National Park is situated in the North West part of Rajasthan. It is
about 15 kms from Sawai Madhopur. Ranthambore National Park is very
close to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. The park is also
enclosed by the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges. Deciduous forests of
this park were once a part of the spectacular jungles of Central
India. The landscape is rocky and the hills, sandstone rocks, ancient
sedimentary limestone, deciduous vegetation and eternal lakes
comprises of the topography.
Ranthambore National Park was a hunting ground of the Maharaja of
Jaipur in the beginning. In the year 1955, Ranthambore was given the
status of game sanctuary. This reserve was protected under Project
Tiger in the year 1973 and was declared as a
National park in 1980. Ranthambore National Park is one of the famous
tiger reserve of Rajasthan.
Ranthambore National Park
Sanctuary and Kaila Devi Sanctuary also form part of Ranthambore
Reserve by covering an area of about 1335 square km. It is one of the
beautiful and scenic part in the country due to its landscape which
encompass lakes, vegetation, the fort and the largest banyan tree.
Ranthambhore National Park is one of the fine place to spot the
tigers, the magnificent predators and thus they are one of the
prominent attractions of this park. This park has also revealed that
the tigers can live and breed in close proximity to the human
be seen in the park quite often, also in the day, when they are
hunting and taking care of their young ones.
wild animals which are generally seen in the park are the Leopards,
Marsh Crocodile, Caracals, Jungle Cats, Indian Hare, Chinkara,
Mongoose, Sambhar, Hyenas, Wild Boar, Jackals, Nilgai, Sloth bear,
Deer, Antelopes, Chital and Porcupines.
To view the animals in the park, the best places are water holes and
the lakes where mostly animals can be seen. These water bodies are
full of water lilies and lotus.
Migratory and Resident birds are also seen in the park. There are
about 260 species of birds found within the park.
Ranthambore is a heritage site due to scenic ruins that mark the
wildlife park. There are old fortifications, old temples, lake
palaces, 'chhatris', and a magnificent Ranthambore fort overlooking
the park. The Ranthambore Fort was founded by the Chauhans in the 10th
century. The temples and tanks add to the beauty of the fort. The
seven gates and huge walls, crowning a fall-topped hill presents an
Ranthambore is well connected by rail. The nearest railway station is
at Sawai Madhopur which is connected with many important cities of
Ranthambore is also linked by road network, it is only about 10 km
from Sawai Madhopur and a number of buses operate between Sawai
Madhopur and the park. Taxis or cabs can also be hired from several
places to travel around.
Jaipur is the nearest airport from which is linked with all the
prominent cities of India.