Me and my wife visited Ranthambhore Fort In early September not in the tourist season,
We seen no other tourist on our stay in Sawai Madhopur. My wife always careful how she dress not to cause offence to local people, but on our visit to ranthambhore fort she was subjected to verbal abuse on two occasions which was upsetting It was just before a religious
Festive held at the fort . On a more positive note we did witness people doing penance as in photo young men prostrate themselves for maybe fifty miles or more to reach the Temple at
the top of the Fort it would take about ten days as we were told . The Tip I would give you visit this place in the tourist season don't put your self in danger?.
Carrying firearms is prohibited within the park.
Walking or trekking within the park is not allowed. You must stay within your vehicle.
No vehicle is permitted to stay within the park before or after safari timings.
Smoking is not allowed inside the park.
Playing radios, musical devices such as recorders and transistors within the park is not permitted.
Vehicles must not blow their horns.
Vehicles must stay within the specified speed limit.
Loud noises such as shouting is prohibited and talking must be kept at a low volume.
Disturbing the animals or birds by throwing stone at them etc is prohibited.
All visitors travel within the park at their own risk.
Rail travel in India is a unique experience. Just standing at the station waiting for the train can be a revelation. The platform in Sawai Madhopur is made of uneven sand, and you have to watch out for cow pats, roaming pigs, looting monkeys and other perils.
Stand well clear of the trains when at the station! As this picture shows - people will pee out of the train doorway and onto the platform! I hadn't noticed the little boy the man was assisting, all I was captivated by (and taking a photo of) was the brightly coloured turban! Imagine my surprise when I looked at the photos later!
As they are revered by the Indians and considered sacred animals, the langurs have become almost fearless. They will take any food you have lying about and any loose items not secured - such as hats, glasses, binoculars etc. Make sure you don't fall foul to these cheeky litle thieves by not leaving anything unattended!
The tracks in Ranthambore are very uneven and bumpy and quite perilous at times. Lots of rocks scattered along the path, and some inclines are very steep, with a sheer drop either side.
The drive can be extremely uncomfortable and not a good idea if you suffer from back problems. We found our posteriors to be rather sore after four days of jumping up and down on the seats!
It can also become very dusty during the dry season (which is when you are most likely to be visiting) - your clothes will become very dirty, and the dust can be very damaging to cameras!
You must book private jeep drives into the park at least 2 months before arrival. all the big tour operators promise private jeep drives, but none deliver, the amount of disapointed people we met there was amazing! They all had to go in these big bus things called 'Cantors'. We used Tigertrails and did not have that problem! I suggest you use them too!
In the visitors centre at the entrance to the park, there is a ladies' toilet for use by the guests. Avoid at all costs. Go behind the building in the bush rather than risk this facility!