Ranthambore Fort

Open Time : 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry : free

Address : Ranthambore Fort, Ranthambhor Road, Vigyan Nagar, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India

Website : https://www.tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/ranthambore-fort.html

Why to visit Ranthambore Fort

In 2013, the UNESCO designated Ranthambore Fort and the other five Rajasthani forts in the category of Hill forts of Rajasthan as World Heritage Sites. Although the precise beginning of the Ranthambhore fort is still a matter of debate, it is generally acknowledged that there was a settlement there as early as the eighth century AD.

Huge stone walls, fortified by towers and bastions, encircle the Ranthambore Fort. The main entrance to the fort is through a small valley that was defended at four points. Only the Misradhara gate, the original gate, is still intact. Some of the fort's ruins are Hammir's Court, Battis Khambha Chhatri, Hammir Palace, and Rani Palace.

In the 12th and 13th centuries, red Karauli stone was used to build three Hindu temples, one each for Ganesh, Shiva, and Rama. A Jain temple dedicated to Lord Sumatinath and Lord Sambhavanath is also present. The most well-known and historic temple of Lord Ganesha in Rajasthan is located quite close to the fort's main entrance gate and is called the Trinetra Ganesha Temple.

The Architecture of Ranthambore Fort:

The Ranthambore Fort, which has stunning architecture and is situated in the centre of Vindhya and Aravali hills, is perched on a 700-foot-high hill. It is largely accepted that the Ranthambhore Fort's construction began in 944 AD, under the reign of Sapaldaksha, a Chauhan Rajput monarch. The fame and bravery of Hammir dev of the Chauhan dynasty are associated with the fort.

 In the 13th century, Aladdin Khilji took control of the Ranthambore Fort. Following that, the ownership of Ranthambore Fort changed multiple times till Akbar, the great Mughal emperor, finally acquired control of the fort and declared the State of Ranthambore to be null and void in 1558. Up to the middle of the 18th century, the fort was under the control of the Mughal emperors.

The western portion of the fort is where most guests stay when visiting. The virtually wild eastern portion of the fort receives very few tourists. In this area of the fort, the Gupt Ganga is a small perennial stream. Tourists can view a wide variety of bird species, langurs, the odd little cat, and occasionally even leopards. One of the finest sites to search for the extremely rare and elusive fishing cat is the fort.

FAQ on Ranthambore Fort

What time does the Ranthambore Fort open and close?

The fort can be seen while on a safari through the National Park, which is only available from October to June. Depending on the month, the hours are either 7 AM to 10:30 AM or 6:30 AM to 10 AM in the morning and 2 PM to 6:30 PM in the evening.

How is the Ranthambore Fort reached?

The Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, which is 10 kilometres from the Ranthambore fort, is where railway passengers can disembark and take a taxi or another form of public transportation to their final destination. While the fort is roughly 180 km away from the Jaipur (Sanganer) airport, where visitors flying in can land. From Sanganer Airport, visitors can afterwards take taxis or buses to securely arrive at Ranthambore.

What time of year is ideal for visiting Ranthambore Fort?

Before the sweltering heat of the desert sets in, between the months of October and February is the ideal time to visit the Ranthambore fort.

How much does it cost to explore the Ranthambore Fort?

Depending on the timetable and number of days chosen to visit, one can choose a trip based on the tour packages offered by the National Park.

Special Tip

By using a private cab or personal vehicle, it is possible to visit Ranthambore Fort independently without obtaining any authorization. There are roughly 600 steps from the main entrance to the top of the fort. Put on conservative clothing in eco-friendly hues. Select from brown or green hues. Since they are not accustomed to them, animals may become startled when they see bright colours. Keep quiet inside the Park. Circulate the Reserve slowly and with caution.

By Atharva Yeshwardhan

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