Ranthambore Safari Cost & FAQ

Our most frequently asked questions about Ranthambore National Park and the safari booking process

Paying for a Ranthambore Safari

How much does a Ranthambore safari cost?

A safari by shared canter is ₹1850 per person, per safari; by shared Jeep, it’s ₹3100 per person, per safari. We also offer the option of an entirely private Jeep safari in Ranthambore by paying for all six seats, at ₹18600. Similarly, you can opt for three seats for two people, in what’s known as a ‘semi-private Jeep’ arrangement, at ₹9300 per couple, per safari.

By private Jeep, we also offer special ‘half day’ and ‘full day’ safaris in Ranthambore National park, lasting six and twelve hours respectively, at a cost of ₹65,000 per Jeep, per half-day safari; or ₹105,000 per Jeep for the full day.

Our Ranthambore safari costs are valid until the 30th June 2019 and are subject to change in accordance with the government of Rajasthan.

Why are your Ranthambore safari costs higher than the government’s?

Ranthambhore Tiger Tours is a private tour agency and not affiliated with the government. When comparing prices, please keep in mind the quality of our service: we relieve you of all the hard work in booking a safari online, visiting the booking office at an ungodly hour to collect your tickets, and arranging transportation to/from the park. For a small fee, our guests experience a smooth and hassle-free safari, wherein a team of friendly local experts are on hand to answer any and every question you might have about Ranthambore National Park. Secondly, please note that the prices listed online on the government’s direct website are not all-inclusive. You would need to pay additional charges towards your guide and park entrance on the day itself.

Are the charges different for adults and children?

Anyone aged 5 or above years is charged the full ticket cost. Children aged below 5 years of age are permitted free entry into the park, though a seat would not be included in that case and the child would sit on the parent or guardian’s lap. If you would like to ensure a seat for your child we would recommend purchasing an adult ticket.

Must I pay in advance for my Ranthambore safari?

Yes. This is because we have to pay the full amount in order to reserve your safari(s).

What’s your refund policy?

Safaris are non-refundable if cancelled. This is the government’s policy, rather than our own. We recommend taking out an insurance policy prior to visiting India, to cover such losses in the unfortunate event of cancelling or curtailing your trip.

How do you accept payments?

We accept payments by debit card, credit card or bank transfer. If paying by card, we would provide you with a secure link where you can enter your card details and billing address safely online. We are not able to accept cash when you arrive. We do require advance payment in order to confirm your safari(s).

Booking a Ranthambore safari

How do I book a Ranthambore safari?

If you’d like to book a safari in Ranthambore National Park, please do get in touch by email or through the contact forms dotted around our website. Let us know how many safaris you’d like to embark on, on which days and time slots (morning and/or afternoon), and how many people will be accompanying you (if any). To reserve your safari in Ranthambore National Park, along with the above information we would require a copy of each participant’s passport photo page. This information is required by the government at the time of booking your safari in Ranthambore, and the passport details mentioned on your ticket will be matched to those in your original at the time of your entering the park, so it’s important that you provide us with your correct and valid passport information. Lastly, we would require your full payment in advance.

What happens after I’ve booked? Will I get a booking confirmation or a ticket?

After having received your passport(s) and payment, we’ll provide you with a booking confirmation. However, this document is merely for your records. You would not need to print it or carry it with you to Ranthambore National Park.

We would also need to know where you’ll be staying in Ranthambhore (so we can arrange your transfers from and to the park), and your expected time of arrival into Ranthambore (so our representative can greet you to explain the safari times and procedures in detail). This information is not required at the booking stage, however. Whilst we’d appreciate receiving the information as soon as you’re in a position to do so, you’re welcome to share this with us any time before or after you’ve booked.

The Ranthambore Safari Itself

What’s the best time of year for a Ranthambore safari?

The best time of year to visit Ranthambhore differs, depending on your preferences. October to March is widely considered to be the best time, as the temperature is at its most pleasant and the park is green and flourishing. However, the summer months (May and June) offer the highest chances of spotting a tiger, simply because the blistering sun dries up most of the watering holes and the tigers are forced out of hiding in search of water. During winter (November to February), the morning safaris, in particular, can be very chilly, and so it’s best to bring warm clothes. Most hotels provide complimentary blankets for hire.

What should I wear on safari in Ranthambore National Park?

There’s no specific dress code or colours. You can wear anything you like. We’d recommend wearing older clothes that you’re not bothered about though, as you’ll be really dusty after the safari. A hat, sunglasses and suncream are recommended for the summer months, and a warm jacket, scarf and gloves for the winter months.

What animals can I expect to see on a Ranthambore safari?

