Option 2 : Rajasthan : Sawai Madhopur with Ranthambore
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest Airport is Jaipur Airport
By Rail : Ranthambore National Park is around 11 km from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station
By Road: A good network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur to all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan.
Things to do :
Ranthambore National park Tigers at Rantahambore National Park
Ranthambore National park : Ranthambore is one of the largest national parks situated in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan. It is best known for its large tiger population. Once known as the hunting base for Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park today is a major tourist destination. There are Wildlife Safaris and Jeep Safaris to tour the Park and watch wild animals in their natural habitats, and that too from a close range. The Jeep safaris take about three and half hour to tour the entire park. Other than the majestic tigers, visitors also get to see leopards, deer, hyenas, crocodiles, boars, mongooses, jackals, gazelles etc. Rides are carried out at 6:30 and 14:30. Each ride costs around Rs700-800 per person. The core park area has been divided into several zones and the safari vehicles go on one of those zones. The Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National park will be from 1st October to 30th June. Rest of the Time Park is closed for the Visitors. For Safaris you can book online (http://www.rajasthanwildlife.in/) get an instant confirmation and be done or you could walk down to the booking office atleast an hour or two before a safari starts, and buy a seat in the current booking. Current Booking: This starts at the booking office (located near the Sawai Madhopur Lodge, a Taj Hotels property) about an hour before each safari.
Ranthambore Fort: The majestic fort, built in 10th-century, towers over the entire park area. It stands 700 feet above the surrounding plain. Inside the fort, there are three red Karauli stone temples devoted to Ganesh, Shiva and Ramlalaji. There is a Digamber Jain temple of Lord Sumatinath (5th Jain Tirthankar) and Lord Sambhavanath. The temples were constructed in 12th and 13th centuries. Giving tourists one more reason to throng the place, Ranthambore Fort is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site under the title “Hill Forts of Rajasthan”.
Padam Talao: This is the largest of the all the lakes in the park, and the beautiful red sandstone Jogi Mahal is at the very edge of this lake. A gigantic banyan tree, considered to be India’s second largest, is near the lake.
Suggested Itinerary : 1Night/2 Days or 2Nights/3Days( if you take more than 1 safari)
Day1 : Reach Sawai madhopur and transfer to Ranthambore. Day at Leisure or go for a Game Drive/ Safari if time permits
Day 2 : Early morning embark for an early morning Game Drive / safari , Later go to hotel and after breakfast you my visit Ranthambore Fort . Evening Free at leisure or you may take your journey back home/ or if you plan to stay over you may opt for another Game Drive.
Day 3 : After Breakfast, you may embark for your journey back home
Approximate package cost with accommodation in a budget hotel with Breakfast , one Game Drive(Safari) to Ranthambore by canter , trip to Ranthambore Fort by car will be Rs 3500 for a couple or 2 Person for 1Night /2Days and Rs 5000 for a couple or 2 person for 2Night/ 3 Days.