Ranthambhor Sanctuary

Location:

Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan

Famous For:

Tigers and ancient monuments

Best Time To Visit:

October to March

Main Attraction:

Ranthambhore National Park is the true den of the tigers. Near the confluence of the lakes namely Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Milak Talab, tigers can be observed in plenty. Apart from the Bengal Tiger, other animals that inhabit the park are Sloth Bear, Jackals, Marsh Crocodile, Leopard, Gazzelle, Indian Hare, Porcupines, Jungle Cat, Sambhar, Chinkara, Mongoose, Nilgai, Wild Boar and Monitor Lizards. Birds can also be seen in huge numbers here.

Entry Requirements:

You can enter the park with safar vehicles authorized by Govt Only.They charge 600 Rs per person for Canter and 800 Rs for Jeep.Individual vehicles are not permitted.

Getting There:

The Jaipur airport is the nearest one. It is 145 kilometres away from the Ranthambhore National Park, roughly a three hours drive. At a distance of approximately 11 kilometres from the park is the Sawai Madhopur Railway Station that is connected to almost all the major cities of India. Buses ply regularly to important places in Rajasthan and throughout the country as well.

Must See:

The Ranthambhore fort is an ancient monument. This magnificent fort was constructed in the 10th century in the centre of the park. The Jogi Mahal is a rest house where the visitors can stop overnight during their visit to the park. In order to get the real taste of rural Rajasthan, one can visit the Sawai Madhopur Village which is situated near the National Park. It houses some splendid monuments of historical importance.

 

Ranthambore National Park is situated in India's north western state of Rajasthan, near the town of Sawai Madhopur, midway between Bharatpur and Kota townships. It is surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and is very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. The entire area has sprawling tracts of the desert and semi-desert vegetation. Originally a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ranthambore was declared a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980, it became a national park and listed among the reserves protected under Project Tiger (1973). Presently the Kaila Devi Sanctuary, also famous for its tigers, and Mansingh Sanctuary also form part of Ranthambore Reserve.

Ranthambore National Park sprawls over an estimated area of 400 sq kms. Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and a top one of these hills, is the impressive Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th century. The terrain fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bushland. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type, with dhok, being the most prominent tree. The entry point to the Ranthambore National Park, goes straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal. The latter boasts of the second-largest banyan tree in India. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Malik Talab are some of the lakes in the area, that attract the tiger population. They have been spotted at the edges of these lakes, and Jogi Mahal itself. Old crumbling walls, ruined pavilions, wells, and other ancient structures stand witness to the region's glorious past. The entire forest is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the Ranthambore Fort - tigers are said to frequent these ruins, too. As a result of stringent efforts in conservation, tigers, the prime assets of the Park, have become more and more active during the day. More than in any other park or sanctuary in India, tigers are easily spotted here in daylight. They can be seen lolling around lazily in the sun, or feverishly hunting down Sambar around the lakes.

 
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