Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh traveled to the same destination to ring in the year 2021 as Ananya Panday-Ishaan Khatter and Kiara Advani-Sidharth Malhotra. In the arid hills of Rajasthan, they visited Ranthambore National Park. One of the best places to see the Royal Bengal Tiger in the country is in the Sawai Madhopur National Park, which covers the three districts of Sawai Madhopur, Karuali, and Kota.
There is a high probability, but no guarantee, that tourists will see the big cat in the park. Ranthambore is also home to other fauna, such as hyenas, leopards, sambar deer, langur monkeys, sloth bears, among others, as well as many bird species like Bronze-winged Jacanas, Sandpipers, Painted Spurfowls, Great Horned Owls, Painted Sandgrouses, and Nightjars. The city also has the largest banyan tree in the world.
Ranthambore National Park is named for the Ranthambore Fort, which stands tall amidst the jungle to this day. In 1973, when the shrinking forest cover and the increasing tiger population brought serious concerns, Ranthambore was designated a national park and tiger reserve. The fort dates back to the 10th century and is now one of Rajasthan’s most important historical landmarks. A Jain temple and three Hindu temples are located inside. They were both recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 2013.
There is only one way to explore the national park: through guided safaris aboard six-seater jeeps or open-top trucks (canters) for larger groups of up to 20 people. From November to January, safaris are conducted in shifts of three and a half hours, one in the morning from 7 am to 10:30 am and another in the afternoon from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Timings may vary from year to year. Safari bookings can be handled either by your travel agency or the hotel, or you can do it yourself through the Rajasthan government’s online portal. Ranthambore’s gateway, Sawai Madhopur, offers several options for accommodation in the form of luxury villas and heritage hotels. Visit sites like Surwal Lake, Kachida Valley, Lakarda-Anantpura, Trinetra Ganesh Temple, and Jogi Mahal that are nearby the National Park.