The clothes you should carry with you to Ranthambore are totally sober clothes with environment -friendly colors. Wear colours that blend with the forest- khaki, brown and olive green are ideal colours to wear in a national park. Animals might get frightened when they see bright colors since they are not used to them
The summers are blisteringly hot and don't expect any let up while you are there. You should expect unrelenting heat day after day if you are there between the months of April and June. With temperatures soaring between 35 and 47 degrees centigrade most of the day, even the lightest of T-shirts feel like warm jackets. Take along your lightest clothes in the summers with the definite inclusion of a cap and dark glasses. In the winter months, specially November to beginning February, the weather is just the opposite.
Morning drives into the park are freezing cold and how many ever layers you wear sometimes feel insufficient. The days however are extremely pleasant and a light sweatshirt can more than suffice. Evenings and night once again get very chilly. Carrying along a pair of gloves and a muffler is advisable. For those who intend to take photographs in the wee hours of the morning without pressing all the wrong buttons on their cameras, take along a pair of gloves that are thin yet warm and provide for sufficient movement of the hands.
Communication facilities are not a problem at Ranthambore. Most resorts offer facilities of their own with which you can inter state or overseas. If their phone lines do not have the overseas dialing facility, most of them have tie ups with the local phone booth operators to get your call through using the conference utility. Even if all these options are not available, the nearest phone booth with an overseas dialing facility will only be a maximum of a 10-15 minute from wherever you may be located.
Take adequate precautions before traveling in the sun. Bring sunscreen lotion, Mosquito repellent (More so in summer than winter) ,dark glasses, sunshades or a wide brimmed hat, Water Bottles, Pen and notebook. Binoculars will be of great help while observing the animals. Bring essential medication, Antiseptic Cream since brand names of medicines available in India may differ from the medication you may normally take. If you plan to take a lot of photographs, bring enough reels of film or additional memory cards for your digital equipment. Bring extra sets of batteries for your cameras, particularly if they use non-standard batteries.
Rules for Photo Equipments
There are no charges for Still Camera.
Charges for Pcam (Movies 8 mm, 16 mm and video camera used by a mature photographer), DCam (Video camera and movie camera used by professional photographer for films other than feature films - filming by Indian company/agency), VCam (Video camera and movie camera used by professional photographer for other than feature film - filming by foreign company/agency), FCam (Movie and video camera used for featurefilm) as per Tourism/ Forest Department policy.
Jungle Safari Timing
Jungle safari timings depend on the time of the sunrise and sunset. Generally speaking, the Park opens to the tourists half an hour after sunrise and closes half an hour before sunset. The forest authorities determine Park entry and exit timings, and these are subject to change without prior notice.
October to February - 7.00 am to 10.30 am and 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm
March to June - 6.30 am to 10.00 am and 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Do’s and Don’t in Ranthambhore
- Abide by the rules and guidelines of the Park and show respect for the inhabitants.
- Follow the instructions given by Forest Officials.
- Maintain silence inside the Park. Go around the Reserve slowly & cautiously.
- Wear sober clothes with environment -friendly colors. Choose from shades of brown or green. Animals might get frightened when they see bright colors since they are not used to them.
- Maintain a safe distance from the animals and vehicles, park vehicles only in parking areas and road layoffs.
- Take care of your children.
- Keep outside influences, as far as possible, outside the park. Transistors, tape recorders, blowing the car horn and loud conversations are taboo in a national park. You will observe more wildlife if you are quiet.
- Smoke, Walk, Swim or fish, Picnic, light a fire nor cook, Litter, overtake, honk inside the park.
- Play music or make Noise, Tease Wild Animals.
- Feed any wild animals they have plenty of natural food in the forest and do not need any junk food. By feeding them you are changing their habits.
- Polythene bags, tetra packs and other such materials. They not only spoil the beauty of the park, but also may harm the animals.
- Stand up when you are close to tigers - a large animal might see it as a threat and may be provoked to strike back.
- Wear perfumes or any other strong smelling substances. The animals are sensitive to smell and it may arouse their curiosity. Animals are generally shy and tend to hide when they see a human being.
- Attempt to lure them out by throwing stones or other objects. Leave them in peace.
- Use camera Flash of spot-light, Carry weapons, Take pets inside the park, explosives not toxic chemicals.
- Over speed, Get off the vehicle, Deviate from the allotted route.
- Leave the roads and drive cross-country, except at specified places, Crowd more than two vehicles at a spot.
- Overstay beyond the scheduled timings, Enter without proper tickets, Encourage your driver to stay parked at one place.
- Enter before sun rise or after sun set, The entire park is exotic and tigers are found all over the park.