The Ranthambhore National Park remains open for visitors from the 1st October to the 30th June every year. The park remains closed from July to September for visitors due to rainy season. The best time to visit Ranthambore is from November to April when the weather is mild and you see the animals without any discomfort due to the weather. There are two safaris a day from October to June, one starting in the morning and the other late in the afternoon.
Generally speaking, the morning safari starts half an hour after sunrise and the evening safari finishes half an hour before sunset. As a result, the timings change slightly every 2 months or so. Each safari is for duration of three to three and half hours. Summer temperatures in Ranthambore can cross 45 degrees C in the daytime. Nighttime winter temperatures can go down to 2 degrees C. Winter daytime temperatures are a pleasant 16-20 degrees and are ideal for touring the Ranthambore National Park.
The park is green after the monsoon and wildlife is abundant. You can also see many migratory birds that come to Ranthambore to spend the winter. If you wear adequate protective clothing, the wind chill aspect will not be a bother, even in the early morning or late evening. If the summer heat is not unbearable for you, summer can be a very fruitful time to visit Ranthambore National Park since the animals can be clearly seen in the leaf-denuded forests and along the lakes and watering holes as they are driven by thirst to the water's edge.
Ranthambore Safari Timings:
Winter (Oct to Feb)
Morning Shift: 07:00 am to 10:00 am
Afternoon Shift: 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm
Summer (March to June)
Morning Shift: 06:30 am to 09:30 am
Afternoon Shift: 03:30 pm to 06:30 pm