Ranthambore National Park
The park, which is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country Park's abandoned fortress, lakes and above all it's `friendly' tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. Ranthambore was decalred a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and became part of Project Tiger in 1973.
Location : Near Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.
Nearest Access : Sawai Madhopur
Main Wildlife Found : Tigers, Leopards, Boars
Coverage Area : 392-sq-kms
Ranthambore National park is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be easily spotted even during the day. A good time to visit between November and May when the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common. The Park which covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and is set between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India.
The varied topography of the national park is home to animals like the jackal,mongoose, sloth bear, leopard, and of course, the tiger. Ranthambore has much more to offer you in sightseeing and excursions. Surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and located very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert, this place offers you the best of the desert land as well as plain area near the hills.
THE RANTHAMBHORE BAGH
Regular visitors consider Ranthambore, as one of the best national parks in the world to see Bengal tigers, wild, in their natural habitat. But here you don't just see Bengal tigers you see Jhumru, Machhli (from the "machali or fish" like mark on her cheek), Bachhi, Kankati and so on. Each of Ranthambore's denizens are well identified and The Ranthambhore Bagh, with its trained team, is perhaps your best bet to know who is who. Ask the Dayals; they have been coming to Ranthambhore thrice every year since 1998.
RANTHAMBHORE TIGER RESERVE
The Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, often misspelled as Ranthambore, lies between latitudes 25 degrees 41' North to 26 degrees and 22' North and longitudes 76 degrees 16' East to 77 degrees 14' East. The Reserve lies in Rajasthan's eastern districts of Sawai Madhopur and Karauli. Chambal river lies on the eastern side of the tiger reserve, at a distance of a few kilometers and the river Banas (a tributary of Chambal) flows through the reserve, from the north-west to the south-east, dividing the project tiger reserve into two equal halves - the Kela devi Sanctuary and the other parts of the Reserve. Kela devi Sanctuary on the north-east of the river Banas, lies in the Karauli district. This wildlife sanctuary is slightly smaller than 700 square kilometers and was a part of the Karauli state before independence. The Kela devi Sanctuary along with some other smaller forests are categorized as the Buffer area of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. The approach to Kela Devi Sanctuary is through the town of Gangapur city, on the main Delhi - Mumbai rail route, 290 kilometers South-east of Delhi. The other parts of the Reserve, including the famous Ranthambhore national park, are 640 square kilometers in area and lie to the south-west of the river Banas, almost totally in the Sawai Madhopur district. These include the Ranthambore national park, Sawai Madhopur Sanctuary, Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and the Qualji Closed area. Almost all these forests were a part of the Jaipur state of Rajasthan, before independence.
The approach to this part of the Project Tiger Reserve is through the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is on the main Delhi - Mumbai rail route, at a distance of 362 kilometers from Delhi. By road, Sawai Madhopur is 440 kilometers from Delhi via Jaipur and Tonk. Even though most of the Ranthambhore tiger reserve is open to visitors, most visitors visit only the Ranthambore national park. This is because the national park is the best tiger habitat in the entire Project Tiger reserve and has some fantastic wildlife viewing to offer. All the tiger safaris in Ranthambore are conducted in the national park because this is the only part of the entire Project Tiger reserve that has a healthy and visible population of wild tigers. The other parts of the reserve are not very rich in wildlife, definitely not as rich as the Ranthambore national park.
How to Reach
Air : Jaipur at 145-kms is the nearest airport from Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary.
Rail : Ranthambore National Park is around 11-kms away from Sawai Madhopur railway station, that lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route.
Road : A good network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town from Ranthambore to all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan.
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