Excursions From Delhi
Ranthambore National Park is situated in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan, near the town of Sawai Madhopur district . It is surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and is very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. The park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km.and is best toured in a jeep, with a guide and a park ranger accompanying the tourists. The park remains open every year from October to May and offers excellent accommodation and internal transportation faciliies. Once the favorite hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park was declared a game sanctuary in 1955, a tiger reserve in 1973 under India's famous Project Tiger Plan and finally attained the status of a national park in 1980. The park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora that include about 30 mammal species, 272 bird species, 12 reptile species and 350 plant species including 50 aquatic plants.
The star attraction is ofcourse the Tifer, which can be seen easily even during the day, mostly near the lakes inside the park. Apart from the Royal Bengal Tigers, the other major wildlife at the Ranthambore National Park include Panthers, Chital, Sambar, Blackbuck, Chinkara, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Jackal, Wild Boars, Mongoose, Nilgai, Gazelle, Bears, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of exotic and colorful birds. There are ruins, lake palaces and old fortifications all around the park providing glimpses of its glorious past.-: How to Reach Ranthambore National Park :-
By Air :- The nearest airport to Ranthambore is Jaipur, located at a distance of 140 Km. You can arrive in Jaipur by flights from any major city in India and then travel to Sawai Madhopur by train or road transport.
By Train :- The main railway line from Delhi to Mumbai runs past Sawai Madhopur, which is connected by regular trains from cities across Rajasthan and India. Travel to Sawai Madhopur by train and then cover the remaining 11 Km to Ranthambore by taxi.
By Road :- Both the Rajasthan Tourism Department and many private operators run road transport services to Ranthambore. Choose from local buses, luxury coaches or private taxis.