Safari booking tips - Ranthambhore National Park

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hey mate thanks once again cheers.....
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Hey All,

I’m adding some additional info on the buffer zone (Zone-6, Kundal) of Ranthambhore & hope they’re useful !

Zone 6 (Kundal) : Online booking isn't a must for this zone. One could land up at the Booking office, produce ID copies, pay the charges (Entry fees + Gypsy Hiring + Guide charges) of approx Rs. 3,600 & book a Gypsy to Kundal. Once the current booking is done at the counter, the allotted Gypsy will pick you up on the spot (or your Resort at the Driver’s discretion) and drive down to Kundal. A local guide (Ex-villagers/shepherds/trackers) allotted by the Eco-development committee will then join you at the entrance gate of Kundal to show you around the jungle.

Kundal is the second Eco-tourism site located within the Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary (and a part of Critical Tiger Habitat along with Ranthambhore National Park & Keladevi Sanctuary). This zone is contagious with Zone-1 on the western side and Zone-2 on the north-eastern side. The entrance to Kundal is located 15 km away from Sawai Madhopur town on the Sawai Madhopur-Kalibhat Road.

Kundal has arguably a higher density of Leopards, Sloth Bears & Hyenas than the main tourism zones (Zone-1 to Zone-5) and the terrain consists of vast grasslands / meadows as well as dense patches of forests. Another attractive aspect of Kundal is that one is officially permitted to travel into a small portion of Zone-1 (upto Peela Pani) as well as Zone-2 (upto Guda Checkpost). There are at least 6 different Tigers (4 Males & 2 Females) whose territories can be covered on a safari into Kundal. So the next time you guys land up in Ranthambhore without an online booking into the main tourism zone, look no further, Kundal is your best option !

Separate posts on Chidikho (Zone-7), Balas (Zone-8), Kuwalji (Zone-9) & Aantri (Zone-10) coming up shortly !

Cheers !
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Wonderful piece of information on Kundal. Thanks for sharing.

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Hey All,

Here is some info on another buffer zone of Ranthambhore, Zone-7 (Chidikho) & hope they’re useful !

Online booking isn't a must for this zone too. One could land up at the Booking office, produce ID copies, pay the charges (Entry fees + Gypsy Hiring + Guide charges) of approx Rs. 3,600 & book a Gypsy to Kundal. Once the current booking is done at the counter, the allotted Gypsy will pick you up on the spot (or your Resort at the Driver’s discretion) and drive down to Chidikho. Your Gypsy will take you to the Kundal (Zone-6) Chowky / Guard post and complete the entry formalities. A local guide (Ex-villagers/cattle grazers who've been trained to work as Guides / Naturalists) allotted by the Eco-development committee, will then join you on the safari.

Chidikho is another Eco-tourism site located within the Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary (and a part of Critical Tiger Habitat along with Ranthambhore National Park & Keladevi Sanctuary). While this zone is adjacent to Kundal (a state highway runs across the two), it is contagious with Balas (Zone-8). The entrance to Chidikho is located bang opposite to the entrance gate of Kundal, 15 km away from Sawai Madhopur town on the Sawai Madhopur-Kalibhat Road.

The terrain comprises of small grasslands in the plains and rocky habitat all the way up the hills, with very few waterholes. Brace yourself for the bumpy ride to the top of the Plateau. While this area has a resident Tiger and a Tigress with cub, it is hard to sight them due to the tough terrain. However, rest assured of a peaceful & exclusive sighting since tourist hardly ever visit this area. You’d do well to insist with your Guide (who get hyper-excited on sighting Tigers in Chidikho) at the beginning of the safari that he doesn’t shout “Tiger, tiger, tiger” at the top of his voice in case he finds them since Tigers of this zone dislike human presence to a large extent and remain shy & elusive.

So the next time you guys land up in Ranthambhore without an online booking into the main tourism zone and would like to have a nice jungle experience without being obsessed with sighting Tigers, Chidikho remains an option !

Separate posts on Balas (Zone-8), Kuwalji (Zone-9) & Aantri (Zone-10) are coming up shortly !

Cheers !
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Superb information. Headed to Ranthambhore in 2 days time for 7 rounds. Though I have booked all the safaris online, one of them is in Zone 3 which has been closed down for tourists. So might get the chance to explore one of the above zones.

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Thank you Ronak.

Have a great trip mate, I'd be there from 7th-12th June too

There is a major update to the zone system now. One can now get their allotted zone changed to a zone of their choice by paying an additional Rs. 1,000 /- (per Gypsy). This money goes into the coffers of the Ranthambhore Tiger Conservation Foundation.

My local source tells me that there is a remote possibility of Zone-3 being re-opened anytime soon (before the season ends) since there is already a huge rush for Zone-2, thanks to Tigress Noor (T-39) being sighted with 2 cubs last weekend.

Cheers !


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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post Superb information. Headed to Ranthambhore in 2 days time for 7 rounds. Though I have booked all the safaris online, one of them is in Zone 3 which has been closed down for tourists. So might get the chance to explore one of the above zones.

Ronak.
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Vijay, We are there from 5 th to 8 th June. Hope to see you there.

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Hey buddy thanks for keeping us updated ,ur updates are really very informative n helpful
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Thanks for all of the excellent information in this thread! I have a couple of questions needing clarification:

1. Say I reserve tickets online for a gypsy and I am a solo traveller. Will I be placed into a gypsy with a group of five other people, or will I be required to pay for all six seats in my own gypsy?

2. Do gypsy costs differ for foreigners?

3. Do tiger sightings usually decrease at the end of June?
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Hi agerken04,

1) In case you book only 1 seat on a Gypsy, you'd be placed with either a group of 5 or 5 other individuals in any configuration. Having said that, there is an (expensive) option to choose all 6 seats and hire the entire Gypsy exclusively for your safaris.

2) The cost for Foreign nationals is higher than Indian nationals, please check the website for the official charges.

3) Mid/End June is the period when the heat is unbearable (despite intermittent pre-monsoon showers) and Tigers tend to lurk around waterholes. Hence Tiger sightings are arguably higher during the summers as compared to winters.

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Originally Posted by agerken04 View Post Thanks for all of the excellent information in this thread! I have a couple of questions needing clarification:

1. Say I reserve tickets online for a gypsy and I am a solo traveller. Will I be placed into a gypsy with a group of five other people, or will I be required to pay for all six seats in my own gypsy?

2. Do gypsy costs differ for foreigners?

3. Do tiger sightings usually decrease at the end of June?
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Hi all,
Thank you so much for all of your insights and suggestions.

I went on six safaris in Ranthambhore in early June, and wanted to let everyone know that I had an incredible experience! Sightings were awesome, and everything worked out very smoothly.

In fact, I am tempted to return at the end of the month...
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agerken04,

Absolutely thrilled to know that you had an incredible trip !

Cheers mate.


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Originally Posted by agerken04 View Post Hi all,
Thank you so much for all of your insights and suggestions.

I went on six safaris in Ranthambhore in early June, and wanted to let everyone know that I had an incredible experience! Sightings were awesome, and everything worked out very smoothly.

In fact, I am tempted to return at the end of the month...
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hey guys, can anyone tell what date and time the online safari bookings will start for ranthambore , if anyone has any details , kindly share, will be highly obliged...
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