Area: 102 ha (0.39 sq miles)
Location: Sawai Madhopur Rajasthan, India
Designation: In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee.
Ranthambore Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group hill forts of Rajasthan, which is situated within the boundaries of Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan. The fort stands majestically on the top of a hill overlooking the entire park. Many animals & birds can be widely seen along the edges of water bodies.
The mighty fort was once captured by the Rajput ruler, Prithvi Raj Chauhan in the 12th century from the Yadavas. Because of the fact that the fort was the major barrier for attackers as due to the difficulty they captured it was also attacked several times & has seen an immense no. of conquests during the spread of Muslim rule.
Attractions at Ranthambore Fort
Once known as the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore Fort is a significant landmark in the major occasions of the history of India. The fort showcased a big chain of conquers & reconquers by different rulers of various dynasties dating back from the twelfth century. This magnificent fort was once ruled over by the Rulers of Mewar, the rulers & kings of the Chauhan dynasty, the Kachwaha Maharajas of Jaipur, Mughal Emperors & the Hada Rajputs of Bundi.
Things to do in & around the fort
One can visit several sites like the Kachida Valley, Ranthambore Tiger reserve, Surwal Lake, Ranthambore National Park & various other historical places such as Jogi Mahal, Ganesha Temple, Jain Temple, Raj Bagh Ruins and many more. With all these interesting places, people visiting the attractive city Jaipur can also explore its historical abundance as well as the culturally rich heritage of the place.
There is a free entrance for all the visitors as there isn’t any ticket.
The fort opens from 6 am early in the morning till 6 pm in the evening.
Best Time to visit
The very best Time to visit the fort is between October & February before the scorching blistering sun & enormous desert heat takes on their real power. During this Time, one can also get an experience of incredible National Park Safaris that happen between the cold months of Oct to Feb.
Some Useful Tips
How to reach there
By Air: The nearest airport is Jaipur International (Sanganer) Airport which is 180 km away from the fort. Later on, you can avail the facility of buses or taxis to reach the destination.
By Rail: Sawai Madhopur Junction is the closest railway station at a distance of about 10 km from the fort. From there, you can easily reach to your place by taking a taxi or some other means of transport.
By Road: You can take direct buses to the destination from Indira Circle bus stand.