Ranthambore National Park: An Introduction

Ranthambore National Park is a beautiful gift of nature to human being where we get a chance to see and admire its glorious history as well as the rich wildlife. Not only this, there is an old fort inside the park, which is a bit scary, built in 10th century and has witnessed to many changes made by the rulers of northern and central India. The park connects to Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges where they meet and his confluence is perhaps the reason for the rich bio-diversity of the Ranthambore. Straight as well as flat mountains lure plenty of tourists every year. The river Chambal and Banas surrounds this park towards the south and north.

It enjoys the status of the largest national park in northern India. It falls in Sawai Madhopur District of eastern Rajasthan. In present time Ranthambore has become a great destination for wildlife lovers and photographers. An idea of the length of the park can be gauged from the fact that it spans from Mansingh to the Kaila Devi sanctuary. One can watch cheetah during the daylight very easily enjoying fun in their natural habitats. It is the only perfect place for Nature and wildlife lovers as they may not find such a good place on this earth. Apart from cheetah you can see leopards, Nilgai, Sambar, Chital, bears along with different species of birds to revive your body and mind to make your trip memorable and unforgettable. Ranthambore fort and Jogi Mahal are the important historical monuments located within the parks, attracts lots of tourists.

Brief History

The park was established by Government of India in the year of 1955. In 1973, a part of the sanctuary came under the Tiger Reserve Project and in 1980, park was declared as national park in order to give greater protection to the forests. Later in 1983 and 1984 forests lying to the north of the national park were declared as Kela Devi Sanctuary and the forests lying to the south of the national park were declared as Sawai ManSingh Sanctuary.

Tourist Attractions in Ranthambore

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Fort in Rajasthan is the probably one of the oldest fort in the state whose foundation was laid by the Rajput King Sapaldaksha of Chauhan Dynasty in 944 AD. Since then several kings of the same dynasty have given their contribution in making of the fort. To honor the king's contribution a 32 - pillar canopy (popularly called as Battis Khmaba Chhattri) was built and that also shows 32 years of the monolithic king's rule. Here you will find ample of things to explore the rich history and the royalty of the state. The fort is surrounded by massive stone walls, which are strengthened by towers and bastions. There are many ruined buildings inside the fort. Western part being the prominent part of the fort attracts lot of tourists as here you can see larger number of birds, Langurs and sometimes even leopards. Wednesday is the best day to visit the fort, the day of lord Ganesha when most of the local people pay a visit to Ganesh temple dressed in their best finery.

Jogi Mahal in Ranthambore: Jogi Mahal is another important historical monument that draws the attentions of the large number of tourists coming to the Rajasthan. Though, the Mahal has been undertaken by the forest department and utilizes it as a rest house where travelers use to take rest after a long safari ride and exploration. Padam Talab adjoining the Mahal is another attraction of the place as travelers are amazed by its serene beauty. You must not forget to see the Banyan Tree which is next to Jogi Mahal, one of the oldest tree in the world.

Chamatkar Jain Temple The famous Jain temple is located in the historic city of Rajasthan called Sawai Madhopur. Why this temple come under the major attraction of Ranthambore, simply because the temple is surrounded by the beautiful hills of mountain ranges makes this destination nonpareil. The temple main attraction is 6 inches high miraculous idol of Bhagwan Adinath in Pasmasana posture that is kept in a beautiful altar. It is said that wishes made here is always fulfilled.

Kachida Valley : Located close to the outskirts of the national park, the valley is marked by ample of rocks and low hills. This fascinating place is known for its healthy population of panther and bear. It is so because panthers prefer to stay away from the central areas of the park to avoid conflicts with tigers. A jeep would be the ideal mode of transport if you are willing to visit this particular area.