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Ranthambore National Park Weather And Best Time To Visit Ranthambore National Park
Located in the south-eastern region of Rajasthan, the landscape in around and Ranthambore begins to change from the arid and dry nature of the Thar Desert to thick forests. Placed in the region of the Aravali and the Vindhya ranges, Ranthambore’s environment is quite distinct. The climatic conditions though are very similar to those experienced elsewhere in Rajasthan. The summers are extremely hot while the winters are somewhat cold. Unlike other places in Rajasthan, Ranthambore weather is unique in monsoon, as it receives a good amount of rainfall. With the Ranthambore National Park operating from October to June and the weather conditions just right, the best time to visit Ranthambore is definitely winter.
Summer: April to June
The summers in Ranthambore, like most places in Rajasthan, are very hot. Day-time temperatures can go as high as 45°C during mid-summer. While the rest of Rajasthan experiences sand storms and hot winds, Ranthambore is not as affected given that it is shielded by the Aravali and the Vindhya ranges. If one can withstand the scorching sun then it is the best time for tiger sightings. As the thirsty animals are driven towards watering holes and lakes they can be easily spotted, given that the vegetation is denuded by the summer heat. The months of April and May are the best months for tiger spotting but are also quite and hot and unbearable, making summers a less desirable time to visit Ranthambore.
Monsoon: July to September
Ranthambore experiences a good monsoon with decent amount of rainfall. The monsoon rains bring enough water to rejuvenate the dying forests of Ranthambore. The water holes and lakes are also restored. Monsoon also plays a major role in bringing down the high temperatures and it comes as a relief for the inhabitants of the park. While the months of July and August receive the highest rain with precipitation ranging around 13-15mm per month, the other months also receive a fair amount of rain. While the monsoon restores the forests and vegetation to full bloom, the numbers of animals that come out to graze and feast on the newly blooming grass also increase. However, the Ranthambore National Park remains partially closed throughout monsoon. The months of monsoon are considered as the breeding season for tigers and the park authorities keep the park closed to ensure no harm comes to them.
Winter: October to March
The winter months from October to March are the best months here in terms of climatic conditions. The day-time temperatures are very pleasant and hover around 19°C. The nights though can be chilly and cold; nothing that some warm clothes can’t help. The monsoon rains cast their magical spell on the place and the region is green and with plenty of flowers now. With the vegetation restored, Ranthambore returns to its picturesque glory. The closed park now opens for business, and tourism sees a steady rise. The winter months are known for the safari rides that take place inside the park. With two slots each day, one after sunrise and one before sunset, the jeep/canter safari are the key attraction here. While the timings remain fairly constant, there might be minor changes depending on the weather.
The safaris usually last for about three to three and a half hours, which gives tourists plenty of time to soak in the wonder that Ranthambore is. This is also a good time for bird-watching as a lot of migratory birds fly in to spend the winter in Ranthambore. On the whole, winter months are the best time to visit Ranthambore.