Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ranthambore National Park- Land Of The TIGER!!!

It has been more than 2 months since I went to Ranthambore but had not been able to take out time to write and share my experience with you. This time I took train to Sawai Madhopur from Delhi. It's really convenient, just take an overnight train and by the time you wake up you are already in Sawai Madhopur. 

 

 

 Road distance between Delhi/Gurgaon and Ranthambore- 350Kms

 

Road Map between Delhi/Gurgaon and Ranthambore- 




 The road condition is good thru out with small bad patches here and there. 





Kingfisher- Waiting for the Fish!!!

 

 

  


 

Water Snake

 

 

 

 

Spotted Deer- I can be spotted in Plenty!!!

 Ranthambore National Park is hardly 10 kms drive from Sawai Madhopur railway station. It is located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range. I don't even remember how many times I have been to this park!!! I guess it should be close to 12-13 times. It always excites me, gives one the opportunity to connect back with nature. A boon for wildlife lovers. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree Pie


 



 

Nahargarh Ranthambore


  

 

 

 

Jungle Babbler AKA Saat Bhai in Hindi


 

 It's the Land Of The Tigers!!! Though I was not lucky enough to sight one this time but that's how it is, this uncertainty keeps the interest alive. Here the King is the Tiger, he chooses to see you, you wander around the whole park hoping to be seen!!! It's said that Tigers of Ranthambore are the most camera friendliest Tigers in the world. I personally have sighted them many times  and sometimes for 25-30 mins in one go. Watching Tiger in the wild, in his own territory, is an experience of its own.  I did 4 safaris back to back this time. It is advisable to book your safari tickets well in advance by logging on to http://www.rajasthanwildlife.in/ .  

 

Following are the park timings according to seasons :-

Oct 1-Oct 31:      6.30am-10.00am & 2.30pm-6.00pm

Nov 1-Jan 31:     7.00am-10.30am & 2.00pm-5.30pm

Feb 1-Mar 31:      6.30am-10.00am & 2.30pm-6.00pm

Apr 1-May 15:     6.00am- 9.30am & 3.00pm-6.30pm

May 16-Jun 30:    6.00am- 9.30am & 3.30pm-7.00pm

   July 1 – Sep 30:     Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve CLOSED


 

According to me, the best time to go to the park is between April and June. This is the time when it gets really hot and the animals come out to quench their thirst at one of the three big lakes in the Park. These three big lakes are Padam Talab, Malik Talab and Raj Bagh. The park lies in Sawai Madhopur distt of Rajasthan covering a total are of 392 square Kms. The park is divided into 8 zones. You are alloted zone randomly right at the counter while they allot you the vehicle number. Zone 3 and 4 are my personal favoutires because of the 3 lakes they cover.  The presence of the these large water bodies gives us good chance to see number of birds in these zones. The most important birds in Ranthambore include Graylag Goose, Woodpeckers, Indian Gray Hornbills, Common Kingfishers, Bee Eaters, Cuckoos, Parakeets, Asian Palm Swift, Owl, Nightjars, Pigeon, Dove, Crakes, Snipes, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Great Crested Grebe, Eagles, Darters, Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Bitterns, Flamingos, Ibis, Pelicans, Storks, Pittas, Shrikes, Treepies, Crows, Orioles, Cuckoo-Shrikes, Minivets, Drongos, Flycatchers, Ioras, Wood Shrikes, Pipits, Bayas, Sparrows, Finches, Wagtails, Munias, Bulbul, Mynas, Falcons etc. Talking about animals, one can see Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Common or Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Common Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Coomon Yellow Bats, Desert Cats, Fivestriped Palm Squirels, Indian False Vampires, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Indian Mole Rats, Indian Porcupines, Longeared Hedgehogs, Ratels, Small Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Civets and Common mongoose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green-headed Duck - Anas platyrhynchos Mallard


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samber Deer- Tiger's Favourite Food


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male Spotted Deer


 

 

 

 

 

Baby Crocodile


 

 

 

 

 

 

Crocodile by the Lake


 

 

 

 

 

Parakeet


 

 

 

 



 

Brown Fish Owl


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Headed Heron


 

 

 

 

Black headed ibis

 

 

 

 

  


 

Kingfisher- Sitting in the Shade

 

 

 

  


 

Jungle Babbler- Angry Birds!!!!

There are plenty of options available to stay around the park. Right from The Oberoi VanyaVillas charging close to 25000\- a night for a luxury tent to Hotel Dev Palace charging close to 1500\- a night. Mr Sanju of Dev Palace helped me with Safari Bookings as well as getting me a train ticket back to Delhi. For me, he is one stop solution for any of my needs in Ranthambore. The guy is a local and really helpful. His contact no is +91 9983053968


 

Recommended Places to stay  in Ranthambore:-


1. Oberoi Vanyavilas ( Expensive but an amazing place to stay) Contact no- +91 7462 22 3999

2. Vivanta by Taj- Ranthambore Lodge   Contact no +91 7462 22 0541

3. Hotel Sanctuary Resort ( Decent place, value for money) Contact no-  07462-224890, +91- 9414780956

4. Tiger Moon Resort (One of the oldest resorts in Ranthambore, right at the edge of the park) Contact no- 07462 - 252284

5. Castle Jhoomar Baori ( Govt run Hotel, Excellent location but lacks in service) Website- http://www.rtdc.in/jhoomarbaori.htm

6. The Ranthambore Bagh ( Excellent hotel, very nice staff, great service. Top Recomemded- The Owner Adtiya Singh is a passionate wildlife photographer and runs the property exceptionally well) Contact no- +91 8239166777 ) 

7. Hotel Dev Palace ( Value for money, for budget travellers) Contact no-+91 9983053968

 

8. Nahargarh Ranthambore ( Tariff is bit on the higher side but I would say you get what you pay for!! Recommended ) Contact no- +91 7462 252281, 252282, 252283

  

In Nutshell, Ranthambore National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream. 


