Best time to visit: The park is open to tourists from the 1st of October to the 30th of June. Most of the tourists visit the park between November and March, mainly because the summer’s heat is unbearable.
The period between November and February is excellent for wildlife viewing, particularly for bird watching. A lot of migratory birds visit the park during the winter months.
During the summer months (April to June), when the temperature soars over 40 degrees Centigrade during the day, sighting tigers is relatively easier than it is in winters.
March is a great month for wildlife viewing and the temperatures are not very high.
What to carry
During the Cold Season – from November to February – visitors are advised to carry enough warm clothing, jackets, gloves, mufflers etc. Due to the wind chill factor, it often gets very cold during the safaris and a jacket can be a welcome relief.
During the Summer Months – from March to June – it is very hot and loose cotton clothing is recommended. A wide brimmed hat is nice to have during summers. Sunscreens are a must in summers, when the sun is very strong. Mosquito repellents are required, particularly during October and March, even though Ranthambhore is not a malaria prone area.
Binoculars can add a lot of value to ones wildlife viewing. Photographers are advised to carry all the equipment that they would require, including batteries and film rolls (though both of these are also locally available, most of the time).
Park Opening Time: The park is open from 1st October till 30th June.
Closed: Monsoon season.
Access: Fly to Jaipur (the closest airport) and drive to Ranthambore (180 kms) By train : Ranthambore National Park is approx. 12 km from the Sawai Madhopur Railway station, that lies on the Delhi to Mumbai trunk route.
Clothing: Summer – light tropical; Winter- Light woolen
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani and English
Park Safari Timings in Ranthambore National Park:
|October-March||0600-0900 hrs||1500-1800 hrs|
|April-June||0630-0930 hrs||1530-1800 hrs|
Timing for entry in to park: Timings for entry into, and exit from, the park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier.
The Ranthambhore Fort timings also very according the season, with the exit time set as per the time of the sunset during that time of the year. It is advisable to check all the timings at the office before your first entry.