One of the most popular forts in Rajasthan, Ranthambore Fort is located in the largest national park of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park. Snuggled in the warmth of wilderness, Ranthambore Fort was built in the middle of tenth century. However, the exact date of its construction is yet disputed.
This fort stands majestically atop a hill overlooking the entire park. The walk up, one of the only places this mode of transport is possible, is a very refreshing and exciting one as even the big cats have been spotted up there! The view of the surrounding keeps getting better and better as you go up but the view from the fort itself can only be described as breathtaking. It is advisable to take along a good pair of binoculars and if possible a camera with a very powerful lens when visiting the fort.
The soaring Serpent eagles, vultures and other birds can be seen at eye level. Many animals can also be seen along the edges of all the water bodies, which are all visible from here. The fort itself also offers many interesting architectural and historical sights worth viewing and photographing. A trip to the fort is a must if you are a first time visitor to the park. A guide with a good knowledge of the fort’s history would always be a good idea.
Like the other hill forts of Rajasthan, the entrance of Ranthambore Fort is led through stairwell and looks upon a vast expanse of the verdant vicinity.
Highlights of Ranthambore Fort: Jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park, breathtaking views of the area, Jain Temple and Lord Sumatinath Temple
Entry fee: INR 25 per person (Indians) | INR 200 per person (Foreigners) – Same as Ranthambore National Park
Timings: 6:30 am to 10:00 am and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Tourist attractions near Ranthambore Fort: Raj Bagh Ruins, Malik Talao, Kachida Valley, Surwal Lake and Jogi Mahal