What could be more enchanting than to see a litter of tiger cubs playing with their mother in the dense forest? For a nature lover, this is pure bliss. This is what I felt the most during my visit to Ranthambore National Park. When I first decided to visit Ranthambore National Park, it was for my sheer love for wild animals. However, this national park has many other surprises in store. Birds! Therefore, no matter your passion for wild animals, Ranthambore has more than just its iconic Tigers.
Here I share the what, where, when and how of visiting Ranthambore National Park.
Ranthambore National Park: All You Need To Know
The Ranthambore National Park is spread over an area of 392 sq.km in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. It was a royal hunting ground for the royals of Rajasthan. Ranthambore National Park is also famous for its star tigress, Machli. Known by the names of Tiger Queen of Ranthambore, Lady of the Lakes and Crocodile Killer, spotting Machli was the highlight of the trip to this National Park in the past. However, it was a bummer for me not to spot this legend as Machli passed away in 2016. Nevertheless, her legacy continues, and that made my visit to Ranthambore a fulfilling one.
Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park
The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is from November to April. Make sure you carry enough clothing and warmers if you visit the National Park in winters.
Things to do at Ranthambore National Park
Other than doing a Tiger Safari on day one where I Spotted the tigress Krishna and her male cubs, there is a lot more to the National Park. On Day 2, I hiked up to the Ranthambore Fort, and the imposing architecture put me in awe of the place. This hike offered me the serene company of Nature, and that was enough for me to get lost in the woods (Not Literally. I had a Guide). My love for photography was rewarded on this hike as I could get some of the best shots of the vistas around me. Ranthambore is filled with monuments such as the Jogi Mahal, Raj Bagh Ruins and the Trinetra temple of Lord Ganesh.
Next day early morning was reserved for some bird watching. The birds that I got to spot were the Woodpeckers, Painted Spurfowl, Indian Gray Hornbills, Quails, Larks Finches and Pipits.
Where to Stay During Your Visit to Ranthambore National Park
I visited Ranthambore in January. As the trip is hardcore outdoors and rough in its own way, I wanted my stay to be as comfortable as possible. I thought a Ranthambore forest resort would be a good bet. Hence, I checked-in at Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge.
Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge is by far the best resort in Ranthambore if you are looking for a luxurious stay. As I checked-in and asked around, I got to know that this lodge was constructed 80 years ago and not much has changed since then. It used to be a hunting spot for the Maharaja of Jaipur. The 16 rooms and 20 suites are premium and are equipped with comforts such as rustic furnishing, television, custom lights, ensuite bathroom with naturally made toiletries. After spending a day on my safari, I booked myself a spa treatment at the lodge. There were many options such as aromatherapy massages, Indian body treatments, body scrubs and wraps. Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge also has some of the best restaurants in Ranthambore. The Machan, Veranda, Dining Room, Tiger Bar, Bar Be Que all give a unique dining experience.
I wanted to check-in at a forest resort in Sawai Madhopur which is closer to the Sawai Madhopur railway station. Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge was an apt choice as it is only 3 km from the station. If you are someone who loves train rides, then Sawai Madhopur is the nearest station and your stay is sorted at Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge.
How To Reach Ranthambore National Park
The nearest airport is Jaipur Airport. From here, you can hire cabs or take a bus to reach Ranthambore.
The nearest railway station is the Sawai Madhopur station.
Delhi is the closest if you want to go to Ranthambore by road. It is an 8-10 hour ride as the distance is 398 km.
My Ranthambore experience was like no other. The cherry on the cake was the luxe stay option at Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge. If you are planning to visit Ranthambore, then this is where you should stay.