Deriving its name from one of India’s oldest, largest and most stunning fortresses that stands imperially, an imposing structure 700 feet above the fertile forestland, the Ranthambhore National Park is a widely acclaimed sanctuary. Nestled in the south-eastern region of Rajasthan, this National Park – former hunting ground of the game loving Maharaja’s of Jaipur has today been converted into a core participant of tiger conservation, being an integral battlefield of Project Tiger.
The tenth century Ranthambhore Fort has stood witness to the changing faces of the earth, from precipitous ravines to the web cast by the overflowing streams and lakes intercepting the forest floor. A few Rajput and Mughal monuments lay in shambles amidst lush foliage, giving us a glimpse into the regions celebrated past. The terrain is moody, altering from invincible forests to exposed fields and everything in between. Scattered across it are some gorgeous recreational palaces, guard posts, rest houses and watch towers that were once occupied by the ever changing inhabitants of the citadel, singing praises of the valour and strife that happened to occur in this expansive playground.
For ten centuries the area has seen a constant battle of dominance between the Bhilwala Tribe, the Nagil Jats, Hada Rajput’s, the Rana’s of Mewar, Bahadur Shah, Akbar and even the Kachwaha Maharaja’s of Jaipur, but today it is ruled by the striped predator – the tiger.
Besides the gloriously coated tiger, other animals that continue to live here are the leopard, jungle cat, antelope, sloth bear, marsh crocodile and hyena to name a few. This park doesn’t fail to impress ornithologists as it houses over 350 bird species and attracts migratory birds during the cold winter months from as far as Siberia. Even in terms of flora, the park has widespread varieties of plant life that charm eager naturalists. Besides the wilderness, the promising backdrop of the fort is a magnet for photography aficionados.
|Area:||1334 Square Kilometers|
|Core Area:||392 Square Kilometers (National Park Area)|
|Elevation:||350 meters above mean sea level|
|Annual Rainfall:||800 mm|
|Monsoon:||July to September (during this time the park remains closed)|
|Summer:||Mid-March to July|
|Winter:||October to mid-March|
The Park remains closed between July and September.
The forest authorities decide the Park entry and exit timings, and these are subject to change without previous notice.
The general timings are as follows:
|October to February||March to June|
|7.00 am to 10.30 am & 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm||6.30 am to 10.00 am & 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm|