Ranthambhore National Park
Ranthambhore National Park, also known as Ranthambhore, covers an area of 392 km2 and is one of the largest national parks in northern India. The city of Sawai Madhopur is located in the district of Sawai Madhopur in the southeast of Rajasthan, approximately 110 kilometres northeast of Kota and 140 kilometers southeast of Jaipur, the city’s nearest airport. It is about 11 kilometres from the nearest town and railway station to Sawai Madhopur. There is also a railway station near the park. Kota and Ranthambhore are connected by RIDDOR’s mega-highway. The Banas River and the Chambal River form the northern and southern boundaries of Ranthambhore National Park. In the park, there is a fortress named Ranthambhore, which is a historic landmark.
In 1955, the Government of India established Ranthambhore as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary. In 1973, it was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves. National park status was granted to Ranthambhore in 1980. Initially, the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary were established in 1984, and in 1991, the Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries were included in the tiger reserve.
There are few places in India where you can see tigers in their natural environment like the Ranthambhore wildlife sanctuary. It is possible to spot tigers even during the daytime. Ranthambhore National Park offers the best chances of seeing tigers in November and May. As a typical example of a central Indian jungle, the park’s deciduous forests can be found throughout the park. Leopards, nilgais, wild boars, sambars, striped hyenas, sloth bears, southern plains grey langurs, rhesus macaques, and chitals are also common wild animals here. One of the largest banyan trees in India, as well as a variety of trees and plants, can be found in the sanctuary.
Forests: Various types of grassy meadows and dry deciduous forests can be found in the park. 539 species of flowering plants make up the park’s flora.
Tigers: There are few better places in the country for spotting a tiger than Ranthambhore. As he saunters or basks under the sun, the majestic predator can be seen.
Safari Rides: A ride is conducted at 6:30 a.m. and 14:30 p.m. Approximately three hours are spent on each ride. You can choose between a 20-seater open-top canter or a 6-seater open-top gypsy for the safari. There is a cost of around Rs700-800 per person for each ride. In the central park area, there are several zones, and safari vehicles travel through one of them. It is rare to see a tiger spotting on a tour, so many visitors take multiple excursions. As you travel from Sawai Madhopur to the national park, you can stay at many resorts.
Ranthambhore Fort: There is a majestic fort in the parking area dating back to the 10th century. Standing 700 feet high, it overlooks the surrounding plain. In the fort, there is a marble temple dedicated to Ganesh, Shiva, and Ramlalaji made out of red Karauli stone. Digamber Jain temples are dedicated to Lord Sumatinath (5th Jain Tirthankar) and Lord Sambhavanath. Construction of the temples took place in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Padam Talao: There are many lakes in the park, but this is the largest. An ancient red sandstone building called Jogi Mahal can be seen at the lake’s edge. Additionally, the lake is surrounded by one of India’s largest banyan trees.
Air: Ranthambhore wildlife sanctuary is 160 km away from Jaipur airport.
Rail: Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, which is on the Delhi to Mumbai trunk line, is about 11 km from Ranthambhore National Park. The city is a stop for many trains, including
Jaipur – Indore Super Fast,
Dayodaya Express (Ajmer – Jabalpur Express),
Jodhpur – Indore Intercity,
Hazrat Nizamuddin – Indore Express,
Marusagar Express (Ajmer – Ernakulam Express / Ernakulam Express),
Jaipur – Mysore Express,
Jaipur – Chennai Express,
Jaipur – Coimbatore Express,
Jodhpur – Puri Express,
Jodhpur – Bhopal Express,
Jodhpur – Indore Intercity, and the
August Kranti Delhi to Mumbai Rajdhani Express.
The Jaipur – Indore Super Fast connects Sawai Madhopur to a major city of Madhya Pradesh, Indore Junction. There is also a Kota Jan Shatabdi Express train, from Kota to the national capital of Delhi via Sawai Madhopur. Other trains include Kota – Hanumangarh Express, Sawai Madhopur-Mathura Passenger and Jaipur-Kota Passenger. Kota – Patna Express connects Sawai Madhopur and Patna via Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow and Varanasi.
Luxury trains: The Palace on Wheels, The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Maharajas’ Express, and The Indian Maharaja make a scheduled stop at Sawai Madhopur on their eight-day round trips to tourist destinations.
Roads: A network of buses connects Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town, to all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan. The frequency of direct services is not very great, however. A car or taxi must be hired from Kota to Ranthambhore. Kota – Ranthambore is a mega highway and can be covered in 1.5 hours.
Distance chart From Ranthambore
Jaipur: 130 km
Kota: 114 km
Jodhpur: 450 km
Bikaner: 476 km
Udaipur: 401 km
Delhi: 365 km
Ajmer: 258 km
Mount Abu: 555 km
Jaisalmer: 713 km
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