Ranthambhore Regency – Safari Tariff

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Ranthambhore Regency – Safari Tariff

Hotel Ranthambhore Regency offers exceptional jungle safari’s to guests with the option of fabulous local guides who are experts in spotting the hard to pin down tiger and other native beasts. For these noteworthy safaris, the rates are mentioned as under:

Time

The national park is open for visitors from the 1st October to the 30th June every year. There are two safaris a day from October to June, one starting in the morning and the other late in the afternoon. Generally speaking, the morning safari starts half an hour after sunrise and the evening safari finishes half an hour before sunset. As a result, the timings change slightly every 2 months or so. Each safari is for a duration of three to three and half hours.

Safari Tariff from 1st October 2017 to 30th June 2018

Vehicle

Indian Nationals

Foreigners

TAXES EXTRA

Jeep

INR.1400 per passenger

INR 2600 per passenger

GST – 5% TAX

Canter

INR 1000 per passenger

INR 2000 per passenger

GST –  5% TAX

(Rates are subject to change as per Govt. policy or levy of any additional taxes etc.)

Zones

There are 10 different zones for tourists inside the tiger reserve, numbered from 1 to 10. At the time of entry, each vehicle is allotted a zone and it not allowed to stray from their allotted zone. Within the zone the vehicles can go anywhere on the network of tracks that exists in the zone. Within Zone 1 to 5 and 6 to 10, you can request for a change of Zone and you will be charged a sum of Indian Rupees 1,000. It is up to the authorities to accept your request for change of zone or not.
 

Best time to Visit
Though most tourists set foot into the Reserve mainly in the winter (October -April) to avoid the blazing summer sun, the period from October to April is recommended for exceptional wildlife viewing and sighting the migratory avifauna from as far as Russia and Siberia who make Ranthambhore their winter home.

Ranthambore Park Safaris are conducted twice a day across 10 designated tourism zones in park by Ranthambore forest department. One can prebook a 6 seater jeep or 20 seater open bus (cantor) for safari both use the same safari tracks on designated route. Zone 1-8 are considered premium zones and are much in demand, maximum 50 vehicles are allowed in these zones. At any point in time maximum 8 vehicles i.e. 3 gypsy and 5 cantors are allotted same route.

Under the new facility provided by forest department, once can pre book safari route at the time of booking else get the same changed at the time of releasing vehicle by paying an additional fee of  1000/- per safari ( as per availability of respective zone ). Vehicles and guides are allocated on roaster system unlike central Indian parks in case you wish to do safaris in same vehicle and using same guide you need to pay an additional fee of  4000/- and  900/-per safari.

A normal safari shift lasts 3.30 hours and the time varies with change in season. Normally a safari begins half an hour post sunset & ends half an hour before sunset.
 

Special Safaris – Half-day and Full-day safaris
The normal / routinely wildlife safari that visitors get to do in Ranthambhor are for three and half hours in the mornings and afternoons. Visitors get to enter the reserve half an hour after sunrise in the morning for three and a half hours or enter in the afternoon and leave the reserve, after spending three and a half hours, half an hour before sunset. The areas of the reserve that visitors are permitted to visit are divided into ten zones. In these safari visitors are allotted a zone that they can choose at the time of booking the safari in advance and during the safari they are not permitted to go outside the allotted zone.
Recently the Reserve management has changed these rules to allow a special safari to a select few number of vehicles that permits visitors to stay on safari for six or twelve hours. These are known as “Half Day” (for six hours) and “Full Day” (for twelve hours) safaris. Both these safaris are more expensive than the regular safari but they offer far more flexibility to the visitor. The advantage that these two special safaris have over the regular safaris are as follows:

 

Full Day Safari at Ranthambore
Full day/ half day safari option is now being offered at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve to visitors apart from regular day visit permits. Under this scheme maximum 5 jeeps are permitted to stay inside the forest from sunrise to sunset & are provided zone free access across entire park, of course it does come at a cost.

Half day Safari at Ranthambore
Visitors would now have option to spend more time in forest than regular 3.30 hours shift by booking half day safari. Half day permits would be issued for 2 slots- sunrise till 12 noon & 12 noon to sunrise for maximum 6 hours each.

Advantages of Full day / half day 
More time– More time in the park simply means more time to track tigers and other wildlife. For full days visitor’s entry is permitted 15 minutes before the normal entry time & also an extra 15 minutes window is available post normal safari timings. We all know the importance of these extra minutes -when we spotted a tiger before everyone arrived, no need to leave an interesting subject just because time is getting over for normal safari. These extra minutes or hours become important in view of the fact that lot of times animal movement happens early morning & late evening.

Better sighting opportunities- With additional time & zone free access one definitely has more sighting opportunity as compared to regular safari. For all you know your jeep could be the only jeep at that spot.

