Ranthambhore Royal Past !!!
Ranthambore is one of the best spotting tiger park ever build in India,
nestling in the Sawai Madhopur district of south east Rajasthan, it nearly
takes one an
half hour drive from Jaipur to reach Ranthambore. Its a midway between
Bharatpur and Kota. The lush green belts of Ranthambore were once the
hunting ground of Maharajahs of Jaipur. The Chambal river in the South and
the Banas in the North bound Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. In the
19th century Ranthambhore became a prison fortress, where the prisoners were
executed by hurling them down the fort walls after stuffing them with opium.
Before Independence, the park was the preserve of Jaipur's maharajah, who
mounted elaborate big game shoots (shikars) here. The Queen and Prince
Philip were the special guests of Maharajah Man Singh in 1960. They stayed
in the luxuriously appointed shooting lodge Castle Jhoomar Baori, and the
Duke of Edinburgh proved himself as a hunter, bagging a large tiger.
Do you know, before independence, Ranthambhore was
the hunting grounds of Maharajahs of Jaipur. The Queen and Prince Philip
were the special guests of Maharaja Man Singh. They stayed in the erstwhile
hunting loge now a hotel Castle Jhoomar Baori.
The Jaipur's "Sanganer airport" is
the nearest one to Ranthambhore National Park, lying nearly 145 km away.
Airlines are well connected to cities like Kota, Aurangabad,
Udaipur,Ahmadabad and Mumbai. It hardly takes one and half hours drive to
Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is the nearest
one, lying at a distance of 11km, which lies on the Delhi to Mumbai broad
gauge railway line. Sawai Madhopur tracks are well connected to cities like
Agra, Kota and Jaipur
A good network of buses connect Sawai
Madhopur, it is the nearest town from Ranthambore National Park, which
connects all the major cities within the state of Rajasthan and India. There
are several buses from Jaipur to Ranthambore, nearly takes four and half
hours to reach. Some important road distances are Kota is 158 km, Agra is
277 km, Delhi is 480 km (via Dausa) and Jaipur is 180 km (via Tonk), Bombay
is 1077 km
Local Transport :
The most convenient mode of
transportation inside Sawai Madhopur district are bicycles, cycle rickshaws,
city buses, auto rickshaws, which are easily available outside the main
entrance to the train station.
National Park !!!
Ranthambore National Park, derives its name from the majestic Ranthambhore
fort, that stands tall at the top of hills, overlooking the Ranthambhore
Ranthambhore's royal past still breathe in some parts of its scary meadows,
it was once the hunting grounds of imperial families in the royal estate
Rajasthan. There are number of palaces, lakes, chhatris, old fortifications
and a large imperial Ranthambhore Fort, overlooking the Ranthambhore
National Park. In 1955, the shooting ground of Ranthambhore was declared as
the wildlife sanctuary and later was selected as a part of Project Tiger
Program. This beautiful preservation of flora and fauna was stated as the
National Park of India in 1980 A.D and in 1984 A.D the forest to the south
and to the north east of the park were announced as the Sawai Man Singh and
Keladevi sanctuaries. Ranthambhore National Park now occupies an area of
1334 sq.km. Several safaris are organized on request for tourists to explore
the scary tracks, one can easily spot various animal species, and colourful
feathered birds inside the park. The best time to visit the park is between
October and April, early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to
chase and view wildlife.
Abode to Flora and Fauna !!!
The Ranthambore Fort is believed to be the site at
which the first jauhar (mass suicide) in Rajput history was performed.
Although Hammir Deva, then the ruler repulsed the Muslim invaders, but the
women of the fort thought that he has capitulate on the battlefield thus set
for mass immolation.
