Every luxury train like Deccan Odyssey and others that scale Rajasthan, make it a point to spend an entire morning with the wildness of Ranthambore national park. Ranthambore national park is one of the largest tiger reserves and national parks in the country. In the medieval times, this ground was used as a hunting region by the kings of Jaipur.
Today, it is one of the top tourist spots in the country. People visit this park for safari, birdwatching, village tour and others.
Safari is open from October to June. During the rainy season, it becomes hard for the jeeps and canter to enter into the forest region. Two sets of safari trips are undertaking per day; one in the morning and another in the evening. A safari trip stretches for three and a half hour. The safari is provided in first-come first-serve basis. With Deccan Odyssey, you can be sure of taking the safari on the day of your visit. Jeep safari takes six people and a guide for safari and in a canter, 20 people can travel during a trip.
Jungle Safari Timings
The safari is open from 7 in the morning to 10:30 in the morning and 2 in the evening to 5:30 in the evening. The safari might start 30 minutes earlier and later than this time depending on the season. The safari starts half an hour after sunrise and ends half an hour before sunset. Visit the website of the park to learn about the safari timings during the month of your visit.
Best Time for Jungle Safari
The Bakaula region of Ranthambore National Park has numerous watering holes, which will be rich with wildlife if you are visiting during summer. Summer starts in April and ends in June. If you are looking for spotting sloth bears, you ought to take the evening safari. Chances of spotting a tiger is a little less and people take multiple safaris to increase their odds.
The best time to visit Ranthambore for safari is between October and June. If you are visiting during winter, the chances of spotting animals with their little ones are higher. Early morning is the best time to spot colorful birds.
Animals to spot at Ranthambore National Park
Top animals to spot are tigers, striped hyena, nilgai, Hanuman langur, black buck, wild boar, sloth bear, sambar deer, jackals, hare, palm civet, toddy cat, desert cat, palm squirrels and others.
Top reptiles to spot here are monitor lizards, tortoise, marsh crocodiles, Indian pythons, flap shelled turtles, rat snakes, vipers, Indian chameleon, cobras and others.
The abundance of water sources in the park makes it a good spot for sighting birds. You can find more than 272 species of birds here mainly in the Jhalra region of the forest. Common birds to spot are Indian grey hornbills, cormorants, pelicans, shrikes, minivets, brongos, flycatchers, wagtails, falcons, bulbuls, herons, egrets, Asian palm swift, common kingfisher and others.
What to wear in Ranthambore National Park?
If you are visiting during summer, you ought to wear light dresses, preferably cotton. Wear a lot of sunscreen and bring sunglasses. Pack a lot of water with you. A cap would be very helpful. If you were visiting in winter, a thick jacket would be good for morning safari. As the sun comes out, the place becomes pleasant and there will be no need for the jacket. Bring mosquito repellent with you.
Thick shoes are recommended during your trip. Always stick to the rules imposed by your guide to avoid any problems or dangerous situations. If you are traveling with a little kid, keep enough snacks and water with you.
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Rest after Jungle Safari
After safari, you can visit any of the resort or lodge inside the national park for enjoying refreshments. The hunting lodge used by the kings in the past is now a restored hotel open to tourists for refreshment and accommodation.
If you are planning to visit Ranthambore National Park along with other attractions in a luxurious way, you ought to choose Deccan Odyssey’s itineraries. Not all itineraries cover Sawai Madhopur Choose between Indian Odyssey and Indian Sojourn.
Learn about the itinerary in detail and choose the one that suits you. Deccan Odyssey covers the morning safari, as it is easier to spot many exotic birds and animals during this time. Later, you will be taken on a village safari and tea at the hunting lodge before you get back to the train.
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