No route restrictions-In a normal safari one has to travel on a preassigned route. At times when you are sure about a potential sighting on a given route you might not be able to secure the route, frustrating at times for sure. It is to be noted that one has access to areas open for tourism only - During the half-day and the full-day safari visitors are not allotted a particular zone that they have to stay in. They can go to any zone that they choose and can even go from one zone to another as many times as they want. Though they do have to stay within the part of the reserve that is open to tourism.

No zone restriction– Unlike normal safari, even zone restriction is not applicable on  visitors on full day permit. No need to change the zone basis a good a sighting in previous safari, on a full day/half day tour you can move between zones. This means ultimate freedom & flexibility in tracking wildlife.

Hassle free- In a normal safari at most of the reserves you get a different guide & driver for each time and it is sometimes difficult have similar safari experience on all safaris. In case of full day safaris you have the same driver & naturalist accompanying you on all safaris. This definitely is a huge advantage-they know your preferences, have knowledge of your equipment  and images made so far which helps in planning safaris and sightings.

Roster free vehicles - The park management through a “roster system” of the vehicles, allots, the safari vehicle in the standard safari.  In other words, visitors cannot choose the vehicle or the driver that they want to use, unless they pay an extra fee. During the half-day and full-day safaris, visitors can choose the vehicle and the driver that they want to use at additional cost 

More on full day/half day

·         All permits are at discretion of forest department, they have the right to accept or reject application for full day safari.

·        Limited number of full day/half day permits ( 5 per day) are issued for each day, one has to apply well in advance to ensure one and now after seeing the high demand results of full day and Half day safaris Park officials have started     
         offering Full day and Half day Jeep after paying Tatqal / current premium price and they give us receipt of that additional cost.

·         Maximum 5 persons are allowed per jeep for full day/half day apart from Driver & guide.

·           Cost of full day / half day tiger is higher than a normal safari. 

The above advantages that these special safaris offer makes these special safaris far more flexible and productive. Visitors get to spend much more time with wildlife, while they are not constrained by a fixed zone and they can choose the best drivers and vehicles. In real terms this makes a huge difference to the quality of the safari specially for photographers and for visitors with special and specific interests.

To get these full day and half day Safari rates please drop us email regency@ranthambhor.com

Safari vehicle Options –:

The following modes of safari vehicles are available to enjoy the scenic jungle drives:

      ·         Gypsy (Open 4WD Jeep): 6 seats

      ·         Diesel Canter (Open Safari Bus): 20 seats

Ranthambhore Park Timings
Period Morning Safari Evening Safari
01st to 31st October 06:30 am – 10:00 am 02:30 pm – 06:00 pm
01st November to 31st January 07:00 am – 10:00 am 02:00 pm – 05:30 pm
01st February to 01st March  06:30 am – 10:00 am 02:30 pm – 06:00 pm
01st April to 15th May 06:00 am to 09:30 am 03:00 pm to 06:30 pm
15th May to 30th June 06:00 am to 09:30 am 03:00 pm to 06:30 pm
01st July to 30th September 06:30 am – 10:00 am 02:30 pm – 06:00 pm


Additional Information:

 

             ·         The Government of Rajasthan reserves the right of admission within the park.

             ·         The park may be closed without prior notice to visitors.

             ·         Once the booking is confirmed, no refund/cancellation is permissible.

             ·         Bookings are non-transferable.

              ·         Seats reserved cannot be exchanged with or resold to other visitors.

              ·         Providing ID proof is essential to enter the Park.

             ·         At the time of entry, visitors are liable to pay any difference in costs of ticket and/or accessories than at the time of booking.

            ·         Reporting for boarding the canter/gypsy at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time at the designated place is expected from each visitor.

   Rules for Photography Equipment – 

          ·         There is no charge for still cameras.

          ·         PCam, DCAm and VCam charges are to be paid as per current rules laid down by Tourism/Forest Department policies.

 

Special Notes on the Safari –  for safari bookings 

          ·         Ranthambhore Regency requires the name and Passport number of each visitor (Foreign/Indian) to book the Safari.

          ·         For Indian Nationals, the name and ID details of everyone traveling is essential at the time of the Safari booking.

          ·         Other details required at the time of booking are the date, time and kind of safari.

          ·         To confirm the Safari, the visitors must make an advance payment, which is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

          ·         It is difficult to get Jeeps at Ranthambhore, as only 15 Jeeps are allowed to go inside the park during any given safari, and there are only 6 guests per Jeep - the rest of the guests need to visit the Ranthambore Park by the Canters.

        ·         The entire safari is subject to availability and is on first come first serve basis.

        ·         The Forest Department charges the full advance payment for the vehicle hire charges, vehicle park entry fee, pax entry fee, and naturalist charges for park safaris.

        ·         Vehicles are released by the Forest Department only after full advance payment is received.

        ·         No refund/cancellation or transferring is permitted after reservation is confirmed.

        ·         Subsequent changes in entrance fees or government taxes will be extra and will have to be borne by the Guest or Travel Agent.

        Any changes in policies by the Ranthambhore Park authorities will be intimated to visitors and will be applicable for all future bookings. 

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