Day 7. Ranthambore

Overnight – Oberoi Vanyavilas

Morning & Afternoon Safaris. Enjoy private jeep wildlife safaris into the park in the morning and afternoon. As in all of India’s National Wildlife Parks, safaris are operated by the Forest Department in shared jeep and large trucks. Your safaris will be just for you in a private jeep with the driver and forest department naturalist. Having the extra space allows for better views and photo opportunities. Your guide can accompany you on any safari with prior notice.

Ranthambore Park. Ranthambore was once the Jaipur rulers’ private hunting ground. Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes. This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer and antelope, crocodiles, the sloth bear, over 320 species of birds, leopards and one of India’s highest densities of the Bengal Tiger.

Ranthambore Fort. In between safaris, you have the option of a guided visit to the 10th Century Ranthambore Fort, which is located near the main park entry gate. This excursion does have a fairly steep climb with almost 300 stairs that are always surrounded by dozens of monkeys busy in their daily activities. The massive Fort is one of the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of Vana-Durg, or a fort protected by a jungle. There are superb views of the park to be had from its ramparts.

Morning & Afternoon Safaris. Enjoy private jeep wildlife safaris into the park in the morning and afternoon. As in all of India’s National Wildlife Parks, safaris are operated by the Forest Department in shared jeep and large trucks. Your safaris will be just for you in a private jeep with the driver and forest department naturalist. Having the extra space allows for better views and photo opportunities. Your guide can accompany you on any safari with prior notice.

Ranthambore Park. Ranthambore was once the Jaipur rulers’ private hunting ground. Dry deciduous forest covers most of the park, and the vegetation is lush around the many small lakes and ponds. The open grasslands that are the tiger’s favorite terrain account for much of the land on the higher slopes. This varied flora supports a large number of animals including a variety of deer and antelope, crocodiles, the sloth bear, over 320 species of birds, leopards and one of India’s highest densities of the Bengal Tiger.

Ranthambore Fort. In between safaris, you have the option of a guided visit to the 10th Century Ranthambore Fort, which is located near the main park entry gate. This excursion does have a fairly steep climb with almost 300 stairs that are always surrounded by dozens of monkeys busy in their daily activities. The massive Fort is one of the finest examples of the ancient Hindu concept of Vana-Durg, or a fort protected by a jungle. There are superb views of the park to be had from its ramparts.