Situated peacefully between the Aravali and Vindhya mountains near the stretched Thar desert, Ranthambore national park is one the largest and most renowned national park in the north part of India. Extended over an area of around 1,334 sq km in Sawai Madhopur region of Rajasthan, the Ranthambore national park is a safe heaven for Bengal tigers along with some other wildlife animals in their natural habitats. It is the only territory in India where ample of groups of mother and cubs can be effortlessly found and because of this the park is excellently well-known for the tiger tours. Every year many wildlife photographers and lovers hop to this place to capture the glimpses of the grand and ferocious tigers.
The story of Ranthambore national back dates back to the time of before independence when the reign of Kings of Jaipur considered the Ranthambore national park was as the prominent and former hunting grounds. Later in 1955, it was declared as the game sanctuary and finally in 1980 it became the national park that attracted the attention of wildlife photographers and fans in this place.
Flora and Fauna:
The dry and deciduous forest of the Ranthambore national park is home to around 300 various species of plants. It is also famous for Banyan Trees and lots of different vegetation, unique flowers and plants.
The national park is a habitat of around 40 different species of mammals and reptiles, around 50 species of colorful butterflies and 320 various species of birds. With the emotional interactions of the jungle officials, wildlife experts and photographers, Ranthambore tigers are famous with their local names like Dollar (T-25), Machali (T-16), Bina One, Bina Two, Sitara (T-28) and many more similar. Along with tigers, other wild animals in the national park are wild boar, leopard, chital, nilgai, sloth bear, sambar and hyena.
Things to see in National Park:
Ranthambore Fort – The Ranthambore fort is located around 5 km inside the park and is built around 700 ft tall. The fort was founded in 944 and was a place of Rajput warriors. While today, the fort is an ideal place and the ruling territory of the tigress Machali – the most famous tigress of Ranthambore which also known as the Queen of Ranthambore National Park. Wildlife lovers, photographers come to visit the fort especially to get some glimpses of the queen and to capture her royal and mighty moves. The fort is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site under the heading “Hill Forts of Rajasthan”.
Bakula Region – Ranthambore national park is almost covered with dense forest and Bakula is that part of park which is covered with thick forests. There are multiple water pools and water-holes available in this region which makes it the area where large number of tigers with their cubs can be found near water sources.
Kachida Valley – This is the place where large number of panthers can be seen. It is located on the outer edge of the reserve. Tourists can get Jeep Safari to travel around this and explore various species of panthers and beers.
Lakarda Anantpura – Lakarda Anantpura is an ideal place to visit Sloth Bears. It is situated in the north western side of the Ranthambore National Park and is a great place to see Hyenas and their pugmarks.
Jogi Mahal – The fort is located nearby to the national park and is a must see place in the national park.
Natural History Museum – The museum is one of the best natural history museum in country and is located near Ramsinghpura, around 9 km from Sawai Madhopur. The museum which is spread over an area of 7.2 acres offers several educational and extracurricular activities. It is a best place to have some excellent previous knowledge about the biodiversity of Rajasthan and wildlife destination, flora and fauna, and many more similar things before getting in to the park.
Best Time to visit the National park:
The time between January to April and November to December is perfect to visit Ranthambore.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearby airport to Ranthambore is at Sanganer in Jaipur and Jaipur is around 180 km from the national park. There are continuous flights to and from Jaipur to all the main cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, etc. Taxis are available from airport.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Ranthambore Sawai Madhopur which around 10 km from the national park. There are frequent local bus and taxi or cab are available to reach to the park.
By Road: Ranthambore is very well connected with all the main towns and cities through regional bus service. One can also hire private cabs, taxis or private vehicles.
The time spend during nature safaris, watching tigers wandering around, various species of birds chirping in background and rich lush greenery everywhere, is precious to be discovered at least once in a lifetime.