One of the largest national parks in Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is where you will find the majestic Bengal Tiger in its own natural glory.

Overview

Covering over 392 sq km, Ranthambore National Park is one of Northern India's largest expanses of wild jungle scrubland, named after its fortress in the centre of the park. Under the protection of Project Tiger since the early 1970s, it was the former hunting ground of the Maharajas and entourage of Jaipur. Today its terrain is home to a number of species native to India pulling in travel and wildlife photographers from all over the world. The park is most well-known for its Bengal Tigers and is arguably one of the best locations in the country for spotting them in their natural habitat. Even during the day, the tigers can be easily spotted hunting and resting with their young cubs. Other wildlife you may encounter includes leopards, wild boar, hyenas, sloths and sambar deer.

How to see it with Kuoni

Not only does Ranthambore National Park hold some of India's most treasured species, it is also home to a number of ruins dotted around the park. We highly recommend visiting Ranthambore Fort. Built in the 10th century and standing over 700 feet tall, you will get a stunning view over the entire park from the top - ideal for taking a few holiday photos and spotting Padam Talao, the largest lake in the park. When you explore the interior, you will find three hidden red Karauli stone temples devoted to Shiva, Ramlalaji and Ganesh.

Good to know

If you want a higher chance of seeing tigers roaming this verdant National Park, then November and May are the best times to visit. Safari rides are carried out between 6.30am and 2.30pm daily, lasting up to three hours.

Opening times

Open October to June.

Cost

Safari ride costs 700-800 rupeess per person.