Queen of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve Arrowhead Tigress head-on
Ranthambore National Park lake with old palace ruins

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, India, is renowned for its majestic Bengal tigers that roam amid the ruins of ancient forts and temples, set against a dramatic landscape of rugged hills, lakes, and dense forests. This sanctuary offers a captivating blend of wildlife and historical grandeur, making it a premier destination for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Forest Size

1,338 km2

Forest Type

Dry and Deciduous Forest with open Grassy Meadows

Mammal Focus

Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Indian Fox, Langur

Common Birds

Grey Francolin, Rufous Treepie, Crested Serpent Eagle, Painted Stork, Sarus Crane

Welcome to Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park Map

Ranthambore National Park, located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, India, is one of the largest and most renowned national parks in the country. Established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and declared a national park in 1980, Ranthambore covers an area of approximately 392 square kilometers. It is a significant part of the Project Tiger initiative, aimed at conserving the critically endangered Bengal tiger.

The park’s landscape is characterized by a unique blend of dense forest, open grasslands, and rugged hills, with the majestic Ranthambore Fort overlooking the area. This historical fort adds a cultural dimension to the natural beauty of the park, offering stunning views and a glimpse into India’s rich heritage.

Ranthambore is famous for its thriving tiger population, making it one of the best places in the world to observe these majestic predators in their natural habitat. In addition to tigers, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, including leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, and an impressive array of bird species.

The park’s diverse flora and fauna, combined with its scenic beauty and historical significance, make Ranthambore National Park a must-visit destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Tour Package Inclusions & Exclusions
What is included in our tour packages?

When you book with Into The Wild, our packages usually include the following (can vary based on individual client requirements):

  • Luxury accommodation in a premium, hand-picked property
  • All meals, including a welcome drink, breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening tea/coffee (might vary depending on hotel and package opted for)
  • Safari permit bookings for the number of safaris our guests wish to do
  • Private safari jeep on a non-sharing basis
  • Experienced, hand-picked guide and/or driver (the arrangement might vary depending on the park)
  • Airport/railway station transfers
  • Basic first aid and medical assistance, as available at the hotel
  • Contact information for local representatives
  • All applicable taxes
What is not included in our tour packages?

Our packages do not include the following, unless separately requested for:

  • Tips for drivers and guides, which need to be paid after each safari
  • Tips for hotel staff
  • DSLR Camera and lens charges at park entry, wherever applicable (eg. Tadoba)
  • Any additional expenses incurred at the hotel that are not part of the pre-decided package
  • Special arrangements and experiences such as walking tours, picnics, excursions, bush dinners, etc.
  • Access to photography equipment and workshops
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip
  • Cost of flight/train tickets
  • Naturalists provided by the hotel, which will be charged separately as per actuals

By Air

The nearest airport is Jaipur International Airport, located approximately 160 kilometers away. From the airport, guests can use our pre-arranged transport to cover the three hour drive to the park. Alternatively, one can take a train from Jaipur to Sawai Madhopur, which is the closest railway station to Ranthambore.

By Train

Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. From the station, Ranthambore National Park is a short 10-kilometer drive, for which we can organize an air-conditioned vehicle.

This is an indicative itinerary of your wildlife adventure and can be personalized as per your requirements. Reach out to us for a customized tour package.

  1. Day 1 Arrival at Ranthambore

    Arrive at the airport in Jaipur or Sawai Madhopur Railway Station near Ranthambore and our air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting to pick you up and drop you to your luxurious accommodation

    Afternoon: Savor a refreshing welcome drink upon your arrival at your accommodation near Ranthambore National Park. After checking in, enjoy a satisfying lunch and settle comfortably into your room
    Evening: Attend a brief orientation session about Ranthambore National Park, learning about its rich history, biodiversity and the tigers
    Dinner: Savor a delicious dinner at the resort, featuring local and international cuisine and retire early for the night

  2. Day 2 Exploring Ranthambore National Park

    Early Morning Safari: Wake up early and embark on your first safari. The morning safari offers the best chance to spot tigers and other wildlife such as leopards, deer and various bird species

