Situated in Eastern Rajasthan, where the Aravali Hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau meet,the Ranthambhore 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.
Ranthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The desire to preserve the game in these forests for sport, was responsible for their conservation, and subsequent rescue by Project Tiger.
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 it's north and south side.
Major Attractions of Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Tigers and is a favorite with photographers. 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. For the wildlife savvy, Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary today offers an intense diversity of flora and fauna. Tigers, the park's pride makes it one of the best places in the country to observe them. Apart from that a large numbers of Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of birds.
Places to Stay in Ranthambore National Park
Tourists can choose from a range of luxury and budget hotels for a comfortable stay in Ranthambore besides the star categorised ones like the Vanyavilla Resort and the Sawai Madhopur Lodge. Other good places to stay are the 3 star Ranthambhore Bag Hotel and the Tiger Moon Hotel situated amidst the Aravalli hills.
Best Season to Ranthambore National Park
The park is open throughout the year. Best months are August-November for resident breeding birds and November-March for migrant birds.
How to Get there
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.