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Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering entire area of 392 km². It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 110 km northeast of Kota and 160 km southeast of Jaipur, which is also the nearest airport. The nearest town and railway station is at Sawai Madhopur, about 11 km away. The park is also close to the Kota railway station. Ranthambore National Park lies at the edge of a plateau and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park.
Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park in 1980. In 1984, the adjacent forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, and in 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include the Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries.
Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The best times for tiger sightings at Ranthambore National Park are in November and May. The park’s deciduous forests are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in Central India. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, striped hyena, sloth bear, southern plains gray langur, rhesus macaque and chital. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest banyan trees in India.
1. 4 safaris in one of top Tiger Reserves of India
2. Carefully planned to maximise photography opportunities
3. On-field and off-field photography assistance
4. Comfortably paced trip suitable for all age groups
5. Stay at a comfortable 3 star resort in twin sharing
16 Dec – Arrive at Sawai Madhopur by lunch time. Checkin to your resort and lunch. Meet and greet with the group and skipper, and afternoon safari at Ranthambhore National Park. Come back in evening for first session with the group. The skipper briefs the group over terrain and photography opportunities for the next 2 days.
17 Dec – Set off for a long full day safari at 6am in the morning. We carry packed breakfast with us to be served in the forest. As we enter this historic forest, our guides look for minutest signs of Big Cats and try to track them for us in the morning hours. By 10am we return to the resort for breakfast. After lunch again our quest for wildlife begins. We travel through different areas of the park and try to look for different Tiger families and other fauna. By 6pm we wrap up the drive and return to the comfort of our resort. Optional spa at the resort. Pre dinner the group meets for 20 minutes to review images of the day, plan the activities for the next day. Post dinner we call it a day with memories of the day’s sightings.
18 Dec – We head out for an early morning game drive to the park, which is our last. As they say the best is reserved for the last, so we hope to see something special in our last outing. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge and post breakfast depart for your final destination.
Accommodation will be at 3 star resort on twin sharing basis as part of the tour.
All through the trip, all meals are included. Buffet dinner will be served in the resort. During safaris we take packed breakfast with us and hot packed lunch will be delivered to us between the drive. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available.
What to pack
Winter clothing including jackets, head covers and gloves are recommended. The temperature can drop to 5-10 degree Celsius in the morning game drives. In the jungle best to wear light earthy colors. Carry a cap/hat, sunscreen and face mask.
COST AND TERMS
The cost per person is INR 18,000 incl of all taxes. Can be paid in your currency of preference.
1. 100% advance payable for booking
1. More than 60 days before the trip – 10%
2. 30-60 days before the trip – 50%
3. Less than 30 days before the trip – 90%
1. Stay at 3 star resort in twin sharing as per itinerary.
2. All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and NA beverages.
3. 4 jungle safaris in ranthambhore in open gypsy (4 per gypsy)
4. Photography assistance by a professional during the trip
1. Transportation till Sawai Madhopur
2. Video camera charges
3. Non-Indian entry charges
4. Any tips or gratuities