraction, it is also home to leopards, nilgai, sloth bear, sambal, hyena and over 300 species of birds.
Things to see & do
AM & PM Game Drives
The vehicles used for game drives are open top jeeps and come with a driver and naturalist guide. With a maximum of 6 seats they are ideal for spotting wildlife.
Each game drive is a maximum of 3 hours.
Ranthambore Fort was a gift from the Mughal emperor Shah Alam, to his Rajput counterpart, Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur and was completed in 1754 AD. From that time Ranthambore was the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur until 1964 when the archaeological department took over. It has since been converted to a protected heritage site.