Ranthambor National Park is located near a small town of Sawai-Madhopur and is quite renowned for its tiger population. Extended over an area of more then 392 sq. km the Ranthambhore Wildlife National Park is perhaps India's foremost example of Project Tiger. Here government has taken all necessary steps to protect and regenerate the shrinking population of tigers in India.
The park has an immense rocky terrain with steep slopes, rambling streams
and elevated trees. The reserve enjoys a typical dry deciduous forest dotted
with Pine trees, Banyan and Dhok trees also the main vegetation for its
habitats. It was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and later on in 1981
Ranthambore was declared as a National Park.
More often the tigers are sighted during full daylight, luxuriating under
the shades or chasing its prey, seldom shy to cameras and jeep-loads of
Main Attractions of the Park
Adventure with Royal Indian Tiger
The Indian tiger is one of the most royal beasts in the world with an
amazing capacity to sneak upon its target without a former warning. It is
the most cherished dream of every wildlife zealot.
The reserve is an abode to about 25 tigers and 40 leopards, living in
perfect harmony with their herbivore counterparts. This Gigantic mammal can
best be viewed during early mornings and early evenings, it can also be
sighted near the water bodies-Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Milak Talab.
The Park also enjoys the varied population of bird life and reptiles/
amphibians. Besides tigers and Leopards, the park is also a home to Indian
gazelle, Sambar, Nilgai (bluebull), Chital, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor
Lizards and highly endangered jungle cats. The waterholes in the park are
the foremost rendezvous joints of the diverse wildlife.
Great Wild Safari Adventure
The best way to hunt the treasures of Ranthambhore is through magnificent
wildlife safaris. Tiger sightings are equally common with Canters. However,
Jeep safaris are preferable since Jeeps can use smaller tracks and cruise
deeper into the dense jungles and grassland. Also, as canter can accommodate
20 people at a time, it can be more noisy and may provoke the animals.
Trips are only allowed twice a day, in the early morning and again in the
late afternoon, each safari lasts about 3 hours. Private vehicles are not
permitted into the park.
Fort Sighting Adventure
Ranthambore Fort / Jogi Mahal: There is lot of adventure hidden in
exploring this magnificent fort, as the fort is located on a hilltop. Dating
back to the 10th century, the fort is perhaps the oldest prevailing fort in
Rajasthan. Jogi Mahal now converted into a Forest Rest House, is famous for
its second largest Banyan tree in India.
Best Time to Visit
The idle time to plan your visit to the park is from October to June.
However, during summers the wild life can be easily seen near the waterholes
druing the month of May or June.
March and April, especially, are months when tiger spotting is more common.
Timings: October To March: 06:00 hrs -
09:00hrs & 15:00hrs - 18:00hrs"
April To June: 06:30 hrs - 09:30 hrs and 15:30 hrs- 18:00 hrs
The nearest airport for the park is Jaipur (175 km). Tourist cabs and buses
are easily available from Jaipur for the park.
Sawai-Madhopur (12 km) is the nearest railhead for the park. From there one
can hire an auto or a meter taxi to reach the destination. A regular bus
service connects Ranthambore to Sawai-Madhopur , Agra - 226 km, Bharatpur
-166 km, Delhi - 434 km and Jaipur- 180 km.