How to reach Ranthambore
Sawai Madhopur lies on the Eastern edge of the North Indian state of Rajasthan. It is about 400 kilometers to the South West of Delhi, the capital of India, and 180 kilometers South East of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Sawai Madhopur has good road connections with Delhi (8 hours journey via Jaipur – Lalsot or via Alwar - Dausa - Lalsot), Jaipur (3 hours drive – via Lalsot), Agra (6 hours drive – via Bharatpur – Dausa - Lalsot) and Bharatpur (5 hours drive – via Dausa - Lalsot). It also has a good road connection to Ajmer, Pushkar, Bundi, Kota, Jhansi and Orcha. ).
The closest airport is in Jaipur, 150 kilometers away by road. The town has excellent rail connections with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkotta, Nagpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Udaipur. The town lies on the main Delhi – Mumbai rail link and so, there are many trains a day to Mumbai and Delhi. Visitors from Delhi and Mumbai are advised to take a train, which is not only cheaper and faster but also much more comfortable.
HOW TO GET HERE
It takes about 7 to 8 hours to drive from Delhi airport to Ranthambhore. The shortest route from Delhi to Ranthambhore is through Dhaurahera, Bhiwadi, Alwsar, Sikandra, Dausa and Lalsot and the road is not bad (for Indian standards) except for small patches, specially between Dausa and Lalsot. There are very few rest stops with decent facilities, except in Alwar.
However, we recommend talking a train from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur. It is faster, less tiring and cheaper but you would have to book in advance. The trains that we recommend from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur station are the Golden Temple Mail (departure New Delhi at 0800 hours and arrival at 1300 hours), Kota Jan Shatabdi (departure Nizamuddin Delhi at 1310 and arrival at 1800 hours), August Kranti Rajdhani (departure Nizamuddin Delhi at 1710 and arrival at 2020 hours) and the Dehradun Express (departure New Delhi at 2120 and arrival at 0515 hours).
Jaipur is 160 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur by road and it takes about three hours to get here via Kothun and Lalsot. The road till Kothun is good but has a fair amount of traffic. From the Kothun there is a left turn to Lalsot. This road is not all that great but there is no traffic. From Lasot there is a right turn to Sawai Madhopur and this road is great.
You could also take a train from Jaipur to here and we recommend the Intercity Express from Jodhpur to Sawai Madhopur via Jaipur (departure Jaipur at 1050 and arrival at 1325 hours) and JP-BCT Superfast (departure 1405 and arrival at 1600 hours). There are a few other South India bound trains that leave Jaipur at 1930 hours and arrive here are 2130 hours.
Nearest Airport Sanganer, Jaipur - 170 km
Nearest Railway Station Sawai Madhopur - 4 km
Distance by Rail Delhi - 362 km
Jaipur - 132 km
Distance by Road Jaipur - 180 km
Delhi - 440 km