Rajasthan is home to beautiful wilderness and forest scenery, and Ranthambore is the largest national park in this picturesque region of India. The lush greenery is home to tigers, jungle cats, Indian flying foxes, mongoose, snub-nosed marsh crocodiles, and North Indian flap shelled turtles, just to name a few highlights. Many natural wonders within the park justify several days of exploration: spot a panther in the grand Kachida Valley, marvel at the Raj Bagh ruins near the tranquil Padam Talao lake, and traverse the dense green forests of thriving Bakula.
There are all sorts of wild and wonderful Jeep and Canter safari opportunities in Ranthambore, and the Diurnal tiger sightings are a particular thrill. Popular wildlife sanctuaries waiting to be explored include the Kaila Devi Sanctuary and the Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.
Nestled in the heart of the national park on a rolling hilltop, Ranthambore Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of five majestic hill forts in Rajasthan. This 10th-century monument is protected by seven kilometre-long walls and surrounded by relics of ancient times: palace ruins, step wells, cenotaphs, houses, and temples. The nearby Ganesh temple welcomes pilgrims all year round and is the site for the annual Ganesh festival, where thousands of visitors from the hinterland surrounding the national park celebrate. On Wednesdays, visitors dress in fine clothing to honour the day of Lord Ganesh, which makes this weekday a great time to visit the Ranthambore Fort and its surroundings and avoids the weekends when travellers come from Delhi.
If tiger sightings are your number one priority, Ranthambore is a good option, although busy with jeeps. For travellers seeking a more immersive wildlife experience, we recommend parks in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka or for those looking to get more off the beaten track, Uttar Pradesh.