The Indian state of Rajasthan is known all over the world for its rich cultural heritage. Its history, customs, royalty, fairs and festivals are all so classic, rich and colourful. The same richness and antiquity can be seen and felt in another of its natural heritages- Ranthambore National Park.
Ranthambore lies between two of the oldest and greatest geographical formations of India- the Arravalis and the Vindhyan range. The area in and around Ranthambore used to be the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. For many decades now, researchers, scientists, wildlife film makers and tourists have been visiting this park because it was easier to see tigers here than most other places in the world. This has made the tiger more accustomed to vehicles and the sightings have only become better and more comfortable. Because of the good sightings and consistent study, Ranthambore tigers are very well known.
In the core area of about 275 sq km, there are 9 routes defined that can be used for tourist vehicles. The Banas river in the north and the Chambal in the south are life lines for this dry, deciduous forest. It is dominated by the Dhok tree along with some very beautiful dry land species. The forest changes dramatically with the first rains.
The landscape of this area is unique. Deep gorges, grassy slopes, rugged hills, ravines and large lakes make this park a photographer’s delight. An ancient 10th century fort that stands 700ft above the surrounding plains adds to the drama of the terrain. All in all, it is a fabulous setting to have your first tiger sighting in!
Area: 275 sq km of core forest
Co-ordinates: Latitude: 26° 01’ 02” N, Longitude: 76° 30' 09”E.
Weekly off: None
Park Season: From October to June.
Closest airports: Jaipur (130 km), Kota (108km)
Closest Railheads: Sawai Madhopur (11 km), Kota (108 km) and Jaipur (130 km)