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Once the private hunting grounds for the Maharaja of Jaipur, now, Ranthambore, near the township of Sawai Madhopur, serves as a National Park. The project Tiger was launched here to prevent tigers from being the target of hunters. 1927 tigers were estimated in India in 1972. Out of these 74 were in Rajasthan and 14 in Ranthambore. It was in this year that project tiger was launched in this Sanctuary as well as some other sanctuaries.

Jogi Mahal

The park is spread over an area of about 400 sq. kms. Above one of the hills is the strategically built 10th century fort, the Ranthambore Fort. Within this fort are some spectacular monuments. The terrain has some steep rugged rocks bordering the lakes and rivers, surrounded by dense forest and thick bushes. The forests have deciduous types of trees with Dhok as the most prominent tree. At the foot of the fort starts the forests. Located here is the Jogi Mahal, which houses the second largest banyan tree in India. Tigers wander around the lakes, Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Milak Talak that this forest houses. Jogi Mahal is also a favourite of tigers. The forest displays the old time battlements and spillovers of Ranthambore scattered throughout the forest, symbolising the region's glorious past. The tigers visit these ruins too.

Ranthambore serves as the best park for wildlife photography and attracts professionals from all around the world. Sincer the implementation of the project tiger, tigers can be spotted easily, lazing around in the sun, or hunting excitedly with great excitement near the sambar lake. No other sanctuary provides such a good view of tigers in broad daylight. Panthers are also a part of this forest, but are mostly found on the outskirts of the park, mainly at Kachida valley. This is due to the unavoidable fights with the tigers here. Sambars, which are in a large number here are the main prey for the predators. Marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle cats, sloth bears, chital, nilgai and chinkara are also residents of this forest. Black storks, quails, Bonelli's eagles, spur fowls, crested serpent eagles and painted storks is the avifauna of the forests. Many birds especially a variety of ducks migrate to this park during winters.

When To Visit

The best time to visit the park is between October and June.

How To Get There

By air: Jaipur (145 km) is the nearest airport.

By rail: The Park is around 11 km away from Sawai Madhopur railway station, that lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route.

By road:
A good network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town, with quite a few areas around.

Where to Stay

RTDC Jhoomar Baori Forest Lodge, RTDC Hotel Kamdhenu, Maharaja Lodge (Taj Group), Sawai Madhopur Lodge, PWD Rest House, and Jogi Mahal which lies within the park premises, are some of the available means of accomodation.


Field Director, Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.


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