Rajasthan India Tour, ranthambore tiger reserve

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Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is one of the most popular National Parks in India. It was conferred the status of a National Park in the year 1957 and came under the ambit of "Project-Tiger" in the year 1974. Ranthambore National Park located close to the town of Sawai Madhopur (11 km), the Ranthambore National Park remains skirted by the ranges of the Aravalli and Vindhya mountains. The terrain of the park comprises desert and semi-desert vegetation. The national park has a core area of 392 km and lies close to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. The Kaila Devi Sanctuary and the Man Singh Sanctyary also happen to be a part of the Ranthambore National Park.

Best Time : November to March

Entry Fee : Rs 25 (Indians)/Rs 200 (Foreigners)

Wildlife Species in the Park

Ranthambhore National Park is home to leopards, caracal, hyena, wild buffalo, jungle cat, crocodiles, wild boar, tigers, langaur, monkeys and deer along with wide varieties of migratory birds in their natural habitat. The park is opened in the months of October to May when it attracts large number of tourists, wildlife enthusiast and photographers to visit this place. Tigers, the major draw for visitors, can easily be spotted here. For tiger sightings, you need to get to the three lakes - Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Milak Talab.
Those who fancy seeing panthers in their natural habitat can head straight to the Kachida Valley, an ideal spot to watch these spotted felines. Other mammalian species that you can enjoy watching here include sambhar, sloth bear, chinkara, chital, nilgai, leopards, jungle cats, fox, gazelle, antelopes and hyena among others.

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What else to see and do?

Ranthambore Fort

* Don't miss to visit the Ranthambore Fort that, after which the national park is named. Belonging to the 10th century, the fort is one of the most ancient in the state of Rajasthan.

* Also visit the Jogi Mahal, a forest resthouse. Here, you can witness the second-largest banyan tree in India.

* Visit the town of Sawai Madhopur which has the Project Tiger office. Guides are also available here.

Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information

The closest airport from the national park is Jaipur, 145 km away. The airport has frequent flights to the key destinations of the country. Sawa Madhopur, which is 11 km away, is a convenient railway station, located on the Delhi-Mumbai railway track. By road routes as well, Sawai Madhopur is well connected with all the important cities and towns of the state.

Wildlife Lodges/Resorts

There are ranges of accommodation in Ranthambhore to stay comfortably during your journey to Ranthambhore sanctuary. Many rest houses, lodges, dormitories managed by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation and verities of hotels provide best accommodation for the safe and pleasurable stay during your travel. Adventure lovers can easily book their accommodation at luxurious tented resorts and jungle lodges. A few of these are as follows.

* Tiger Den Resort

* Tiger Moon Resort

* Hammir Wildlife Resort

* Sawai Madhopur Lodge

* Sher Bagh Resort