Ranthambhore National Park
Set against the back drop of the majestic Ranthambhore Fort in the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan, the 400 sq km of the Sawai Madhopur reserve is amongst the 11 Tiger Reserves of the country. From tigers to Grey Francolins, this park has easy access being four hours from Jaipur.
I raise a fort to you
You’ll find little things here too
Notice not simply that which comes in fews
But also all that surround you.
Located in the South-Eastern quarters of Rajasthan, the Ranthambore National Park is located where the Vindhya and Aravalli ranges meet. Then the hunting ground of the Jaipur royalty, and later of the British, the area was claimed as the Sawai Madhopur Wildlife Sanctuary in 195y. In 1974, under Project Tiger it was declared the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. In 1981, an area within this reserve was established as the Ranthambore National Park.
The park is abound in wildlife, and is best known for its tiger population, with over 30 types of mammals, about 12 reptile species, 272 varieties of birds and nearly 300 kinds of plant life. Most of the parks vegetation is of the dry, deciduous type. The park gets its water supply mainly from the Banas and Chambal Rivers located to the North and South of the park respectively. A number of lakes located within the park provide additional water supply to its denizens.
Safaris and Tiger Spotting:
Daily jeep safaris through the park are organized to catch a glimpse of its wildlife population. The tigers in the park are reputed to be bolder and have become fearless of human company. This means that can be relatively easily spotted during the day, going about their usual activities of hunting and tending to their young.
The Ranthambore National Park is every birdwatcher’s nest and a photographer’s dream-come-true. Given the profile of its terrain and the abundance of water bodies found within the area, the park offers extraordinary bird watching opportunities. You can site both resident and migratory birds, particularly around the lakes, and the park also offers an array of viewing points for the activity. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Ranthambore Fort, located almost exactly at the junction of the Vindhyas and the Aravallis, is said to have been constructed in 944 CE and is home to the Ganesh Temple. Reputed to be one of the country’s strongest forts, the view from the top gives to the park and three lakes, and makes the walk up completely worthwhile.
Located at the foot of the Fort is Jogi Mahal, which harbours the country’s second largest banyan tree, and offers you a breathtaking view of the Padam Talao Lake.
The lodge’s luxury tents matched with their post-colonial leather bound libraries is a haven for the gentleman explorer. It captures a character and a persona that fictitiously leads you on a journey through a different, cigar-smoking, gin-drinking, breeches-wearing, shooting-partridges time-all this with a contemporary, luxurious consciousness of subtlety and a care for the environment. A part of Relais & Châteaux, a family of hoteliers and Grand Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensure their guests have moments of exceptional harmony.
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