Ranthambore, in first instance seems to be safari park only for tigers and other wildlife, but if you are planning to take it as relax destination, there is lot you can do beside park safaris.
Ranthambore, the land of tigers is most famous place to see tigers in its natural habitat. The park spreads across 1300 sq kms area covering three districts i.e Karauli, Sawai madhopur & Kota. There are 10 zones for safari purpose. There is limit of vehicles allowed in one shift to the park. Normally there are two shifts for safaris one in morning & other in the afternoon. Each safari is 03; 30hrs long. Advance planning is must to save money on safaris. Beside normal safaris there are Full day & Half day safaris to cater special needs for keen wild lifers & photographers. These safaris are quite expensive but zone free. You can go to any zone during your safari timing.
This is another attraction in Ranthambore. In fact the park is named after the fort called Ranthambore Fort. This is the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. The circumference of the fort is about 07 sq km. it has got steps to climb up. The main palace inside the fort is closed but still the ruins of other structures are strong enough to withdraw your attention. The are many temples inside the fort, out of them the Trinetra Ganesh temple is very famous. It takes total 03: hrs to visit the fort from your hotel. There are steps to climbs (not so hard) but it takes 45 minutes to climb up. For elderly people palkis are available (04 people carry you on chair). The Fort opens from sunrise to sun set. The Ganesh temple closes for half an hour in the middle of the day.
Chambal Boat ride for Alligators:
This is very different experience in Ranthambore. This river is 45 kms from Sawai Madhopur/Ranthambhore. Here you can enjoy boat ride in Chambal river to see alligators. It takes about 04 hrs to complete this excursion.
Soorwal Dam for Bird Watching:
This is one of the most famous birding sites after the park. For bird watchers one visit is must. You will get several water birds & land birds nearby this lake/dam. This is 12 kms from Ranthambore Road. Total timing is about 03 hrs.
Mansarovar dam for Bird Watching:
This is another Dam where you can enjoy bird watching. It is about 20 kms from Ranthambore road towards Chambal River. Excursion time is three hours.
Rameshwar Ghat for Bird Watching:
This is the bank of river Chambal . It has got good potential for birding. This is ahead of the place where you start boat ride in Chambal. It is better to do this place with alligators safari. Distance from Ranthambore Road is 60 kms. Total time is 06 hours but delightful activity.
Devpura Village Excursion for Black Buck:
This village is about 15 kms from Ranthambore road. In winters the best place to see black buck in agriculture fields. This takes about 02 to 03 hours.
In Ranthambore you can enjoy camel safari in some places near to the hotel. There are open grounds on the side of Ranthambore road where you can enjoy camel safari / camel cart ride.
Old City Tour:
Sawai Madhopur has two parts one the old one which is called the old city & the new part is railway station area. If you want to enjoy street photography then this place is recommended. Here you can also see some very old Jain’s temples. This is 06 kms from Ranthambore road & take 20 minutes to reach. Local transport is available from Hammir Circle Or you can take auto rickshaw.
Note: Before going to bird watching please check locally. Normally good birding starts from November till March. Sometimes due to bad monsoon/rains in July, August and September these places struggles for water so there potential decreases but land birds are there.
if you are looking for a wildlife holiday and planning to visit Ranthambore for the tiger safari and other activities then it would be best to book your safari well in advance, specifically, during the peak season as there is a heavy rush of tourists and it is next to impossible to get the safari seats on the spot. Book a trip to Ranthambore online through the official website or you can book your safari through us as we are a well-known wildlife tourism agency offering various Ranthambore tour packages and other wildlife tour packages according to the needs of wildlife lovers.