Situated in Eastern Rajasthan,
where the Aravali Hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau meet, 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. Six man made lakes
are the central focus of the park and many perennial streams criss-cross
the entire park. The Ranthambore National Park has internal drainage
and has no link up with any river system, even though two rivers
bound the Park in its north and south side.
Flora in Ranthambore National Park
The landscape is dotted with ancient
Banyan Trees, Dhok & Pipal trees, clusters of mango trees and
crisscrossed with evergreen belts.
The terrain is made up of massive rock formations, steep scarps,
perennial lakes and streams and forest suddenly opening up into
large areas of Savannah. The terrain of Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary
fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest
is the typically dry deciduous type, with Dhok, being the most prominent
Major Wildlife Attractions - Ranthambore
Ranthambore National Park is famous for its Tigers and is a favorite
with photographers. For a relatively small area, the park has a
rich diversity of fauna and flora - species list includes 300 trees,
50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile
& amphibians and 30 mammals.
For the wildlife savvy, Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary today offers
an intense diversity of flora and fauna. Tigers, the park's pride
makes it one of the best places in the country to observe them.
Apart from that a large numbers of Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle,
Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number
Ranthambore Fort & Jogi Mahal
With a coverage area of 392-sq-kms, 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, was a vital citadel
for control of Central India and particularly the Malwa
plateau. The entry point to the Ranthambore National Park, goes
straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest house, Jogi
Mahal. The latter boasts of the second-largest Banyan tree in India.
General Info / Tips
Field Director, Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
Note: Light cotton garments are recommended to visitors while visiting
Ranthambore national park during the hot summer months and woollens
are suitable for the winters. Entry charges for hired vehicle, guide
and photo equipment are separate. These can be reserved at the Project
Tiger office in Sawai Madhopur.
Tourist Information Centres
All visitors to Corbett National Park have to obtain permits from
the park administration centre at Ramnagar. The closest of the various
gates into the Corbett national park, 1-m from central Ramnagar,
is on the road to Bijrani camp, 11-km away, a base for day trips.
Dhangarhi Gate, 18-kms along the highway north to Ranikhet, provides
access to the northern and north western portion of the Jim Corbett
Park along the Ramnagar River valley, and to the main camp of Dhikala.
Best Time to Visit Ranthambore
The best visiting season of Ranthambore national park is during
the months of October - March and April to June.
Park Visitation Timings
"1. Between October To March: 6.00 am - 9.00 am & 3.00
pm - 6.00 pm" "2 Between April To June: 6.30 am - to 9.30
am & 3.30 pm - 6.00 pm"