Tourist Attractions : The
Fort, Badal Mahal, The National Park.
Best Time To Visit: October To June
Location: 10-km From Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
TIGER BURNING BRIGHT
A small village near the township of Sawai
Madhopur, in the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore gets its name from the
two hills, Ran and Thambor, which are in close proximity. The
Ranthambore Park is set between the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. Its
deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of Central
India. The terrain is rugged and there are rocky ridges, hills and open
valleys with lakes and pools.
Ranthambhore is a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins that
dot the park. There are lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and
a majestic 1,000-Year-old fort overlooking the park. The lovely Jogi
Mahal is located at the foot of the fort and gives magnificent view of
the Padam Talao, painted white with water lilies.
It has a chequered history and was the stronghold of the Yadavas in the
8th century. It came under Chauhans, and was ruled by them 10th century
onwards. The Mughal emperors Akbar and Aurangzeb also occupied the
The park is famous for tigers and due to conservation efforts, the tiger
population has stabilized if not increased here. The tigers can be
spotted quite often even during the day, at their normal pursuits--
hunting and taking care of their young ones.
Ranthambhor is one of the best places to see these majestic predators.
Old crumbling walls, ruined pavilions, wells, and other ancient
structures stand witness to the region's glorious past. The entire
forest is peppered with the battlements and spillovers of the
Ranthambhore fort - tigers are said to frequent these ruins, too.
RAJASTHAN TRAIN TRAVEL
PALACE ON WHEELS
Ever wondered what luxury in the royal times was all about! Welcome to
Palace On Wheels, a luxury train that carries with it an ambience of the
Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the visitor
to the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The coaches also
carry out an image of the Rajput states with beautiful interiors. Last
but not the least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers on board include
saloons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as well as restaurant
and organized shopping facilites.
Ranthambore National Park: Ranthambhor National Park is an outstanding
example of Project Tiger's efforts at conservation in the country. The
forests around the Ranthambhore Fort were once,
the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The desire to
preserve the game in these forests for sport was responsible for their
conservation, and subsequent rescue by Project Tiger. In 1972, it was
estimated that there were around 1927 tigers in India, of which
Rajasthan had 74, and the number of big cats in Ranthambhore Sanctuary
was 14. 1972 was also the Year that Project Tiger was launched, and this
sanctuary was taken into its wings, alongwith seven other sanctuaries
and national parks.
As a result of stringent efforts in conservation, tigers, the prime
assets of the park, have become more and more active during the day.
More than in any other park or sanctuary in India, tigers are easily
spotted here in daylight. They can be seen lolling around lazily in the
sun, or feverishly hunting down Sambhar around the lakes. Therefore,
Ranthambhore is probably the ideal park for wildlife photography, and it
does attract professional wildlife photographers, from all over the
Inhabitants Of The Park: Apart from tigers, the park has its share of
panthers, too. They are to be found on the outskirts of the park, due to
the inevitable conflicts with the tiger population. Kachida Valley is
believed to be the place to sight these rather elusive cats. The other
permanent residents of the park include marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle
cats and sloth bears. Sambars are found in abundance all over the area,
the prime target of all the predators. Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara, are
the other inhabitants of the region. The avian population comprises of
about 264 species, found within the park.
Watching The Wild: The park is best explored through jeeps or lorries,
which are available on hire.
FORTS AND PALACES
The Fort: Steep crags embrace a network of lakes and rivers, and atop
one of these hills, is the impressive Ranthambhore Fort. Built in the
10th century, the fort is considered to be one of the oldest forts in
the state. Strategically built on the border of Rajasthan and Malwa, the
fort houses some splendid monuments, within its precincts. The terrain
fluctuates between impregnable forests and open bush land. The forest is
the typically dry deciduous type, with Dhok, being the most prominent
The Jogi Mahal: The entry point to the park, goes straight to the foot
of the fort and the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal. The latter boasts of
the second-largest Banyan tree in India.
The Badal Mahal: The “palace of the clouds”, situated in the fort has a
very interesting location and seems as if hanging out in space. The
famous 84-column 'chhatri' of King Hammir stands out magnificently where
he used to hold an audience. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the
Milak Talab are some of the lakes in the area worth seeing.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Jaipur (145-km) is the nearest airport.
Rail: The Park is around 11-km away from Sawai Madhopur railway station,
that lies on the Delhi to Bombay trunk route.
Road: A good network of buses connects Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town,
with quite a few areas around.
PLACES TO STAY
Jhoomar Baori Forest Lodge, RTDC Hotel Kamdhenu, Sawai Madhopur Lodge,
PWD Rest House are some of good accommodation options available at Sawai
Madhopur. Jogi Mahal is another accommodation place that lies within the
The place is famous for “khus” perfumes and other objects made of “khus”
including fans, small boxes and caps