Ranthambore National Park Or Ranthambhore National Park Or Simply Ranthambhore Is One Of The Largest National Parks In Northern India. Ranthambhore Was Established As The Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary In 1955 By The Government Of India, And Was Declared One Of The Project Tiger Reserves In 1973. Ranthambore Became A National Park In 1980. In 1984, The Adjacent Forests Were Declared The Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary And Keladevi Sanctuary, And In 1991 The Tiger Reserve Was Enlarged To Include Sawai Man Singh And Keladevi Sanctuaries.
Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary Is Known For Its Tigers And Is One Of The Best Places In India To See These Majestic Predators In The Jungle. Tigers Can Be Easily Spotted Even During The Day Time. A Good Time To Visit Ranthambore National Park Is In November And May When The Nature Of The Dry Deciduous Forests Makes Sightings Common. Its Deciduous Forests Were Once A Part Of The Magnificent Jungles Of Central India.
The Park Lies At The Edge Of A Plateau, And Is Bounded To The North By The Banas River And To The South By The Chambal River. There Are Several Lakes In The Park. It Is Named For The Historic Ranthambhore Fortress, Which Lies Within The National Park. The Park Covers An Area Of 392 Km², And Is Known For Its Tiger Population, And Is One Of India's Project Tiger Reserves. Other Major Wild Animals Include Leopard, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Sambar, Hyena, Sloth Bear And Chital. It Is Also Home To Wide Variety Of Trees, Plants, Birds And Reptiles. Ranthambore Is Also The Site For One Of The Largest Banyan Trees In India.
The park is well staffed and the folk who man the centres and the mandatory guides - one for every vehicle, are knowledgeable of the terrain and some even know the Latin names of most species. The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhor; although it is the one park resident people come to see. We were lucky to see several varieties of birds including these owlets peering through their burrow pictured here on the right and of course the ubiquitous langur monkey. Other animals in the reserve include leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of deer. The main food source for the tiger is the swamp deer like Barasinsga and on occasion the wild buffalo and also wild boar etc. If you wish to stay near the park, the facilities on offer are superb. The park gates open a half hour before sunrise and close half hour after sunset. The timings are vigorously imposed and no exceptions are made to this rule. Like oil lamps flickering in the wind, the world's tiger population is unhurriedly being snuffed out. Several books and literature have been produced to describe the most intriguing, the most powerful and the most majestic of all animals. The Hindu tradition and culture have a place of honor and worship for tiger. In India people had added Singh, Sher and Nahar on their names to upgrade their class. Yet people have been incredibly scant to the cause of the tiger. This web site aims in graphics, pictures and prose to advance the level of wakefulness and concern for this mythical and secretive striped beauty that placidly roams the jungles. There is enormous pressure on the habitat of the tigers, the Ranthambhore Foundations hopes to strike an ecological balance and complete harmony between man and the beast.