Located amidst 12 acres of lush gardens, this 70-year-old hunting lodge
exudes a rustic, earthy charm and an air of history. The lodge is a
20-minute drive from the Ranthambhore National Park, which is famous for its
tiger population. Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to the world renowned
Ranthambhore National Park-the famous tigers reserve.
Unveil the past!!
The name Ranthambhore is derived from two hills in the area, Ran and
Thanbhor. Another version says that Ranthambhore was once called Rana
Stambhapura or City of the Pillars of War. Ranthambhore has been a witness
to the rise and fall of many rulers and a series of battle scenes. In the
13th century A.D., Govinda, the grandson of Prithviraj Chauhan took over the
reign of the land. Later, his successor Vagbhatta beautified the city and
built a noteworthy temple at Jhain. In the middle of 15th century A.D., Rana
Kumbha captured the fort and gifted it to his son to be occupied later by
the Hada Rajputs of Bundi and Mughal Emperors Akbar and Aurangazeb. Mughal
emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh 1 of Jaipur in
1754 and since then it was mainted as trhe hunting preserve of the Maharaja
Sawai Madho Singh queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were part of
the royal part of hunting parties who stayed here.
Ranthambhore is rich in migratory, water, and woodland birds. Ranthambhore
provides shelter to an amazing variety of plants and animals including about
300 plant species, over 50 aquatic plant species and more than a 100 species
of herbs, climbers and grass. It is also home to over 270 species of birds
and nearly 30 different species of mammals. While at Sawai Madhopur you may
stay at the lodge and move to the National Park and spot Leopards, Wild
Boars, Crocodiles, Langurs, Sloth Bears, Jungle Cats, Blue Bulls, Chinkaras
and Hyenas, Sambhar, the Asiatic Deer Doves, Partridges, Storks,
Flycatchers, Kingfishers, and Hawk Eagles. During winters migratory birds
like Greylag Geese, Ruddy Shel ducks and Pintails may also be spotted.
How to get there! Air:The nearest airport is Jaipur which is just 145 kms away.
Rail: Ranthambhore National Park is 11 kms away from Sawai Madhopur
railway station. It is on the main Delhi-Bombay railway line and major
trains stop here.
Road: A good network of buses connects Sawai Madhopur, the nearest
town from Ranthambhore to all the major cities within the state of
When to visit
The best time to visit Ranthambhore National Park is during the months of
October to March and April to June. Jeeps can be booked up to five months in
advance and even a day earlier. The Park is closed from end June to end