Ranthambhore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan. It is one of the largest national parks in northern India and located about 180 km away from Jaipur. Established first as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 this national park was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973 and after that it became national park in 1980. This park covers the area of 392 sq. KM.
The park lies at the edge of plateau, and is delimited to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. Ranthambhore National Park is known for its tigers and one of the best places to have incredible wildlife experience. Other major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is also home to many types of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. This national park is also famous for one of the largest banyan trees of India.
The Ranthambore National Park is famous for spotting tigers. Though, the population of tigers has declined during the past few years. But there are many tigers left here even these awful creatures can be spotted in daytime easily. This national park has a majestic fort which was built in 10th century and famously known as Ranthambore Fort. This fort is 700 feet high towers over the entire park area. Inside the Fort there are three red Karauli stone temples devoted to Lord Ganesha, God Shiva and God Ramlalaji and these temples were built in 12th & 13th centuries.
Other popular place to visit in the Ranthambore National Park is Padam Talao, which is the largest of all the lakes found inside the park. The beautiful Jogi Mahal, built of red sandstone, is located at the very edge of this lake is other attraction to visit. Also, a banyan tree is located near this lake and this tree is considered to be India’s second largest banyan tree.
Safari Rides are very much famous over here. These rides are carried out two times a day. The first ride 06:30 hrs in morning and the second one starts at 14:30 hrs in afternoon. The duration of each ride is 3 hours. Either, 20 seater open top canter or 6 seater open top gypsy, are two options of vehicle for safari. Each ride costs around 400-500 rupees per person. The national park is divided into several zones and travelers prefer to have more that one ride to spot the tigers if they are not seen during first ride.
How to get here:
By Air: Jaipur Airport: 180 km/Kota Airport:
By Road: Delhi- 480 km, Jaipur- 180 km
By Rail: Sawai Madhopur Railway Station- 11 km, Delhi- 362 km, Jaipur- 132 km, Kota- 108 km
Though you can visit The Ranthambore National Park round the year but the best time to visit here is in November & May.