Ranthambore National Park is located in the eastern part of the desert state of Rajasthan. This park is situated at the place where the Vindhyan Plateau and the Aravali ranges meet. Chambal and Banas river flow through the Ranthambore National Park. In addition to that, six man-made lakes and many perpetual streams rinse through the sanctuary.
In 1955, the Ranthambore National Park became a game sanctuary; and in 1980, it attained the grade of a national park. The year 1972 saw the emergence of Project Tiger and eventually, in 1973, this park became a part of the Project Tiger.
Ranthambore National Park is sprawled across an area of 400 sq km, which includes the the area of Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary too, which adjoin this sanctuary. However, only part of the park is open for the tourists to wander and explore the fascinating flora and fauna. This forest has a terrain, which is rough and rugged, and the foliage is dense and deciduous. This forest has one of the largest collection of wildlife species in India. Ranthambore is also given the status of a heritage site because of the charming ruins of the fort that dot the park. Special man-made features of this park include the Padam Talao and the Jogi Mahal.
The Royal Bengal Tigers inhabit this park. These tigers can actually be seen sauntering around the watering holes and lakes or reclining leisurely on the fort ruins.Ranthambore National Park has been frequented by a lot of important dignitaries to have a glimpse of these magnificent cats. Ranthambore National Park was one of the places visited by the former President of the US, Bill Clinton, when he visited India.
The rich and diverse assortment of flora and fauna at this park include 300 trees, over 300 species of birds, 12 reptiles, 50 aquatic plants, and 30 types of mammals. Other animals found here include the wild boar, chinkara, sloth bear, jungle cat, porcupines and jackals, marsh crocodile, leopard, sambhar, chital, gazzelle, etc. The majority of these wild animals can be seen near the lakes and water holes during the evening. Ranthambore is also a dwelling place to both inhabitant and migratory bird population. The environment is crowded with feathered species.
It's a great place to have game watching and capturing them in your camera.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/08