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Ranthambhore in the state of Rajasthan is one finest places in the world to see wild tigers. Its name comes from the vast fort, a citadel in the middle of the forest. The fort was in existence in the 8th century and the area around is littered with ruins: lake palaces, ancient step wells, cupolas, guard posts, temples and memorial stones, all bear witness to Ranthambhore's varied and fascinating history. Emperor Akbar fought a battle here for the control of the fort in the 16th century. An 18th century traveller described the fort as being famous throughout India, well protected, completely inaccessible, concealed in mountainous regions where the ridges were high and surrounded the entire fort, leaving only the thick forest gorges below as entrances and exists which could be defended. Today this tract of land has another ruler: the tiger haunts the narrow gorges of the fort and has even been known to venture atop it. By the turn of the century the Ranthambhore forests had become the private hunting reserves of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Hunting was banned in 1971 and a few years later, Project Tiger was launched. Few knew then that Ranthambhore would become the finest tiger habitat in the world

Near the township of Sawai Madhopur, in the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is an outstanding example of Project Tiger's efforts at conservation in the country. 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. In 1972, it was estimated, that there were around 1927 tigers in India, of which Rajasthan had 74, and the number of big cats in Ranthambore Sanctuary was 14. 1972 was also the year that Project Tiger was launched, and this sanctuary was taken into its wings, along with seven other sanctuaries and national parks.

The Park sprawls over an estimated area of 400 sq kms. Steep crags embracea network of lakes and rivers, and a top one of these hills, is the impressive Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th century. Strategically built on the border of Rajasthan and Malwa, the fort houses some splendid monuments, within its precincts. The terrain fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bushland. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type, with dhok, being the most prominent tree. The entry point to the 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. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Milak Talab are some of the lakes in the area, that attract the tiger population . They have been spotted at the edges of these lakes, and Jogi Mahal itself. Old crumbling walls, ruined pavilions, wells, and other ancient structures stand witness to the region's glorious past. The entire forest is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the Ranthambore Fort - tigers are said to frequent these ruins, too.

As a result of stringent efforts in conservation, tigers, the prime assets of the Park, have become more and more active during the day. More than in any other park or sanctuary in India, tigers are easily spotted here in daylight. They can be seen lolling around lazily in the sun, or feverishly hunting down sambar around the lakes. Therefore, Ranthambore is probably the ideal park for wildlife photography, and it does attract professional wildlife photographers, from all over the globe. Apart from tigers, the park has its share of panthers too. They are to be found on the outskirts of the park, due to the inevitable conflicts with the tiger population. Kachida Valley, is believed to be the place to sight these rather elusive cats. The other permanent residents of the park include, marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle cats and sloth bears. Sambar are found in abundance all over the area, the prime target of all the predators. Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara, are the other inhabitants of the region. The avian population comprises of Black storks, Quails, Bonelli's eagles, Spur fowls, Crested serpent eagles and Painted storks. During the winter months, the Park attracts a lot of migratory birds, primarily a variety of ducks.

The park is best explored through jeeps, which are available on hire.

When To Visit

The best time to visit the park is between October and April. The parkis closed during the monsoon, from June 1 to October 1.

How To Get There

By air: Jaipur (165 km) is the nearest airport.

By rail: The Park is around 12 km away from Sawai Madhopur railway station, that lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route.

By road: A good network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur with quite a few areas around.

Where to Stay

Sher bagh resort in Ranthambhore

Tiger den Ranthambhore Sawaimadhopur lodge in Ranthambhore

Sher Bagh Resort

      Tiger Den Resort

Sawaimadhopur Lodge

Tiger moon resort in Ranthambhore

Vanya vilas in Ranthambhore

Ranthambhor Regency
Tiger Moon Resort Vanya Vilas Ranthambhor Regency  
Ankur Resort    
Ankur Resort Pugmark Resort  
Nahar Haveli Ranthambhore Forest Resort  Castle Jhoomar Baori  
Aman i khas  
Ranthambhore Kothi Aman-i-Khás Khem Villas  
Dev Vilas  
Dev Vilas Treehouse Anuraga Resort Siris Ranthambore Resort  
Jaagar Village Hotel Green Valley The Sher Garh  


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