The only dry deciduous tiger habitat, Ranthambore National Park is undoubtedly one of the best
places in the world to witness wild tigers. Ranthambore is located in Rajasthan, a 1334 sq km
state in northwest India. Rajasthan was created in 1980. The enormous fort, a citadel in the
centre of the forest, gave rise to the name. The fort dates back to the eighth century, and the
surrounding area is covered in ruinous structures like lake palaces, old step wells, and cupolas
that attest to Ranthambhore's rich and intriguing history. The Maharaja of Jaipur had turned the
Ranthambore forests into his personal hunting grounds at the turn of the century. Hunting was
outlawed in 1971, and Project Tiger was put into motion a few years later.
The Ranthambhore national park is bound by the rivers Chambal in the south and Banas in the
north made of rocky plains, flat hill-tops, gentle slopes and precipitous cliffs, covered by dry
deciduous forest. Ranthambhore is virtually an island rich in flora and fauna, spread over an area
of 392 sq. kms. Of thick forest with nullahs and waterfalls. The vegetation of the park is the
tropical dry deciduous and tropical thorn type. Due to its hilly track. Important tree species
include Dhok, Flame of the forest, Ber, Aam and Acacia lencophleea. It is a haven for a variety
of creatures, including the tiger, which is the park's main draw, as well as chital, sambar, blue
bull, chinkara, wild boars, crocodiles, leopards, caracals, and hyenas. The park has more than
300 varieties of birds.
Area: 1334 square kilometers
Star mammals: tiger, leopard, striped hyena, nilgai, caracal, sloth bear, black buck, chinkara, common palm civet and desert cat .
Star birds: Indian courser, painted spurfowl, Indian skimmer, greylag goose, woodpecker, spoonbill, kingfisher, bittern, flamingo, pelican and storks, grey legged
Forest type: dry deciduous forest and open grassy meadows.
How to Reach: - 2.5 Hours drive from Jaipur Airport
- Well connected to major metro cities such as Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai.