Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambhore)
135 km from Jaipur and 11 km from Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambhore,
is famous for the Ranthambore National Park, Tiger Reserve Project.
In the 13th century A.D. Govinda, the grandson of Prithviraj Chauhan
took over the reign of the land. Later his successor Vagabhatta,
beautified the city and built a noteworthy temple at Jhain. In the
middle of the 15th century A.D. Rana Kumbha captured the fort and
gifted it to his son to be occupied later by the Hada Rajputs of
Bundi and Mughal Emperors Akbar and Aurangazeb. Mughal Emperor Shah
Alam gifted it to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur in 1754
and since then it was maintained as the hunting preserve of the
Maharaja. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were part
of the royal hunting who stayed here.
Ranthambhor National Park
The 392 sq. km. Park comprises of dry deciduous forests sprawling
over an undulating terrain of the Aravalli and Vindhyan ranges .The
park is one of the finest tiger reserve in the coutry under the
Project Tiger. The majestic predators, assured of protection, roam
freely during the day time and can be seen at close quarters. Ranthambhor
sanctuary has a large number of sambhar, chital. Nilgai, chinkara,
langur , wild boar and peafowl. A system of three pretty artificial
lakes-Padam Talab, Rajbagh and Milak Talab, alongwith a number of
anicuts are part of the biosphere. Besides enhancing the scenic
beauty of the Park, they are an important source of water for the
inhabitants of the park. While deer congregate here to drink water,fresh
water crocodiles can be seen basking in the winter sun to regulate
their body temperature. The lake also attracts a large number of
migratory and local birds. The local fauna of the park includes
leopard, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sloth bear and a little population
of pythons. The lovely Jogi Mahal overlooking the pretty Padam Talab
at the foot of the fort has a Forest Rest House. Other accommodation
outside the fort also ensures a comfortable stay.
Ranthambhors royal past manifests itself in the well-preserved
imposing fort, built in 994 A.D. atop a steep high creek 200 metres
above sea level. Ruined pavilions, walls, chhatris and splendid
monuments are interspersed within the majestic fort. An 8th century
A.D. Ganesh temple on an open land attracts thousands of devotees
and is the venue for an annual fair held on. Bhadrapad Sudi Chaturthi,
fourth day of the bright half, in the month of Bhadra.
The nearest airport is at Jaipur which connected to all the major
cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe from Jaipur to Ranthambhore.
The roads are very good, and it takes around 4-5 hrs from Jaipur.
You can also come by taxi.
The nearest railhead is at Ranthambhorer is connected to many major
cities of India. There are daily trains from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai.
Jeeps can be hired from several places, the main ones being the
RTDC. Private jeeps are also available.
General Information & Accomdation info on Sawai Madhopur city of Rajasthan - India