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Ranthambore National Park
This park covers an area of 392 sq. km and
is situated in eastern Rajasthan at the junction of Aravalis and
Vindhya hills. The Ranthambhore National Park was once the hunting
preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The rivers Chambal in the South and
Banas in the North bound the Ranthambore National Park. There are six man
made lakes are the central focus of the park and many perennial streams
criss-cross the entire park.
Ranthambore National Park is famous for tigers but there is a rich
diversity of flora and fauna here. About 300 species of trees, 50 species
of aquatic plants, 272 birds species, 12 reptiles species 30 species
mammals. Besides tiger other animals commonly seen in
Ranthambore are Nilgai, Sambhar, Chital, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara,
Porcupine, Jackal, Leopard, Jungle Cat and marsh Crocodile.
How to reach Ranthambore
By Road : A good
network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town from Ranthambore
to all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan.
Rail : Ranthambore
National Park is around 11-kms away from Sawai Madhopur railway station,
that lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route.
Air : Jaipur at
145-kms is the nearest airport from Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary.
Park is closed between months of July
and September for tourists.
Other places to see in Ranthambore
Ranthambore Fort &
Jogi Mahal : This park got its name from the
Ranthambhore Fort, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Park.
The fort, which dates back to the 10th century and is probably the oldest
existing fort in Rajasthan. The forest guest house is called Jogi Mahal.