No visit to Ranthambore is complete without a tour of Ranthambore Fort. We invite you to experience the rich history and stories embedded in its 1000-year-old walls, accompanied by one of our experienced local guides.
The historic 10th-century Ranthambore Fort – now inside the boundaries of Ranthambore National Park – was a strategic point on the main route to Central India and was the scene of many terrible battles between its Rajput chieftains and the invading armies from Delhi and Agra. The fort was attacked by Alauddin Khili and later by Akbar in 1569. This battle has been glorified in Mughal miniatures and bards have sung about the heroic deeds of its Rajput defenders. The fort was eventually handed over to the Amber kings.
One of the charms of Ranthambore National Park is the enchanting, Jungle-book like ruins of Ranthambore Fort. Despite its ruined state, the fort is peppered with impressive remains and a cluster of Hindu and Jain temples, including an 8th-century one dedicated to the Hindu god, Ganesh, whose priest receives sacks of letters, sometimes addressed simply to “Shri Ganesha, Ranthambore”, especially during the marriage season, in order to evoke the deity’s blessings. Clumps of grass, tied together by newlyweds for luck, are also seen along the way to the fort temple.
During our guided Ranthambore Fort tour, you’ll take in not only the architectural splendour of the citadel but also breath-taking views of the forest below. With an elevated look over the park, you can appreciate its vast expanse and take in a birds-eye view. A number of picturesque stops on the way up present excellent photo opportunities. Once you’ve reached the top, you may like to step inside the temple to gain an insight into Hindu practices and offer prashad (sweets) to Lord Ganesh.
If you’d like to end your Ranthambore Fort tour on a truly special note, we can arrange refreshments and sundowners at the fort, on request.
Although Ranthambore Fort is located within Ranthambore National Park, it’s not possible to visit whilst you’re on safari. You can visit before, or after, though not during. Whilst there are no entrance fees to visit Ranthambore Fort, our cost reflects a private Jeep to transport you from and to your hotel, as well as an experienced guide to explain the rich history of Ranthambore Fort. The excursion lasts about two and a half to three hours on average.
The cost of ₹3150 is per tour, for one to six participants. It is valid until the 30th June 2018.
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