Ranthambhore’s forest is dry and open, which makes wildlife viewing easier than denser parks. There are over 320 species of birds (both resident and migratory), over 40 species of mammals, and over 35 species of reptiles. Besides the famous tiger, other wild cats you may spot in Ranthambhore National Park include Leopard, Caracal, Jungle Cat and Rusty Spotted Cat. Hoofed mammals include Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Blue Bull, Chinkara and Wild Boar. Other inhabitants, you may be lucky enough to meet include Crocodile, Sloth Bear, Indian Fox, Jackal, Wolf, Wild Dog, Small Indian Civet, Palm Civet, Common Indian Mongoose and Striped Hyena. The above are found all over the park and not restricted to a specific zone.

What are the safari times?

There are two safaris in Ranthambhore each day; one in the morning, and a second in the afternoon.
The times differ throughout the year depending on the sunrise and sunset. Our representative will advise you the exact times once you’re here, as he/she will meet you at your hotel prior to your safari. For a rough idea, the times are approximately:

1st October – 31st October
Morning = 07:00 – 10:30
Afternoon = 14:30 – 18:00

1st November – 31st January
Morning = 07:00 – 10:30
Afternoon = 14:00 – 17:30

1st February – 31st March
Morning = 06:30 – 10:00
Afternoon = 14:30 – 18:00

1st April- 15th May
Morning = 06:00 – 09:30
Afternoon = 15:00 – 18:30

16th May – 30th June
Morning = 06:00 – 09:30
Afternoon = 15:30 – 19:00

Do I need to bring my booking confirmation with me?

No. The booking confirmation you are provided at the time of reservation is purely for your records. You do not need to print it or carry a copy with you to Ranthambhore. It is important, however, that you carry your passport with you on safari as it may be checked upon entry.

When is Ranthambore National Park closed?

The park is closed from the 30th June – 1st October each year (ie: you can visit on the 30th June but not the 1st July, and you can visit on the 1st October but not the 30th September). Except for this period, the park is open seven days a week and on all public holidays.

Do I have to collect my boarding pass from the booking office?

No. Having booked your safari(s) with Ranthambhore Tiger Tours, we’ll do all that for you! All you need to do is arrive in Ranthambhore, where a member of our team would be waiting to greet you at your hotel and explain the safari times/procedures. It’s our job to collect your tickets. All you have to do is wait at your hotel to be picked up!

Can I choose my zone?

Unfortunately not. When booking a safari in Ranthambore with Ranthambhore Tiger Tours, your zone would be allocated by the Department of Forest a few hours before the safari, in any of the ten zones. This is beyond our control. That being said, the Department of Forest can guarantee your safari in zones one to five if you pay a supplement of ₹10,000 per Jeep, per safari. In addition, those who reserve a half-day safari or full-day safari are entitled to free access across all zones of the park.

Which is the best zone in Ranthambore National Park?

This is a difficult question to answer and you’ll likely find a great deal of conflicting information online, on TripAdvisor, in your guidebook, through a friend, or even through the staff at your hotel. Ultimately, tiger sightings are frequent in all ten zones of Ranthambore National Park. Zones one to five are often considered the ‘core area’ of the park and the most likely places to spot a tiger, though in truth you do have a fair chance of seeing one (and much more) in any zone you’re allotted. Much of the information you’ll find is outdated, with guidebooks often being published ten or more years ago, so please do bear in mind that the tiger population has increased and the tigers themselves have established territories all around the reserve. Lastly, please remember that if a friend had a good or bad safari in any particular zone of the park, does not guarantee that you’ll have the same experience. The success of a safari in Ranthambore National Park depends on a number of factors; including the time of day, time of year, the quality of the naturalist guide and, most importantly, luck.

Is it better to book a Ranthambore safari through my hotel?

Ranthambore National Park is operated by the Department of Forest, on behalf of the government of Rajasthan. No matter who you book your safari with, ultimately the experience is the same; only the price differs. That said, luxury properties may offer a more comfortable Jeep (with blankets, water bottles etc.) and/or ensure the region’s top naturalist guide, though this can all be offered by us, Ranthambhore Tiger Tours, at a more competitive price, too.

Why should I book my Ranthambore safari with you and not directly?

Safaris in Ranthambore National Park sell out months in advance due to the popularity of the park and a limited number of seats. Because of this, it can be a real challenge to locate availability on the official website, or indeed by walking into the booking office, even weeks in advance. As a local expert specialising in Ranthambore safari booking with years of experience, we know the process inside out and are well equipt to book your safari months, weeks, or even days before you wish to visit. Indeed, you’ll pay a little more than if you were to book directly, though you’ll save a great deal of time and stress which can be better spent planning the rest of your holiday to India. Secondly, as we’re based in Ranthambore, we’re always on hand should you have a problem or a question during your stay and can assist you with exploring the wider region (such as a tour of Ranthambore Fort) and even booking your hotel or transport. In short, we make the whole Ranthambore safari booking experience a great deal easier for you.

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