Best time to visit fort is in morning hours. During winter season when tourist visit Ranthambore , you can plan to visit fort around sunrise as the weather will be cool and it will be easy to visit all around the fort by walking,
The first entrance to fort is known as Naulakha Pol, beyond this arch there are steps and you will reach the next gate known as Hathi Pol ( elephant gate ) and finally through Anadhari Pol you will reach the main areas of the fort. You will cross all these gates and nearly 100 steps you have to climb to reach the top of the fort. During this zig-zag climb on stone steps, you will see lot of monkeys and peacocks around you. Don’t carry any eatables as it will attract monkeys and they will try to snatch food packets from you. Keep the food items inside a closed hand bag or leave them in your vehicle at parking area.
Ponds inside fort
There are many small and big ponds inside the fort, they are Badda Sagar, Sukh Sagar, Jangali Talab , Padamavati Talab and Rani Talab. Near the ponds there are sign boards warning visitors not to go near the water points as dangers animals are there inside and around the water.
Near Rani Talab ( Rani Pond ) there is the Dargah of Kazi Peer Janab Sadrud – Din.
Guide and duration of visit to fort
You can engage a guide to explain different events and history of the fort at a price of Rs 600 but you can bargain to reduce the price if you want. A causal visit will take minimum 2 hours to complete.
Note that this fort is part of the Ranthambore wild life sanctuary so avoid travelling alone to remote placed inside the fort. There are spots where tiger was spotted even below the fort on the approach road to the fort.
Temples inside fort
At the top of the fort you can visit Lord Shiva temple, Ganesh temple and Kali temple.There is one Jain temple and a Masjid inside the fort. Devotees visit these placed in early morning on festive days. The Kali temple attracts many local devotees even in normal days.
Ranthambhor Fort is one of the strongest forts of India which formed significant part of the Chahamana kingdom of Shakambhari. It said to have been constructed by Maharaja Jayanta in fifth century A.D. The Yadavas ruled over it till they were expelled by Prithviraj Chauhan in twelfth century. Hammir Deo ( 1282-1301 A.D ) was the most powerful ruler of Ranthambhor who patronized art and literature and fought bravely against Alla-ud Din Khilji during a seize in 1301 A.D. Subsequently the fort was occupied by sultans of Delhi. Latter on, it came under control of Rana Sanga ( 1509-1527 A.D ) and the Mughals.
The fort is situated amidst of tiger sanctuary and is well strengthened by massive fortification provided with seven gateways, namely Navlakha Pol, Hathia Pol, Ganesh Pol, Andheri Pol, Suraj Pol, Delhi Pol and Sat Pol.
Important monuments inside the fort are Hammir Palace, Rani Palace, Hammir Badi Kachehari, Chhoti Kachehari, Badal Mahal, Battis Khambha Chhatri, Jhanwara Bhanwra ( Granary ) , Mosque, Hindu temples beside Digamber Jain temple and a Dargah.
Ganesh temple is the most visited shrine inside the fort.