Home of one of the biggest national parks in India, Ranthambore is vastly different from the other sites in Rajasthan. Ranthambore is a wildly romantic place where the ruins of an old fort lie in the heart of the park grasslands. The fort is also home to three temples of which the one dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the elephant headed god of the Hindus, receives the most prominence. As you approach the fort which is barely discernible at a distance, it seemingly begins to grow out of the hill on which it is perched. The enormous rampart of the fort still extends to 7km and is a sight to behold. Better yet, the incredible view you can get from the top of the ruins of the surrounding grasslands of the national park is something you are not likely to forget anytime soon.
Ranthambore National Park
Stretched across an area of more than 300 sq. km, the national park is wild land of jungle scrub surrounded by rocky ridges. The park is one of the reserves that fall under the protection of the Project Tiger program.
Safaris are available and you can enjoy the mesmerizing view of a tiger proudly stepping out in all its glory in the national park. There some other incredible wildlife to be enjoyed in the park. The national park is home to nearly 300 different bird species making it a dream for many bird lovers. If you are more interested in the feline family, you can enjoy the sight of a leopard or two. You may even catch a glimpse of the caracal, the endangered member of the family. Members of the canine family also find their home in the park such as foxes, jackals and hyenas.
The graceful contours of the largest deer in India, the Sambhar, can also be spotted frequently amidst the foliage of the scrubland. The Chital roams in the area while the two members of the antelope family, the Chinkara and the Nilgai, frolick around. A safari in the Ranthambore National Park is an enriching and fulfilling experience.
How to Get There
Jaipur being the nearest airport to reach Ranthambore about 180 km of from the reserve area.
Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 10 km.
Ranthambore is well connected with all the major cities and town through state bus service and it can be reached through private buses and taxis.