Ranthambhore National Park is well known as one of the best places in India to observe the majestic Bengal Tiger in its natural surroundings. The park has a thriving population of more than 40 tigers, along with leopard, sloth bear, deer, crocodile and many varieties of exotic bird and plant species.
The ancient ruins of Ranthambhore Fort which are scattered throughout the forest make for the perfect backdrop. Easily accessible from Jaipur or the Taj Mahal, Ranthambhore has firmly cemented its spot on India’s Golden Triangle.
Here we present you with 3 top tips for spotting the Bengal tiger in Ranthambhore, India:
Reserve an exclusive Jeep
Only two specific vehicle types are permitted into Ranthambhore National Park; the Canter and the Jeep. The Canter is an open topped bus that carries 20 passengers through the forest. The Canter is not the most comfortable of vehicles, and when teamed with the bumpy path can be quite a rough ride! The Jeep carries up to 6 passengers, and its compact size makes it perfect for exploring the jungle as the driver can manoeuvre into small spaces for the perfect photo opportunity. The Jeep is certainly the vehicle of choice for many, but did you know that you can book an exclusive Jeep for yourself? Reserve all 6 seats and enjoy a private safari through Ranthambhore National Park.
Visit Ranthambhore National Park in April, May or June
It’s often recommended that the best time to visit Ranthambhore is from October – March, as the temperature is at its most pleasant. However, if you really want to see the majestic tiger, make sure you visit in summer. Due to the sizzling Indian heat, the water holes dry up considerably and the tigers are forced to travel further down to take a drink. This makes the tiger easy to spot, and rather predictable to find. April, May and June can reach highs of 45 degrees Celsius and is the easiest time of year to spot tigers in Ranthambhore National Park.
Book in advance
In an effort to protect the endangered cat, the government of Rajasthan only permit 40 vehicles into Ranthambhore National Park at any one time. Tickets are in high demand and are usually sold out well in advance. The trick here is to book at least 60 days in advance, as tickets only become available for purchase within a 60 day period. Tickets can be booked online, through your hotel or via your tour agent.
Madeleine Hann is CEO and Co-Founder of Indian Excursions Co.