Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sawai Madhopur Rajasthan

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve located in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district is one of the most celebrated National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries of the country. The park stretches to sprawling area of about 392sqkms and is named after the famous and the country 2nd largest fort of Ranthambore located in it vicinity. The park is famed for reserving a huge population of tigers and that attracts huge crowd of wildlife enthusiasts to the park from far and wide. It is about 110 km far from Kota and 160 km from Jaipur, where air transport facility is available. It was considered the place of Raja-Maharajas to get hunt, but now it is famous wild life sanctuary that draws the attraction of tourists.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park [image source]
Government of India has established a Sanctuary in Sawai Madhopur in 1955 and later it was announced as Project Tiger Reserve in 1973. In 1980, it was being awarded as National Park of India. In 1984, the neighbor sanctuary, Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Kela Devi Sanctuary were merged into the National Park.

Ranthambore National Park

The park is dotted with several pellucid lakes and the lakesides turn into an ideal habitat for several kinds of birds and insects too. River Banas flows towards the north of Ranthambore park while River Chambal flows towards its south. Ranthambore National Park is mainly famous for its tigers and it is the best place to see royal marauders in their usual life, hunting for their food, taking care of their younger cubs. They can be easily watched even in the daytime.

In 1984, recorded tiger population was about 44, but it was decreased to 26 in 2005. As the human-population increases, the chances of human-tiger interaction and poaching are also increases. But now the population of tigers is increasing and reaches up to 35, new cubs also have been seen in the park. Government with the forest officers have been working in this department.

Major Animals
Mongoose Family in Ranthambore
Mongoose Family in Ranthambore
Reptiles and various other animals too can be spotted at the Ranthambore park. Among the other animals you could spot Hyenas, Leopards, Chitals, Deers, Nilgais, bears, Chinkaras, Jackals, Wild cats, Langurs and so on.

Major Birds
Hornbill Bird
Hornbill Bird
Some of the birds that usually seen in the park are: Cormorants, Graylag Goose, Cuckoos, Woodpeckers, Nightjars, Hornbills, Parakeets, Owl, Dove, Crakes, Snipes, Gulls, Terns, Eagles, Darters, Bitterns, Flamingos, Storks, Shrikes, Crows, Orioles, Cuckoo-Shrikes, Flycatchers, Wood Shrikes, Pipits, Sparrows, Finches, Pigeon, Bulbul, Mynas, Herons, Bee Eaters, etc.

Major Reptiles
Desert Lizard
Desert Lizard
Some of the reptiles that usually seen in the park are: Rat Snakes, Vipers, Turtles, Indian Pythons, Crocodiles, Desert Lizards, Tortoise, Kraits, Cobras, Chameleon, etc.

Major Trees: The deciduous forest, found in the park presents it as magnificent jungles of India. Large variety of trees is found in this area. Some of the major trees found are: Banyan tree, Babul tree, Jamun tree, Imli tree, Am tree, Dhak tree, Khajur tree, etc.

Stay in Ranthambore

To stay many resorts are available between Sawai Madhopur and Ranthambhore road. Ordinary to luxurious hotels are available with guide facility.

Certainly, this is a heritage site; it fulfills the dream of every nature lover. Watching tigers, wild animals, greenery is magnificious moment of life. If you like to enjoy wild life, you must come here at least once.

Ranthambore Safari Timings:

The Safari timing at the park varies from season to season and the safari tours are dual shift tours each spanning to 3 hrs. In the morning shift, ride starts normally at 6:00 am, but it may be varying by half an hour in summer and winter season. In the evening shift, ride starts normally at 2:30 pm, but it also maybe varying by half an hour in summer and winter season. In summer it could be early or in winter it could be late. For every ride two types of vehicles are available: first one is 6 seater open gypsy and second is 20 seater open canter. You can online book your tickets or get it from window. Normally the charges are 600/- Rs for domestic and 1000/- Rs for foreigners.

Ranthambore Fort: It is the second largest Fort of India. If you come to Ranthambore National Park, you have to visit this site as well. There is no charge to visit. The Fort is situated about 700 feet high on plain. It is constructed in the 10th century. The old stone temple can be seen inside the fort. Also, scene from the high is also magnificious.

Transport

The nearest airport to come here is in Jaipur about 160 km.

The district that has the park falls on the Mumbai-Delhi broad gauge railway route. Kota stands out as the city nearest to the park and is well connected to the rest of the country via road and rail transport. It is about 110 km far from Kota.

Many buses are available to connect Sawai Madhopur to other parts of country. Kota-Sawai Madhopur mega highway is good road to travel by road from Kota.
Distance from Delhi by road = 364 km.
Distance from Mumbai by road = 1159 km.
Distance from Kolkata by road = 1497 km.
Distance from Chennai by road = 1971 km.
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