Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Rajasthan, The Desert State of India is amazingly abundant in wildlife and diverse vegetation in the dense forests of the Aravalli hills. Ranthambore National Park, situated in Sawai Madhopur district is one of the largest national park spreads over an area of 392 sq km. It is considered as the best place to watch the Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat and other wild creatures like leopards, chital, hyena etc.
Ranthambore National Park was declared a Sanctuary in 1955. It was declared as Project Tiger reserve in 1973 by the Government of India, a project started to increase the population of tigers in India. It was established as a national park in 1980. In year 1991 its area was increased by including Keladevi and Mansingh Sanctuaries. The traces of the old time are dispersed all over the park, making it a unique heritage spot and a delightful pleasure for every nature and wildlife admirer.
Ranthambore is famous for its wide variety of wild animals, especially the Royal Bengal tiger. The park is a major tourist destination because of its diversity in animal life, vegetation and picturesque landscapes. The reserve is a home for different species of tiger including some endangered too. The best time to visit here is between November and May when one can get a glimpse of the mighty predator hunting or roaming around even in daytime. The count of tigers has increased from 26 in 2005 to 61 according to the census done in the year 2014.
Ranthambore National Park is a superb destination for wildlife photographers and lovers where they can witness the beauty of nature and the Royal Bengal Tig