In Ranthambhore, in last season many new changes were introduced in Safari system. Before that it was running like normal safari of Jeep & canter (20 seater open bus). As every park has limited carrying capacity so does the Ranthambhore. In previous system if safaris are wait-listed then only option was canter bus. But the new system is very good. If you have money then you can have jeep booked even one hours prior to the safari.
There are 15 jeeps in 01 to 05 zones in normal pricing which is considered as Prime Zone of the park. These jeeps are booked 90 days in advance prior to the visit date by department website. There are total 10 zones for tourism purpose where vehicles are allotted for safari. In other zones jeeps can be booked in current quota also.
Zone 06 to 10 are also not less important. Out of theses 06, 08 & 10 zones fruitful from good safaris point of view if you take good naturalist with you.
Now after normal pricing jeeps there are 20 Premium jeeps. The extra cost one has to pay to get such jeeps is 155 USD. For e.g premium Exclusive jeep Normal pricing + 155 USD. The safari duration for Normal & Premium jeeps are same 3:30 hrs for both morning & afternoon safari.
Beside Premium jeeps, there are Full day & Half day safari jeeps. There are total 05 Full day jeeps.
The process for booking Half day, Full day & Premium safari is manual, done by giving application. They give you registration no of application & confirm the safari.
These full day & half day safari are zone free safaris. You can go to any zone of the park within the prescribed limit of time allotted to you. This is very good for photographers. Even tourist who are coming for short time in Ranthambore they are also opting it. Half day safari is 06 hours long starting from park entrance time in the morning to around 01:00 pm to till park exit time. Afternoon half days safari starts at 01.00pm till park exit time in the evening. There is a slight change in timing of safari depending on sunrise & sunset. The full day safari allows one to stay in park from morning to evening.
If these full day jeeps are not fully sold then department give 02 half day jeep for each full day jeep.
For Example if there are 02 full day jeeps booked, then for remaining same date they give 06 half day jeeps i.e. 03 for morning & 03 for evening.
The rough idea for full day Exclusive jeep for two persons foreigners should be around 1000 USD per safari. GST tax can be extra, which is 5% of this cost. If no of persons increases then there is slight increase in costing due to difference in Entrances. This costing includes Permit, Entrances, Jeeps fare, Naturalist & genuine service charge.
The rough idea for Half day jeep for two pax foreigner should be around 555 USD per safari. GST tax can be extra, which is 5%. If no of person increases then there is slight increase in costing due to difference in Entrances.
Now a day’s craze for the full day & half day safari is increasing. It is very good for photographers. For instances the first week of October 17 is fully sold out for Full day & half day quota.
But there is again an option of Premium Half Day & Full day safari, if you pay 155 USD extra then Half day & Full Day costing.
Note: These extra rates are based on present conversion rates of INR to USD.