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Royal Tigers & Fort at Ranthambhore

Updated on July 19, 2018
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Uday works as a naturalist and birding guide in India. His love for wildlife and nature encourages him to blog and write articles.

Tigers of Ranthambore

Everywhere in India the tigers were losing ground fast, may be few hundred were surviving. It was the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and the Project Tiger Programme that came to rescue the beleaguered animal.

Ranthambore one of the finest habitat in Western India was declared as a protected area or a reserve. The program was successful and was able to stem the rot.

With the consequent successes legendary tigers took birth within the reserve and ruled over the domain. Some of the popular tigers of Ranthambhore reserve are:

  • Machli The Legendary Queen
  • Ustaad The Dominant Male
  • Sundari Female
  • Junglee
  • Jumrooh
  • Dollar
  • Sitara
  • Mala
  • Romeo
  • Sultan

These big cats have carved a niche for themselves in annals of history of wilderness in India. Often sighted they were subject to study of natural history of big cats but what made them famous was their ability to survive in rugged wilderness overcome harsh conditions and rules. The dominance of these predators is always awe inspiring. They are the on the top of food chain and critically endangered. The presence extols the conservation programme and is veritable proof of its success.

Temple at Ranthambore

Ganesh Temple
Ganesh Temple | Source

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

Well known for tigers, a little secret awaits those who visit Ranthambhore on a wildlife safari. Sprawling ancient monuments in picturesque settings mesmerise with their grandeur. In the backdrop of verdant mountains, grasslands and serene lakes live the magnificent tigers. Strikingly charismatic, massive and of awesome strength the big cats enamour the visitors creating an indelible spot in the memory unlike any other event.

History and nature combine to offer a spectacular experience of the sprawling reserve in Western India. A safari leads to sightings to many wild animals and birds. Ideal for a wildlife holidays the park has a complete tourism infrastructure for a stay in doting luxury or on a budget.

Being a conservation unit it preserves the whole ecosystem linked by a fragile web which thrives in this unique desert habitat in Rajasthan in India.

The National Park is home to awe inspiring biodiversity which has come into place through aeons of evolution undisturbed and pure.


Tigress & Cubs
Tigress & Cubs | Source

Lake View

Lake if Ranthabore National Park
Lake if Ranthabore National Park | Source

Lake At Ranthambhore

Lake & Fort
Lake & Fort | Source

History of Ranthambore Fort

The fort and other archaeological evidences are attributed to Hammir Dev of Chauhan Dynasty. The date of establishment is mired in controversy but the fort was assumed to have been built in 944 CE.

As per the Government, the construction started around mid century and continued thereafter for many decades. Subsequent conquests by invading Moghul bloodied the history of Rajasthan but the fort stood unscathed.

After turbulent historical seize the fort passed onto the Maharajahs of Jaipur before independence. Though abandoned it became the shikargah or hunting preserve of the rulers.

After independence the princely kingdoms merged within the Union of India. Subsequently the wilderness was notified as National Park and then a tiger reserve under the Central Government program Project Tiger.

Whilst on a game round the ramparts and imposing structures of the ancient fort are visible. Many tourists visit the fort to explore and enamour at the magnificent architecture of old India.

Other marvels that can be see around are the temples,havelis, impressive gates and fine rock art. In 2013 Ranthambhore Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

Map of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve:
Ranthambore National Park, Prempura, Rajasthan 322001, India

get directions

Ranthabhore Tiger Reserve is also a National Park. It is home to Bengal tigers as well as many other mammals. It is the habitat of many bird species.

Video Ranthambhore Fort

Video of The Reserve

Wild Animals

Apart from the Royal Bengal Tiger, the reserve is home to leopard, sloth bear, sambar, Nilgai antelope, hyena, chinkara, spotted and barking deer, wild boar and Hanuman langur. The lakes support a population of wild crocodiles or mugger.

The tigers of Ranthambore are popular for a unique method of hunting in the water. The big cats can often be seen striking at their prey while making an ambush from adjacent grasslands into the lakes in the park. This is unique albeit the big cats are water loving no where do they adopt this technique. This is a spectacular sight and has been filmed by major companies.

The park is home to more than twenty five tigers which can be seen on an organised safari.

Tiger Photo

Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger | Source

Birds of Ranthambhore

Birds are another attraction of the park. A large number of avian can be sighted while on the game rounds. Some of the targeted species are:

Peacock, Asian palm swift, great crested grebe, snake bird, red crested pochard, black necked stork, Eurasian spoonbill, Northern goshawk, besra, flamingos,king vulture, black francolin, bar headed goose, gadwall, gargeny, wryneck, stork billed kingfisher, blue tailed bee-eater....

Due to large number of water bodies migrants and wintering teals are frequently sighted in the park. More than two hundred and seventy avian species have been spotted at Ranthambhore.

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear
Sloth Bear | Source

Accommodation At Ranthambhore

Being much closer to New Delhi the capital of India a large number of tourists visit the reserve every year. In order to fulfil the accommodation needs many wildlife resorts and hotels have been established on the periphery.

Hotels and resorts subscribing to many categories are available for accommodation in Ranthambore. Properties ranging from budget to high end luxurious one's offer various packages for a stay. National five star brands have created magnificent resorts for stay near by. Room alone, AP and JP are the packages that are much popular.

Resort at Ranthambhore

Luxury Resort
Luxury Resort | Source

Factfile Ranthambhore National Park

Situated in the Aravalli Hills the reserve encompasses an area of more than one thousand square kilometres. Twenty percent of the area has been declared as tourism zone which is divided into ten.

The park is open from 1st October to end of June every year. However some zones are open for tourism even during the closed period.

Sawai Madhopur is the nearest rail head connected with Jaipur Capital of Rajasthan. From New Delhi one can fly to Jaipur or take a train or taxi down to Sawai Madhopur.

A large number of hotels and resorts offer accommodation near the park. For a tiger tour at Ranthambhore one needs a permit. This permit or gate entry should be booked in advance in order to assure an entry.

White Eyed Buzzard

Buzzard | Source

Books on Ranthambhore

Living with Tigers
Living with Tigers

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve has a unique place in history of India and boasts of wilderness that is home to the majestic tiger. The book on tigers is penned by eminent conservationist of India.


© 2017 Uday Patel


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