Ranthambore: Introduction of Ranthambore, History of Ranthambore, Tourist Attraction of Ranthambore

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Introduction of Ranthambore

Ranthambore is situated about 12 km away from Sawai Madhopur. Ranthambore lies on the easternmost spur of the Aravalis. Ranthambore was the private tiger reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. It is studded with pavilions, watch towers. The town of Ranthambore is watched over by the massive Ranthambore fort. The main attractions of Ranthambore are the Ranthambore National Park and Ranthambore Fort. The Ranthambore fort also houses the temple of Lord Ganesha, where annual fair is held in the month of September on account of Ganesh Chaturthi. In summers the temperature in Ranthambore is about 38.3 degree Celsius and in winters it is about 8 degree Celsius. The best time to visit Ranthambore is from November to April.

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History of Ranthambore

The famous ruler of Ranthambore was Rao Hammir Deo Chauhan who fought against Alauddin Khilji in 1301 A.D. Govinda, the grand son of Prithviraj Chauhan took over the reign on this land in the 13th century. Later, he was succeeded by Vagbhatta who built a stately temple at Jhain and beautified Ranthambore. Many battles were fought. Many rulers won and lost. In the middle of the 15th century, Rana Kumbha captured the fort and later handed it over to his son. Thereafter, the Hada Rajputs of Bundi and the Mughal emperors, Akbar and Aurangzeb, occupied this magnificent fort. When Aurangzeb died, the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754 and since then it was maintained as the private hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambore was then the private hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Among the more famous who were part of these hunting parties were Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Tourist Attraction of Ranthambore

The main attraction of Ranthambore is Ranthambore National Park. This park covers an area of 392 square km and comprises of dry deciduous forests sprawling over an undulating terrain of the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest tiger reserve in the country under the Project Tiger. This national park is the home of a vast variety of animals. The main attraction of this park is Tiger. In this park one can view other animals like Sambhar, Cheetal, Wild Boar, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Jackal and Hyena. The other main attraction of Ranthambore is the Ranthambore fort. This fort was built in 994 AD atop a steep high creek 200 metres above sea level. Ruined pavilions, walls, chhatris and splendid monuments are interspersed within the majestic fort. The Ranthambore fort also houses the temple of Lord Ganesha, where annual fair is held in the month of September on account of Ganesh Chaturthi. 

How to reach Ranthambore

By Air:
The nearest airport is at Jaipur which is connected to all the major cities of India.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is at Ranthambore which is connected to many major cities of India. 

By Road:
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.

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