    Breakfast: Enjoy your pre-packed breakfast at the heart of the forest, surrounded by nature or return for breakfast at the resort
    Relaxation Time: Spend the late morning relaxing by the pool, visiting the spa or exploring the resort’s nature trails
    Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the resort

    Afternoon Safari: Head out for your second safari in the afternoon. This time of day is perfect for capturing stunning photographs as the wildlife becomes more active
    Evening: Return to the resort and unwind with a wildlife documentary screening over a cup of coffee/tea and some evening snacks
    Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the resort, sharing stories and experiences from the day’s adventures

  3. Day 3 In-Depth Wildlife Exploration

    Early Morning Safari: Another early start for your third safari. Explore a different zone of the park, increasing your chances of diverse sightings.
    Breakfast: Enjoy your pre-packed breakfast at the heart of the forest, surrounded by nature or return for breakfast at the resort
    Lunch: Lunch at the resort

    Afternoon Safari: Your fourth safari will take you deeper into the reserve. Keep your cameras ready for those perfect wildlife shots.
    Evening: Sip on a cup of coffee/tea along with some local snacks as you unwind after a long day of safaris
    Dinner: Indulge in a special dinner with a vast local and international spread

  4. Day 4 Departure

    Early Morning Safari (Optional): If you’re an early riser and full of enthusiasm, opt for one last safari before your departure
    Breakfast: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the resort
    Packing and Check-Out: Pack your belongings and check out of the resort
    Departure: Depart for your onward journey, taking with you unforgettable memories of your time at Ranthambore. Our air-conditioned vehicles will transport you to the airport or station.

  5. Customization Options Varies Depending on Destination & Resort

    Guests can tailor their experience with additional activities such as:

    Guided Nature Walks: Explore the flora and fauna on foot with an experienced naturalist
    Photography Workshops: Learn wildlife photography techniques from professional photographers
    Bird Watching Tours: Special tours focusing on the rich birdlife of Ranthambore
    Bonfire Dinner: Enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by warm ambience, crackling sounds and starry skies

    Customizations may incur additional fees based on the type, dates and destination. Please inform us of any desired customizations to make your trip memorable.

  6. Customize a Trip Get in Touch!

    For a customized itinerary and bookings, please contact us on +91 81043 78074 or via our WhatsApp bot. We will assist you in creating a personalized adventure that fits your preferences and interests.

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Historical Fortress:

The Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated within the reserve. This ancient fort, dating back to the 10th century, adds a historical and architectural marvel to the natural beauty of the park. The fort offers panoramic views of the surrounding forest and has several temples, mosques, and palaces within its precincts.

The Into The Wild Touch

At Into The Wild, we believe in providing our guests with only the finest luxury accommodations. To ensure this, our dedicated team personally visits each property, staying there to experience every detail firsthand. This commitment to quality guarantees that the accommodations we recommend meet our stringent standards for comfort, luxury, and service.

Our founder, Akshay Gurnani, alongside a robust network of seasoned professionals, meticulously evaluates each location, from its amenities to the surrounding natural beauty. This hands-on approach reassures our customers that they will enjoy an unparalleled stay, immersing themselves in the tranquility and splendor of nature without sacrificing any comfort.

We take pride in offering a curated selection of properties that promise not only a luxurious retreat but also an unforgettable journey into the wild.

We are also constantly seeking to expand our list of accommodation partners, ensuring that our customers have a diverse array of options to choose from. By continually adding new hotels & resorts, we can offer fresh and unique experiences tailored to the preferences and desires of our guests.

Curated Wildlife Retreats
The TigressRoyal Luxury Suites

Taj Sawai VillasLuxury Room with Private Courtyard

 Taj Sawai Villas

The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is from October to June. During this period, the weather is conducive to wildlife viewing, and the park remains open to visitors. Here’s a seasonal breakdown:

Winter (October to March): This is the most popular time to visit Ranthambore. The weather is cool and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F). This season is ideal for safaris as animals are more active during the day, and the comfortable climate makes the experience enjoyable.

