If you’re a nature and animal lover but also a history buff,Ranthambore is the place for you. Among other things, the park is known as a famous heritage site because of itsmany beautiful and significant ruins. Located in the SawaiMadhopur district of Rajasthan, it was previously a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur. It has since become a major tourist spot that is home to over 40 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 45 types of reptiles and over 300 kinds of plants.
Owing to its small size (Ranthambore National Park is 282 square kilometres while Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is 1,334 square kilometres), it is relatively easy to sight wild tigers, making it a preferred destination for wildlife lovers and photographers to visit. And the dry deciduous habitat makes it much easier to spot a tiger in the wild. Here, you don’t just get to see Bengal tigers, but also spotted deer, Sambar deer, crocodiles,bisonsunnis, and so on.
The Aravali and the Vindhyan hill ranges meet at Ranthambore; hence it is rich in biodiversity. The park is only open between October and June, and receives more than 100,000 wildlife enthusiasts every year from all over the world.
So if you’re planning your first ever wildlife trip, why not start with Ranthambore? You’re almost surely going to spot a tiger here and the forest is lush and green, making for a beautiful landscape. - Niharika Keerthi
How to get there?
By road: Jaipur – 180 kms; Bharatpur – 202 kms
Jaipur –180 kms
Time to visit
October to June
Places to stay
OberoiVanya Vilas, Nahargarh Hotel, TajSawaiMadhopur Lodge,Ranthambhore National Resort, Ananta Palace Ranthambore, Ranthambhore Heritage Haveli Resort, Ranthambhore Forest Resort, Dev Vilas