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Best Season to Visit: October - February.
The Home of Tigers
The Ranthambore National Park is set amidst the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges. Its dry & deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. The landscape of the forest is rugged and there are rocky ridges, hills and open valleys with lakes and pools.
The Ranthambore National Park was the hunting ground of Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1955, it was declared a game sanctuary; in 1980, it became a national park. But with the commissioning of Project Tiger in 1972, it was included in the project. With the inclusion of neighbouring Keladeo and Mansingh sanctuaries, the total area of the national park now stands at 1,334 sq km. But the entire park - the core area is just 392 sq kms - is not open to the public.
Ranthambore is a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins that are scattered around the wildlife park. There are lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic 10th century fort, overlooking the park.
How to Approach
Sky Way: Jaipur at 145-kms is the nearest airport from Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary.
Trackway: Ranthambore National Park is around 11-kms away from Sawai Madhopur railway station, that lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route.
Expressway: A good network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town from Ranthambore to all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan.
The Wildlife Stock
The Ranthambhore National Park is famous for tigers and due to conservation efforts, the tiger population has stabilized if not increased here. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, at their normal habits - hunting and taking care of their young ones. Ranthambhore is one of the best places to see these majestic jungle king. Ranthambore National Park offers a vast diversity of flora and fauna. The park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals. Apart from that a large numbers of Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of birds. There are about 25 tigers and 40 leopards in the reserve. These are supported by a large population of healthy herbivores.
The Most Popular Sights to Visit:
The Ranthambore Fort
The ruins of the 10th century fort is a major attraction of this place. It plays a perfect background to the wildlifes of the forest. The ranthambore National Park got its name from the Ranthambhore Fort, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Park. The fort, probably the oldest existing fort in Rajasthan, was a vital citadel for control of Central India and particularly the Malwa plateau.
Jogi Mahal: The gateway to the Ranthambore National Park, goes straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal. The latter features the second-largest Banyan tree in India.
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