There is something so mystical and exciting about being in a forest that for many of us, a visit to the wilderness ranks as one of our best holiday experiences. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that we are in a land where the rules are different, where a day is marked with sunrise and sunset. Perhaps it comes from the knowledge that the survival is only of the fittest. Whatever the reason, the very sight of an animal in its own territory, on its own terms, makes for a breathtaking moment and can change your perspective forever.
For the wildlife adventure enthusiasts, Ranthambore National Park in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan is a perfect destination. Known to be one of the best parks to spot the majestic Indian Tigers, the park is also the home to several other endangered species.
Birds: Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Common Kingfisher, Cormorant, Indian Pitta, Painted Stork, Rufous Treepie, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-breasted Water hen, Sandpiper, Jacana, vultures, fowls and many more.
Animals: Crocodiles, Jungle Hare, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, leopards, hyenas, blue bulls or neel gais, jackals, civet cats etc.
Offbeat Honeymoon Destination in Rajasthan
If you and your partner are inclined towards the nature or the fascinating wildlife, you must plan your honeymoon in Ranthambore National Park. The enthralling wildlife safaris, tracing the beasts and moments in the luxury camps will surely make it for an amazing honeymoon trip.
Just the bare necessities
Travelling in the wilderness requires a special sensitivity. The laws of the jungle are different but there are several ways to get the best out of your trip without disturbing the natural habitats that you visit. Some tips that you can use from those who’ve been there:
- Dress in muted forest colours like greens, browns, beige and dull browns. Avoid orange, red, pink and bright prints.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget hat and sunglasses. High boots with socks are a sensible option for jungle walks. Always check your shoes before you wear them for creepy crawlies like scorpions.
- Try not to talk too much or make loud sounds while journeying into the jungle.
- Do not get too close to the animals and do not ever attempt to feed them.
- It is important to have your own survival kit, such as a torch with extra batteries, basic medicines, salt for leeches and other toiletries.
- Dress according to the season. An outdoor jacket is necessary in winters. While it can be quite warm in the day, evenings can get cold.
- Take some nuts/biscuits to nibble (especially for the early morning safari) and water.
How to book your Ranthambore Trip
You can either plan your own trip or leave it to wildlife experts. Booking through a travel agent or a wildlife expert may cost you more but then you have the comfort of being in the hands of professionals who personally travel to Ranthambore (and other such places) several times a year, can assign you guides knowledgeable about the region’s flora and fauna, and know the local and administrative people and processes very well.
Wildlife Safari in Ranthambore National Park
There are two types of vehicles permitted for Ranthambore Jungle Safari, the Jeep and the Canter. The Jeep is a six seater open-top vehicle, and the first choice for many. Demand for Jeeps is very high, and so we recommend that you book at least 60 days in advance to guarantee a Jeep safari. The Canter is a 16 seat open-top bus – its elevated seats mean that you can see far into the jungle ahead, further than a Jeep would allow. While the canter is a lot cheaper, I recommend a jeep as it gives more flexibility to pause-stop-go.
There are loads of things to do in Ranthambhore besides the safari park. In particular, I would highly recommend a guided tour of Ranthambhore Fort. The locals visit the fort to worship at the famous Ganesh Temple, which lies within. The fort will enhance and complete any visit to Ranthambhore National Park.
Note: The Ranthambore safari timings change depending on the season
|S. No.||Month||Morning Trip||Evening Trip|
|1||1st October to 31st October||7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M.||2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.|
|2||1st November to 31st January||7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M.||2.00 P.M. to 5.30 P.M.|
|3||1st February to 31st March||6.30 A.M. to 10.00 A.M.||2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.|
|4||1st April to 15th May||6.00 A.M. to 9.30 A.M.||3.00 P.M. to 6.30 P.M.|
|5||15th May to 30th June||6.00 A.M. to 9.30 A.M.||3.30 P.M. to 7.00 P.M|
Fact file :
State : Rajasthan
Location : Ranthambore lies at the junction of the Aravallis and the Vindhyas in the south eastern quarter of Rajasthan.
Distance by road:
Delhi – 480 km (via Dausa), Jaipur – 180 km (via Tonk)