Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary
Ranthambore, like many of the tiger sanctuaries, used to be the private hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It is in South Eastern Rajasthan and became a “Project Tiger Reserve” in 1973.
The park is named after Fort Ranthambore which is within the park boundary. It sits on a plateau with the Banas River forming the northern boundery and the Chambal River the southern.
The lakes within the park are man-made and home to a thriving crocodile population. Tigers and crocodiles regularly hunt around the lakeshores where the pickings are good. Ranthambore is one of the most reliable parks in India to see tigers and Ranthambore tigers are accustomed to safari jeeps moving about and are consequently less flighty compared to tigers in other parks.
Human encroachment upon the park is as much of a problem here as it is with all the parks in India; India is a heavily populated country. Poaching persists and farmers have poisoned tigers to protect their livestock. Perhaps a larger buffer zone (following the model that works so well with the mountain gorilla sanctuaries in Uganda and Rwanda) might be the solution?
Ranthambore is very conveniently located and combines well with itineraries that include the Taj and Jaipur.
Activities in Ranthambore
4×4 Jeep safaris are the order of the day; in common with most other parks in India, a zoned routing system is in place, which means that visitors must follow a pre-determined safari route, which rotates around the park on a day-by-day basis. Some areas of the park have few tigers which makes this system a little trying at times, but it does provide a respite for the tigers.
Bengal tiger, leopard, striped hyena, sambar, chital, nilgai, Hanuman langur, rhesus macaque, jackal, jungle cat, caracal, sloth bear, blackbuck, wild boar, chinkara, palm civets, desert cat, Indian fox, Indian porcupines, honey badger and the Indian civet.
The park opens after monsoon: opens 1st October to 30th June.
The climate is most comfortable in winter between November and March.