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Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore fort is a historical destination located in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. Located inside Ranthambore National Park, it is one of the main attractions of the park. Built in the 10th century, it was erected by the Chauhan family of Rajasthan.

Because of its imposing structure, the fort was used to ward off invaders. It changed many hands during historic times and was duly maintained by all of them. The vast wilderness around the fort used to be the hunting ground of the Royals of Rajasthan. Now it is a top tourist attraction along with the fort.

Getting to Ranthambore Fort is easy as it is connected to major cities like Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai.

Did you know?

The fort is associated with the legendary jauhar procession of Rani Padmavati. In 1303, when Alauddin Khilji tried to conquer the fort, the queen decided to self immolate herself instead of surrendering to the enemy.

The fort consists of tanks, temples, imposing walls and huge gates. The fort has witnessed many attempts of conquering it. The most famous attempt was the war of Rao Hamir in 1301 against Alauddin Khilji.

An ancient marvel of architecture, the fort houses both a temple and a mosque. This makes the fort a symbol of secularity. Top attractions inside the fort include the Sametonki Haveli, the Mahadeo Chhatri and the Toran Dwar. Another big attraction is the Ganesh temple. The fort also arranges a fair for the celebration of Bhadrapad Sudi Chaturthi every year.

How big is the fort?

The Ranthambore fort covers an area of seven square kilometers and includes an area of approx four kilometers. The fort used to have many buildings and few have survived the ravages of time and war. Amongst the remaining ruins, the Dullah Mahal and the Badal Mahal give an idea of the grandeur of the place. There is also the Hammirs court. Other than these, the fort also contains barracks, gates, step-wells and cenotaphs. There are two reservoirs inside for water supply. These are fed by rainwater. The fort is surrounded by very high walls made of stone. These walls were further strengthened by bastions and towers. All the stones were mined from inside the fort itself. Later on these mines were turned into ponds for storing water. The fort is also a good place for bird watching. There are also langurs, the very rare Fishing cat and small cats.

How to visit?

In order to visit the fort, you have to visit Ranthambore National Park. It remains open for visitors from October to June every year. The park remains closed from July to September due to the monsoon season.

What is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit the park and the fort is from November to April. The weather is comfortable during this period and you can see everything without any problem.

How to explore?

You have to book a safari which will take you inside the park. There are two safaris in a day. One is in the morning and the other in the afternoon. This schedule is maintained from October to June.

The first safari starts half an hour after the sun has risen. The evening safari finishes half an hour before the sun sets. Due to this reason, Safari timings vary every two months.


Summer temperature in Ranthambore can easily cross 45 degrees. In winter, the night time temperature can be as low as 2 degrees. Winter daytime temperatures are usually pleasant and hover around 16 to 20 degrees. This time is ideal for touring the fort and the park.

What to carry:

During summers:

  • Light clothes

  • Hats

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Food

  • Binoculars for viewing wildlife

  • Sunscreen

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Water bottles

During winters:

  • Warm clothes
  • Scarves
  • Camera
  • Food
  • Binoculars

Do’s and don’ts:


  • Be respectful of the wildlife
  • Follow instructions of park officials
  • Maintain quietness inside the fort and the park
  • Go around the park cautiously and slowly
  • Wear clothes preferably in shades of green and brown. Animals are scared of bright colours


  • Do not smoke inside the park
  • Do not play transistors
  • Do not play music
  • Do not feed the wildlife
  • Do not carry tetrapak or polythene inside the park
  • Do not stand up when you see a large animal
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