Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan is
probably the best place in the world to photograph the king of the forests,
the tiger. It is surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and lies
on the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. Famous for its tiger population,
entire area is covered with sprawling tracts of desert and semi-desert
vegetation. Originally a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur,
Ranthambore was declared a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980s, it became a
national park and was listed among the reserves protected under Project
Tiger (1973). Presently the Kaila Devi Sanctuary, also famous for its
tigers, and the Man Singh Sanctuary form a part of Ranthambore Reserve.
Jeep Safari is an exciting option here with high chances of spotting the
big cat as well as photographing it. Excursions around the park give
valuable insights into the culture and tradition of the local people
especially the Meena tribes. One can also look for medieval splendour in the
form of forts, havelis (mansion), and palaces that are scattered throughout
Attractions of Ranthambore
Ranthambore, which receives thousands of visitors each year, is famous for
its tigers. They can be spotted quite often in their natural habitat even
during daytime, frequently at the edges of its three lakes. The U.S.
President, Bill Clinton visited Ranthambore despite his busy schedule during
his recent visit to India.
Other Wild Animals
The park also has sizable numbers of panthers. The Kachida Valley is
regarded as the ideal place for spotting panthers. Other mammalian species
here are antelopes, nilgai, sambhar, chital, sloth bear, wild boar,
chinkara, porcupines, jackals, leopards, jungle cats, fox, caracals, hyena,
gazelle, Indian hare, mongoose and jacanas. Sambhars are in abundance at the
park and form the prime target of all the predatory mammals. Monitor lizards
and marsh crocodiles are also found in plenty.
The park is home to about 264 species of birds including painted storks,
white-necked storks, black storks, peafowl, crested serpent eagles,
Bonelli's eagle, paradise flycatcher, and jacanas. During winters, migratory
birds like graylag goose, ruddy shelduck and pintails can also be spotted.
For those who are inclined towards the flora of a region, the park offers
varied topography from secure forests to open scrublands. Vegetation is of
the dry deciduous type, with dhok being the most prominent tree. The water
bodies in Ranthambore are known to have lovely lotus flowers and water
lilies. Among the parks other attractions is the forest rest house,
Jogi Mahal, the premises of which houses the second largest banyan tree in
How To Get There - Ranthambore
The airport nearest to Ranthambore is the Jaipur Airport, which about 145
km away. Regular flights are available from Jaipur to other destinations in
Indian including Delhi, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Jodhpur, and Udaipur.
The nearest rail junction, on the other hand, is the Sawai Madhopur Railway
Station, which is at a distance of 11 km from the park. It is on the main
Delhi-Mumbai railway line and some of the major trains stop here.
To move inside the park, we provide complete car-hire, minibus, and jeep
safari services, for the entire duration of your stay. We also exciting
adventure tour packages that are inclusive of hotel booking and air booking