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Rajasthan - Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve
Ranthambore fort and National Park
The prime and foremost attraction of Sawai Madhopur is Ranthambore. The place is an important tourists’ attraction mainly for the fort, built in 944, atop the hill and for the Ranthambore National park. The National park was formed at the foothill, at an elevation of 215-540 meters.
Ranthambore is the heavenly paradise for the nature lovers. Lush green manor, astonishing Lake, soaring Aravalli hill and surrounding Vindhya hill are the chief enticements of Ranthambore.
The Sanctuary was the renowned meadow of the emperors of Jaipur during 1955. The wildlife sanctuary was formed later on in 1971. It is spread across a straggling area of 492 square km. In 1973, the wildlife sanctuary had received the crown of the Tiger Project. The green manor became a National Park in 1980. With the well deserved crown of the National Park, the area of the park was also increased to 1334 square km. The territory of the Kaila Devi Sanctuary had also come into the terrain of the Ranthambore National Park. But, the core manor of the sanctuary is spread across 392 square km. Ranthambore was included in the list of world heritage sites. It houses wonderful Lakes, beguiling palaces, enamoring chattises (shrines) and captivating forts.
According to the statistics of 1995, it was the homeland of 38 tigers, 83 panthers, 2585 Nilgais, 873 Chinkaras, 3419 Shambars, 1823 wild pigs, 330 hyenas, leopards, jackals and wild cats. The numbers of tigers, however, are diminishing gradually. Less than 10 tigers were seen in 2007. The deciduous forest of Ranthambore is mostly famous for the species of Nilgais. They stroll around the entire province of the forest freely and happily. Avail a jeep (hood opened) to watch the pretty sight of the strolling denizens around the 10-15 km circumference of Yogi (Jogi) Mahal. It is mandatory to drive through the 7 routes which have been marked by the forest authority. You can watch the excellent natural backdrop during 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. To know more, you can always call @ 07462- 235403.
Padam, Rajbagh and Milak Lakes, on the slopes of the mountains, are hidden in the jungle. Denizens of the Ranthambore National Park travel all the way to the banks of the lake to quench their thirsts. Tourists like to spend time around these Lakes as well for the spectacular natural locus. The Padam Lake which is full of blooming lotuses is the prettiest among the Lakes of Ranthambore. 264 species of wandering birds take rest in their own nests which are built on the branches of the trees around the entrancing Lakes. A number of crocodiles are there in the Lake as well. The twisting hilly Banas River flows across the mountain slope. It looks lovely. The 3rd oldest Bat tree (Ficus benghalensis) of India has grown on the soil of the Ranthambore National Park. Innumerable monkeys jump from one tree to the other. It’s important to be careful. Otherwise these animated animals can cause some problems at any point of time.
The Padam Lake has derived its name from the Blooming lotuses. The Jogi Mahal is placed right in front of the Lake. Climb up the Chauhan fort crossing the cascaded stair ways which are placed in the darkness of the branches of the huge Bat tree. Start your journey to the fort, located at an altitude of 215 meters, through the long staircase, placed at the back end of the Padam Lake. The walls of the fort showcase the impressive Rajput architectures. Tourists can recollect the old glory stories of plenty of intrepid Rajput leaders here. The fort was a well protected and a well shielded Rajput territory previously. Revisit the historical days in the fort. The ancient fort was built long back in 5th century by the ruler Veer Rao Aamir.
Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the vista of the nearby Rajwada fort.
Best time to visit Ranthambore is during November- March. The National Park is closed during June- October. The average rainfall of the city is 800 mm. Temperature of Ranthambore stays around 48 degrees Celsius in summers where as the temperature moves around 2 degrees Celsius in winters.
Ranthambore was named after the two neighboring mountains, namely Ran and Thambore. The hilly fort or the forest fort was a secured Rajput den amidst the well drawn out woods and was strongly secluded by a 7 km long fortification. The palace, atop the Thambore hill, was a tough spot to access. It is the second largest palace after chittor according to the volume and size. Everyone who has to get into the fort has to cross 4 gateways on the way. If you are interested then you can take a walk through the tough staircase. Many prefer to travel to the fort riding on a car as well. The main doorway is colorful and was known as Bada Darwaza (Huge gateway). All the domes and bulwarks of the fort are praiseworthy and notable. The fort houses, the palace of Aamir, Dulha Mahal (Rani Mahal) and talao (the lake where queens used to take bath in). The fort edifices, such as, Barwaniwala, Raghunath Ji, Lakshmi Narayana, Digambar Jain temple and Kali temple illustrate admirable Hindu architectural touches. A number of Chattises (shrines) are dotted around the premise of the fort. The deity, Vinayaka Ganesh, is residing on the top most position of the fort and was the prime deity previously. Huge numbers of people assemble to watch the magnificence of the mosque or Dargah, built by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The fort, nevertheless, is in ruins now.
Located at a distance of 5 km from the fort, the holy Shiva temple is another popular attraction and is associated with innumerable mythological tales.
Spiritual crowds who visit Ranthambore have to travel to the Jain pilgrimage called Mahavir Ji, situated on the Gambhir river banks. The Mahavir idol, excavated long back in Ranthambore, is the main deity here. A tall pillar and a huge edifice were constructed in front of the quadrilateral temple. Jataka tales have been embossed on the walls of the temple very innovatively. Devotees and inhabitants visit the premise in numbers during Mahavir Jayanti. The deity rides on a chariot and moves around during the festive season.
Mahavir Ji is well connected to Delhi by train. The temple can be accessed by a bus or by a camel cart from the railway station of Mahavir ji. Buses are regularly traveling to Mahavir Ji from Jaipur as well.
Tourists can stay at Dharamsala in Mahavir Ji. Special arrangements for staying overnight at Mahavir Ji are there for the holiday makers who assemble on the premise during the fascinating festival.
How to reach: The nearest railway station of Ranthambore is Sawai Madhopur which is connected to Kolkata, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Ajmer, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Udaipur by train. Mini buses regularly travel to the Ranthambore National Park from the Sawai Madhopur railway station.
Where to stay: The Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Hill View Holiday Resort, Ankur Resort, Hamir Wildlife Resort, Aranya Resort, Ranthambore Regency, Tiger Den, Hotel Raj Palace and Hotel Rajib Resort.
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