Ranthambore National Park

  • Rajasthan is one of the largest and most visited states of India. It is known around for its forts, palaces, monuments, desserts and forests. The state is also rich in its flora and fauna. The Ranthambore National Park of the country is located in Rajasthan.

    Ranthambore is governed by the government of India. It was declared a National Park in the year 1980. Prior to that, it was a Project Tiger Reserve. It was declared so in the year 1973. Earlier, in 1955 the government of India had established it only as a Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary. In the year 1991, the Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi Sanctuary were included as a part of the Ranthambore Nationl Park.

    Some of the major animals except for tigers, in the National park are sloth bear, hyena, nilgai, sambar, southern plains gray langur, wild boar, leopard, chital and rhesus macaque. Apart from these, varieties of birds and reptiles are also found here. The best time to spot them is between November and May.

    The tigers can even be spotted during the day time. Spotting the animals in their natural forest habitat is what has been attracting the tourists for a long time to the park. Dense deciduous forest spreads across the park. These are the common forests found in central India.

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    A wide variety of trees and plants are found in the forest. Banyan tree is found in abundance in the forest. Around 539 species of flowering plants are also found here. The park is also bound by Banas River and Chambal River on the north and south of the park, respectively. Padam Talao Lake is located within the park itself.

    The total area covered by the Ranthambore National Park is around 151 sq mi. Most of it is covered by deciduous forests and open grassy meadows.

    Accommodations are available between Sawai Madhopur and the national park. The visitors can hire the gypsys and canters for a ride in the park. These can accommodate 6 and 20 people, respectively. These vehicles take the tourists around the various zones of the park. A ride costs about Rs 800 per person. These rides can be taken at 6:30am and 14:30pm only. The park remains closed during the monsoon season.

    How to Reach

    The National Park is located around 110km from Kota. It is near to the Kota railway station. The nearest airport to the national park is the one in Jaipur. It is about 160km from the place. The national park is 11km from Sawai Madhopur, which is also the nearest railway station.

    Summary: The Ranthambore National Park is one of the best parks to spot tigers.