Ranthambore is a vast wildlife reserve that holds a spot on every adventure traveler’s bucket list. There are plenty of resorts and hotels in Ranthambore that offer you a luxury stay. Known majorly for the Ranthambore National Park, this place lures tourists from both India and abroad. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in north India to spot a tiger in all its glory. We give below a list of places around the Ranthambore National Park to visit and make your trip memorable.
1. Trinetra Ganesh Temple
Situated inside Ranthambore Fort, this is the oldest temple in Rajasthan. Trinetra Ganesha Temple is dedicated to Ganesha and his entire family. Lord Ganesha is the God of wisdom, wealth, education, and fortune. It is believed that King Hameer prayed to Lord Ganesha who appeared in his dream and replenished the food stocks in times of war. Hence the thanksgiving temple was built sometime in 1299 AD.
The morning aarti here starts at 6 am followed by the Sringar aarti at 9 am. At this time the temple is not too crowded. The lunch or Bhog Aarti is at noon followed by the evening aarti between 5.45 and 6 pm. The last aarti is at 8 pm. Footwear is to be left outside at the counter and photography is not permitted. Entry is free and donations are accepted.
2. Padam Lake
It is the largest lake in the Wildlife Reserve and is one of the main sources of water for the wild animals. Early morning is the best time to spot animals that come to drink the water. The rare Chinkara deer and the water lilies and lotuses make for a wonderful sight. Jogi Mahal on the banks of the Padam Lake was once the residential lodge of the Jaipur rulers and a rest house for the visitors. Lodging here has now been discontinued. Near the Mahal stands a tall banyan tree counted among the largest banyan trees in India.
3. Kachida Valley
This, on the outskirts of the Park, is home to bears, wild boars, deer, and panthers. Surrounded by low hills and abundant in flowers, fruits, and honeycombs, it forms a good natural habitat for bears who love honey. Early morning is the best time to sight animals who come to the Surwal Lake for water. Entry is free and not restricted by timings. Other hidden gems in Ranthambore include the regions of Lakarda and Anantpura to the north of the park where porcupines, Sloth bears, monkeys, the rare striped hyenas, and deer are among the few easy to spot animals. The Malik Talao lake is best known for bird-watching.
Ranthambore has many places of interest hidden in the Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore National Resort, Sher Vilas, Ananta Palace, and Ranthambore Heritage Haveli are just a few of the Ranthambore hotels to choose to stay. Don’t forget to carry your binoculars, cameras, trekking shoes. The best time to visit is from October to February.