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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Ranthambore?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Looking for that perfect vacation with its share of excitement and adventure? Welcome to Ranthambore. Known for being the home to Ranthambore National Park, open-jeep safaris in the wild and the electrifying adventure of locating animals in their element is the essence of this place. Apart from the whole jungle adventure, this place also has the option of historical exploration. Talking about the local attractions in Ranthambore, here are some names which are worth exploring:

  • Ranthambore National Park
    Ranthambore National Park is famous for its tigers and will surely acquire a top spot in your favourites if you are a photographer. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora and the species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals. Ranthambore National Park is open from 1st October to 30th June (July - September closed to visitors). Moreover, a safari ride in the park is definitely a cultural encounter with the locals which you don't want to miss.

    While you are set to explore the National Park, it is recommended to take as much as safaris as you can (in the morning at 6:30 and in the afternoon at 2:30). You may need some luck to spot a tiger on your ride but there are loads of other wonderful sights which are equally alluring. It is better to book the safaris via the official website the same time you book your hotel or you can also ask the hotel staff to book the safaris for you. The number of entries to the park are restricted by the government, so be sure to book in advance to avoid any unnecessary situation. The office opens very early at 5 am, so you can plan to head there at that time only and make sure you got the bookings. You can either opt for a Gypsy (6 seater) or a Canter (16 or 20 seater safari bus) for exploring Ranthambore National Park. You can enjoy a diesel/petrol canter safari at INR 500/530 and a jeep safari at INR 600, but the latter is more mobile and offers a closer look at the wildlife.

    Timings: 6.30 am and 2.30 pm (Each ride lasts for about 3 hours)
    Entry Fee: Only for video cameras (No charges on Photo cameras)

  • Ranthambore Fort
    The Ranthambore fort, once ruled over by the Chauhan Dynasty of Rajasthan, is now the abode of the wild. Step inside and go back to the 10th century and you will instantly feel some divine connection at the premises which is home to three temples which are situated inside its premises. The hilltop Khandar Fort, with all the local tales of mystery will delight you and is worth the uphill trek. The place is also dotted with small temples that are lost, forgotten and hidden in green foliage, but enigmatic nonetheless.

    Address: Ranthambore National Park
    Sawai Madhopur

  • Bakula
    So you thought visiting Ranthambore National Park is enough to capture the exquisite variety of the flora and fauna which symbolizes the place. Wait! you are yet to discover Bakula, the verdant forest regions in Ranthambore. If you take a stroll around the lush greenery, you can easily spot tigresses with their young cubs near the water holes. An interesting spot for tourists, the place promises a delightful and enjoyable experience.

    Address: Ranthambore National Park

  • Kachida Valley
    Located at the outskirts of the National Park, it offers an adventurous ride for the guests. With several outcrops and low hills, it is advisable to take a Jeep Safari when you want to explore this area. You can spot several Panthers here as this is the place where a majority of Panther population resides.

    Address: Near Ranthambore National Park

  • Padam Talao
    A lovely lake inside the Ranthambore National Park which offers you an amazing view of the beautiful Jogi Mahal which is situated at the lake. Also, there is a huge Banyan tree which is said to be the second largest tree across India.

Apart from the whole jungle adventure, this place also has the option of historical exploration. Pure air and away from the din of city life, this is a place of total tranquility.

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