Ranthambore National Park
Location and Area of Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore needs little introduction as its national park has been one of indias conservation success stories. Sawai Madhopur is the entry point to Ranthambore, and is an important town with its own historicity, founded in the 11th century.
Ranthambore situated in Eastern Rajasthan, where the Aravali Hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau meet, the Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The rivers Chambal in the South and Banas in the North bound the Ranthambore National Park.
Six man made lakes are the central focus of the park and many perennial streams criss-cross the entire park. The Ranthambore National Park has internal drainage and has no link up with any river system, even though two rivers bound the Park in its north and south side.
The landscape is dotted with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok & Pipal trees, clusters of mango trees and crisscrossed with evergreen belts. The terrain is made up of massive rock formations, steep scarps, perennial lakes and streams and forest suddenly opening up into large areas of Savannah. The terrain of Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type, with Dhok, being the most prominent tree.
Some of the fascinating places to see in Ranthambore National Park are: Padam Talao, Rajbagh Talao, Malik Talao. You can go for National Park rides, jeep safaris, camel rides, bird watching excursions and nature walks.
Major Wildlife Attractions of Ranthambore National Park
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. For a relatively small area, 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.
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 Aravalli 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.
Other Attractions In Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore Fort & Jogi Mahal: With a coverage area of 392-sq-kms, this park got its name from the Ranthambore Fort, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Park. The fort, which dates back to the 10th century and is probably the oldest existing fort in Rajasthan, was a vital citadel for control of Central India and particularly the Malwa plateau.
The entry point to the Ranthambore National Park, goes straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal. The latter boasts of the second-largest Banyan tree in India.
How to Get there
Jaipur at 145-kms is the nearest airport from Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary. It is around 11-kms away from Sawai Madhopur railway station that lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route. Good networks of buses connect Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town from Ranthambore to all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan.
Where To Stay in Ranthambore
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Best Time to Visit Ranthambore National Park
The best visiting season of Ranthambore national park is during the months of October - March and April to June.
Ranthambore National Park Visiting Hrs
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