Ranthambore National Park Rajasthan
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Ranthambore National Park Rajasthan

  • Location : Ranthambore, Rajasthan

  • Coverage area : 1,334 Sq Kms

  • Main attraction : Tigers

  • Best time to vist : October to June

  • Nearby excursions : Rameshwar Ghat, AmreshwarMahadeo Temple, Ganesh Temple, Kuwalji Temple

  • Nearby cities : Sawai Madhopur

Ranthambore National Park – A Blissful Haven for Its Wild Inhabitants, an Exotic Destination for Tourists

Are you a wildlife lover and want to spend some quality time in the midst of greenery? Then you should pay a visit to the Ranthambore National Park, which is one of the notable national parks in India and the most well-known and most-visited national park in Northern India. It is widely known that the kings of Jaipur used to hunt in these grounds as this area was a natural habitat of a large number of wildlife species. Still today, this national park serves as the home to a wide variety of animals and a favorite destination of tourists coming from every corner of the world. In the year 1957, this national park got officially declared as a wildlife sanctuary and it was named Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary.


Location of the Ranthambore National Park

The Ranthambore National Park is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district in the southern part of Rajasthan. This national park covers an extensive area of 392 sq. km. and if the area of Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary is included then the total area is approximately 500 sq. km. The park is wonderfully located in the meeting point of the two mountain ranges – Aravalli and Vindhya.


Geographical Landscape of the National Park

The landscape of this national park is hilly and rugged and thus, the vegetation type here is tropical dry deciduous and thorn forests. Fortunately, there are many lakes present here, which make the living of the inhabitants a bit more comfortable during the dry and hot summers. The lakes in the park are named as Padam Talab, Malik Talab, Raj Bagh Talab, etc. The historical and magnificent Ranthambore Fortress is present inside the park premises on a hilltop. This 10th century fort stands 700 feet above the ground surface and the ruins of this fort is an attractive site for tourist visits.


Nearby Wildlife Sanctuaries

The Mansingh Sanctuary and Kaila Devi Sanctuary are located adjacently to this park and in 1991, these two sanctuaries were included in the area of this national park.


The Climatic Conditions of the Area

This wildlife park experiences an arid sub-tropical climate. The summer starts at the end of March and lasts till June with the day temperature rising often above 40 degrees. The monsoon season stretches from July to September, but the area receives scanty rainfall and often suffers droughts. From November to February, the winter season prevails with the night temperature going as low as below 10 degrees. Rainfall and fog during the winters are common in Ranthambore. This area experiences extreme weather conditions where the summers are extremely hot and dry and the winters are bitterly cold.


Ideal Time to Visit the National Park

The period from October to June is the best time to visit the national park. The summer months are considered ideal for exploring the park as the chances of sighting the wild animals, especially tigers becomes high. The monsoon months are considered to be the breeding season of the animals and thus, the park remains closed for the public from July till the end of September.


Types of Animals That Inhabit the Wildlife Park

Ranthambore National Park is best known for its large population of Royal Bengal Tigers. The best part is that the tigers in this park are not at all afraid of the humans and hence, they openly roam in the jungle area and therefore, easily sighted by the tourists, much to their delight. The tigers here have got their pet names, which are quite famous – Machli (T16), Machli Jr., Dollar (T25), Sitara (T28), Bina One, Bina Two, Krishna, Star, Mala, Noor, Bumburam, etc. Other than tigers, various other species of animals have made this park their home.

Wild animals

There are 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, 40 species of reptiles, 50 species of butterflies, and 2 amphibian species present in the national park and these good numbers are a major attraction for the global tourists, undoubtedly. A large number of Indian Leopards are there in the park. Other animals include - Wild Boar, Nilgai, Sambar, Jackals, Rhesus Macaque, Chital, Chinkara, Jungle Cats, Sloth Bear, Gray Langur, Striped Hyenas, Caracals, Black Bucks, Common Palm Civets or Toddy Cats, Rufoustailed Hare, Yellow Bats, Fivestriped Palm Squirrels, Desert Cats, Indian Flying Fox, Indian Fox, Indian Gerbilles, Indian False Vampires, Indian Mole Rats, Indian Porcupines, Small Indian Mongoose, Common Mongoose, Small Indian Civets, Ratels, Longeared Hedgehogs, etc. The 2 amphibian species include the Common Frog and the Common Indian Toad.

Birds

320 species of both resident and migrant birds could be seen here and many migratory birds flock to this land. Peacocks, Graylag Goose, Great Indian Owls, Woodpeckers, Indian Gray Hornbills, Bee Eaters, Cuckoos, Spoonbills, Partridges, Kingfishers, Parakeets, Asian Palm Swift, Nightjars, Pigeons, Gulls, Terns, Sandpipers, Cranes, Dove, Snipes, Great Crested Grebe, Herons, Eagles, Darters, Egrets, Cormorants, Crows, Ibis, Bitterns, Flamingos, Shrikes, Wood Shrikes, Cuckoo-Shrikes, Orioles, Storks, Pelicans, Pittas, Treepies, Mynas, Bulbul, Falcons, Finches, Munias, Wagtails, Minivets, Flycatchers, Drongos, Ioras, Pipits, Sparrows, Bayas, and many more species of birds could be spotted in this national park.

