Ranthambore Wildlife Tour
wildlife haven in the deserts, Ranthambhore National Park, has always been a
popular destination for an adventurous wildlife safari. Nature lovers can
feel the fresh air in this wild jungle, with channels of lakes and rivers
and wild scrubs. Amidst this setting are ruins of ancient temples and a
massive fort that are capable to immediately grab your attention.
Once a hunting location for the royals, it was named as Sawai Madhopur
Wildlife Sanctury in 1955, though it came under the Project Tiger only in
1977. Later, in 1980, the park was rechristened as Ranthambhore National
Park in 1980 and Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in India.
You can easily spot the majestic Tiger roaming around lazily in its well
conserved habitat. According to a recent census, the park is home to around
35 to 40 Tigers. Apart from Tigers, there are also Leopards, Wild Boars,
Sambars, Chitals, Jackals and Nilgai among other wildlife specie. The
forests are blankted with dry deciduous kind of vegetation, especially Dhok
trees. Mango, Pipal and Banyan trees are also common here. One can also
enjoy bird watching in Ranthambore as around 264 species of birds can be
found within the forest.
The entry gate to the Ranthambore National Park lies at a distance of 10 km
form Sawai Madhopur, that lies in the eastern corner of Rajasthan. From here
you can get your entry tickets by paying the entry fees. Further at a
distance of 3 km, is the main gate of the Park, and the Ranthambore Fort.
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- Delhi Sightseeing - Jama Masjid, Red Fort,Chandni Chowk
- Trip to Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
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- Visit to the erotic temples of khajuraho
State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur is situated in the old city. From here
you can get your currency and traveler cheques exchanged. The main post
office lies on the the street to the north of Main Bazaar. At the train
station itself you will find the Tourist Reception Centre. Some of the best
hotels offering comfy accommodation are lined along the road stretching from
the town to the Park.
Ranthambhore National Park Guide, The
National Park has got its name from the Ranthambhore Fort and the two hills
Ran and Thambhor. This 10th century fort was built by the Chauhan Rajputs.
The fort witnessed many battles to gain its control, but owing to its
treacherous location, the fort was unattainable for most of the dynasty
kings like Allauddin Khilji and Feroz Tughlaq. In 1538, the fort came under
the control of the Mughals, who used it as a prison fortress in the 17th
century. Later, the Mughals gifted it to the King of Jaipur and since then
its a possession of the royal family.
The fort consists of Hindu temples devoted to Shiva, Ganesha and Ramlalaji.
These temples date back to the 12th century and are made of a special stone
called Red Karauli stone. It faces a beautiful lake called Padam Talab,
named after the lotus flowers that cover its waters. It was in this fort
that thousands of women committed mass suicide known as Johar, in early 14th
century, to save themselves from becoming slaves of the Muslim king who had
won against the Rajput king Hammir Deva.
Ranthambore National Park Wildlife Tour, The best time for a wildlife safari is during the months of October to
April. Early mornings or late afternoons are best for jungle treks. The park
has seven tracks that let you navigate through the park. A jeep or canter is
the best way to travel around, in which reservations are on the basis of
first come first serve basis as only 15 jeeps and 15 canters are allowed
inside. You must be accompanied by a guide, for which you will be charged
extra. A safari tour lasts for around three hours. Photography is allowed.
Sleeping & Eating:
Some of the budget hotels of the place carry heavy discounts too, so you
must compare the prices before you book a hotel. Rajeev Resort in Indira
Colony, Agarwal Hotel at Station Bazaar and Hotel Bal Mandir in Bal Mandir
Colony are some of the budget hotels, where accommodation is a bit cheap but
services too are basic. The mid range and top end hotels include Sawai
Madhopur Lodge, Ankur Resort, Hotel Tiger Safari Resort, Hotel Ranthambhore
Resort, Vanyavilas and RTDC Vinayak Tourist Complex. All these hotels and
resorts are aligned on the Ranthambhore Road.
Although Ranthambore is famous for its wildlife, its not that there is
nothing special here to shop. Dastar Craft Centre, located about 3km from
the train station, is an organization that works to employ the rural women
so that they get their earning through their skills. You can buy some of the
handicraft items which have intricate embroidery work, including wall
hangings, scarfs, puppets and bags. From Ranthambore School of Art you can
collect signature photo- realistic wildlife prints, postcards and greeting
cards with images of wildlife and miniature Tiger souvenirs.
Getting There & Away:
Buses are easily available from the Bundi Bus Stand, for Jaipur
as well as Kota. These buses travel via Tonk. From a roundabout nethe main
post office to you will get buses that go via Dausa on the Jaipur-Bharatpur
road. It will take you six hours to reach Jaipur and four hours to reach
Kota from Bundi. From Sawai Madhopur too you will get buses to the major
cities of Rajasthan.
The nearest railhead is Sawai Madhopur, at a distance of 11
km from Ranthambhore National Park. Lying on the main Delhi-Mumbai route,
the major trains do have a stoppage here. You book your train tickets at the
Computerised Reservation Office at the train centre. The Golden Temple Mail
connects the train station with Delhi. For Kota or Agra you can take the
An excellent way to explore the nearby areas of Ranthambhore is by hiring a
bicycle, which will cost you Rs 25 for a day. You can also take an auto
rickshaw or hire a jeep from the train station itself.