Summer (April to June): Despite the high temperatures, which can range from 30°C to 45°C (86°F to 113°F), summer is a great time for wildlife sightings. As water sources within the park dry up, animals, including tigers, often congregate around the remaining water bodies, increasing the chances of spotting them. Early morning and late afternoon safaris are recommended to avoid the peak heat.

Monsoon (July to September): Ranthambore National Park is closed to visitors during the monsoon season. The park receives substantial rainfall, which helps rejuvenate the forest but also makes it less accessible and suitable for safaris.

For the best experience, plan your visit between October and March for comfortable weather and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Ranthambore National Park is divided into several zones, each with its own entry gate. The main zones and their respective gates are:

Zone 1:
Singhdwar Gate: Known for frequent tiger sightings, including the popular tigress T-39 (Noor).

Zone 2:
Jogi Mahal Gate: This zone is also known for good tiger sightings and diverse wildlife.

Zone 3:
Padam Talab Gate: Features the picturesque Padam Talab (lake) and is a popular spot for tiger sightings.

Zone 4:
Tutan Ka Pattha Gate: Known for its rich biodiversity and regular tiger sightings.

Zone 5:
Singh Dwar Gate: Offers a good chance of spotting tigers and other wildlife.

Zone 6 (Kundal):
Kundal Gate: This zone is a bit farther but offers a serene and less crowded safari experience.

Zone 7 (Chidikho):
Chidikho Gate: Known for its scenic beauty and wildlife sightings, including tigers.

Zone 8 (Balas):
Balas Gate: Offers a tranquil safari experience with opportunities to spot various wildlife species.

Zone 9 (Kuwal Ji):
Kuwal Ji Gate: A less frequented zone, providing a peaceful environment and good wildlife sightings.

Zone 10 (Aantri):
Aantri Gate: The newest zone, offering unique landscapes and opportunities for wildlife spotting.

Each zone in Ranthambore National Park offers a unique experience, and it’s advisable to book safaris in advance to ensure access to your preferred zone and gate.

For Indian citizens, any of the following identity proofs is acceptable:
i. Voter Photo identity card issued by Election Commission of India
ii. Passport PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
iii. Driving License issued by RTO
iv. Photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government
v. Aadhaar Card

For foreigners, only passport is accepted as ID Proof.

When preparing for a trip to Ranthambore National Park, it’s essential to pack the following items for a comfortable and enjoyable experience:

Summer Months:
– Lightweight, long-sleeved t-shirts/shirts and pants for protection against insects, sunburn and thorny vegetation.
– Cap/Floppy Hat with a brim to shield your face from the sun

Winter Months:
– Warm, layered clothing (thermal innerwear, fleece jackets, sweaters) to combat chilly mornings and evenings
– Thermal socks
– Gloves, scarf and beanie to protect against cold winds
– Face buff for protection from dust
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Personal Gear:
– Sunscreen with a high SPF
– Sunglasses with UV protection
– Neutral-coloured clothing (grey, brown, green). Avoid bright colours such as red, orange, blue, white, etc.
– Sports shoes or any comfortable, closed footwear for safaris
– Insect repellent
– Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
– A lightweight, comfortable backpack to carry essentials during safaris
– Binoculars for wildlife viewing
– DSLR Camera, a telephoto lens along with extra batteries
– Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries (incase of night safari)

Additionally for winter months:
– Hand warmers for added comfort during early morning safaris.
– Lip balm and moisturiser to prevent dryness due to cold weather

Documents and Essentials:
– Valid identification such as PAN, Aadhar or  Driver’s licence
– Cash (Rs. 100/200/500 denominations) for souvenirs, tips, and contingencies

Snacks and Water:
– The hotel will provide water bottles in insulated boxes. Consider carrying effervescent tablets such as Fast&Up for additional hydration.
– Energy bars, nuts, dried fruits or other non-perishable snacks for quick energy during safaris

Personal Hygiene Items:
– Hand sanitizer or wet wipes for cleaning hands
– Tissues or toilet paper
– Biodegradable soap

