Ranthambore is the home of Machli T-16, the Lady of the lake – the most famous and photographed tigress of the world. Today she is no more but you can see her posterity roaming the forests majestically. But wondering where to stay? Here are eight best places to stay at Ranthambore National Park.
Ranhambhore is 408 km away from Delhi by road and about 152 km from Jaipur by SH 24. Kota is the nearest airport and railway station.
The National Park is visited by tourists from all over the country. As it is a tiger hotspot, it is also a chosen destination for foreign tourists and travellers.
Best resorts, tents and hotels to stay at Ranthambore National Park
Note that there is no lodging facility inside the forest. Hence a number of resorts, hotels and tent stays are available just outside the forest area and in nearby Sawai Madhopur. The budget range of these hotels vary from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 1,20,000 per day depending upon your choice of ambience.
Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore
Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore is run by the world class hotelier, The Oberoi Group. The 5 star jungle resort in Ranthambore is lined with luxurious tents with twin occupancy.
Surrounded by lush trees all around, the 790 square feet tents come with king sized beds, large writing desks and sprawling armchairs you would want to laze on all day. The tents provide adequate privacy and are fitted with their own bathtub and is lined with wooden floors.
The resort has an all time serving restaurant and dining room. The dining area is also a feast for the eyes as it is richly decorated in rich Rajasthani style and paintings of the Ranthambore Royal Bengal tigers. The resort arranges for all your safari rides and sightseeing. After an adventurous day enjoy a relaxing spa and massage back at the resort.
Needless to say it is one of the best places to stay at Ranthambore National Park. If you have the budget, visit Oberoi Ranthambore to experience luxury and wilderness.
Rooms – Approximately Rs.30,000 to 40, 000 per night plus taxes and charges
Book enquiry – www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-ranthambhore-vanyavilas-resort
Regenta Vanya Mahal
Regenta Vanya Mahal is a beautiful resort in Sawai Madhopur, which is about half an hour’s drive from the Ranthambhore National Park. The picturesque resort is a representation of the stunning Rajasthani architecture.
This 5-star hotel has a beautiful pool and a restaurant serving delicious Indian as well as western dishes. Some rooms have a striking balcony view of the forest area.
Rooms – Various rooms are available to suit your mood. It also offers beautiful cottage, suites and tents.
Executive and premium rooms range approximately Rs. 5000 to 6,000 plus taxes and charges.
Each cottage is about 300 square foot in space, double storeyed with a beautiful private verandah. If you are looking a private hideout, go for this beautiful cottage with all luxury facilities. Tariff Rs. 6,000 to Rs.8,000 per night.
The suites of Regenta Vanya Mahal are plush and richly decorated. Each suite is 700 square foot in area equipped with a living space. The suites are truly special because the upholstery and the interior look has been inspired from the luxurious lifestyles of the kings of Rajasthan.
If anything looks better than the suites it is surely the Rajputana tents. Each tent is 1,000 square feet spacious with its own dining area, working space and jacuzzi. These luxurious tents would cost 21,000 plus taxes etc.
Book from – www.royalorchidhotels.com/regenta-resort-vanya-mahal-ranthambore/stay
Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge/ Taj Ranthambore
The Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge is commonly called as the Taj Ranthambore. The Vivanta Lodge is a gorgeous edifice which was formerly used by the royal family as a hunting lodge. It is situated in Sawai Madhopur, a short drive from the Ranthambore forest.
What makes Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge one of the best places to stay at Ranthambore National Park? Run by The Taj Group, there is no expense spared for your utmost comfort. This luxury lodge is the only one of its kind heritage stay in Ranthambore. The lodge is surrounded by 12 acres of lawns and gardens. This lodge has preserved all its open air regal ambience to reminisce of the days past when the royals visited here. You can even dine on a machan and enjoy the forest view.
Rooms – Room tariff is approximately Rs. 10,000 per night plus charges.
Book from – www.vivantahotels.com/en-in/destination/hotels-in-ranthambore/
The Fern Ranthambhore Forest Resort
This five acre resort will makes you relish the view of forests and hills nearby. Complete with swimming pool, spa, game room and a golf resort, this resort has it all. Due to its spacious green area, you can also spot a number of birds here.
Rooms – Room tariff ranges from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 11, 000 per night plus tax and charges.
Book from – www.fernhotels.com/the-fern-ranthambore-forest-resort.html
Suján Sher Bagh
Suján Sher Bagh is one of the most luxurious and best places to stay at Ranthambore National Park. The resort features luxurious tents and suites fitted with all 5-star facilities. Enjoy swimming pool, spa, bar and restaurant. But there is one thing that sets apart Sujan Sher Bagh from the other resorts.
Sujan Sher Bagh of Ranthambhore is known for its world class service and detailed attention. The tents are handcrafted with care. The food served is organic and locally grown. The service pays you personalized attention to all your needs. They will arrange your meal as you like and look into your personalized safari and visit to the fort.
