Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. The park is named after a 10th century fort that sits high on a craggy outcrop. Previously known as the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Bengal tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see these majestic predators in their natural habitat. The landscape transforms from dry plains to grasslands and dense forests dotted with waterholes and ancient ruins.
Our tour ideas in Ranthambore
A wealth of wildlife inhabits the park including the leopard, hyena, jackal, sloth bear, mongoose, crocodile and spotted deer as well as countless birds. And of course, there is the Bengal tiger. Ranthambore covers 5,000 square miles, an area reckoned to be big enough to support 32 tigers.
There are a number of lakes and pools in the park that attract different species of wildlife. Visit Malik Talao and spot Indian Marsh crocodiles or kingfishers hunting for fish. Padam Talao is the largest lake of this park with the Jogi Mahal at its edge. For those lucky enough, Chinkaras are sometimes sighted here. Rajbagh Talao is the most picturesque of all the lakes with a large population of birds and animals feeding in it including the sambhar deer.
Forts and ruins
Walk up the hill to the majestic Ranthambore Fort to get a view of the entire park. Visit the Rajbagh ruins to see stone structures of Palace outhouses, domes and arches that give an ancient regal feel. For those lucky enough the resident tigers are also sometimes spotted here.