Located in Rajasthan, Ranthambore is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India with incredible bio-diversity. It is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in the country. Much like the other royal connections of Rajasthan, even this wildlife reserve has relations with the glorious bygone days. Formerly the hunting grounds of the royal family of Jaipur, Ranthambore has now become the sanctuary of wildlife. Also, in the lush premises of the national park lies the 10th century Ranthambore Fort, which is a part of the Hill Forts of Rajasthan which have been granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Besides the Royal Bengal Tigers, the reserve is home to many other species of mammals, avians and others of the animal kingdom. Ranthambore tours are the perfect outing for wildlife viewing with a dose of adventure.
Ranthambore National Park covers an area of 400 sq. km. The forest cover has typically dry deciduous type with dhok being the most prominent. Additionally, the land comprise bushland, rough and craggy hills, steep outcrops dotted with lakes and watering holes. Atop one of the hills, the 10th century Ranthambore Fort stands watch over the pristine lands. Earning a reputation as one of the best in the world and not just India, Ranthambore has a healthy tiger population, and tiger sightings are common here. Apart from tigers, the sanctuary has its share of leopards, too. Kachida Valley is believed to be the place to sight these rather elusive cats. One can also find marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle cats and sloth bears apart from Chital, Nilgai, and Chinkara. The avian population comprises of black storks, quails, Bonelli's eagles, spur fowls, crested serpent eagles and painted storks. During the winter months, the national park attracts a lot of migratory birds, including a variety of ducks. It is the ideal park for wildlife photography.
For game drives, Ranthambore National Park has options of jeep safari, canter safari, and even elephant rides. The early morning hours and the hours before sunset is the perfect time for game viewing. Stay at the wildlife resorts in Ranthambore add to the thrill. The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is from October to April as the weather is salubrious and it is easy to spot wildlife basking in the sun. The summer months are hot but also ideal time to spot the thirsty wildlife quenching their thirsts at the watering holes.