 

68 comments:

  1. Highly informative post with beautiful images. Very useful.

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  2. some of the best moments & movements captured!!

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  3. Beautiful pictures. I am glad you clicked small birds and animals also. The crocs look dangerous...

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  4. Very nice and informative post...the way you have captured all the minute details...reflect your passion to travel and explore..keep it up..

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  5. Awesome pics dear...some are really very nice pics specially "crocodile".

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    1. Thanks Kamal... Yes, you are right, I liked that too!!!

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  6. Dear Karan,

    Real beautiful true pics. Thanks so much for sharing your passion.

    Best wishes.

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  7. Wonderful pics and excellent blog.Keep posting.:-)

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  8. Thanks for the information provided.
    I would like to ask you one thing.
    How many areas are one can and should visit.As per you its divided into 8 zones and you have also indicated your favorite one given their proximity with lakes. Similar ways every national park has different zones and out of all of them few are favorite of animals as well as tourists. Its going to be my first visit and I would like to have the proper information. Can I cover most of he park in two day time ??

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    1. Hi Pardeep

      One can day two safaris in a day but you cannot choose which zone to go as one is assigned zone on random basis. While getting your pass from the counter you can only request them to give you a particular zone but they have to distribute tourist equally among all the zones. Like last time I went, I had to go to a similar zone twice!!! So its all luck.
      Can I cover most of he park in two day time ??- I won't say that you can cover the whole park in two days as we cannot decide which zone to go but four safaris are the minimum that you should do if you want to enjoy the place!!!

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    2. Hello Karan. Thanx for the reply.
      What is Ranthambore NP zone , Kundal , Chidikho and Balas ??
      According to the Rajasthanwildlife online booking portal its Tiger reserve.
      You in article specified zone 3 and 4 but here this portal isn't throwing much light on it.
      Please help so that I can book 4 safaris as you advised.

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    3. Hi Pradeep

      You have to Choose Ranthambore NP zone option. All the 8 zones are in this zone only.

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    4. Thanx Karanvir for this valuable information..

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    5. You are most welcome Pradeep... Don't forget to share your experience whenever you go!!!

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  9. Dear Karan
    I sure will share the experience.
    BTW I sent you a request on your FB account and incidentally I noticed you are also fond of birding.
    we might share a birding day in Delhi if you wish to.
    Pradeep

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    1. Thanks for sending the FB request Pradeep and for sure we can share a birding day!!! You can connect with me on https://www.facebook.com/Karantraveller‎

      Cheers
      karan

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  10. Amazing Pics....

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  11. Beautiful pictures and a very informative write-up. Cheers!

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  12. Amazing photography, so clear and classy, loved them a lot. Great blog Ranthambore is famous for its great great wildlife.

    National Park Rajasthan

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  13. Good information and best captures.. I like your all the photos. The park lies at the edge of a flat terrain, and is surrounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. There are some lakes in the park. It is named for the notable Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the national park. The park covers an area of 392 km², and is recognized for its tiger populace, and is one of India's Project Tiger reserves. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is also home to wide diversity of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. Ranthambore is also the site of one of the main banyan trees in India.
    Ranthambore National Park

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  14. Awesome pic's really it shows the beautiness of forest.
    Thank you,
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  15. nice informationan about ranthambhore National Park

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  16. are there any cheap optioons as well?

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    1. Hi

      Cheapest option is Hotel Dev Palace ( Value for money, for budget travellers) Contact no-+91 9983053968.

      Regards
      Karan

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  17. Hello Karan,
    Very nice and informative blog!
    Cleared many of mydoubts, I have have a few more left :)
    I have posted on your FB page also, in case you access fb before the blog :)

    I am planning a trip in feb.As suggested by you I tried to book safari online through http://www.rajasthanwildlife.rajasthan.gov.in/bookTrip.do

    while booking it asks for the route type and eight options are given - R.T.R1 and so on. Is this the zone number? which one would you suggest ??

    and going further with the booking the only safary option is canter. Do they provide gypsy also?

    Please help me out in my bookings.
    Thanks a lot in advance
    Jyoti

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  18. Hi Jyoti

    First of all thanks for the kind words!!!

    Best of luck for your trip to Ranthambore... It's one of my favourite National parks.

    - Yes, R T R means route number or Zone. How many safaris you plan to do??? So that I can suggest you accordingly..

    - If gypsy option is not shown in booking then it means that all Gypsies have already been booked by now :( but again canter is not a bad option at all.

    Cheers
    Karan

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  19. It was lovely reading your blog post..Perfect write-up combined with some beautiful pictures. Ranthambore is a perfect place for wildlife lovers and one can choose to stay in any of the hotels in Ranthambore for a memorable experience.

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  27. Hi, I have to take my family to RTR in april, I dont have much time to go and stay there whole night, am planning to reach sawaimadhopur station by morning 3am(by train from delhi), then to wait till 5am and then to go park gate by hiring some taxi as it is just 13 kms as you said. Please guide me through ur experience that will this plan work?...I will book online for the entry gate-3

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    1. Hi Chandresh

      Yes the plan will definitely work. Will be hectic but doable.

      Cheers
      Karan

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