The Ranathambore National Park
Tucked away in the Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan,the magnificent Ranthambore National Park is surrounded by the majestic Vindhyas and the ancient Aravallis on one side and bounded by Banas river in the north and Chambal river to the south. The National Park, which overlooks the Ranthambore fort, is one of the most visited sanctuaries in India and one of the few tiger reserves in the country. From pristine lakes to architectural ruins and from being home to some of the largest banyan trees and to animals like tiger, leopard, nilgai, sambar and hyena, the Ranthambore National Park has enchanted the tourists, avid nature lovers, wildlife buffs and photography enthusiasts alike. The unmatched charm, mesmerizing diversity and picturesque location it offers is simply irresistible.
The sprawling National Park, named after the tenth century Ranthambore Fort and once the favourite hunting ground of the royals, encompasses an area of 392 square km which makes it one of the biggest in India. Besides the tigers which is the chief attraction, it draws visitors for its exotic and rare species flora and fauna. Not-to-be missed is the exciting safari which promises to be an experience of a lifetime. The tiger reserve was declared a National Park in 1980.
The Ranthambore National Park is open for public from October to June and it is easily accessible through road, rail and air. Nearest railway station is Sawai Madhopur (12km) and Kota (110 km on the main Delhi- Mumbai line) and nearest airport is Sanganer in Jaipur (160km).