The Abode of Tigers
Nestled amidst the ruins of bygone era, Ranthambhore is a well-known wildlife destination in India. It positions itself in the Sawai Madhopor district of Rajasthan. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and was chosen for the Project Tiger initiative in 1974. Finally, it was accredited as a national park in 1981. This wildlife reserve is famous for tiger sightseeing. The views in late evening are simply worth-watching as the tigers and other wildlife can be spotted in the ruins that are dispersed throughout the park. Other wildlife encompasses wild bore, birds, deer, hyenas, bears, snakes and wild cats. Lying at the union of the Vindhya Plateau and the Aravalli Hills, it is symbolized by rocky plains and high cliffs. It supports a variety of flora and fauna encompassing around 30 tigers.
Major Tourist Attractions in Ranthambhore
Ranthambhore National Park is the famous haunt of tigers. Besides Bengal tigers, there are other inhabitants of the park include Leopards, Jackals, Sloth Bear, Porcupines, Chinkara, Nilgai, Sambar, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Marsh Crocodile, Indian Hare, Jungle Cat and Monitor Lizards.
The park is rich in flora as well. Trees like Dhok, Banyan, Mango and Pipal are in plenty. The landscapes of the park include shallow lakes, gentle slopes and plateaus.
The park provides shelter to 264 species of birds, encompassing painted storks, peafowl, black storks, crested serpent eagles, white-necked storks, paradise flycatcher, jacanas and Bonelli's eagle. Tourists can also spot migratory birds like ruddy shelduck, greylag goose and pintails.
Hotels here conduct local dance and music programmes in the evening. Tourists can also take delight in watching the vibrant Rajasthani culture through these programmes. Festivals like the Ganesh Chaturthi and the Kaila Devi fair offer a spectacular sight.
Jeep Safari is an exciting opportunity for tourists. They can also witness the culture and tradition of local people like Meena tribes.
Built by Chauhans in the 10th century, the fort is among the oldest forts of the state. The strategic location made it ideal to keep the enemies at bay. The fort is associated with the historical mishap of royal women performing 'Jauhar' or self immolation when Ala-ud-din Khilji besieged the fort in 1303. The fort houses several temples, tanks, gates and walls.
This is a forest rest house that overlooks the gorgeous Padam Talab. An ancient banyan tree is a big draw here.
Best Time to Visit
From October to June.
Through there are limited options for accommodation, yet you can consider Castle Mandawa, Jai Niwas Resort and Desert Resort for staying.
How to Reach
Jaipur located at 145-km serves as the closest airport from Ranthambhore wildlife sanctuary.
Ranthambhore National Park lies around 11-km away from Sawai Madhopur railway station.
An excellent network of buses links Sawai Madhopur to all the important cities within Rajasthan.