24th December, 2017

Hello friends!

After spending three adventurous days in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve we headed to Jaipur before heading home, but before that we would like to share a few recommendations, reviews and suggestions to make your RANTHAMBORE trip memorable as well !

Here are a few suggestions by MIRINDA to make your Ranthambore experience totally WORTH IT!


Getting there


There are multiple options as per the city you are from to visit Ranthambore. But the best way from any major city of India is to take a flight to Jaipur and then take a taxi straight to Ranthambore National Park.  Given its strong cultural heritage, Jaipur is home to many international tourists every year. Hence the Jaipur Airport is quite a busy one. From the Jaipur Airport, Ranthambore National Park (Sawai Madhopur) is located at a distance of 170 kms and it takes about 3.5 hours by road. There are daily trains from Delhi as well which reach Ranthambore (Sawai Madhopur)  in about 4 hours.

The taxi (Innova car) will cost you approx. Rs. 4000/- one way. But please note that major portion of the Jaipur – Ranthambore road is undergoing re-building and hence the ride is quite bumpy. We recommend hiring an SUV to ensure a comfortable ride.  You can either ask your hotel to arrange your transport or you can also contact any local taxi services to arrange the same.


Booking Safari Rides


One can get lost while booking a safari ride in Ranthambore if one is not aware of the correct means. The government has its own website (http://fmdss.forest.rajasthan.gov.in/) which allows online booking of the safari in advance. However, the rush in Ranthambore park is so high that these slots are filled months before the date of travel. Further, you have to be very specific with the type of vehicle, the zone, the time etc. The better option is the introduction of the “Tatkal” (last moment) safaris by the government. There are lot of local agents and hotels in Ranthambore who organize Tatkal Safaris by charging a small commission fee. One can also book it directly, but the chaotic procedure at the booking office is too much to handle for any tourist.

We recommend you plan your travel in such a way that you at least get to do five safaris in Ranthambore National Park.  These will give you a good chance to spot the Tigers and other animals. Plus, a three-day stay gives you ample time to relax and enjoy the property, given the hectic safari schedule.


Zones in Ranthambore


Zone 1 : The entry to the zone through Singh Dwar. This zone is more of a buffer zone which is home to T-39 and T-57. This zone has been very popular due to return of Noor (T-39) along with her 3 cubs and numerous sightings have been reported during end of 2016 and early 2017.

Zone 2 : This zone is one of the most important zone and a good number of sightings are reported from this zone. The important points in this point where there are sightings are Jogi Mahal, Phuta Kot, Phuta Bandha, Lahpur Tiraha, Nal Ghati.

Sightings of leopard from this zone are reported too.

Zone 3 : Jogi Mahal, Padam Talab, High Point, Raj Bagh and Mandook. Are primary points where there are sightings reported. Padam Talab is one of the vantage points where the you can wait to see some big cat action.

Zone 4 : This zone has lots of places where the shy cats come out, this also used to be home of the most famous tigress of Ranthambore – Machli.

Zone 5 : The entry to this zone is same as zone 4 and has a few common spots for sighting. The points are Singhdwar, Anatpur, Jokha, Dhakda, Kachida,Baghda and Bakola.

Zone 6-10 were added later to the sanctuary and access to these zones is at exact opposite end as that of from 1-5. To enter these zones the gypsies and canters go through the old city.

Zone 6 (Kundal) : Shares its boundaries with zone 1 and there are high chances of spotting T-39 (Noor) with her cubs here too. Landscape of this zone is quite different from zone 1-5 and has more open grasslands with huge mountains in the backdrop. You can spot the indian gazelle and have opportunity to spot birds too. (Including the endangered Red headed Vultures)Since this zone is close to village, cattle do go astray and reports of Kumbha (T-34) killing and feeding on the cattle have been reported.

Zone 7 (Chidikho) : This zone has a fewer points compared to the rest.

Zone 8 (Balas) : The tigers spotted here are same as the ones in zone 7 (T-8 and T-34).

