A small village near the township of Sawai Madhopur, in
the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore gets its name from
the two hills, Ran and Thambore, which are in close
proximity. The Ranthambore Park 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 valleys with lakes and pools.
is a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins that
dot the park. There are lake palaces, 'chhatris', old
fortifications and a majestic 1,000-year-old fort
overlooking the park. The lovely Jogi Mahal is located
at the foot of the fort and gives magnificent view of
the Padam Talao, painted white with water lilies.
It has a chequered history and was the stronghold of the
Yadavas in the 8th century. It came under Chauhans, and
was ruled by them 10th century onwards. The Mughal
emperors Akbar and Aurangzeb also occupied the
The park is famous for tigers and due to conservation
efforts, the tiger population has stabilized if not
increased here. The tigers can be spotted quite often
even during the day, at their normal pursuits-- hunting
and taking care of their young ones.
Ranthambore is one of the best places to see these
majestic predators. Old crumbling walls, ruined
pavilions, wells, and other ancient structures stand
witness to the region's glorious past. The entire forest
is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the
Ranthambore fort - tigers are said to frequent these
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Ranthambore National Park:
Ranthambore National Park is an outstanding example
of Project Tiger's efforts at conservation in the
country. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were
once, the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of
Jaipur. The desire to preserve the game in these forests
for sport was responsible for their conservation, and
subsequent rescue by Project Tiger. In 1972, it was
estimated that there were around 1927 tigers in India,
of which Rajasthan had 74, and the number of big cats in
Ranthambore Sanctuary was 14. 1972 was the year
in which the Project Tiger was launched, and this sanctuary was
taken into its wings, alongwith seven other sanctuaries
and national parks.
As a result of stringent efforts in conservation,
tigers, the prime assets of the park, have become more
and more active during the day. More than in any other
park or sanctuary in India, tigers are easily spotted
here in daylight. They can be seen lolling around lazily
in the sun, or feverishly hunting down Sambhar around
the lakes. Therefore, Ranthambore is probably the ideal
park for wildlife photography, and it does attract
professional wildlife photographers, from all over the
Of The Park: Apart
from tigers, the park has its share of panthers, too.
They are to be found on the outskirts of the park, due
to the inevitable conflicts with the tiger population.
Kachida Valley is believed to be the place to sight
these rather elusive cats. The other permanent residents
of the park include marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle
cats and sloth bears. Sambars are found in abundance all
over the area, the prime target of all the predators.
Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara, are the other inhabitants
of the region. The avian population comprises of about
264 species, found within the park.
Watching The Wild: The park is best explored
through jeeps or lorries, which are available on hire.
FORTS AND PALACES
The Fort: Steep crags embrace a network of lakes
and rivers, and atop one of these hills, is the
impressive Ranthambore Fort. Built in the 10th century,
the fort is considered to be one of the oldest forts in
the state. Strategically built on the border of
Rajasthan and Mandwa, the fort houses some splendid
monuments, within its precincts. The terrain fluctuates
between impregnable forests and open bush land. The
forest is the typically dry deciduous type, with Dhok,
being the most prominent tree.
The Jogi Mahal: The entry point to the park goes
straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest
house, Jogi Mahal. The latter boasts of the
second-largest Banyan tree in India.
The Badal Mahal: The palace of the
clouds, situated in the fort has a very
interesting location and seems as if hanging out in
space. The famous 84-column 'chhatri' of King Hammir
stands out magnificently where he used to hold an
audience. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the
Milak Talab are some of the lakes in the area worth
(145-km) is the nearest airport.
Rail: The Park is around 11-km away from Sawai
Madhopur railway station, that lies on the Delhi to
Bombay trunk route.
Road: A good network of buses connects Sawai
Madhopur, the nearest town, with quite a few areas
Baori Forest Lodge, RTDC Hotel Kamdhenu, Sawai Madhopur
Lodge, PWD Rest House are some of good accommodation
options available at Sawai Madhopur. Jogi Mahal is
another accommodation place that lies within the park