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Ranthambore National Park
Area : 400 sq km approx./ 39,200 hectares.
Established : 1955 as a sanctuary, 1973 as a tiger reserve, 1981 as a national park.

Shimla TourismRanthambore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The desire to preserve the game in these forests for sport, was responsible for their conservation, and subsequent rescue by Project Tiger.

The Park sprawls over an estimated area of 400 sq kms. Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and a top one of these hills, is the impressive Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th century. The terrain fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bushland. The forest is the typically dry deciduous type, with dhok, being the most prominent tree. The entry point to the Park, goes straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal. The latter boasts of the second-largest banyan tree in India. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Malik Talab are some of the lakes in the area, that attract the tiger population. They have been spotted at the edges of these lakes, and Jogi Mahal itself. Old crumbling walls, ruined pavilions, wells, and other ancient structures stand witness to the region's glorious past. The entire forest is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the Ranthambore Fort - tigers are said to frequent these ruins, too. As a result of stringent efforts in conservation, tigers, the prime assets of the Park, have become more and more active during the day. More than in any other park or sanctuary in India, tigers are easily spotted here in daylight. They can be seen lolling around lazily in the sun, or feverishly hunting down Sambar around the lakes.

Ranthambore is also categorised as a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins of the fort that dot the park. The lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic fort dating back to 1,000 years overlook the park. The Jogi Mahal and the Padam Talao are the unique features of Ranthambore National Park. The park is famous for the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers, which can be seen around the lakes and watering holes, prowling through the forest or resting on the ruins of the fort. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best sanctuaries to see tigers in their wild habitat in India. Many dignitaries have visited Ranthambore National Park to see its majestic tigers. President Bill Clinton of the United States came to Ranthambore National Park on his visit to India and expressed his delight at seeing the tigers of Ranthambore.

Best Time To Visit : October-June, the best period being December-April.
Flora in Ranthambore National Park

Shimla TourismThe national park is dotted with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok and Pipal trees, mango trees and the green belts covered by the trees. The Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary has the two extremes - forests and open bush land. The dry and deciduous forests are dominated with the Dhok trees.

Ranthambore Fort and Jogi Mahal

Shimla TourismWith an area of 392-sq-kms, this park was named after the Ranthambhore Fort that occupies the principal position in the centre of the national park. This 10th century fort built by the Chauhans, is probably the oldest existing fort in Rajasthan and particularly in the Malwa plateau. The forest rest house, Jogi Mahal houses the second-largest Banyan tree in India.


We recommend you to take the light cotton garments while visiting Ranthambore national park during the hot summer months. Suitable woollens should be taken for the winters. The tourists have to pay the entry charges for the hired vehicle, guide and photo equipments.

There is a limited entry in the Ranthambore National Park available only to the tourists having the permits at the entrance of Ranthambhore National Park. The foreigners pay an entrance fee of Rs 200; Indians pay a fee of Rs 25, while the Indian students pay Rs 5 only. Additional charges are levied on electronic equipments like cameras and other stuffs.

Within the park, the jeeps can be hired at the entrance to Ranthambhore. The RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) also organises the truck safaris for tourists.

Months Morning Afternoon
October-March 10-15 º celcius 20-25 º celcius
April 20-25 º celcius 30-35º celcius
May-June 30-35 º celcius 40-45 º celcius
Rainfall : 68cms
How To Reach
By Train Sawai Madhopur is the nearest Railhead. various trains link Sawai Madhopur to cities such as Jaipur and Delhi.

By Road Sawai Madhopur is the nearest town from Ranthambore (about 11 Km). Sawai Madhopur is well connected to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

By Air Jaipur, abouy 4 hrs drive, is the nearest airport. Regular bus services are available between Jaipur and Ranthambore. You can also hire taxi from Jaipur to drive to Ranthambore National Park.




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