Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most celebrated parks in Northern India. Home to a stunning variety of wildlife, including tigers leopards and sloth bears, the park is nestled between the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges, sprawling over an area of 400 square kilometres. Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and most areas are covered in deciduous forest.
Ranthambore is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts. The park's forests were once the leading hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, but due to steady pressure from environmentalists the park became government protected in 1955, and in 1972 a tiger reserve.
Two major rivers flow through Ranthambore - the Chambal River in the south and the Banas River in the north - and six man-made lakes provide sanctuary for waterfowl and reptiles.
But it's not just wildlife and trees on offer in this extraordinary area: Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th century and perched atop a hill in the midst of the park, is a fascinating edifice that should not be missed.
Many areas of the park are open for tourists to explore at their leisure, though hiring a guide or joining an organised tour is highly recommended.
Ranthambore is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, about 130 kilometres from Jaipur.
Some important distances are:
The nearest Airport is Jaipur-145 kms.
Delhi-403 kms, Udaipur-404 kms, Jodhpur-437, Kota-221 kms, Ajmer-255 kms and Sawai Madhopur-11kms.
Some Major Attractions in Ranthambore:
Local Kalbeliya Dance
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Cannon at Mehrangarh Fort
Gangaur Boat, Udaipur
Ropeway Ride at Udaipur
Sukhadia Circle Fountain, Udai...
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