This park covers an area of 392 sq. km and is situated in eastern Rajasthan at the junction of Aravalis and Vindhya hills. 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. There are six man made lakes are the central focus of the park and many perennial streams criss-cross the entire park.
Ranthambore National Park is famous for tigers but there is a rich diversity of flora and fauna here. About 300 species of trees, 50 species of aquatic plants, 272 birds species, 12 reptiles species 30 species mammals. Besides tiger other animals commonly seen in Ranthambore are Nilgai, Sambhar, Chital, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Porcupine, Jackal, Leopard, Jungle Cat and marsh Crocodile.
How to reach Ranthambore
By Road : A good network of buses connect Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town from Ranthambore to all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan.
Rail : Ranthambore National Park is around 11-kms away from Sawai Madhopur railway station, that lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route.
Air : Jaipur at 145-kms is the nearest airport from Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary.
Park is closed between months of July and September for tourists.
Other places to see in Ranthambore
Ranthambore Fort & Jogi Mahal : 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. The forest guest house is called Jogi Mahal.