Zone 9 (Kuwal ji) : This zone is about 45 minutes away from the Tiger reserve and is located at the banks of river Chakal river. This is home to T-42 (Fateh), an aggressive male who is known to chase the forest department vehicles and has been captured on trap cams killing a sloth bear too!This zone is also home to Caracals, Sloth bears and aquatic birds.

Zone 10 (Aantri): In this zone other than Birds the tigers can be spotted at Aantri


General Points to keep in mind


  1. A general perception that people have is that the tiger sightings are only at zones from 1-5. However zone 6-10 has tiger sightings too. We would recommend you to stick to 1-5 zones as they are the best safari zones and have higher chances of sighting.
  2. While each car can pick its own zone for each safari, we strongly advise you leave the decision of picking the zone to your agent and guide. They are in constant touch with other drivers, guides and forest officers and have the best knowledge of which zones are best suited for spotting.
  3. We had booked our hotel on an fully-loaded basis i.e. inclusive of all meals. While different hotels have different policies, we suggest you stay at one hotel and have all your meals there. The main focus of the trip is the safari and it is quite exhausting. So it’s better to save time on travelling from one hotel to another.
  4. The sun can be very harsh in Ranthambore, even during the earlier morning safaris. We strongly suggest you carry your sun glasses, sun screen and safari hats along with you during the safari rides. Also, please tell your hotel staff to pack a basket with some cold water bottles, it really helps during the safari rides.
  5. Having a good guide is very important. We suggest you consult with your hotel and fellow guests and hire a good guide for your safari. We feel it’s not just about spotting animals but it’s the entire education about the animals, their characteristics, behaviors etc.which makes the safari a memorable experience.
  6. If you are planning to visit Ranthambore National Park during the monsoon season, you will be only allowed entry in zones 6-10. If that be the case, we suggest you book a property nearer to this zones as it will save a lot of valuable time.

FOOD & DRINKS


  1. Food & Drinks is the most important element of your trip, but in Ranthambore you don’t need to worry about the amazing food and drinks which are generally a part of the overall package.
  2. Hotel bars at Ranthambore (Sawai Madhopur) can be quite expensive and the local wine shops in Ranthambore are small and have limited brands. We recommend you stashing up some good liquor from Jaipur.
  3. Most lodges in the Ranthamore are on an “All-inclusive basis”, which means that the price is inclusive of game drives, breakfast, lunch, dinner and selected alcoholic spirits.
  4. Incase if you are a vegetarian, we would recommend that you inform the hotel in advance as majority of their meals include some kind of meats, or eggs.

RANTHAMBORE TIGER RESERVE ITINERARY


For all you friends out there, if you want to experience the best of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in three nights, please go through our itinerary – We assure you will not regret it!

June 21st, 2017

6:00 p.m. Landed at Jaipur airport

6:30 p.m. Headed to Ranthambore via Innova car (approx 3 hours drive)

10:00 p.m. Reached our hotel – Dev Villas

June 22nd, 2017

5:00 a.m. Wake up Call

5:30 a.m Morning Coffee

6:00 a.m.to 9:30 a.m. Morning Safari

10:00 a.m. Breakfast at Dev Villas

1:00 p.m. Lunch at Dev Villas

3:30 p.m. Evening Tea

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Evening Safari

9:00 p.m. Drinks and dinner at Dev Villas

June 23rd, 2017

5:00 a.m. Wake up Call

5:30 a.m Morning Coffee

6:00 a.m.to 9:30 a.m. Morning Safari

10:00 a.m. Breakfast at Dev Villas

1:00 p.m. Lunch at Dev Villas

3:30 p.m. Evening Tea

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Evening Safari

9:00 p.m. Drinks and dinner at Dev Villas

June 24th , 2017

5:00 a.m. Wake up Call

5:30 a.m Morning Coffee

6:00 a.m.to 9:30 a.m. Morning Safari

10:00 a.m. Breakfast at Dev Villas

11:30 a.m. Check out

12:00 p.m. Drive to Samode Palace (approx 4 hours from Ranthambore)

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