The best bird watching areas in the forest are the lakes – Padam Talao, Malik Talao, Rajbagh Talao, the Ranthambore Fort area, and Jhalra area. Also, you can spot numerous birds in the surrounding areas of the forest – Mansarowar Lake, Soorwal Lake, Amlideh (Banas River), And the Helipad area.

Reptiles

A huge population of snub-nosed marsh crocodiles inhabits this national park. Also, there are Indian Chameleons, Tortoise, Desert Monitor Lizards, Ganges Soft-Shell Turtles, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, and snakes like King Cobra, Indian Python, Rat Snakes, Saw-Scaled Vipers, Russel’s Vipers, Common Kraits, Banded Kraits, etc.

Thanks to the presence of many lakes within the premises of this national park, varieties of fishes can be seen inhabiting these beautiful lakes.


The Natural Vegetation or Flora

There are 300 species of plants and 539 species of flowering plants in this forest. The vegetation comprises of trees like Banyan, Neem, Mango, Imli, Jamun, Khajur, Babul, Dhok, Dhak or Chila, Khair, Kadam, Mohua, Khejda, Karel, etc.


Distance from major cities

  • Jaipur, 155 km

  • Udaipur, 411.4 km

  • Jodhpur, 429 km

  • Bharatpur, 202 km

  • Ajmer, 248 km

  • Jaisalmer, 708.5 km

  • Bikaner, 491 km

  • Mount Abu, 557.2 km

  • Kota, 137.8 km

  • Chittorgarh, 294.8 km

  • Pushkar, 262.8 km

  • Agra, 260.6 km

  • Delhi, 394.2 km

  • Ahmedabad, 676.2 km

  • Lucknow, 595.1 km

  • Kolkata, 1531.4 km

  • Mumbai, 1031 km

  • Bengaluru, 1976.5 km

  • Hyderabad, 1385.3 km

  • Chennai, 2008.8 km


How to reach national park ?

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The location of this national park is such that it is easily accessible from all the major cities in India. One can reach the park via airways, railways, and roadways.

Nearest Airport

Sanganer Airport is the closest to the national park and other nearby airports are Jaipur and Kota. Both national and international flights to the major cities in India and the world are available from these airports and thus, it is very convenient for the tourists to use the airways to reach the wildlife park.

Railways

The nearest railway station is the Sawai Madhopur railway station, which is just 10 km away from the park. You can avail of a cab or a bus to reach the exact location of the park. The park is well-linked with Jaipur and Agra by railways, so you can board a train to reach here. You may also avail of the luxury trains like The Palace on Wheels, Maharaja’s Express, The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, The Indian Maharaja, etc. and get down at the Sawai Madhopur rail station.

Road Accessibility

From Sawai Madhopur, there is a large network of buses that can take you to all the major cities in the state. Also, you can hire a cab or a private car from Kota or Jaipur and reach your destination quite easily via the Kota-Ranthambore Highway.

Where to Stay While Touring Ranthambore National Park ?

You don’t need to worry about the accommodation facilities when you are visiting this national park. It is because a whole lot of quality hotels and resorts are available offering top-class lodging and fooding facilities. Here we are providing you a list of some of the best hotels, resorts, and accommodations so that you can easily make your choice.

  • Raj Palace Resort, Ranthambore

  • The Ranthambore Bagh

  • Ranthambore Heritage Haveli Resort

  • Mount Valley Resort, Ranthambore

  • Tiger Den Resort

  • Ranthambore Forest Resort

  • Annexe Haveli

  • The Tigress Resort Ranthambore

  • Nahargarh Resort

  • Aman-i-Khas

  • Dev Vilas Resort

  • You can also camp at Tiger Machan, located close to the gates of the national park.

All about the Safari Rides

Three types of safari rides are available in Ranthambore – jeeps, canters (open top buses), and elephants. Different safari zones are there and their timings vary. The summer safari timings are different from that of the winters. Most of the safari rides extend for about 3 hours. 20 seater open top canter rides and 6 seater open top gypsy rides are available.

Some Fabulous Places to Visit near Ranthambore

Apart from exploring the national park and relishing the presence of the wildlife, you can also go on a short trip to some places located close by – Rameshwar Ghat, Amreshwar Mahadeo Temple, Ganesh Temple, Kuwalji Temple, Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History, Khandar Fort, Kachida Valley, Ranthambore School of Art, Black Buck Sightseeing in Devpura Village, National Chambal Sanctuary, Bakula Region, Jogi Mahal, Surwal Lake, Mansarovar Dam and Lake, etc.

Hope you will find all the information mentioned above useful and now, can easily plan your trip to this fabulous place. You can be totally sure that this trip is going to be one of the most enriching and exciting experiences of your life especially if you are a wildlife enthusiast.


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