Ranthambore National Park lies at the juncture of the Aravali and Vindhya Hills, and is one of the largest and most established national parks in the subcontinent. It spans an incredible 392 square kilometers made up of dense forest, grassland and seasonal streams. The park is home to approximately 35 tigers, although the entire Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is said to be home to over 50, so it’s understandable why the park is so popular. The park is located in Sawai Madhopur district in the southeast of Rajasthan, making it an easy and scenic train journey from Agra or a simple drive from Jaipur. It is arguably the most accessible of all of India’s national parks, with reasonably good chances of tiger sightings. Naturally this means it is one of the busiest, and we therefore recommended that you avoid weekends as excursions into the park only run twice per day.
Despite being home to some of the world’s most spectacular creatures, Ranthambore too boasts an elaborate history. The park was once the private hunting grounds of the Mahajaraja of Jaipur and derives its name from the 10th century hilltop fort, which still exists today.
Nowadays the glorious park not only provides visitors the chance of seeing wild tiger, sloth bear, wild boar, leopard, and sambar deer but also the opportunity of staying in comfort or absolute luxury, with a wonderful range of tented camps just outside the park.