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Ranthambore National Park - Rajasthan
Earlier the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambore
was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its
tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic
predators in the wild.
Tigers can be spotted quit often even during the day, at their normal
pursuits - hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures
that have been taken for their accustomed to human activity and are not
disturbed by it. A good time to visit is between November and April when
the nature of the dry deciduous forests makes sightings common.
Ranthambore has large numbers of sambar, chital and nilgai. Sounders
of boar and an occasional gazelle - the chinkara can be seen, as also
the Indian hare, mongoose and monitor lizards.
The lakes and pools at the Park are where the deer congregate and where
it is easiest to see the animals. Among the other local fauna are the
leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, sloth bear and marsh crocodile. Jacanas.
painted sto-k. hiaci-. stork, and white necked stork are seen along the
water bodies. Peafowl are found in abundance and other birds include Bonelli's
eagle, crested serpent eagle, the great Indian horned owl, quail, partridge,
spur fowl and the paradise flycatcher.
The Park which covers an area of 392 sq. km. is set between the Aravalli
and Vindhya ranges. Its deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent
jungles of Central India. The terrain is rugged and there are rocky ridges,
hills and open verfteys with lakes and pools. Ranthambore's royal past
manifests itself in the picturesque ruins that dot the Park.
Tiger, Ranthambore National ParkThere are lake palaces, chhatris, old
fortifications and a majestic thousand year old fort. On a height overlooking
the Park. The forest rest house at the foot of the Ranthambore fort is
located in the lovely Jogi Mahal. It overlooks a tank - the pretty Padam
Talao, afloat with water lilies.
General Information :
Best Time to Visit :
October to June.
Nearest Town :
Sawai Madhopur (11 km)
How to Get Here :
Air: Jaipur (145 km)
Rail: Sawai Madhopur (11 km)