Ranthambore is one of the finest wildlife destinations in India, Which is a safe haven for tigers and many other wildlife species. Once it was a private game reserve of the royal family of Jaipur.
There are many interesting places to see tourists in Ranthambore. Ranthambore National Park is considered the most suitable place for wildlife photography in the world. Here is a list of the tourist places in Ranthambore and nearby tourist destinations, which you should see during your Ranthambore tour. This is a place that can give you an unrivaled travel experience in India.
1. The Jungle
Ranthambore is known for the Bengal tiger population not only in India but also in the world and it is considered one of the best places in India to see wild animals in their natural forest habitat. Ranthambore offers some great opportunities to see the magnificent Tiger in the forest. Ranthambore Jungle Safari is one of the finest options to explore wildlife in their natural habitat. There are two options to go to Park for Tiger encounter. One is Jeep, that is 6 seat four wheel drives and second option is Canter that is 20 seat open topped bus.
Besides Tiger, you can also see sloth bears, Indian Leopards, jackal, Caracal, Jungle Cat, striped Hyena, southern plains gray langur , mugger crocodile , Sambar deer , Indian Gazelle ( Chinkara) Spotted deer and Mangoes in Ranthambore. The park is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. Ranthambore National Park contains more than 300 species of birds. The best time to see tiger in Ranthambore National Park is in November to May.
2. Ranthambore Fort
Ranthambore fort is second major tourist attraction in Ranthambore National Park. This 9th century majestic fort is situated within the Ranthambore National Park and around 14 km away from the nearest town Sawai Madhopur. Ranthambore Fort was declared a UNESCO world Heritage Site under the Hill Forts of Rajasthan in 2013. Ranthambore fort is known for the glory and heroism of Hammir Dev of Chauhan dynasty. It is widely believed that Ranthambore fort was built the reign of the Sapaldaksha, in 944 CE. Although the correct name of the ruler is disputed. The walls of the fort are in the length of about 7 kilometers and it covers an area of about 4 square kilometers for tourist place. Fort lies on an isolated Thambhore hill which is 481 meters (1578 ft.) above sea level. it covers beautiful breathtaking views of the Ranthambore Park. The main attraction of the Ranthambore Fort are 32 pillars cenotaph, Dullah mahal , Badal mahal, Hammir Court , Tomb , mausoleum , Toran Dwar,step wells and Ganesh Temple.
3. Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History
The Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History, Sawai Madhopur is worth to visit in Ranthambore National Park. It is also known as The Regional Museum of Natural History, Sawai Madhopur. Ranthambore museum is around 9 km away from the sawai Madhopur town and it is located at Ramsinghpura village. It is a India’s fourth Regional Museum of Natural History which is located at Ranthambore. This museum exhibits on vegetation, animals and geology of the western region of India. The natural museum is a non-formal center to create public consciousness of nature and natural resources through demonstration and educational activities. Ranthambore Museum timings for visitors are 10.00 am to 5.00pm and it remains closed on Tuesday and other national holidays
The Shipgram is also a new tourist attraction in Ranthambore. The foundation of Shilgram was laid by Bina kak by former Hon’ble Tourism, Art, Culture, Forest and Environment Minister of Rajasthan on 26th April 2013. The Shaligram Museum has been developed as a craft village in Ranthambore. Shilpgram Ranthambore is situated near Ramsinghpura village of Sawai Madhopur District and it is around 9 km from Sawai Madhopur railway station. It is a living ethnography museum that reflects various types of crafts, arts and culture of various Indian states, especially the western part. Ranthambore Shilpgram spread over 22 acres of land. Shilpagram is a platform where regional handicraft and handloom products have been developed. Shipgram organizes tourist interest and public utility exhibitions and crafts markets of handicrafts and handlooms. Sometimes, Shilpgram organizes cultural programs to showcase regional cultural heritage.
5. Surwal Lake for Bird watching
Surwal Lake is one of the best places to visit for sightseeing near Ranthambore Park and this place is especially for keen bird lover. Surwal Lake is heaven for many birds including migrant, resident, and passage. This lake is around 15 km away from sawai madhopur town and located at surwal village. The name of this lake came from Surwal village. Best time to visit Surwal Lake is winter season. It is a shallow water lake, which often dries in the summer or the water becomes very less in it. In winter season tourist can visit this Lake at early morning where you can see lots of birds picking up their breakfast from lake. Surwal Lake is ideal for those who are seeking solace and peace.