A part of the Project Tiger, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is the most filmed tiger reserve in the world. Even though the main attraction here is tigers roaming around openly in their natural habitat, Ranthambore is also a picturesque place with its fortress and lakes.
Ranthambore National Park was established in 1955 by the Government of India. It was declared a Project Tiger reserve in 1973 whereas in 1980 it became a national park.
Ranthambore has deciduous forests and a varied topography. The jungle that forms the Ranthambore tiger reserve is majestic and once stretched up to central India. Ranthambore is at the edge of the Thar Desert and is surrounded by both Aravali and Vindhya mountains. Apart from a large tiger population, the national park is also home to animals like the jackal, mongoose, sloth bear and leopard.
The earlier name of Ranthambore was Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary. Ranthambore has both evening and morning safaris. The park is open from October to June. The Tigers here are diurnal and are spotted here very easily. Ranthambore also has a large number of marsh crocs and reptiles such as Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes, Russell’s Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chameleon.
There are abundant water bodies in Ranthambore that attract over 272 species of birds, making it a delight for bird watchers as well. There are over 300 species of plants and trees here.
Ranthambore has ample good quality and heritage hotels for a comfortable stay. Communication facilities are also easily available.
Ranthambore National Park remains open from 1st October to 30th June. The best months to visit here is from October to April to spot tigers.
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