Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Ranthambore is one of the largest national parks in India, protecting the Royal Bengal Tigers. Ranthambore was maharajas favorite hunting ground ‘in the old days. Currently the park is a tourist attraction famous photographers and wildlife lovers alike to enjoy an exciting vacation. Spread over a vast area of 1,334 square kilometers, Ranthambore is home to the most savage predators. To see them in action in their natural habitat is a visual treat, and a nerve racking experience too. Ranthambore National park contains a huge variety of animals, birds and reptiles within it. A significant geological feature within the park is the ‘Great Boundary Fault’ where the plateau Vindhaya fit the Aravali range. The rivers Chambal in the South and Banas in the North bound the National Park. The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambhor Fort, adds to its landscape. The rugged park terrain alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service.
The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhor; although it is the one park resident people come to see. We were lucky to see several varieties of birds including these owlets peering through their burrows pictured here on the right and of course the ubiquitous langur monkey. Other animals in the reserve include leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar, bears and various species of deer. The main food for the tiger is the swamp deer like Barasinsga and on occasion the wild buffalo and also wild boar. If you wish to stay near the park, the facilities on offer are superb.
There are two type of vehicles for safari in ranthambhore tiger reserve gypsy and canter. All safari vehicles booked by forest department, there are limited vehicles allow inside the park. Beside of these zones there are three other zones Kundal, Chidi Kho and Balas. All zone randomly allotted by forest department we cannot choose any specific zone for safari. For jungle visit both time is good early morning and late evening. Tiger sighting are a matter of chance and depends on prey density, last sighting, alarm calls etc. You should not focus on tigers because there are lots of interesting things to explore in wildlife