Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest wildlife reserves in Northern India, which was a game conservation game. Later, it was included in the Tiger Reserve in 1973. It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Ranthambore is just 180 km away from Jaipur (being also the nearest airport to it) and 110 km from Kota. Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary was granted National Park status in 1980. Spread over 392 square kilometers, there is a large number of banyan trees in this Park. This National Sanctuary is world famous because of its beauty, huge enclave, and tiger reserve. Along with the sanctuary, the historic fort here attracts tourists. Nearby Ranthambore fort also attracts tourists.
National park status
Ranthambore Park was established in 1955 as the 'Sawai Madhopur Sports Sanctuary' by the Indian Government. Later, worried by the declining number of tigers across the country, the government declared it 'Project Tiger Sanctuary' in 1973 and started the practice of conservation of tigers. This project benefited the sanctuary and the state and Ranthambore became a major center of safari tourism. This led to the declaration of Ranthambore as National Sanctuary in 1984. Since 1984, the sanctuaries and forest areas of the state have been preserved continuously. In 1984, the announcement of 'Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary' and 'Keoladeo Sanctuary' were also made. Later these two new Centuries were also linked to the Tiger Conservation Project.
The Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is known for the presence of tigers and this sanctuary is considered to be the best place to see the kings of forests in India. In Ranthambore, tigers can be easily seen during the day.
Apart from tigers, the major wild animals include leopard, wild boar, nilgai, sambar, hyena, sloth bear, and chital. It is also home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds, and reptiles.
India's largest banyan is also a popular place in Ranthambore. Apart from animals, It also has the thriving bird population with more than 270 different species of birds. Many migratory birds come here in the winter. The major birds include Crested serpent eagles, Great Indian Horn Owls, pheasants, painted pheasants, quails, spiral peacocks, tree pie and many types of storks. Here beautiful places like Padam Talao, Malik Talao, Raj Bagh Talao, attract many types of animals. Jeep safaris can also be enjoyed here.
Flanked by the Banas River to the north and the Chambal River to the south, This park has many lakes inside which provide a friendly natural environment and water resources for wildlife. Area of the sanctuary is 392 sq. Km. This large sanctuary has many lakes, Ranthambore sanctuary is named after the famous Ranthambore fort here.
Exploring the interiors of a dense wild forest, one can enjoy Ranthambore safaris through jeep, canter or elephant. The tourist must know about the perfect timing to get maximum fun of Jungle safari. For information, a safari in Ranthambore can be experienced through various accessible areas and for this, the time varies in summers and winters.
Best time to visit Ranthambore
The best time to visit Ranthambore Sanctuary is the months of November and May. In this dry autumn season, tigers that appear in the forest are easily visible and can be seen around the sources of water. It is closed during monsoon in the months of July to August.
Places of Interest
Other places to visit near Ranthambore are Ranthambore Fort, Bakula Region, Kachida Valley, Lakarda Anantpura, Jogi Mahal, etc.
How to reach
By Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport to reach Ranthambore. It is just 180km away from the reserve area.
By Rail: Ranthambore National Park is about 11 km from Sawai Madhopur railway station, lies on the route between Delhi and Mumbai.
By Road: Ranthambore is well connected to many road links with a good network of buses to reach Sawai Madhopur. Although the frequency of bus services is not great, it is best to rent a car or taxi to reach Sawai Madhopur. Kota-Ranthambore is only 1.5 km away from Mega Highway.