in Eastern Rajasthan at the confluence of Aravali hill ranges and Vindhyan
plateau, Ranthambore National Park is an erstwhile hunting ground of
Maharajahs of Jaipur. Two rivers flow through it - Chambal River in South
and Banas River in North. Besides this, six man-made lakes and myriad
perennial streams pass through the national park. Ranthambore National Park
was declared a game sanctuary in 1955 and it attained the status of a
national park in 1980. It was declared as a tiger reserve in India with the
initiation of Project Tiger in 1972. Spread across in 1,334 sq km along with
its adjoining sanctuaries - Kaila Devi Sanctuary and Mansingh Sanctuary, out
of the entire park some areas are open for the tourists to wander in and
explore the flora and fauna. The dense deciduous forests and rugged terrain
are the major highlights of this national park, which is recognized as the
largest and most diverse collection of wildlife species in this country.
Wildlife in Ranthambore National Park
and diverse variety of flora and fauna in this national park includes 300
trees, 50 aquatic plants, over 300 species of birds, 12 reptiles and 30
mammals. It is also known for the hegemony of tigers and suitability for
taking the snapshots. You also can fond here Leopard, Jungle Cat, Marsh
Crocodile, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Porcupines, Jackals, Sambhar,
Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle and
a large number of birds. These wild animals gather near the lakes and water
holes in evening. Ranthambore homes about 264 bird species both resident and
migratory bird population.
Tigers in Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is homing around 36 tigers and 40 leopards.
Observing closely this mighty and agile creature is a memorable experience.
You can spot the tigers easily in their natural habitat during daytime
specifically at the confluence of three lakes - Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab
and Milak Talab. Besides tigers a large number of panthers are also seen in
plenty at Kachida Valley and at the outskirts of the park.
Flora in Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is abundant with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok and
Pipal trees and mango trees. You would find two extremes - forests and open
bush land in Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary. Dry and deciduous forests are
dominated with Dhok trees.
Other Attractions in Ranthambore National Park
Fort and Jogi Mahal - Ranthambore Fort occupies its prominence in the heart
of the national park. Built by the Chauhans, this 10th century fort is
perhaps the oldest existing fort in Rajasthan and specifically in the Malwa
plateau. Second-largest Banyan tree in India is located in the forest rest
house, Jogi Mahal.
How to Reach Ranthambore National Park
By Air :
Pink city of Jaipur (140 km), is the nearest
airport to Ranthambore. You can reach Jaipur and move to Sawai Madhopur
there onwards by road or rail.
By Rail :
Sawai Madhopur (11 km) is accessible by rail
and sets on Delhi-Mumbai highway. You can travel up to Sawai Madhopur by
rail and take a car or bus there onwards to Ranthambore National Park.
By Road :
You can access Ranthambore by road from all
destinations across Rajasthan. If you're traveling by road, you have many
options to choose from luxurious AC coaches to private taxis and Rajasthan
Transport Corporation buses, in which you can reach Ranthambore National