Ranthambore is by and large known as the Ranthambore National Park is. It is a wildlife park in Rajasthan, India, with an area stretching till 1,334 km. It is bordered to the north by the Banas River in the North and Chambal River to the South. Located in the town of Sawai Madhopur, this sanctuary is one of the best national parks in India and a must visit. Ranthambore National Park is hugely famous for being a leading wildlife reserve for various fauna and more so a shelter for the Royal Bengal Tigers. Known for being the former hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Jaipur, it is also home to other wild animals like leopards, marsh crocodiles, sloth bear, sambar deer, palm civet, striped hyena and spotted deer. Not only these, 320 species of fascinating birds including resident and migrant make the area even more interesting to explore.
The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve Area is divided into 10 zones, and the Safari tour is organized on all of these routes. Two separate shifts are provided by the jungle authorities - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There are two type of vehicles also offered – canter and jeep to choose from. You can Book your Ranthambore Jungle Safari online on Travolook as per your convenience. There are several interesting places to be seen within the park premises. There’s something for everyone, so let’s begin with some of them.
Ranthambore Fort is a colossal monument that lies huddled deep inside the Ranthambore National Park. This fort has been a witness to the rich history of the state of Rajasthan over centuries and therefore declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The first stone of fort’s construction was laid in 944 AD by King Sapaldaksha of Chauhan Dynasty, and later it was completed by his successors. Rao Hammir Deo Chauhan’s contribution has been considered to be most significant hence several parts of the Fort are named after him. The fort has gigantic walls and gates with structures like Battis Khambhat Chhatri, Hammir Badi Kachahari, Hammir Palace, chhoti Kachahari inside. There are seven gates in the fort namely Navlakha Pol, Hathi Pol, Ganesh Pol, Andheri Pol, Delhi Gate, Satpol, Suraj Pol.
Situated inside the site of the Ranthambore Fort, Trinetra Ganesh Temple is one of the most ancient temples in India dedicated to Hindu Lord Ganesha and his family members. The most amazing part of the temple is that devotees visiting the temple make miniature images of the kind of houses they aspire to build or buy in future, hoping their wish will be granted by Lord Ganesha as He is the harbinger of good luck and removes all obstacles in life. Here Ganesha is worshipped five times daily with aartis that are a stunning sight to behold even for those who are not religiously inclined. The morning “aarti” sun spreads its golden hues in the holy premises. During Ganesh Chathurti, the festivities are elaborate and multitude of devotees comes to offer homage to their Lord.
Close to the Trinetra Ganesh temple lays the bewitchingly beautiful Padam Lake which is also the largest lake in the Ranthambore Park. It’s a serene place carpeted with floating lotuses and water lilies making it an exotic sight especially during the season time where the lake is literally pink due to the large number of blooming lotuses. The animals from the National park frequent this place to quench this thirst and you can get to catch a glimpse of that. The lake remains open throughout the day and all seven days of the week. It’s a must visit for those who wish to enjoy the sight of the forest along with the beauty of the refreshing break.
If you love watching pretty tropical birds, then you have to visit Surwal Lake. Located in Ranthambore national park premises, this place is a big time attraction for all kinds of birds. More than 50 species of birds can be spotted here including Bar headed Geese, Grey heron, White Breasted Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Shrike, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Robin, Hoopoe, Common Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Egret, Red Wattled Lapwing, Stilt, River Tern, Pelican etc. Early morning hours are even better if you wish to catch the mobs of birds.
Kachida Valley is a huge pasture of luscious greens, located within the boundaries of Ranthambore National Park. Locatd in zone 5 of the park, it’s famous for the Panther population of Ranthambore that remains confined to this Valley in order to avoid confrontation with the Tigers in the main park. Big ant hills, beehives and sloth bears are also abundantly seen here. The valley is enveloped with low and craggy hills can be reached through the jeep safari.
The Rajbagh ruins is a splendid tell tale sign of the rich historical past. Located along the banks of Raj Bagh Lake, it serves as a relaxing shelter for the wildlife especially tigers that can be seen sitting around the place. The backdrop of the lake and dense forests along with the rustic structure create an alluring scenario making it one of the topmost sightseeing destinations of Ranthambore. The ruins of these structures consist of broken, structures, rooms and outhouses with arches, partly residual walls and domes. The Rajbagh Lake is a vital source of food and water for the herbivorous animals in the premises as it’s covered with several soggy edible plants.
Due to being the most heavily thick forest area in the National Park, Akaula Regions the lowest temperature that suits several wildlife species that flourishes in a cool environment. It has a number of puddles and wells which keep the temperature perennially low despite the scorching summer heat of Rajasthan.
This famous craft village of Sawai Madhopur has been set up with the purpose of empowering local women from the village to become financially independent. Its a pleasure to see women at work create beautiful pieces of art and craft using natural dyes from the peels of fruits and vegetables and other environmentally friendly material. A good quality of patchwork, woodwork and handloom is kept on display and sale for the tourists.
When you are looking for a break from history and wildlife and seeking fun and games, you can head to the Wild Dragon Adventure Park Nestled amidst hills with a lake in the front, this park for the adventure lovers is set in such a jaw dropping location. It offers crazy amount of fun activities for the visitors such as adventure sports, bumper boats, water ball, warrior bull, Haunted House, Sumo Fight, and Trampoline.
Book a flight to Sanganer Airport in Jaipur. This is the nearest airport at a distance of 180 kms from Ranthambore.
TThe Sawai Madhopur railway station is the nearest railway station from the Ranthambore Park. Taxis can be hired from both -the airport and railway station to reach Ranthambore.
Book cheap air tickets to the nearest airport is in Dehradun. From the Airport, you can either hire a taxi and reach Auli or take the state-run buses to reach Joshimath.
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