Ranthambhore - The most convienently located National Park in the North Indian state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore is considered by many to be one of India’s most beautiful national parks. Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. Ranthambore National Park covers an area of 400 sq km with many steep crags embracing a network of lakes and rivers. Atop one of these hills, the 10th century Ranthambore Fort stands like a silent sentinel. The terrain is a blend of impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type with dhok being the most prominent tree. Ranthambore National Park is best known for its tiger population, and tiger sightings are common here. Apart from tigers, the national park has its share of panthers, too. Kachida Valley is believed to be the place to sight these rather elusive cats. One can also find marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle cats and sloth bears apart from Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara. The avian population comprises of black storks, quails, Bonelli's eagles, spur fowls, crested serpent eagles and painted storks. During the winter months, the national park attracts a lot of migratory birds, including a variety of ducks. It is the ideal park for wildlife photography.
Built on a sprawling 5 acre landscaped garden, the Tiger Den resort is the closest Resort to the Ranthambore National Park. Good value for money, cottage style accommodation in lush greenery, the Tiger Den offers good aircon rooms and excellent facilities including a outdoor swimming pool.
Built in the traditional Rajasthani Palace style, the Nahargarh is located just a few minutes drive from the Ranthambore National Park. Set on the top of a hill, the hotel enjoys great views of the surrounding countryside and is a welcome retreat after an exciting day spent tiger spotting. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, a Ayurveda massage centre and a large outdoor pool. The comfortable rooms are traditional in style and spacious. Rooms are spread around courtyards, with wonderful private outdoor sitting areas.
Set in three and a half acres of land, the building in Indo-Saracen style takes a cue from the Shikaar or hunting lodges built by the Maharajahs. It follows the traditional architectural lines, inspiring romance and adventure and is located close to the entrance of the National Park. Elegantly appointed large rooms with King and Queen beds for twin occupancy. All rooms have two toilets to facilitate guests for those early morning jungle drives. Each bathroom has a stand-alone shower and a bathtub next to a picture window. All rooms are air-conditioned, with Cable TV and a Mini-Bar. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, ideal for relaxation between game rides.
One of the newest and the best rated places to stay in Ranthambore, the Khem Villas is set in 10 acres of wilderness, very close to the National Park. Managed lovingly, by a husband and wife team, both of who are wildlife lovers and conservationists, the Khem Villas, offer three accommodation options i.e stand alone cottages, Deluxe tents and Rooms in the main building. All accommodation is tastefully furnished, with all modern amenities. Leisure facilities include a small plunge pool, and massage facilities. The owners, are also happy to organize trips to the nearby villages, and to the buffer areas of the Park.
Located amidst 12 acres of lush gardens, this 70-year-old hunting lodge exudes a rustic, earthy charm and an air of history. The Lodge is a heritage building and was the the hunting lodge of the Maharajah of Jaipur . It has about 30 newly refurbished rooms, with all modern amenities. Leisure facilities at the Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge include a swimming pool, a well stocked bar, a library, a billiards/snooker room and massage services.
Vanya Vilas is India's first luxury jungle camp and it is situated adjacent to the famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore. Accommodation is in 25 luxury air-conditioned tents, which are located to ensure maximum privacy. In true Oberoi Vilas style, each tent has a large well-appointed marble bathroom with freestanding, bathtub, separate shower stall and double vanity. The resort area totals almost 20 acres and yet only 5% is to be built upon, leaving space for the many trees and extensive natural flora, ensuring the natural beauty of the area is maintained. Leisure facilities at the Oberoi Vanya Vilas , include a temperature controlled Swimming Pool, a Spa , a library, a fully stocked bar and Cigar lounge.