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Royal Tigers & Fort at Ranthambhore
Temple at Ranthambore
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 back drop 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 a 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.
Lake At Ranthambhore
History of Ranthambore Fort
The fort and other archaeological evidence 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's 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
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
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.
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, barheaded 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.
Factfile Ranthambhore National Park
Situated in the Aravalli Hills the reserve encompasses and 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
Books on Ranthambhore
Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve
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