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RANTHAMBHORE

Ranthambhore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The Park sprawls over an estimated area of 400 square kilometers. Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and atop one of these hills is the impressive Ranthambhore Fort, which was built in the tenth century. The Park is named after one of India’s largest and most beautiful forts that stands majestically in the heart of the jungle. Tourism in Rajasthan and the wildlife tours in India is incomplete without having experienced the richest national park of India at Ranthambhore.

Wildlife

Ranthambore National park contains a huge variety of animals, birds and reptiles within it. Primarlily the population consists of Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Common or Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufoustailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Common Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Coomon Yellow Bats, Desert Cats, Fivestriped Palm Squirels, Indian False Vampires, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Indian Mole Rats, Indian Porcupines, Longeared Hedgehogs, Ratels, Small Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Civets and Common mongoose. The amphibian species only consist of the Common India Toad and the Common Frog. The park is most famous for it’s diurnal tigers.The park also has a large number of marsh crocs Reptilesnamely 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.

Things to do

The Raj Bagh Ruins are positioned between the Raj Bagh Talao and the Padam Talao. The ruins of a palace have structures that consist of broken down rooms and outhouses, with arches, partly standing walls and domes which could take you to the elapsed world, that is not achievable anywhere else in the world. These ruins present Ranthambore National park as an exclusive combination of wildlife reserve and a reminder of past, which together make it one of the most scenic parks in the entire world.

Kachida valley

Marked by numerous rocky outcrops and low hills, the valley is located near the outskirts of the park. This fascinating place is famous for its majority of Panther and bear population. Other animals seen are deer and wild boar, and sloth bears and plenty of leopards. Wild life enthusiasts and nature lovers are sure to have a memorable experience here.

Padam Talao

This is the largest of the all the lakes located inside the park. It is named after the lotus flowers that bloom in the lake. The stunning red sandstone Jogi Mahal is located at periphery of this lake. A gigantic banyan tree, considered to be India’s second largest, is near the lake.

Hot air ballooning

Ranthambhore is one of the chosen destinations in Rajasthan where hot air ballooning takes place. As you fly miles above the wildlife sanctuary, the lush green scenery surely takes you by surprise. The balloon ride also provides you with an opportunity to take some of the best photographs of the wild animals as well as birds, from above, suspended in mid air. Majority of the hot air balloon flights in Ranthambhore take off from the helipad on the arterial road. However, you can also take a flight from Ranthambhore Road, Sawai Madhopur, or any other destination.

Ranthambore Fort

Located at the top of a rocky outcrop in the middle of the forest it is believed to have been built in 944 A.D. by a Chauhan ruler. Due to its location and structure, it is considered to have been one of the most difficult forts to overthrow. It repulsed attempts by great warriors such as Alaudin Khilji, Kutub-ud-din, Feroz Tughlaq, Bahadur Shah of Gujarat. Inside the Fort, a group of buildings like palaces, temples, mosques and barracks enthuse the visiting tourists.

How To Reach

By Air

Jaipur is the nearest airport for Ranthambore National Park. The Park is located just 180 km away from Jaipur city. One can hire cabs or avail bus services to reach the park.

By Rail

The nearest major railway station is Sawai Madhopur which is well connected to other major cities across India. One can hire a cab or avail the frequent private/public bus services from Sawai Madhopur to reach Ranthambore National Park

By road

It takes about 7 to 8 hours to drive from Delhi airport to Ranthambhore. The shortest route from Delhi to Ranthambhore is through Dhaurahera, Bhiwadi, Alwar, Sikandra, Dausa and the road is not bad (for Indian standards) except for small patches.

Best time to visit

The Best Time to visit the tiger safari India at Ranthambore is from 1st October to 30th June. Rest of the Time Park is closed for the Visitors.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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