The beautiful lakes, rolling hills, dhonk trees, and the slopes with the golden grass glades create an atmosphere unlike any other. At the crack of dawn, the mist rises from the lakes and the sun rays piercing through it, simply surreal! An hour has passed, and the temperatures begin to soar, and so do the vultures. Large Sambar stags graze in the shallow waters of Malik Talao (Lake) while the peacock crows its cacophonic call. The walls of Thambhore stand tall in the background of Padam (Lake). And on the shore of Rajbagh (Lake), the unproclaimed King of the Lake strolls across forcing you to skip a beat. The striped emperor rests on the shores while the antlered heads stand away and cry their warning call. This is just an everyday affair here, and there is loads of action waiting to unfold right before you. Join The Wildside on a safari to one of India’s famed Tiger reserves. This is Ranthambore, the place where tigers rule not only the land but your heart as well. Brave the journey to see and photograph the national animal of India in its natural world.
Ranthambore National Park was once the private hunting grounds of the former Maharaja of Jaipur. The Royals held large hunting parties for their guests and for visiting British Generals and officers. In the 1960s, Queen Elizabeth II was in Ranthambore for a winter shoot. Former Honourable President of USA Bill Clinton was also on safari in Ranthambore during his Indian visit. The park gets its name from the 1000-year-old fort complex perched atop a hill adjoining the park. Several smaller monuments, temples, mosques, and village walls belonging to the complex dot the park’s landscape.
The park lies to the southeast of the Indian Princely state of Rajasthan in the Sawai Madhopur District. Located at the foothills of the Aravali Hills, it borders a few other parks too – Keladevi and Kuno Palpur to name a few. It is located 7 km from the town of Sawai Madhopur. While Ranthambore covers an area of 1334 sq. km, about 400 sq. km comprises the National Park and Tiger Reserve. It is one among the 9 parks initially chosen for Project Tiger in 1973 under the governance of the former Prime Minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi.
The park’s attraction is mainly Tigers and Ranthambore safari is on top of the bucket list of many from around the world. It also harbors a healthy population of Leopards and Jungle Cats, which are seldom seen. Sloth Bears, Jackals, and Foxes are the other predators in the Park. Herbivores include Sambar, Blue Bull, Chital Deer, Wild Boar, Indian Antelope, and other species. Apart from tiger safaris in Ranthambore, the place is the home to a plethora of over 250 species of Birds; Ranthambore is heaven for keen birdwatchers. The landscape consists of dry deciduous forests, hills, and grasslands. Ranthambore’s famous lakes are sought-after for amazing encounters with Tigers while on safari and have been the set and backdrop to several Documentaries produced by BBC and National Geographic.
October - June
5 nights/6 days
Tiger Safari, Wildlife, Photography, Ranthambhore Fort
Tigers are elusive and shy cats in general. But the tigers here are contradictory to this. They don’t see safari vehicles as a threat and sometimes tend to be very close offering intimate experiences. On all our previous tours and tiger safaris in Ranthambore, our guests have had 100% success in not just seeing Tigers, but also in being able to photograph them on multiple occasions. The park’s open landscapes offer unparalleled wildlife encounters and Tiger photography opportunities, making Ranthambhore one of the most desired destinations for wildlife photographers and enthusiasts.
On this incredible wildlife photography expedition in India, you can rest assured that you would be looking for not just Tigers, but other wildlife too in the park with one of the area’s most experienced guides and drivers. They know the park like the other side of their palm, and tracking tigers is their everyday routine. Their combined experiences spanning over a couple of decades are essential to have the vehicles positioned ensuring the best angles for wildlife photography.
Tiger safaris in Ranthambore can span anywhere between 3.5 hours to the whole day and can be dusty and a bit tiring on the bumpy roads. The hot/cold weather of Rajasthan can add to it. But this is not going to stop you from watching and photographing Tigers. Our selection of hotels ranging from economic to luxury options will be the ideal retreat to retire for the day and relax and rejuvenate for the next day’s wildlife adventure. At The Wildside, we work with a few partner lodges that offer well-appointed air-conditioned rooms with ensuite facilities. The chefs at all these lodges are known to churn out the best of local and international cuisines to suit everyone’s palettes.
While the priority of choosing accommodation on wildlife photography tours in India is primarily based on the location and distance from the park, our partner lodges are all located between 5-10 minutes from the National Park entrance, yet offering high levels of service and comforts to the guests. What are you waiting for? Talk to us to start planning your wildlife photography tours in India and Ranthambore safari
Arrival & Check-in
The tour begins at Jaipur International Airport. On arrival, you are met by the representative and will be transferred by road to Sawai Madhopur (2.5-3 hours). After check-in followed by lunch, the gypsys would be ready for your first Ranthambore Tiger safari of the trip. Leave the resort at 3:00 pm and return at 6:30 pm. Dinner and overnight at the Resort.
Morning and Afternoon safaris
Wake up call at 5:30 am followed by tea and coffee at the reception. The gypsys would arrive at 6:00 am for your next Ranthambore Tiger Safari. Parks open at 6:30 am (subject to change based on season). Go on a morning safari for 3.5 hours and return at 10:00 am for breakfast. Rest awhile until lunch and leave the resort again at 3:00 pm and return at 6:30 pm. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
There are different safaris options please see below for more information
Morning safari and departure
It’s the last day in the park today. Following a wake-up call at 5:30 am and a departure to the park at 6:00 am, arrive back at the resort at 10:00 am after a wildlife safari in Ranthambore for about 3.5 hours. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, check-out, and departure to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, the tour ends.
Ranthambore National Park is divided into 10 zones to accommodate the large inflow of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts and to prevent overcrowding. Some zones are better than the others, and being in the right zones makes a huge difference especially with Tiger sightings. Tigers being solitary cats are extremely territorial and have their territories that may sometimes overlap a few tourism zones. So picking zones require information from the ground and based on experience. Talk to us to better understand how a Tiger safari in Ranthambore works.
There are 3 variations in types of safaris that can be planned in Ranthambhore.
These are conventional safaris that are arranged twice daily – 3.5 hours in the morning and 3.5 hours in the evening. The safaris have pre assigned zones and adhering to the assigned zones is mandatory. While a majority of tiger photography by the founder of The Wildside – Gaurav Ramnarayanan was done on these safaris, there are alternate options available if you wish to have more freedom in being able to go all around the park’s tourism sector.
These are full day safaris which are from dawn to dusk. During the regular safari timings for 3.5 hours in the morning and 3.5 hours in the evening, the entire park can be accessed. During the mid day, zones from 6 to 10 can be accessed. It is not mandatory to stay all the while in the park. Packed breakfast is usually carried and hot lunch will be delivered at the park gate from where it can be collected.
For those wishing to have a shorter time in the park with all access, the half day safaris are the best option. Just like full day safaris, half day safaris allow access across all zones. During a AM half day safari, all zones can be accessed for 3.5 hours and after that it is possible to continue the safari until 12 noon in zones 6 to 10. During a PM half day safari, zones 6 to 10 can be accessed from 1 pm onwards and thereafter, all zones can be accessed for 3.5 hours during the afternoon regular safari times.
Ranthambore’s 10 zones (Numbered 1 to 10) are open from October 1st to June 30th every year. Between July 1st and September 30th, only zones 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. The other zones remain closed during these 3 months due to the monsoon season and the heavy rains in the regions which often cause small floods across the park.
For more information on planning a safari, please write to us.