Places To Visit In Ranthambhore
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
If you are a keen wildlife enthusiast and want to spot a wild tiger it is definitely Rajasthan. Located in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is well known for wildlife spotting.
In the year 1955, Ranthambore was declared a wildlife sanctuary and then a National Park in the year 1973 as a result of the project Tiger campaign.
Six man-made lakes and a few perennial streams add to the beauty of the park. The famous Chambal river and the Banas River drain the park in the South and North respectively. Every year thousands of tourists come here to see the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers roaming unhindered in the wild. Apart from tigers, this national park is rich in other varieties of wildlife such as leopards, sambar, spotted deers, Nilgai, jackals, Black bucks, Hare desert cats and many more.
Ranthambore can be conveniently and comfortably reached by road, air and rail. It is connected to all major cities in Rajasthan through well maintained network of roads. The nearest airport is Jaipur, 145 kms from Ranthambore. Numerous flights connect Jaipur to all major cities in India. Sawai Madhopur railway station is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from the National Park.
To accommodate the influx of growing tourists there is a wide range of accommodation options are available. One can choose from luxurious hotels and resorts to budget accommodations.
Best time to visit
Ranthambore is open for visitors from October to June. The best time to visit is from November to April as wildlife spotting is much easier during these months.
Apart from wildlife, Ranthambore also has other attractions. Interesting excursions will take you to the temples, lakes, forts and mahals scattered inside the national park.
The Ranthambore Fort: This is a 1000 year old fort built by the Chauhan rulers in the 10th century. This is a place of historical significance and has been declared a protected site by the Archeological survey of India. Within the walls of the fort there are temples, tanks and massive gates built by the rulers.
The Jogi Mahal : This is an old forest rest house overlooking the Padam Talab. Large numbers of visitors come here to catch a glimpse of an ancient banyan tree believed to be the second largest in India.
The Badal Mahal: The literal translation of ‘Badal Mahal’ is the ‘palace of clouds’. True to its name, this palace looks like it is hanging out in the air without any support.
Amareshwar Mahadev Temple: This is a Shiv Temple. Tourists visit this temple to offer their prayers. A waterfall and a lush grove in its vicinity make it a popular picnic spot.
Kundal Sanctuary: Another wildlife sanctuary just 15 kilometers from Sawai Madhopur. This sanctuary
is known for its richness in bio-diversity as it is located at the confluence of the ancient Aravalli Hill and the Vindyan Hill System.
Lakes & Ghats: The numerous lakes and ghats inside the national park are ideal for camping, boating and bird-watching. The Pali Ghat on the banks of river Chambal is excellent for camping and boating. Suval Lake is known for its natural beauty.
Ranthambore tops the itinerary of all the tourists visiting Rajasthan. The wilderness and the natural beauty is a great experience.