Ranthambore National Park

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The Ranthambore National Park located between the Aravali Mountains and the Vindhya plateau is one of the renowned sanctuaries of India. This sanctuary with an area of 1,334 sq km is famous for its Royal Bengal Tigers that can be seen near the marshes and the lakes even during the daytime.

In the past this area was the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. It was declared a game sanctuary in 1955 and later became a National Park in 1980. Finally on 1980, it became the Tiger Reserve in India. Ranthambore is also cited as a heritage site because of the pictorial ruins of the fort within the park.

How to Reach Ranthambore

Ranthambore is one of the foremost wild life destinations in India. The National Park at Ranthambore boasts of a variety of species of birds and animals but the prime attraction is of course the tiger. The lure for watching tigers in their natural habitat remains a biggest draw for tourists from across the world.

Ranthambore National is located on the edge of sleepy little village of Sawai Madhopur, which serves as the gateway to reach Ranthambore. So once you have reached Sawai Madhopur, be assured that Ranthambore is only some 15kms away.

By Air

The nearest airport is in Jaipur, which is only a four-hour-drive away from Ranthambore. Jaipur is an important domestic airport is linked to the major cities like: Delhi, Mumbai.

By Road

The nearest township of Sawai Madhopur is only 15kms away from Ranthambore. One can reach Sawai Madhopur from Delhi, Jaipur or Agra.

By Train

The nearest railhead from Ranthambore is Sawai Madhopur. Many important trains service this stations linking it to cities like: Jaipur, Delhi.

  • Location-The Ranthambore National Park lies between the Aravali hill and the Vindhyan plateau and is located in Ranthambore, 11 km away from Sawai Madhopur and 145 km from Jaipur.


  • Connectivity-The Ranthambore National Park is well connected with other towns and cities.


  • Nearest Town-Sawai Madhopur


  • Nearest RailwaysSawai Madhopur station.


  • Nearest Airport-Jaipur (145 km).


The Ranthambore National Park has a wide-ranging topography and hence is the haven of innumerous flora, fauna and avifauna.

Flora

The Ranthambore Park is covered by dry deciduous type of vegetation and has about 300 species of trees and plants, with the Dhok (Anogeossis pendula) dominating the vegetation. The flora of this natural place consists of Tamarind (Tamarindicus indica),s Babul (Accasia nilotica), Mango (Magnifera iIndica), Banyan (Ficus benghalensis), Dhak or Chila (flame of the forest),Ber (Zizyphus mauritania),Kadam (Authocephalus cadamba)Date (Phoenix sylvestris) , Khair (Accacia catechu), Kakera (Flacourtia indica), Mohua (Madhuca indica), Karel (Capparis decidua), Neem (Azadirachta indica)and etc.

Fauna

The wildlife consists of Diurnal Tigers, Jungle cats, Toddy cat, Desert Cats, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Chinkara, Ratels, Chital, Sambar Deer, Nilgai, Langurs, Caracals, Macaques, Jackals, Black bucks, Sloth bears, Indian Wild Boar, Rufoustailed Hare, Palm Yellow Bats, Fivestriped Palm Squirels, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Indian Mole Rats, Longeared Hedgehogs, Indian Porcupines, Small Indian Civets and Mongoose.

The different amphibian species include the common frogs and the Common Indian Toad. The varied species of reptile include Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Banded and common Kraits, the Indian Chamaeleon Soft Shelled Turtles, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Tortoise, Rat Snakes, Cobras, Russel's Vipers, Indian Pythons and the Saw-scaled Vipers.

Avi Fauna

Owing to the presence of abundant water bodies in this wildlife park, a variety of 272 bird species have been found including migratory species as well as native species. All these birds can be seen around the Malik Talao, Rajbagh Talao and the Padam Talao.

Other Attractions

Besides the flora and fauna, other attractions in the park are the The Jogi Mahal and the picturesque lakes.

Recently in 9th December, 2006 the entry of private vehicles have been banned by the Rajasthan high court and hence tourists are not being able to go on a wildlife safari within the tiger reserve.

Last Updated on : 30/09/2013