Ranthambore National Park is a beautiful national park that is surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravalli hills and is quite close to the Thar desert. Anyone who claims to be an animal lover should definitely visit this beautiful place that not only boasts of peaceful surroundings but is also home to many endangered species.
Ranthambore - Location
Ranthambore is situated in the Northwestern state of Rajasthan. It lies midday between Bharatpur and Kota townships, close to the town of Sawai Madhopur.
Ranthambore - When To Visit
The best time to visit Ranthambore is anytime between November and March. During the summers, the weather can get too hot for some.
Ranthambore - History In Brief
The Ranthambore National Park, was initially a hunting area of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It was declared a game sanctuary in 1955 and in 1980 it became a National Park and came under the Tiger Project.
While you are on your tour of the Ranthambore National park, you can check out Tigers besides various other animals. The great thing about this National Park is that here you can observe the magnificent Tiger at close quarters. There are approximately 25 tigers and 40 leopards in the Reserve. They can usually be spotted on the edges of three lakes, the Padam Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Milak Talab. There are many panthers too, which can be spotted close to Kachida Valley.
In Ranthambore you can see sambar, chital, nilagai, boar, gazelle, mongoose and Indian hare. Various kinds of birds can also be seen such as the black, stork, the painted stork and peafowl. There are also Indian horned owl, quail, paradise flycatcher, partridge and spur fowl.
Ranthambore - Excursions
A good site for excursion is the Ranthambore Fort, which was built by Chauhan rulers in the 10th century. Many people have heard of this fort because when a Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji laid siege to this fort in 1303, then the women of the household performed jauhar, to save their honor. The Fort was declared a protected site by the Archeological survey of India. The fort is definitely worth a tour, if you are exploring the Ranthambore National Park.