The Palace on Wheels makes sure to choose iconic attractions in the route for its itinerary. Thus, you can find the Ranthambore National Park in the list of destinations. This is an important tourist attraction for locals and international tourists.
If you love nature, wildlife, adventure or photography, you ought to visit this spot. Once a hunting ground for the royal families, today it is an important heritage site and tourism spot in Ranthambore.
Beauty Of The Land
This park houses large number of animal and bird species. Top animals to spot are tiger, striped hyena, deer, sambar, nilgai, jackals, hare, flying fox, Indian boar, common yellow bat, hedgehog, desert cat, common palm civet, Hanuman langur, chital, leopard and others.
Top reptiles to spot are marsh crocodiles, monitor lizard, common kraits, turtles, tortoise, flap shelled turtles, vipers, rat snakes, python and others. Top birds to spot are woodpecker, graylag goose, Indian gray hornbill, bee-eaters, pigeon, snipes, cuckoos, eagles, egrets, flamingo, shrikes, crows, sparrows, munias, falcons, pittas, ibis and others.
There are more than 300 species of vegetation in this region. Majority of the trees found in this region are mango, tamarind, banyan, jamun, cashew, neem and others.
There are two types of safaris available in the park. One is the jeep, which can accommodate up to 6 people and the second is the canter, which can hold 20 seats. Safaris are available 3.5 hours in the morning and 3.5 hours in the evening. The starting and ending time of safari changes with season. The park is closed from July to September. Thus, safari is not available during this time. Safari is usually restricted within zone one and zone five as, this is the region with high chance of spotting tiger.
Zone one: spotting tigers with cubs is common in this zone
Zone two: this is the region with many water holes. Thus, spotting animals like tiger, leopard and others with young ones is common.
Zone three: this region has many high points, which makes easier to spot a large area from specific regions.
Zone four: You can spot a few tigers and a few rare herbivorous in this zone
Zone five: Spotting animals is quite hard in this region.
Zone six: easily spot birds, gazelle and a few tigers.
Zone seven and eight: Big cats are common in this region
Zone nine – sloth bears, aquatic birds, caracals and tigers are spotted in this region.
Zone ten – this is the region for birdwatching. Tigers are quite rare in this region.
As per the fact sheet, tigers can be spotted everywhere in the park. In reality, the chances of spotting a tiger is quite common. The safari takes you through the zones where you can spot numerous animals, based on the season. The exact location of animals cannot be predicted and thus, there is a quite a fat chance that you might end up completing the safari without spotting any large animals. This is why Palace on Wheel itinerary covers Ranthambore National Park, early in the morning. This is the best time to spot animals and birds than any other time of the day. You must check Palace on Wheels Departure Dates, Fare, Terms and Conditions etc. before booking.