Ranthambore National Park and tiger reserve
is situated in the northwestern part of Rajasthan and is about
14 km from the town of Sawai Madhopur. This park is surrounded
by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and is very near to the
outer fringes of the Thar Desert. Its deciduous forests were
once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. The
terrain is rugged and the hills, ancient sedimentary limestone
and sandstone rocks, perennial lakes and deciduous vegetation
Ranthambore National Park
was originally a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
Ranthambore was declared as a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1973
this reserve was protected under Project Tiger and in 1980, it
became a National park. The Ranthambore National Park is one
of the state's well known tiger reserve under the Project
Tiger. Presently the Kaila Devi Sanctuary, also famous for its
tigers and Mansingh Sanctuary also form part of Ranthambore
Reserve covering a total area of 1334 square km. The core area
is just about 392 square km. The landscape, with its lakes,
vegetation, the second largest banyan tree, and the fort, make
it one of the most picturesque parks in the country.
Wildlife Attractions in the Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambhore National Park is one of the best place to see the
tigers, the majestic predators and thus they are the main
attraction of this park. This park has also shown that the
tigers can live and breed in close proximity to the human
settlements. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during
the day, when they are hunting and taking care of their young
ones. Other wild animals found in the park are the Leopards,
Caracals, Jungle Cats, Hyenas, Jackals, Sloth bear, Deer,
Antelopes, Nilgai, Sambhar, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar,
Porcupines, Indian Hare, Mongoose and Marsh Crocodile. The
lakes and water holes in the Ranthambore National Park are the
best places to sight the animals. These water bodies are full
of lotus and water lilies. Resident and migratory birds can
also be found in Ranthambore National Park. There are about
264 species of birds found within the park.
Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park
The best time to visit this park is from November to March.
You can visit the park either by having a Jeep or a Canter
Safari. There is a guide which will accompany you during the
safari in the park. In the park, one must stick to the
How to reach Ranthambore National Park
The nearest airport is at Jaipur which is connected to all the
major cities of India.
The nearest railway station is at Ranthambore which is
connected to many major cities of India.
Rajasthan roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from
Jaipur to Ranthambore. The roads are very good and it takes
around 4 to 5 hours from Jaipur. Jeeps can also be hired from
several places to travel around.