The Ranthambore national park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country, is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild.
It also contains abandoned fortress and lakes. Its ‘friendly’ tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. Ranthambore was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and became part of Project Tiger in 1973. The Park covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. It is set between the Aravalli and Vindhya hill ranges, and located very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. The varied topography of the national park is home to animals like the jackal, mongoose, sloth bear, leopard, and of course, the tiger. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central India. Ranthambore Wildlife Park is dream for wildlife lover and photographers who are interested in wildlife photography. This park has very good accommodation facility and transportation facilities inside the park. This park is opened from October and closes around May every year. Park is famous for its tiger sightseeing, which is captured in various different books.
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Rajasthan (Sawai Madhopur). Ranthambore National Park located in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan is one of the most visited wildlife parks in India. The main attractions of Ranthambore National Park are its tiger and bird population. The main faunas of Ranthambore are 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, Five striped Palm Squirrels, 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. Various species of reptiles are also found in this park.
Founded in 944 AD and initially named "Ranath Bhawar Garh" which means "a place of Rajput warriors".
This fort is among the must watch places in Ranthambore national park. This fort is located near to the park and offers amazing facilities to the tourists, to make their journey more comfortable.
Take all the safaris you can (in the morning at 6:30 and in the afternoon at 14:30). You need a certain amount of luck to see a tiger (about 1 in 4 chance), but there are plenty of other wonderful sights. There are two choices of vehicle for going on the safari, an all-wheel drive jeep called a "Gypsy" (which seat up to 6 visitors) or 16 or 20 seater safari bus called a "Canter". The 16 seater is the petrol version and is a bit quieter than the 20 seater diesel version. A diesel/petrol canter safari costs 500/530 Rupees for a non-Indian and a jeep safari 600 Rupees for a non-Indian, but jeeps are more mobile and everything is better seen from them. The Park area open for tourists is divided into five zones, the zone is allotted by a computerized system at the park office (since the park is a nature reserve only a limited number of cars can enter it and they are obliged to follow only one of the five routes). The main park area (zones 1-5) is best as the majority of tigers live here, but if full Kundal is not a bad 2nd option (5 out of the park's 32 tigers live here)..
Bundi (135 Kms)
Only 135 Kms from Ranthambore lies a beautiful small town called Bundi. It's a special destination on its own. An oasis in the desert state, a serene civilization far from the maddening crowd & a tourists' destination. This place attracted Rudyard Kipling (writer of The Jungle Book), Rabindra Nath Tagore, Virginia Fass, film maker Satyajit Ray and many more. Thousands of tourists, both domestic and foreign, come here to see and discover this beautiful place.
Fatehpur Sikri (210 Kms)
Famous for its abandoned magnificent palace, this was made by King Akbar in olden times.
Agra (265 Kms)
The Taj Mahal City
Jaipur (155 Kms)
Also named as the Pink City, it’s a very colorful city and capital of Rajasthan.