Rajasthan is situated in the western half of the country. It is the largest state of India. It is a very hot and arid region, thus a desert. This state houses one of the largest national parks, The Ranthambore National Park, covering over 390 sq. km. it is in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan. The nearest railway station is in the city of Sawai Madhopur. The national park lies at the edge of a plateau with Banas River to the north and Chambal river to the south. Established in 1980, the park was named after the Ranthambore fortress, which lies within the park. Initially named, the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955, was declared one of the project Tiger reserves in 1973 by the Government of India. The park was enlarged by including the adjacent Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Kaladevi Sanctuary.

Ranthambore national park

Tigers are the major attraction of this wildlife sanctuary and is one of the best places in the country to see this majestic animal in their natural habitat. November and may are the best months for tiger sightings in the park. The deciduous trees that grow here are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in central India. Leopard, striped hyena, nilgai, sambar, sloth bear, wild boar, southern plains gray langur, chital and rhesus macaque are the other major wild animals that live in this sanctuary. Wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles are also present here along with the India’s largest banyan tree.

Tigers are the major attraction of this wildlife sanctuary and is one of the best places in the country to see this majestic animal in their natural habitat. November and may are the best months for tiger sightings in the park. The deciduous trees that grow here are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in central India. Leopard, striped hyena, nilgai, sambar, sloth bear, wild boar, southern plains gray langur, chital and rhesus macaque are the other major wild animals that live in this sanctuary. Wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles are also present here along with the India’s largest banyan tree.

The features of the Ranthambore National Park include:

⦁ Forests

The park terrain is divided into open grassy meadow and dry deciduous forests. There are 539 species of flowering plants that is found in this park.

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⦁ Tigers

This majestic predator is the show stopper of this enormous park. They can be easily spotted ambling or basking under the sun. the oldest tigress of the world resides in the park named ‘machli’ due to the fish -like mark on her body. She gave birth to 3 female tigers. She is 17 years old. Machli’s daughter Krishna is the current queen of the Park.

tigers

⦁ Safari rides

Two different rides take place throughout the day. One at 6:30 in the morning and the other at 2:30 in the afternoon. There are two vehicle options: 20 seaters open top canter or the 6 seater open toy gipsy. The cost of each ride is in the range of 700-800 Rs per head.

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⦁ Ranthambore Fort

This Majestic fort was built in the 10th century and towers over the park. It stands 700 feet high and houses three red Karauli temples of Ganesh, Shiva and Ramlalaji. These temles were constructed in the 12th and 13th century.

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⦁ Padam Talao

The largest of many lakes, Padam Talao, has a red sandstone Jogi Mahal constructed at its edge. The largest banyan tree is also situated here.

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