Ranthambore is a national park in the Sawai Madhopur district of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 160 km from the state capital city of Jaipur. It is very well connected to Jaipur via road & railways. The nearest Railway station is Sawai Madhopur Railway Junction, which is located at a distance of 10 km which can be covered in 15 minutes drive, the nearest airport is Jaipur airport located at a distance of 160 km.
Ranthambore National Park is the most celebrated national park in India because of the large number of animals living here in their natural habitat, but the glory of Ranthambore is because of the tigers living in this park. This giant park is spread over a whopping area of 395 km2. Although Tiger is the main attraction in this park, animals like Indian wild boar, crocodiles, bear, Sambhar deer, and spotted deer are also found abundantly here. A large species of birds & snakes live here. “Machli,” a tigress from this forest, is world-famous as the most photographed big cat in the world; also, “Machli” got her fame as the longest living tigress in natural habitat.
Formerly Ranthambore National Park was known as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary of the Royal family of Jaipur. Ranthambore has a fort that was built by the Rajput ruler hailing from the Chauhan clan of Rajputs. Ranthambore Fort is famous for the valor & sacrifice of King Hammir Dev of the Chauhan dynasty; the glory of this fort is also because of the only fort that has witnessed Jal Johar (Sacrificing life by Rajput women by drowning in order to intact their respect) after losing the war against Allauddin Khilji during his third military operation to win over Hammir Dev. Ranthambore Fort is standing proudly in between of nowhere with its great architectural & military significance. Apart from Ranthambore National Park, there is an old temple dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Ganesh is very famous in the region. There are many folklores praising the legends of Hammir Dev & his bravery.
Ranthambore National Park Safari Timing – An array of luxurious & budget resorts is present in the closest vicinity of Ranthambore National Park, providing the best accommodation to tourists & wildlife enthusiasts. Everyday 6:30 & 14:30, two safaris are allowed to spot Tiger & enjoy the wildlife of this national park. Every year from 1st July to 30th September, the park remains closed because of the monsoon.