The forest houses the Padam Talab,
the Raj Bagh Talab and the Milak Talab. The forest
displays the old time battlements and spillovers
of Ranthambore scattered throughout
the forest, symbolising the region's glorious
Ranthambore is also considered
the best place in the world to photograph the
tiger in its natural habitat. A jeep safari, a
cultural and traditional experience of the Meena
tribes, a night out in the many hideouts in the
park are some of the attractions offered here.
Besides the Ranthambore Park,
there are places like the Ranthambore
Fort (one of its kind in the entire state
of Rajasthan), Jogi Mahal (the forest guest house)
and the various species of flora and fauna which
are also worth a look.
Ranthambore, near the
township of Sawai Madhopur,
serves as a National Park. Once the private
hunting ground of the maharaja of Jaipur,
it saw the launching of the project tiger.
The park is spread over an area of about
400 sq km.
Above one of the hills is the strategically
built 10 th century fort, the Ranthambore
Fort. Within this fort are some spectacular
monuments. The terrain has some steep rugged
rocks bordering the lakes and rivers, surrounded
by dense forest and thick bushes.
The forests have deciduous types of trees with
'dhok' as the most prominent tree. At the foot
of the fort starts the forests. Located here is
the Jogi Mahal, which houses the second largest
banyan tree in India.
Ranthambore serves as the best
park for wildlife photography. Since the implementation
of the project tiger, tigers
can be spotted easily, lazing around in the sun,
or hunting near the sambar lake. No other sanctuary
provides such a good view of tigers in broad daylight.
Panthers are also a part of this
forest. Sambars, marsh crocodiles, hyenas, jungle
cats, sloth bears, chital, nilgai and chinkara
are also residents of this forest. A number of
birds can be seen here. Many birds, especially
a variety of ducks migrate to this park during
The best time to visit the park is between Oct-June.