Ranthambhore National Park is home to a multitude of avian life with over 300 migratory and native bird species. The best times to frequent Ranthambhore for bird watching is during the monsoon and winter season, when birds are at their most active and fly into the Park in their droves. Over this tapestry of grasslands, golden meadows, lush forests, deep lakes and marshes, a number of predators and game also roam over the vast terrain.
The dry deciduous forests create exceptional photographic opportunities, with kaleidoscopic bird species adding a touch of vibrance to the parched landscape. Key areas to witness the Park’s graceful feathered inhabitants are in and around the Malik Talao Lake, the jade-hued Rajbagh Talao Lake, the ruined Ranthambhore Fort, often visited by tigers and the Jhalra area.
Bird watching tours set out in open 4×4 jeeps, with the opportunity to disembark from the vehicle for short periods in the safer areas. The Park is renowned throughout the world for hosting an outstanding heronry, which is also inhabited by many other migratory and resident birds. The grey heron stands out spectacularly against the deep blue waters that it tentatively hovers over, with its elongated, elegant neck and regal frame. The main attraction is the painted spurfowl, boasting bright colours and incandescent spots. Using the winged silhouettes of birds to guide you, discover a colourful world in the sky above.