Rooms – Tent and suite tariffs range from Rs. 55,000 to Rs. 1,20, 000 per night plus tax and charges.
Book from – https://thesujanlife.com/sher-bagh#
Khem Villas of Ranthambhore is the best example of natural living, simplicity and sophistication. Located just at the edge of the forest, this 25 acre of beautiful camp was once a barren land. It was taken over by ‘Green Oscar’ awarded Goverdhan Singh Rathore, with Usha Rathore and Pritam Singh who changed the landscape into a lush green area with small lakes.
The Khem Villas has also been a great effort in helping the local people and sustaining the forest area. It works with Tiger Watch, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) established by Goverdhan Singh’s father, Mr. Fateh Singh Rathore. Both of them have a played a significant role in the conservation of Royal Bengal Tigers under the Project Tiger.
The Khem Villas jungle camp is surely one of best places to stay at Ranthambore National Park if you really like staying close to nature. This is one place where you get close and personal with the forest.
Rooms – You can choose among villas, cottages, tents and rooms. Tariff ranges from Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 35, 000 per night inclusive of all meals and taxes.
Book from – https://www.khemvillas.com/
Situated in Sawai Madhopur, Nahargarh Ranthambore is a magnificent destination and one of best places to stay at Ranthambore National Park. The hotel is set up like a grand palace with the typical 16th century design of the Rajput royals. It has whopping ninety nine rooms and a Char Bagh garden fit for a king.
The interiors are as extravagantly furnished as it suits a regal family. Decorated with ethnic art, upholstery and handicrafts, it is worth every penny spent here. There are three swimming pools for the guests with courtyards and an amphitheatre.
Nahargarh Ranthambore gives you the chance to experience the lives of Indian royalty as well as enjoy your forest visit at the Ranthambore National Park.
Rooms – Tariff starts from Rs. 24,000 plus taxes.
Book from – https://www.nahargarh.com/
Ranthambore National Resort
Ranthambore National Resort is a comfortable and affordable stay. It has spa facilities, swimming pool and restaurant serving Indian, Chinese and Continental food.
Ranthambore National Resort has one advantage over all the other ones. It is situated very near to the Ranthambore National Park and ride to the main gate from here will take less than ten minutes. Best of all, the rooms give a view of the forest itself.
The resort serves fresh and organic local produce. Overall, Ranthambore National Resort is a comfortable and pleasant place to stay.
Rooms – Tariff starts approximately from Rs. 2,500 plus taxes for rooms and tents.
Booking enquiry – https://www.ranthambhorenationalresort.com/
How much does the Ranthambore safari cost?
Ranthambore National Park safari can you cost you anywhere between Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 60,000 per head depending on your choice. Costs differ for Indian and foreign nationals and is subject to change. All prices are subject to change.
Safaris in Ranthambore are of various types. Each safari runs for three and a half hours. It includes charges for guide and still camera. Video camera charges are extra.
- Canter – This is a 20 seater vehicle. Indians would have to pay Rs. 1,200 per head and foreigners Rs. 2,300.
- Jeep – A six seater, it costs Rs. 1,500 per Indian and Rs. 2,900 per foreign individual.
The safari timings are 6.30 am to 10 am in the morning and 2.30 pm to 6 pm in the evening. With various seasons, as the sunrise and sunset times change, the safari times are adjusted by half an hour accordingly.
If you wish to spend more time in the forest, go for a special safari. Please note that these charges are subject to change.
Half day safari – The half day safari lasts for six hours. The six seater jeep will take you through the forest area and you can enjoy the silence and sounds of the forest as long as you want. It costs Rs. 46,000 per jeep for Indian citizens and Rs. 56,000 for foreigners. You may choose the morning slot of 6 am to 12 pm or later from 12 pm to 6 pm. Timing is adjusted with the sunrise and sunset at different seasons.
Full day safari – Want to spend the whole day in the forest? Go for the full day safari. Indian citizens will have to pay Rs. 57,000 and foreigners Rs. 72,000 for the six seater jeep to course inside the jungle all day.
A full day safari is definitely the best way to spot tigers and other wildlife. Spending 12 hours in the forest is one of a lifetime experience.
So, if you have already chosen one resort from the best places to stay at Ranthambore National Park, here is the next step. Book your safari beforehand. The forest department allows a limited number of vehicles to the forest each day. Talk to your hotel and ask them to book for you in advance.
What is the best time to visit Ranthambore National Park?
Summer weather, from April to May is a good time to spot tigers in Ranthambore. There is an area of the forest that has watering holes which are frequented by the wild animals and tigers almost all day during the warmer seasons.
Weather-wise, October to February is a pleasant time to enjoy the forest. It is cool but not freezing. The park usually remains closed during the monsoon season, between July and September.
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