District: Sawai Madhopur
Famous for: Wildlife Santuary
Languages: Mewari, Hindi, English
Best Season: Oct – April
Weather: Summer 23 to 45°C, winter 4 to 32°C
Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan state. Located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range, this is one of the finest places to sight tigers apart from other animals. The park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined it with the area of Sawai man Singh sanctuary area, it is around 500 Sq km.
Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of “Project Tiger”. It got its status of a National Park in 1981. It is the undisputed thrilling destination to spot Tigers and numerous Animals which we might have never heard of.
Ranthambore National Park is dotted with structures that remind you of bygone eras. There are many water bodies located all over the park, which provide perfect relief during the extremely hot summer months for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. There are many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the jungle, which give it a unique, wonderful and mixed flavor of nature, history and wildlife. Tigers at Ranthambore National park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors. These tigers are famous for being seen in the daytime too, due to their lack of fear of human presence in vehicles. This lack of fear of humans is excellent for tourists, as they get to see the tigers often.
This National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer’s dream. It offers excellent accommodation and internal transportation facilities. The park remains open every year from October to May.Famous for the exciting and frequent tiger sightings captured dramatically in several books, this park is today affected by ecological pressures and poaching.
Park remain closed for July – Sept
Jeep Safaris with a Guide at a very reasonable price can be arranged but needs to be booked well in advance.
How to reach Ranthambore
Road : Delhi to Sawai Madhopur (the town closest to the Ranthambore National Park) via Jaipur and Tonk is a 440 Kms/8 hours drive. Private Vehicles are not allowed into Park. Driving from Jaipur would take 3-4 hours (180 Kms.)
Rail: The Kota Jan Shatabdi Express from Delhi to Kota leaves Delhi Nizamuddin Station at 1.10 pm and arrives at Sawai Madhopur at 6 pm. The Dehradun Express from New Delhi station, which does an overnight run to Sawai Madhopur is a convenient way to getting Ranthambhore (leaves 9.40 pm, arrives 5 am).
Distance from major cities
Ranthambore – New Delhi 450 Kms
Ranthambore – Jaipur 180 Kms
Ranthambore – Udaipur 405 Kms
Ranthambore – Jodhpur 476 Kms
Ranthambore – Ajmer 272 Kms
Other Places to Visit
This fort is situated on the top of a hill in the dense jungle.
Mansarovar and Surwal:
Mansarovar is large deep lake, 24 Kms from Ranthambhore , known for its picturesque sunsets, while Surwal is a shadow lake. Both these water bodies are excellent for winter migratories like Demoiselle Cranes, Pelicans, Flamingoes, Bar Headed and greylag geese.
There is a long list of temples. Each temple has a folk story associated for its existence, believe and significance. To name a few are as follows:
- Ganesh Temple
- Kala-Gaura Bhairwa Temple
- ChamatkarJi Jain Maindar
- Man Sarowar Dam
- Chouth Mata Temple
- Showed Temple
- Bhagwatghar Kunda
- Ambreshwar Temple
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