National Park, famous for its Tigers in the Aravalli ranges is covered with
deciduous forest. Its land scape is lapped by the Vindhyan hills and its
lucent topography consists of limestones, sand stone rocks and perennial
rocks. The Park was a hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur in earlier
days and now a Project Tiger reserve to protect the much endangered Predator
of the jungle. The Park is situated barely 14 kms from the town of Sawai
Madhopur in the historically rich state of Rajasthan. It spread from gentle
to narrow steeps with flat topped hills (Indala,Chiroli) of the Vindhyas to
the flat valleys and rocky gordes. Granted the status of a National park in
1981, the Ranthambore National Park covers an area of nearly 400 sq.km.
Ranthambore actually consists of not one but three wildlife reserves namely
the Ranthambore National Park, the Sawai Mansing Sanctuary and the Keladevi
Sanctuary. Its royal past is glorified with the presence of the magnificent
thousand year old "Ranthambore fort" in its vicinity.
Wild Life Attractions
Although, lately reports available show decline
in the population of the Royal Bengal Tiger, yet it is the best place in
India to see the wild cats in its pure habitat. Another predator that can be
spotted easily in the higher vegetative marsh land is the leopard. There are
also Jungle cats, Hyenas, Wild boars and different types of Deers (like the
Sambhar deer, Chital Deer,Chinkara Deer), Langurs and Bluebulls.
The silent tranquility of the lakes are sometimes disturbed by the Tigers
in search of their prized possessions, the Crocodiles. The sight of a
monitor lizard can be an amazing one as well.
The Main Flora includes Pipal ficus Religiousa,
Vad, Amaltas Cassia fistula, Gurjan and Siris Saintha. The land scape is
filled with Banyan tree, Dhok and Pipal tree. Also, cluster of trees of
mangoes surround the park. The three biggest lakes are Padam Talab, Malik
Talab and Rajbagh
The picturesque landscape of the park attracts a
large varieties of the bird Species to the park. Nearly 270 species
including the migratory species can be seen in the park. Some commonly seen
species are Bonneli's Eagle, Quail, Fly Catcher, Great Indian horned Owl,
Spoon Bills, Kingfisher, Geese and Ducks. But the most beautiful bird to be
seen from the walls of the Fort is the Peacock dancing on the cliffs, with
its feathers expanded to the fullest.
Ranthambore Park is open to visitors between October and June but the best
time is between December and April. After arriving in the Park there is an
organised canter and jeep safaris twice a day for the animal lovers. Wild
life viewing through "Jeep Safaries" and in open -trucks are as
exciting as trekkings and visit to the nearby fort.
Accommodation in the Ranthambore Park is available at the" Tiger Den
Resort " located in the nearby village Khilchipur. It has 20 double
bedded rooms and 8 Swiss cottage tents with attached toilet and hot and cold
running water. Also available are Continental cuisines, a swimming pool, and
a bar to raise the spirit of the guests.
The Hammir wildlife resort is situated on Ranthambore road on the way to
the park. It has two air conditioned cottages, 12 twin bedded air
conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms.Supply of hot and cold water is
available. Laundry facility is available and also there is a restaurant
serving Indian meals.
Apart from these, Ankur Resort and ITDC's Kamdhenu are other midway options
to the visitors.
How to Reach
By Air -
Nearest airport is Jaipur, Ranthambore Park is
at a distance of 130 kms from Jaipur.
By Rail -
Nearest railway junction is in Sawai Madhopur.
The park is at a distance of 11kms from Sawai Madhopur railway station on
the Delhi- Mumbai trunk route.
By Road -
A good network of buses connect Sawai
Madhopur, the nearest town from Ranthambore to all the major cities in the
state of Rajasthan.