Optional Items:
– Portable charger or power bank for recharging electronics
– Travel pillow for comfort during long drives
– Travel umbrella for sun or rain protection
– Portable or collapsible water bottle

Ranthambore National Park Safari Timings
Time Period Morning Safari  Evening Safari
1st Oct – 31st Oct 6:30am to 10:00am 2:30pm to 6:00pm
1st Nov – 31st Jan 7:00am to 10:30am 2:00pm to 5:30pm
1st Feb – 31st Mar 6:30am to 10:00am 2:30pm to 6:00pm
1st Apr – 15th May 6:00am to 9:30am 3:00pm to 6:30pm
16th May – 30th June 6:00am to 9:30am 3:30pm to 7:00pm
1st Jul – 30th Sept Closed Closed


Always try to reach the gate, along with the safari permits and valid IDs, at least 30 minutes before the gate opening.

The park management holds the right to change the safari timings as per their discretion, hence it’s advisable to always check the timing closer to your travel dates.

Both Jim Corbett and Ranthambore National Parks offer unique and enriching wildlife experiences, and the choice between them depends on your preferences and what you seek from your visit. Here are some factors to consider:

Jim Corbett National Park:
Historical Significance: Jim Corbett is the oldest national park in India, established in 1936, and has a rich history associated with conservation.
Diverse Landscapes: The park features a variety of landscapes, including dense forests, grasslands, rivers, and hills, offering diverse habitats for wildlife.
Wildlife Variety: Besides tigers, Jim Corbett is home to a wide range of animals, including elephants, leopards, deer, and over 600 bird species.
Proximity to Delhi: Located in Uttarakhand, it is relatively close to Delhi, making it more accessible for a quick getaway.

Ranthambore National Park:
Tiger Sightings: Ranthambore is famous for its high density of tigers, providing better chances of spotting these majestic creatures.
Scenic Beauty: The park is known for its picturesque landscapes, including ancient ruins, lakes, and the Ranthambore Fort, adding a historical dimension to your visit.
Accessibility: Located in Rajasthan, it is easily accessible from major cities like Jaipur and Delhi, with good connectivity by road and rail.
Tourist Facilities: Ranthambore offers well-developed tourist facilities and accommodations, catering to a wide range of preferences and budgets.

Which One to Choose?
For Tiger Enthusiasts: If your primary goal is to see tigers, Ranthambore might be the better choice due to its higher likelihood of sightings.
For Birdwatchers and Varied Landscapes: If you are interested in birdwatching and diverse landscapes, Jim Corbett offers a broader range of wildlife and scenic beauty.
For Historical Interest: Ranthambore’s historical ruins and fort add a unique cultural aspect to the wildlife experience.

Ultimately, both parks offer exceptional wildlife adventures, and the choice depends on what aspects of the visit are most important to you.

Ranthambore National Park is approximately 180 kilometers (112 miles) from Jaipur. The journey by road typically takes around 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. This makes Ranthambore a convenient destination for a wildlife getaway from Jaipur.

Our Into The Wild team is happy to organize an air-conditioned Innova Crysta with luggage carrier to transfer you from the airport/railway station to the park premises or your hotel.

Ranthambore National Park is approximately 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) from Delhi. The journey by road typically takes around 7 to 8 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. Alternatively, travelers can take a train from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur, the nearest railway station to Ranthambore, which usually takes about 5 to 6 hours. This makes it a convenient and popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts looking to explore the rich biodiversity and majestic tigers of Ranthambore.

Our Into The Wild team is happy to organize an air-conditioned Innova Crysta with luggage carrier to transfer you from the airport/railway station to the park premises or your hotel.

Overall Rating
Shyla Jha
Reviewed On 26/11/2023

We had a fantastic 4 days in Ranthambore. The Into The Wild team organized a post-monsoon season-opener safari tour for us and we were skeptical at first considering the monsoons had just ended. But with their guidance and full execution, they booked us in zones 3&4 which is where queen Riddhi resides and we had the best sightings of our life! The stay at The Tigress was extremely comfortable and all 15 of us had the best time with every detail being taken care of end-to-end. Would highly recommend the ITW team for your next safari tour!


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