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Ranthambore National Park India

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Ranthambore National Park Tour India is famous for its Tigers and is a delight treat for the photographers.

Why Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambhore wildlife National Park is located in the eastern part of Rajasthan, where the Aravali Hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau embraces each other. The national park of Ranthambore is about 11 km from Sawai Madhopur, which is also the nearest town from the park. The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve was declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1957 and in the year 1974 it achieved the protection of "Project Tiger". The Ranthambore Wildlife Santuary has received it's status as a National Park in the year 1981.

Once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is bounded by the rivers Chambal in the South and Banas in the North. The park possesses six man made lakes and many perennial streams winds through the entire park. The Ranthambore National Park has internal drainage and has no connection with any river system, despite two rivers bound the Park in it's north and south side.

Key Factors about Ranthambore Wildlife Park
State : Rajasthan in the northwestern part of India.
Climate : The park experiences drastic variations in climatic conditions. The temperature range is extreme with the mercury dipping to around 2 degrees centigrade in the winters and rising all the way up to 47 degrees centigrade in the summers.
Area : 392 sq-km.
Travel Tips : Consult the doctor before you start your trip. Verify that you have all the required documents, you may need to enter India and your desired destination.
Best Time to Visit : October - March and April - June.
Nearest Town : Sawai Madhopur (11km).

How to Get There in Ranthambore National Park
International Airport : At New Delhi (480 km).
Airport : At Jaipur at (145 km). Palace on Wheels also runs on this route.
Railways : Sawai Madhopur (11 km).
Road : A good network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur.

Stay There
The are excellent accommodation facilities in and around Ranthambore National Park. There are heritage hotels, hotels & rest houses of the RTDC. There is one Taj group hotel, which provides world class facilities & services. The forest rest house, Jogi Mahal inside the park and Hotel Kamadhenu are few of the hotels maintained by the RTDC. Jhoomer Baori forests lodge is also managed by the RTDC. These hotels and rest houses are designed to suit every pocket. There are few local and private accommodation available too.
Nearby Wildlife Lodges

Venture Into The Ranthambore
After you reach Sawai Madhopur, reserve a jeep or a lorry to explore the park, because these are the two ways to venture into the park. The reservation of these can be done at the Project Tiger Office at Sawai Madhopur. You will be accompanied by a guide there, who will explain you everything regarding the park. Be careful that you stick to the allocated route. Separate fees are charged for entrance, vehicle hired, guide and camera.

The Fauna
Tigers are the pride of Ranthambore National Park. If you are a tiger watcher then don't miss this destination, as this is best place in the country to observe them. Apart from that a large numbers of Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Common or Caracals, Common Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Coomon Yellow Bats, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Desert Cats, Fivestriped Palm Squirels, Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, vIndian False Vampires, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Longeared Hedgehogs, Ratels, Small Indian Mongoose, Indian Mole Rats, Indian Porcupines, Small Indian Civets and Common mongoose are seen in the park.

The Avifauna
Most probably you will be welcomed by a dancing peacock in this section, as peacock is the most commonly seen bird here. As you go further inside you will find various other birds in various moods. The varied terrain and abundance of water bodies, invites an excellent population of birds to the sanctuary. Ranthambore is home to both resident and migratory birds. There are about 272 different species of birds found in the Ranthambore National Park Rajasthan. Some of the many varieties of birds seen here are the great Indian horned owl, various species of eagles such as Bonelli’s eagle and the crested serpent, spoonbills, partridge, quail, parakeets, kingfishers, owls and storks, geese and ducks.

The Reptiles & the Fishes
The sanctuary is also occupied by several reptiles and fishes. In the Reptiles section you will find - Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes, Russel's Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chamaeleon.

Ranthambore due its numerous water bodies has a relatively large variety of fish to boast of. These species consist of : Bita (Labio Rohita), Catla (Catla catla), Greyei (Chhana matulion), Lanchi (Walago auto), Mahseer (Tor tor), Mirgal (Cirrchinus mrigala), Rohu (Labio rohita), Savank (Chhana punctatus), Seenghari (Mystus seenghala).

Additional Punch
Nearest Attractions from the National park are - Ranthambore Fort (the 10th century fort) & Jogi Mahal in the park complex. Bakaula, Kachida Valley, Lakarda and Anantpura are also some place you can visit. You should not miss them, or should it be said that these destinations are just irresistible. But don't stick to this place. If you are here for a long trip, then finish as soon as possible and move towards the other part of Rajasthan, as the entire Rajasthan is just mind-boggling. You can go to Jaipur (145 km), Alwar, Ajmer (the closest one).

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