Ranthambhore National Park, provide an adequate environment to flourish the
treasures of flora and fauna in its vicinity. The tourists are open to visit
the Ranthambhore National Park, which is flecked with cluster of timberland
like Banyan, Dhok, peepal, Kardhas, Palas, khair, Ebony, Ber and others such
trees. Even the virgin bush that covers the green vegetation of Ranthambhore
park, add vibrant colours to its arena. One will be amaze to know that the
Ranthambhore supports more than 300 variant trees, 50 species of aquatic
plants, 272 species of colourful birds, tigers, hazardous reptiles, jungle
cats, leopards, hyena, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambars and two species of
antelopes, even the Indian gazelle and blue bull can be seen out here.
Ranthambhore Park include a diverse bird life, which encircle large number
of eagles, owls, herons, storks, cranes, pelicans, peacock and other
migratory birds, that converge during the fall of various seasons. National
Park is considered to be one of the best tourist sights to experience the
enormous bird population as well as beautiful animal friends. Imagine
yourself, how it is going to be like, when you chase ferocious wild tigers
at Ranthambhore and see them hunting before your eyes. These are some the
thrilling moments that you desperately want to capture on your handy cams.
Do Yyou Know
The Ganesha Temple at Ranthambore fort receives
hundreds of marriage invitation each week , some which include money to
enable him to pa for his fare to the marriage celebration.
The ancient Ranthambhore park is located in the center of National Park.
This rugged fort was originally build by the Chauhan Rajputs in the 10th
century A.D. The Ranthambhore Fort earned its name from the two ancient
hills. Ran, is a hill on the backdrop of the majestic fort and Thanbhor, on
which the fort is constructed. Later in the 11th century, its rampart was
ruled by the Rana Hamir. Its massive battlements enclose one of the India's
most ancient forts. The forts prove to be a vital citadel for the control of
central India and over the centuries many wars were fought for its
possession. Inside the fort there are three Hindu temples, dedicated to
Ganesh, who is most profoundly honored at each corner of the fort and a
temple in his honour can be found overlooking its southern ramparts.
Traditionally when a marriage has to take place, invitations are forwarded
to Lord Ganesh, before any other guests. The temple at the fort receives
hundreds of letters each week addressed to the elephant god, some of which
include money to enable him to pay for his fare to the marriage celebration.
The fort is open daily from 6 am to 5 in the evening.
Wildlife Tips !!!
- Pack your luggage with a pair of comfortable tracking shoes, cap,
water bottle, sun-cream lotion.
- Once you are inside the wildlife, do not break the jungle rules,
instructions do not feed animals and cause them harm in any way. One can
be charged under the Indian penal code.
- A tourist must maintain a distance from ferocious animals and do not
tease or provoke them in any way, it could be dangerous. Listen to your
guide and obey his instructions.
- A tourist should not wear bright coloured clothes, avoid using strong
deodorants and perfumes as it might cause undue attraction and animals
may turn violent at times.
- A tourist should not try to get out of jeeps or canters without
taking the permission of guides or forest officials.
- Remember to carry binoculars, long zoom cameras, as they will help
you to capture animals and birds from a long distance and would help to
maintain a space for safe sightseeing.
According to guides red clothing should be avoided
as it evidently irritates tigers.
The best way to explore the various sites and sounds of Ranthambore
National Park, will not be more enthusiastic than a jeep safari. The guides
on a jeep with a groups of tourists, are allowed into the park at a fixed
time, during the morning and evening. The jeeps are thoroughly advised to
follow the fixed route, so as to escape the danger of life and other
incidents. Apart from jeeps, one can also choose to travel through, open
vans, also known as canters, which can carry up to 25 tourists at a single
go. The open grasslands, dense bushes, and the ruins of monuments within the
park offers lifetime opportunities for sighting wildlife. One can spot
tiger, leopard, nilgai, wild pig, sambar, chital and the gaur. Even the
colourful feathered birds can be calmly traced here under the shadow of
trees. Whereas, the glimpse of a magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger is a sight
that cannot be forgotten. Many renowned wildlife experts and photographers
especially visit this park to photograph the ferocious tigers of
Ranthambore, while they are on a safari track.