Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in the Rajasthan state of India, comprises distinct areas with varied conservation history and virtually separated geographically with mere narrow corridors linking them to the core, Ranthambhore National Park. These are mainly, the Ranthambhore National Park, Keladevi Sanctuary and Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.
Ranthambhor National Park, before a princely game conserve is the scene where the celebrated Indian Tiger is best seen. Ranthambhor Tiger Reserve lies on the junction of Aravali and Vindhyas just 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan. It sprawls over a varying and undulating landscape. The scenery changes dramatically from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas and sharp and conical hills of the Aravali. A tenth century fort also blends amicably with the background. Pure sands of Dhok (Anogeissus pendula) interspersed with grasslands at the plateaus, meadows in valleys and luxuriant foliage around the canals make the jungle. Three big lakes ? Padam Talab (meaning Lake), Malik Talab and Raj Bagh ? are similar turquoises studded in the vast forest that abounds with aquatic vegetation including duckweeds, lilies and lotus.
Sawai Madhopur Village Located just 12 kilometres away from Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur is one of the major excursion destination here. However if you are visiting Ranthambore by the Delhi-Mumbai railway route, the village of Sawai Madhopur falls in the middle of the road making it the gateway to the Park. Sawai Madhopur has always been the centre of attraction of the Rajput rulers. The town has many historic legends attached to it.
Karauli Founded in 1348 AD, Karauli is a city characterised by red sandstone walls, bastions, peripheral wall, six gates, eleven posterns and the famous annual fair at the Kaila Devi temple. Located at a distance of 160 kilometres from Jaipur, Karauli is a must visit excursion destination. Blended with history of the Rajputs, Karauli was known as Kalyanpuri after the local deity Kalyanji. According to a local legend, the ruling family of Karauli, known as Yadhuvanshi Rajputs, are the descendants of Lord Krishna. Besides other historic monuments, the temple of Madan Mohanji is an interesting place to visit in Karauli.
Bundi Bundi is situated at a distance of 66 kilometres south of Ranthambore. Famous for its monuments and especially its fort, which preserves the glorious legacy of its erstwhile Rajput rulers, Bundi makes a must visit excursion point from Ranthambore. Bundi has a lot of interesting places to see. These include the Taragarh fort (built in 1354), the Bhim Burj (the largest battlement) and a huge water reservoir carved out of solid rock. One can also see the entire town as well as the view of the sunset from the fort.
Ranthambhore National Park
Kota Located at a distance of 100 kilometres from Ranthambore, Kota is another important place to visit during your excursion from Ranthambore. Kota used to be an important part of the erstwhile Rajput kingdom of Bundi. It became a separate princely state during the 17th century. The glory of those times could be seen in the several monuments, palaces and gardens that exist here. Located on the eastern bank of Chambal River, Kota has number of sites to visit and see. The city fort and palace, Kota Barrage, the Kishore Sagar tank (which was built in 1346), the Jagmandir palace (built on a small island at the centre of a tank in 1740), the Brij Vilas Palace Museum, the Chambal gardens and Chhattar Bilas gardens with its number of royal cenotaphs are some of the places you can visit in Kota.
Tonk Located at a distance of 100 kilometres from Ranthambore, Tonk is an old town dating to the middle of the 17th century. Resurrecting a forgotten era, Tonk makes a must visit itinerary in your excursion from Ranthambore. As the small town used to be the stronghold of the Pathan tribesmen of Afghanistan, Tonk is characterised by the Sunehri Kothi with its intricate mirror work and colourful medley of painted mosques, mansions and colonial buildings.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Ranthambhore
Ranthambore Fort Ranthambhore Fort situated atop a rocky cliff, offers fine views and has ancient temples of Ganesh, Shiva and Ramlalji dating back to 11th and 12th centuries.
Ranthambore National Park The name Ranthambore is derived from two hills in the area, Ran and Thanbhor. Another version says that Ranthambore was once called Rana Stambhapura or City.
How to Reach Ranthambhore
By Air The nearest airport is at Jaipur which connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur.
By Bus Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe from Jaipur to Ranthambore. The roads are very good, and it takes around 4-5 hrs from Jaipur. You can also come by taxi.
By Train The nearest railhead is at Ranthambore is connected to many major cities of India. There are daily trains from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai.