Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park is a reserve which needs no introduction. Arguably, this is the best park in the world to see the striped big cat in action. This National park is a wildlife enthusiast and photographer's dream. It offers excellent accommodation and internal transportation facilities. The park remains open every year from October to May.Famous for the exciting and frequent tiger sightings captured dramatically in several books, this park is today affected by ecological pressures and poaching.


Ranthambore is dotted with structures that remind you of bygone eras.There are many water bodies located all over the park, which provide perfect relief during the extremely hot summer months for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. There are many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the jungle, which give it a unique, wonderful and mixed flavour of nature, history and wildlife.Tigers at Ranthambore National park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors. These tigers are famous for being seen in the daytime too, due to their lack of fear of human presence in vehicles. This lack of fear of humans is excellent for tourists, as they get to see the tigers often.

 

Wildlife and Birdlife

One of the finest places to observe Tigers, often seen hunting their prey in broad daylight, Ranthambhore also has a host of other predators such as the leopard, caracal, sloth bear and jungle cat.


The prey species include sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara and the wild boar. Scavengers like striped hyena, golden jackal, ruddy & common mongoose and the Indian fox are also present. Northern Indian plains langur is the most common primate species. Marsh crocodiles, which were introduced to Ranthambhore, abound in the lakes and regularly take down sambar feeding in the lakes during summer.


Of the 330 species of birds reported at Ranthambhore, the notable ones are jungle and rock bush quails, painted sandgrouse, painted spurfowl, Indian vulture, white-naped and yellow-crowned woodpecker, sirkeer malkoha, Indian scops owl, dusky eagle owl, Xinjiang and southern grey shrike, ashy-crowned finch lark, chestnut-bellied sandgrouse, savanna nightjar, sulphur-bellied warbler, Indian thicknee and white-bellied grongo. In the areas adjoining the park, one can spot greater flamingo, demoiselle crane, Indian courser, yellow-wattled lapwing, rufous-tailed lark, gull-billed and whiskered terns.

 

Quick Facts

 

State

Rajasthan

Area

1411 sq. km

Core Area

1113 sq. km

Altitude

215 to 505 meter above sea level

Location

Sawai Madhopur district

Temperature Range

45°C to 2°C

Annual Rainfall

800 mm

Best time to Visit

November to February

Vegetation

Dry deciduous forest

Water Resource

Chambal river, many natural and artificial akes andwaterholes

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