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General Information about Ranthambore

Ranthambore is a tiny village named aftertwo hills-Ran and Thambor and endowed with magnificent environment. The deciduous forests that dot the length and breadth of Ranthambore are rich in terms of flora and fauna. This is one of the best tiger reserves of the country, known to have "friendly" tigers and chances of sighting one here is reasonably better than many other tiger reserves of India. Nestled in the foothills of Vindhya and Aravali Hills, Ranthambore has one of the richest flora and fauna making it an absolutely must visit area

The place is a boon for wildlife photographers and is perfect for excursions and sightseeing. Safari Rides add to the adventure along with hot Rajasthani picks for shopaholics. With an area of 392 kilometers square, Ranthambore National Park is a natural habitat for a variety of exotic species. It is an absolute delight for birdwatchers and an ideal place to watch animals in their natural habitat. It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. Its landmarks include the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Located inside the fort is the majestic temple of Lord Ganesha, the Trinetra Ganesh Temple. Ganesha devotees flock the temple throughout the year. The other two temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ramlalaji respectively. Two Jain temples, devoted to Lord Sumatinath and Lord Sambhavnath are other attractions of the Fort. The Padam lake and the Surwal lake are two among many that are a haven for bird watching. The ideal time to visit these lakes is early morning. Located adjacent to the Padam lake is the Jogi Mahal, a red sandstone marvel. Kachida Valley, famous for locating panthers and bears, along with Raj Bagh Ruins and the surrounding deciduous forests altogether score brownie points for Ranthambore.

Safari Rides is another added feature of the Ranthambore National Park. The rides are carried out at 6:30 AM and 2:30 PM sharp for three hours. It is advisable to carry caps or hats in summers and proper coverings in winters for the rides particularly.

Connectivity :
By Rail : The nearest railway station to Ranthambore is in Sawai Madhopur, which is around 10 kilometers from the city. The railhead is on the broad gauge line between Delhi and Mumbai

By Air : Sanganer Airport located at Jaipur is the nearest airport to Ranthambore. It is located around 157 kilometers from Ranthambore. From there, you’ll have to take a Taxi to Ranthambore.

By road : Ajmer is well-connected to Delhi via road. Both state government transport buses and tourist Volvo bus services are available from Delhi.

Ranthambore can be your ideal destination for adventure and wildlife but the same cannot be said about food or cuisine. Ranthambore does not carry any significant food culture or unique delicacy but the resorts, here will give you numerous options. It's preferable to stick to those while you might want to try local Dhabas which offer bits of local Rajasthani and Punjabi cuisine.

An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1:Reach Ranthambore by morning. Check in and freshen up. Post meals, head towards the afternoon Safari Rides. Make sure you carry hats/caps in summers and heavy woollens in winters. Wear comfortable shoes and carry water bottles along. Take your glasses and gloves (in winters) too.The ride extends for three hours. Later, you can stroll along the lakes or get back to your lodge. Alternatively, you can shop exquisite handicrafts made by localites as souvenirs. The Dastkar Craft Centre is one of the go-to places for handicrafts.
Day 2: Leave for the early morning Safari Ride. Later, you can head towards Kachida Valley to locate a variety of species. After this, head towards the majestic Ranthambore Fort, have a panoramic view of the entire sprawl. There are five temples, a mosque and a dargah inside the Fort. You can later spend the rest part of your evening at Jogi Mahal or Padam Lake.
Day 3: (Optional) You can visit the inspiring Ranthambore School of Art, a paradise for the connoisseurs of art. Also, if you happen to visit the place in January, you can feast at the Sawai Madhopur Utsav held on 19th of January every year.


Few Places of Interest :
Ranthambore Fort

Perched atop of a hill, Ranthambore Fort holds a valiant history of the legendry Rajputs. Built in 994 A.D., it was encompassed massive gate, snooty walls, tanks and temples. The strategic location, finest structural designs and safety measures make it an invincible structure. The fort was built as a symbol of gratitude to Lord Shiva. This fort stands as a testimony to the first Jauhar event in order to protect themselves from the presumptuous Persian army.

Jogi Mahal
Jogi Mahal is a magnificent guest house located at the foothills of the majestic Ranthambore Fort. This forest guest house is equipped with a range of modern amenities. It was constructed as a hunting lodge for the royal family of Jaipur. The most attracting feature of this magnificent monument is the Padam Talab. Jogi Mahal turns out to be a hot spot in Ranthambore.

Surwal Lake
Located 25 kilometers away from Ranthambore, Surwal Lake is a picturesque destination which fascinates tourist with its beautiful outlook. A hot spot for bird watching, it attracts scores of tourists during November-March. During winters, this lake is home to avian population such as Pelicans, Bar Headed Flamingoes, Graylag Geese and Demoiselle Cranes.

Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park offers a perfect juxtaposition of nature and history. The park is spread over a vast expanse of 392 square kilometers and known for its exquisite tiger population. It is famous as a refuge for the tigers. The sheer joy of spotting tigers in the daylight cannot be explained in mere words. Besides, the park depicts a wide variety of vegetation and flora. One can find suitable accommodation options nearby park premises along with internal transportation.

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