Unforgettable Experience at Ranthambore

BY Seema Shukla

Ranthambore National Park, in Rajasthan, is one of the biggest national parks in Northern India. It is one of the world’s best-known wilderness areas for Tiger conservation. The park covered 1,334 km2 areas of Rajasthan. It is 14 km away from the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan.

 Ranthambore National Park has a mix of rolling hills and crags, meadows, lakes, and rivulets. The dry-deciduous forest system of Ranthambore National Park has an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Apart from the tiger, the visitors can see the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Indian Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Indian elephant, Wild water buffalo, Gaur, nilgai, Barasingha, Black buck, Chinkara, Chousingha, wild boar, sambar, Indian muntjac, Indian hog deer, Spotted deer, striped hyena, Dhole, Indian wolf, Bengal fox, Desert fox, Golden Jackal, Caracal, Jungle cat, Rusty spotted cat, Leopard cat, Asian palm civet, Indian grey mongoose, Ruddy Mongoose, Long-eared hedgehog, Northern palm squirrel, Indian Porcupine, Indian Hare, Lesser bandicoot rat, Honey badger, Indian Flying Fox, Greater false vampire bat, Indian gerbil, Indian pangolin, sloth bear, southern plains gray langur, rhesus macaque, mugger crocodile, Wild water buffalo, Gaur, nilgai, Barasingha, Black buck, Chinkara, Chousingha, wild boar, sambar, Indian muntjac, Indian hog deer, Spotted deer, striped hyena, Dhole, Indian wolf, Bengal fox, Desert fox, Golden Jackal, Caracal, Jungle cat, Rusty spotted cat, Leopard cat.

The park is open from October to June. It is closed in other months of the year due to heavy rain and the winter season. The visitors can reach Ranthambore by rail from Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur. The park also connects by road to Jaipur and Delhi. Sawai Madhopur has a various range of accommodation to suit all the budget. The visitors can stay back for a few days to enjoy the peaceful life of the forests and soak in the sunshine. The park is full all the year therefore it is advisable to make reservations in advance.

The park also has Ranthambore Fort which is built in the 10th century at 210 m (700 ft) above the surrounding plain.  Inside the fort are three red Karauli stone temples devoted to Ganesh, Shiva, and Ramlalaji. Padam Talao is the largest of the many lakes in the park and has a red sandstone Jogi Mahal at the edge of the lake. A gigantic Banyan tree, considered to be India’s second-largest, the tree is also grown near the lake.

Once considered one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is a major wildlife tourist attraction around the world that has drawn the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers. You can also visit here if you are tired of your daily hectic life and want a break from a forest of concrete buildings in India


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