Ranthambore National Park is a protected area India located in Rajasthan. It was established in 1980 and occupies an area of 392 km². Previously the Park was the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The park is part of Project Tiger, and since 1973 the area has been protected as a Tiger Reserve. Among the most representative animals of the park are tigers, leopards, blue antelopes, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bears, chital deer.
It is located near Sawai Madhopur, in the region of Rajasthan, about 130 kilometres from Jaipur between Thar Desert and Aravalli Mountains. The flora of the park is typical of the semi dry and includes the famous tree whose leaves are Dhok food for herbivores, and the famous Banyan tree, of which an impressive specimen is near the Jogi Mahal, is considered the largest of its kind in the whole of India.
In the territory of the park it is easy to see tigers as they move in the beautiful nature in search of food for their young, or they walk quietly along the trails at the edge of the bush.
Within its more than 1,330 square kilometres park it is home to many different species of animals including leopards, hyenas, wild boar, crocodiles and reptiles of various types as well as numerous bird colonies with at least 250 different species. Also inside are some temples, such as those of Mansingh and Kaila Devi and the temple of Ganesh, considered one of the most beautiful state of Rajasthan. Its large size and its vegetation protect, besides the animals, the ruins of temples, mosques and strong Ranthambore, dating from the tenth century.
The best way to explore the Ranthambore National Park Safari is in a jeep with six seats. A seat on the jeep must be booked at the Project Tiger office in Sawai Madhopur, and the fee is around Rs. 1200. This includes the guide and the jeep entrance fee, but you must pay a individual entrance fee.
A cheaper option to locate the tigers of Ranthambore is twenty seats in the canter.
To reach by road from Jaipur, you can take the NH12 going to Tonk via Sanganer or state highway to Ranthambore or Sawai Madhopur via Uniara.
Near Ranthambore you will get many good restaurants which serve local Rajasthani, Indian and continental cuisine to the tourists.
The cheapest hotels are in Sawai Madhopur itself, with a few premium hotels on Ranthambhore Road also.
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