One of the best forests in the world for tiger sightings, Ranthambore National Park is by far one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India. Spread over an area of nearly 400 square kilometers, Ranthambore is one of the wildlife sanctuaries that are thronged by tourists in every season. The sparsely wooded terrain of Ranthambore makes it easy to spot tigers or some of the other birds and animals that include nearly 30 species of mammals, 12 species of reptiles including crocodiles and almost 270 species of birds.
The only way to visit the sanctuary is by the jeeps and canters (open trucks) monitored by the forest department. As you leave on a safari, the first halt after passing the main entry gate is at Ranthambore Fort. Situated just inside an outer edge of the forest, Ranthambore Fort is a fascinating structure with a look and feel of a haunted palace. The old edifice of Ranthambore Fort, built in 944 AD, appears to be standing on the verge of dilapidation. Monkeys, peacocks and other birds and small animals roaming freely in and around the fort give it a mystical aura. After a brief halt at the fort, the convoy moves inside the jungle from a large gate, near which the friendly birds, Indian Tree Pies, greet you and surprise you by coming so close as to sit on your stretched out arms.
Ranthambore forest is full of very old and large trees with intriguing shapes on them that add to the mysterious feel of the place. Here, amongst several other birds, you can spot owls sitting in the tree holes. As you move further, you frequently see flocks of chital, or the spotted deer, sambar deer and nilgai, the blue bulls. If you are lucky you may also spot wild boars, hyenas and sloth bears. You will have to be extremely lucky to spot a leopard.
As you arrive at Padam Talao, the largest lake in the forest, the view gets attractive. The king’s hunting palace named Jogi Mahal standing beyond the lake instantly catches your eye. There is a massive banyan tree near the lake, which is quite an attraction, as it is the second largest banyan tree in India. Flocks of mammals grazing and drinking water and crocodiles basking in sun at the shore of the lake are common sights here.
Tigers, the major attraction of Ranthambore, can be spotted anywhere inside the forest. It is a matter of luck where you spot them and how long can you see them. But more or less in one to three safaris, you are good to see at least one. Though the sites of spotting a tiger making a kill or a mother tiger playing with cubs are rare, they are not totally unheard off. The tigers here are used to visitors and do not rush away into the thickets at the sight of vehicles full of tourists.
Every year, a lot of tourists from all over the world come to Ranthambore to see tigers, the species that has a good chance of becoming extremely rare in near future. One of the major destinations of Project Tiger, Ranthambore is truly a joy for the lovers of wildlife as well as a common tourist who wishes to feel the thrill of spotting an untamed tiger roaming in the open.
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Ranthambore National Park is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India. The major attraction of Ranthambore is that it is a great forest to spot Tigers. Every year a lot of tourists all over the world come to Ranthambore to see and enjoy the thrill of untamed tigers roaming in open. The only way to visit the sanctuary is by the jeeps and canters that are monitored by the forest department. The first spot after entering the main gate is the Ranthambore fort. Tigers have been spotted inside this fort a lot of times. Ones inside the forest, you can see Chital, Deer, Nilgai and Blue Bells quite easily. There are chances that you may spot wild boars, hyenas, sloth bears and leopard. As you arrive at the largest lake in the forest, Padam Talao, the view gets attractive. The King’s Hunting palace, Jogi Mahal, beyond the lake is eye catching. There is a massive banyan tree near the lake, which is the second largest banyan tree in India. Grazing mammals and crocodiles basking in sun are common sights here.
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||Jaipur at 180 km
||11 km away from Sawai Madhopur railway station
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||A good network of buses connects it with Sawai Madhopur within the state of Rajasthan.
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||Large tiger population
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