Ranthambore National Park, India
When to go
The park is green and lush in October and November following the rains but the thick jungle cover makes tiger spotting a challenge. From December to February, winter temperatures dip and tiger sightings rise. March to June is hot and dry with daily temperatures passing 40°C; if you can stand the heat this is the best time for seeing wildlife. The park closes over the muggy monsoon season from July to September.
PlanesTouch down in Jaipur International Airport (www.jaipurairport.com), which is serviced by domestic carriers GoAir (www.goair.in), Jet Airways (www.jetairways.com), Spice Jet (www.spicejet.com) and Indian Airlines (www.airindia.in). From Jaipur, the 180-kilometre trip to the park takes around three hours. If you're staying at Aman-i-Khás, ask the hotel to arrange transfers for US$200 a car.
TrainsPick up a train from Delhi, Jaipur or Mumbai to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, the nearest jumping off point for the park. Visit www.indiarail.gov.in for timetables and fares, and be sure to book in advance as first-class tickets can book out weeks in advance.
AutomobilesThe drive from Jaipur takes roughly three hours but the potholed road from capital Delhi, 450 kilometres away, can take eight hours or more. Ask your hotel to arrange transfers, rather than tackling the hectic drive yourself, or seek out the services of TWX (+91 11 4379 9700; www.travelworldexperiences.com), who can sort out flights and drivers for jaunts throughout India.
TaxisThe dusty streets of hub town Sawai Madhopur are quiet, save for the odd camel or a packed-to-the-gills jeep; organise a car through your hotel for getting around.