Ranthambhore National park located at the junction of Aravali and Vindhya hill range, is a very well known and the biggest national park of Northern India. It's located in sawai madhopur district which is approx 130 km from Jaipur. Earlier it was one of the very favorite hunting grounds for maharajas of Jaipur and now it's a very famous wildlife spot which attracts tourist attention as well as wild life photographers. Ranthambhore National Park is spread in area of 1,334 sq km. The Park is famous for tigers. Here the tigers can be easily spotted in their natural habitat.
In 1957 The Park was declared as wildlife sanctuary ad in 1974 it gained the protection of "project tiger". In 1981 it got the status of National Park.
This park has many water bodies and structures of bygone eras. A huge fort of Ranthambhore is here after which the park has been named as Ranthambhore national park. It's a complete fun being at Ranthambhore as it has mixture of history, wildlife, nature, adventure, tigers and other animals. This National park is wildlife enthusiast as well as a photographer's dream. It offers accommodation and transportation facilities. It remains open from October to May every year. It's very famous for frequent tiger sighting. To reach here Kota and Jaipur are nearest airports. By rail and buses it is easily connected. It's located on Delhi - Bombay highway.
PLACES TO SEE:Ranthambhore Fort:
Ranthambhore fort can easily be seen from the whole park. The fort is located upon a high hill from where you can see lots of animals at your eye level and wandering around the water bodies. The fort has its own historical and architectural importance too. The fort is worth visiting and photographing. Every visitor to Ranthambhore should visit the fort.Water bodies:
This park have three water bodies ' padam talao, rajbagh talao and malik talao' from which Padam is largest and Malik talao is the smallest lake. Jogi mahal is located at the edge of Padam talao. Different animals like sambhar deer, Indian marsh crocodiles, chinkara etc can be seen here. The Rajbagh ruins are also worth seeing.Bakula:
Bakula is the thickly forested region with pools and water holes for vegetation. Tigresses are often seen with young cubs near Bakula water holes. It offers safari which can be a lifetime experience.Kachida Valley:
It consists of rocky outcrops and low hills. The area contains majority of beers and panthers. A safari tour in jeep can be taken for it.
Over all we can conclude that Ranthambhore National park is really worth visiting for its historical importance, architectural beauty, natural beauty, wildlife, adventure and overall the complete fun.