Palace on Wheels has been one of the first initiatives of Indian Railways to offer an ultimate taste of opulence to the tourists. The train travels through the princely state of Rajasthan, taking the tourists through the mighty forts, palatial palaces and the golden sands of the dessert. While staying on the train you can experience the same grandeur as the Rajput clan, staying in lavish suites, dining in sparkling dining cars and relishing sumptuous cuisines and high quality drinks.
Ranthambore is one of the significant tourist destinations in Rajasthan. Besides the national park, there are several places in and around Ranthambore which are both awe inspiringly beautiful and historically significant.
The five must visit places at Ranthambore includes
- Ranthambore National Park
Considered as one of the best places to watch tigers, Ranthambore National Park is frequented by nature and wildlife photographers from round the world. Besides tigers, the forest is also known for leopards, striped hyenas, chital and sambar deer, nilgai, black bugs and Indian flying foxes.
There are more than 272 species of birds in the Ranthambore National Park, which include Graylag Goose, Woodpeckers, Indian Gray Hornbills, Cuckoos, Parakeets, Asian Palm Swift, Dove, Bee Eaters and Crakes. The forest is also a treasure of medicinal plants and hundreds of years old trees.
Tourists can enjoy jeep safari on open gypsy cars or canters to get a vivid view of the surroundings at a close distant to the tigers.
- Ranthambore Fort
This majestic fort is situated amidst the jungles of Ranthambore National Park. Built by the Chauhan dynasty, at present this fort (also known as the Hill Fort) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Earlier, kings used to hunt from the top of this 700 feet high castle.
- Trinetra Ganesh Temple
This ancient shrine is located inside the Ranthambore National Park. The idol represents 3-eyed Ganesha while the temple is known to be one of the oldest temples of the state. Besides Ganesha, the temple also has statues of His whole family, including Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
- Surwal Lake
Looking for some solitude? Visit the Surwal Lake. The best time to visit the lake is dawn and dusk when birds leave or return to their nests. The air gets filled with the twitters of numerous while the cool breeze sets your mood for a whole day of exploration.
- Kachida Valley
Want to spend some more time in the wild terrains? Pack your bags and head towards the Kachida Valley. Surrounded by low hills, this valley is almost at the border of Ranthambore. The place is a natural shelter for bears and panthers. While sloth bears are found extracting honey from the honeycombs within the jungle, the deer are seen grazing coolly at various parts of the valley.
Ranthambore is within the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Palace on Wheels enters Sawai Madhopur on its 3rd day. The train chugs into the district early morning and you have the whole day to explore the above mentioned tourist spots of Ranthambore. Are you ready to book your journey in Palace on Wheels which makes your trip more memorable.