May 2014

Ranthambore National Park
History: Ranthambore National Park happens to be one of the biggest National Parks in northern India. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, this National Park was established in 1955 by the Government of India. The area earned the status of a national park in 1980.

This National Park served as a private hunting ground for the Maharaja of Jaipur, Raja Man Singh. Ruins of the Ranthambore fort can be found throughout the Park. They continue to tell tales of glory and bravery, and

hold great significance for the tourists since many tigers have made these ruins their home. They can be seen living within the ruins, occasionally peering out of the windows, climbing the walls, etc.

Last year, Supreme Court of India had sanctioned an order which led to the closure of the routes, also referred to as Zones. Only a very tiny section of the National Park could be accessed by tourists. However, the Supreme Court has issued a recent verdict which allows up to 20% of the Park to remain open to the public. Ten new zones have now been opened for the advantage of the tourists following the Supreme Court ruling. Interestingly, the Ranthambore National Park falls directly in the middle of the golden triangle, making it a popular tourist destination. Visitors from national and international shores come in large numbers to visit the park and enjoy its glorious sightings. Ranthambore National Park is renowned for its tiger population and the most famous tigress happens to be Macchli, also known to be the oldest living wild tigress. She is currently nineteen years old.

Habitat: The prominent species found in this area is the Dhok but the most essential attraction of the Park are the tigers and it happens to be one of the best spots in the country to get a view of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. It is very easy to spot a tiger during the daytime in Ranthambore National Park.

Flora & Fauna: Many indigenous species of plants and animals can be spotted in the Park which enhances its appeal greatly among the lovers of nature. The entire ambience is refreshing and the multi-hued flowers lend an aura of beauty to the region. This is the main reason why numerous documentaries are shot at Ranthambore National Park.

The region presents a rocky terrain and remains surrounded by mountains composed of sedimentary rock formations which accounts for the various shades of brown. Peepal and banyan trees are abundant in the Ranthambore National Park.

The tiger population in Ranthambore is famous but the area has also gained popularity due to bird sightings of over 270 different species.