Friday, March 20, 2009

Wild life in Ranthambhore

In the state of Rajasthan.Ranthombore is an exotic place. It is located in the hilly terrain of Ran and Thambor two hills, at the range of Aravalli and Vindhya. Ranthambhor is best known for its old crumbling walls, ruined pavilions, wells, and other ancient structure which tell the story of glorious past. The majestic Ranthombore fort is one of the oldest forts in India.

Tigers and Ranthambhore are inseparable. Ranthambore is famous for its tiger population. In 80s it was well known for tiger sightings. But over the last two decades the appeal of Ranthambhore has extended beyond its tiger; now it is as much as like a luxury retreat where you can appreciate nature and can spot other families of cat families.

The history of Ranthambhore goes back almost a thousand years when the Chauhan Kings started to build the Ranthambore fort.The fort bears both Rajput and Mughal influence the thousand years old fort is spotted with ancient temples, baoris, chhatris, yagyashala and haunting pavillions.

Cuddled in Aravalli hills Ranthambore becomes more charming because of the old fort that lies within the park. There are water falls, lakes and lush green gives tourists a panoramic view.

Ranthambhore is a must visited place infact favourite haunt of wild life lovers and wildlife photography buffs. Tourists around the world come to explore this national park to see tigers, panther, wild cats, hyena, jackal, marsh crocodile, wild boar, bears, many species of deer and a rich birdlife of over 300 species, including the great Indian horned owl. Although the population of tiger is declining in Ranthambhore but still tigers are visible almost daily, leopard once a week, and sloth bears around once in a month. Langurs, sambar, cheetal, neelgai, mongoose testify that they are omnipresent. Aquatic birds can also be seen in Ranthambhore as there are three lakes - Raj Bagh, Malik Talab and Padam Talab which are best place to spots birds.

Note : Ranthambore is just 145 km from Jaipur and easily accessible from Delhi and nearest airport is Kota and Jaipur. Entry to the park is limited and have to obtain a permit.

There are excellent accommodation is available suiting all size of pockets in side and outside the park. There are cottages, wild life resorts, forest rest house to to make your trip more adventurous.

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