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How to get to Ranthambore National Park

For a chance to see tigers in the wild people flock to this famous safari destination in northern India. If you're hoping to visit, you may need a little help figuring out logistics. The following information will help with planning your journey. Find out everything you need to know about getting to Ranthambore National Park by reading below. 

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Where is Ranthambore National Park located?

Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife reserve located in northern India close to the town of Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. At one time this park was a hunting ground for royalty but later became a sanctuary. Famous for its Bengal tiger population, the park's jungle terrain covers an impressive 392 square kilometres. Along with tigers, it's a popular place to see creatures like sloth bears, leopards, hyenas and grey langurs in the wild. Ranthambore has a lot of flora and fauna that is native to these parts of India, from wildlife to trees, plants and birds. The park is comprised of ten zones, and each one provides different opportunities for spotting animals.

How to get to Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is easily accessible from a number of major cities within driving and flying distance. Most travellers planning to visit the park fly into Jaipur (because it has the nearest airport for national flights), but New Delhi, Agra and Mumbai are also perfectly viable options. The closest airstrip to the park is the Sawai Madhopur Airstrip. The nearest railway station that connects Ranthambore National Park to other cities is Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, which is located at a distance of 10-kilometres from the park, from where visitors can use local buses and taxis to reach Ranthambore. 
 

From Jaipur

Jaipur is Rajasthan's capital, filled with remnants of the Mughal era. You can fly to Sanganer Airport in Jaipur from where it's possible to travel to Ranthambore National Park by train or road. If you are travelling in India, it is easy to catch national flights to Jaipur. 

Distance from Ranthambore: 180-kilometres 

By bus: Connections from Sanganer Airport airport are available to Ranthambore 

By train: There is no direct train between Jaipur and Ranthambore. You can take Jp Bct Supfast from Jaipur to Sawai Madhopur, and then take a taxi from Sawai Madhopur to Ranthambore. 

By road: Approximately 3-hours via Rajasthan State Hwy 24

From New Delhi

New Dehli is India's capital and because of the city's international airport, it's usually a starting point for travellers visiting Ranthambore National Park.

Distance from Ranthambore: 381-kilometres 

By bus: There is no direct bus between New Delhi and Ranthambore. You can take the State transport bus from New Delhi to Agra then take Avadh Express from Agra to Sawai Madhopur.

By train: There is no direct train between New Delhi and Ranthambore, but there is a direct train between New Delhi and Sawai Madhopur, take Kota Janshtbdi from New Delhi to Sawai Madhopur

By road: Approx. 6-hours via NH8 and NH 11A

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From Mumbai

Formerly Bombay, Mumbai is an exhilarating metropolis, and like any big city, its fervour is contagious. If you want to experience India's pulse along with Ranthambore's wildlife, fly into Mumbai. From there you can take Jet Konnect from Mumbai to Jaipur then take Tata Indica from Jaipur to Ranthambore.

Distance from Ranthambore: 1031 kilometres 

By bus: There is no direct bus between Mumbai and Ranthambore. You can take Karan Travels-G Hyundai from Mumbai to Udaipur then take Mahindra Logan from Udaipur to Ranthambore.

By train: There is no direct train between Mumbai and Ranthambore. You can take Aug Kr Raj Exp from Mumbai to Sawai Madhopur then take a taxi from Sawai Madhopur to Ranthambore.

By road: Approx. 16 hours and 51 minutes via NH 3
 

From Agra

As home to the mesmerising Taj Mahal, Agra is easily one of India's most popular cities. If you want to experience one of the man-made wonders of the world as well as the natural wonders of your safari, then choose this city as your starting point. 

Distance from Ranthambore: 239 kilometres 

By bus: There is no direct bus between Agra and Ranthambore. You can take Shrinath Nandu Travels from Agra to Bharatpur and then take the Intercity Exp from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur.

By train: There are 13 direct trains from Agra to Sawai Madhopur from where you can use local transport like cabs to reach the park. Some of them include Avadh Express (19038), Bsb Okha Exp (19570), Avadh Express (19040), Ziyarat Express (12395), Azimabad Express (12948). The minimum train journey to Sawai Madhopur from Agra is 3 hours and 10 minutes. The cheapest and fastest way to reach Sawai Madhopur from Agra takes 3 hours and 36 minutes, the Avadh Express from Agra to Sawai Madhopur. 

By road: Approx. 4 hours and 20 minutes via RJ SH 1

From Udaipur

Udaipur is Rajasthan's most romantic city. Bask in the palaces, temples and mansions and stroll alongside Lake Pichola, it's a beautiful city from which to set out on a safari.

Distance from Ranthambore: 388 kilometres 

By train: There is one direct train from Udaipur to Sawai Madhopur. Take the Mewar Express (12964), it takes around six and a half hours.

By road: Approx. 6 hours and 10minutes via NH 76 and RJ SH 29

From Kota

Because Kota is located on the river Chambal, it's a great place to experience the region's crocodile population on a boat ride. Aside from the old palace, the city is mostly industrial. 

Distance from Ranthambore:  137 kilometres   

By train: There are a number of trains from Kota Junction to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and from there you can use local transport to reach the park. The trip will take you about one and a half hours. 

By road: Approximately 3 hours and 28 minutes via Lalsot - Kota Mega Hwy

 

Location

Country
India
Coordinates
26.0173° N, 76.5026° E
Closest international airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
Closest national airport
Jaipur Airport
Closest airstrip
Sawai Madhopur Airstrip

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FAQ

  • What are the opening hours of Ranthambore?

    Opening hours of Ranthambore National Park vary based on the season. In February, March and October, morning trips start at 6.30 am till 10.00 am, afternoon trips take place between  2.30 pm until 6.00 pm. Between April and June morning trips start at 6.00 am and run till 9.30 am, while afternoon trips are from 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm. From November until the end of January the park is open from 7.00 am to 10.30 am and 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm.
  • How big is Ranthambore National Park?

    The two sanctuaries that make up Ranthambore National Park, Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary, cover an area of 392 square kilometres (151 square miles). The park consists of ten zones and a buffer area. Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest national parks in northern India, and also one of the most popular.
  • Are there any vaccinations required for India?

    Yes, most travellers need vaccinations before entering India. The most common vaccinations are Hepatitis A and Typhoid, however, the whole list is long and varies based on where the traveller is coming from (as well as where they've been as of late). Make sure you visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure. In some cases, your regular doctor will not be able to provide you certain vaccinations and an appointment with a travel doctor will need to be arranged. 
  • What is there to do in Ranthambore National Park?

    Along with spotting tigers, visit the ancient Ranthambore Fort, spread over 7 kilometres across the park, and the famous Ganesha Temple. Near the fort, you can find Jogi Mahal - on old hunting lodge, one of the most photographed monuments inside the park. Ranthambore National Park is also a great location to spot panthers, crocodiles or sloth bears, among many other fascinating animals. The area surrounding the park also has attractions such as beautiful temples and a museum of natural history.

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