Ranthambhore National Park
In This Section :
Introduction, Park Facts, Features, Wildlife,
Ranthabhore Fort, Activities, Transportation, Accommodation, Tour Packages.
Facts about the Park
Sawai Madhopur town
145 kms South East of Jaipur
392 sq kms
Park Attractions :
Wild animal species including Tigers,
Best Time To Visit :
October to March
Entry Fee :
Indian Citizens - 25 Rs; Foreign Tourists 200
Introduction to Ranthambhore National Park
Ranthambhore National Park is one of the frequently visited wildlife
sanctuaries in Rajasthan. The sanctuary lies on the junction of Aravali and
Vindhyas mountain ranges. The park extended over an area of about 400 sq kms
is short for nothing. The undulating terrains, with steep and gentle slopes,
flat hill tops, small valleys, dense vegetation, lakes, meadows and rich
wildlife are some features that make it a tourist hot spot. Although small
in number, Indian Tiger continues to be the celebrity at Ranthambore. The
favorite game resort of the erstwhile Maharajas amuse people, but now as
protected lands, especially for Indian Tigers.
Ranthambhore National Park
Ranthambore National Park, located amidst the Aravali and Vindhya ranges,
has more than you can expect of. Ranthambore National Park lies stretched
over a great area. With adjacent sanctuaries of Kaladevi and Mansingh, the
park area goes over 1000 sq kms. However, only 300 sq kms forms the core
park area. The picturesque landscapes sets an aura of life in the barren
territorial plains of Rajasthan. The distant hills with decidous vegetation
and encompassing diverse topography makes it one exciting place to explore.
The northern and southern frontiers are bound by the rivers - Chambal and
Banas. The steep rocky hills give rise to small valleys in the region.
Located within the park territory are several lakes including three major
ones - Padam Talab, Malik Talab and Raj Bagh. The water fronts see a lot of
species and aquatic life depending on them. In the covers of the jungles
roam some of the feared wild predators.
Wildlife at Ranthambhore
The diurnal tigers are the prized attraction at the park. Ranthambhore
National Park is one of the several sanctuaries that comes under the Tiger
Project reserves. Besides these Indian Tigers other species include
leopards, hyena, jackal, sloth bear, wild boars, gazelles, sambar, nilgai
and various species of Indian monkey.
Great many species of marsh animals are also found at large in the park.
These include snub nosed crocodiles, lizards, tortoise, cobras, kraits,
turtles, Indian python, rat snakes and Indian chameleon.
Ranthambhore National Park supports as many 270 species of birds. Many of
these species are migratory who reach here after travelling a long distance.
The birds commonly found are Indian horned owl, spoonbills, patridges,
kingfishers, storks, ducks and the much sighted peacocks.
Grounded within the park premises is an ancient fort called Ranthambhore
Fort. This fort was built by the Chauhans in the 10th century. The fort
bears some historical importance. The fort is known for a practice called
Johar. Johar stands for a suicide by immolation so as to escape humiliation.
During the siege by Ala-ud-din Khilji, in the early 14th century, the Rajput
women, as is popularly believed, carried out these acts. The fort also
houses a temple and water reservoirs.
Activities You Can Take Part In
Jeep Safari in Ranthambore National Park :
Jeep Safari is
an ideal way of exploring the Ranthambore National Park. The Jeep Safaris
are made available by the park authorities for an in depth exploration of
the sanctuary. In fact, the highlight of your Ranthambore experiences is the
3.5 hr Jeep Safari for Tiger Spotting. Remember, that private vehicles are
not permitted inside the park, so book a tourist jeep safari well in
Camping in Ranthambore
If you wish for camping in Ranthambore, the resorts near the
Ranthambore National Park offer you exciting camping opportunities. Sher
Bagh Resort, adjacent to the Ranthambore National Park provides camping in
its 12 luxury tents. Tiger Moon Resort is another resort near the park which
offer camping option in its 8 Swiss-cottage-tents. By staying in these
resorts you can enjoy camping alongwith a pleasant stay. Besides, the sounds
of wild animals, chirping of birds reaching your ears, rejuvenate your
Places Where You Can Stay
Accommodation at Ranthambhore are provided by several hotels and resorts.
Some popular ones are given below:
Hotel Ranthambhore Regency (Three Star), Hotel Castle Jhoomar Baori
(Heritage Hotel run by RTDC), Sawai Madhopur Lodge (Deluxe Lodge), Hotel
Vinayak (Budget Hotel), Hotel Ganesh Ranthambhore (Budget Hotel), Ankur
Resort, Tiger Den Resort, Hammir Resort.
Transportation Services for Ranthambhore
The nearest airport to Ranthambhore is the one at
Jaipur. The airport is about 148 kms from Ranthambhore.
The railway station at Sawai Madhopur is the
nearest railhead. It is about 12 kms from the national park.
There are regular bus services for Sawai Madhopur
town from Agra, Bharatpur, Delhi, Kota and Jaipur.
Ranthambhore Tour Packages
Features : Spend two days and
two nights at Ranthambhore National Park. This package makes
arrangements for Jeep Safari at the said place. Besides Ranthambhore you
will also get to see the famous Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary and Keoladeo
Ghana National Park. Your tour will start from Delhi and will proceed as
Sariska, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Agra, Corbett National Park and
back to Delhi.
Features : The tour package
includes exciting trips to the wildlife sanctuaries of Rajasthan,
including the famous Ranthambhore National Park. Out of 13 days you will
get to spend two full days at Ranthambhore. There are provisions for
Jungle Safari. Plus, trips to the popular attractions in Agra and Delhi
city. The tour will begin from Jaipur and conclude at Delhi.
Features : The tour takes you
to the famous wildlife reserves of Rajasthan - Ranthambhore and
Bharatpur. Besides them, you will also get to see some of the best
monuments of India, including the marvelous Taj Mahal. All you need is
to cycle some distance and it is worth. The tour starts from and
concludes at Delhi.
Features : An extensive tour
package - Indian Tiger Tour gives you prime wildlife sanctuaries where
Indian Tigers roam. One such place is Ranthambhore. So get ready to
track down the celebrity of Indian wildlife reserves. Other places you
will be visiting are nonetheless un important and include Keoladeo Ghana
National Park, Bhandavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park.
Arrival and departure is from Delhi city.