- ( Sawai Madhopur ) Travel Guide
Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve
in the Rajasthan state of India, comprises distinct areas with varied conservation
history and virtually separated geographically with mere narrow corridors linking
them to the core, Ranthambhore National Park. These are mainly, the Ranthambhore
National Park, Keladevi Sanctuary and Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.
National Park, before a princely game conserve is the scene where the celebrated
Indian Tiger is best seen. Ranthambhor Tiger Reserve lies on the junction of Aravali
and Vindhyas just 14 Kms from Sawai Madhopur in Eastern Rajasthan. It sprawls
over a varying and undulating landscape. The scenery changes dramatically from
gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas and sharp and conical hills of the Aravali.
A tenth century fort also blends amicably with the background. Pure sands of Dhok
(Anogeissus pendula) interspersed with grasslands at the plateaus, meadows in
valleys and luxuriant foliage around the canals make the jungle. Three big lakes
Padam Talab (meaning Lake), Malik Talab and Raj Bagh are similar turquoises studded
in the vast forest that abounds with aquatic vegetation including duckweeds, lilies
A significant geological feature within the park is the 'Great
Boundary Fault' where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range. The Rivers
Chambal in the South and the Banas in the North bound the National Park. The park
is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambhor
Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The rugged park terrain
alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several
lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained
by the Forest Service.
The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhor;
although it is the one park resident that people come to see. A variety of birds
including Owlets, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal,
Jungle Cat, marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are
the other attractions.
Ranthambhor is plagued by the typical problems
encountered by all game reserves in India - people living in and around the parks
and grazing by livestock! Between 1976-1979, 12 villages within Ranthambhor National
Park were resettled outside the designated park area with only a few people now
residing in scattered hamlets within the park. Of course poachers continue their
activities with increasing demand from China for Tiger parts. There are no accurate
figures on how many tigers and poachers kill other species, but on occasion evidence
appears in the form of large numbers of skins and other body parts found on couriers.
park is well staffed and the folk who man the centres and the mandatory guides
- one for every vehicle, are knowledgeable of the terrain and some even know the
Latin names of most species.
The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhor;
although it is the one park resident people come to see. We were lucky to see
several varieties of birds including these owlets peering through their burrow
pictured here on the right and of course the ubiquitous langur monkey. Other animals
in the reserve include leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles,
wild boar, bears and various species of deer.
The main food source for
the tiger is the swamp deer like Barasinsga and on occasion the wild buffalo and
also wild boar etc. If you wish to stay near the park, the facilities on offer
are superb. The park gates open a half hour before sunrise and close half hour
after sunset. The timings are vigorously imposed and no exceptions are made to
this rule. Save Tiger
Like oil lamps flickering in the wind,
the world's tiger population is unhurriedly being snuffed out. Several books and
literature have been produced to describe the most intriguing, the most powerful
and the most majestic of all animals. The Hindu tradition and culture have a place
of honor and worship for tiger. In India people had added Singh, Sher and Nahar
on their names to upgrade their class. Yet people have been incredibly scant to
the cause of the tiger. This web site aims in graphics, pictures and prose to
advance the level of wakefulness and concern for this mythical and secretive striped
beauty that placidly roams the jungles.
Burning Bright in rare and relaxed moments exhibits it lovable beauty. It is in
these moments that the sheer beauty and power of this animal comes out so mesmerizing.
It is an experience that no one should fail to spot. If your grand mother has
told you that cat the maternal aunt of the tiger did not teach a tiger to climb
trees so he cant climb trees then she was probably not wholly right. A commendable
photographs shows that tigers can scale trees like other cats but only upto 16
months of age of after which they too heavy to do so. Places
to SeeRanthambore National Park
National Park at the junction of the Aravalis and the Vindhyas, is a unique juxtaposition
of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in the vast, arid
and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan,barely 14 kilometer from the town, Sawai
Madhopur. It spreads over a highly undulating topography varying from gentle to
steep slopes; from flat topped hills (Indala, Doodh-Bhat and Chiroli) of the Vindhyas
to the conical hillocks and sharp ridges of the Aravalis; from wide and flat valleys
(Lahpur, Nalghati, Khachida, Anantpur etc.) to narrow rocky gorges. An important
geological feature, the "Great Boundary fault' where the Vindhyas were brought
against the much ancient Aravalis, passes from here.
The 392 sq.km park
comprises of dry deciduous forest sprawling over the undulating terrain of the
Arvalli and Vindhaan ranges. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the
country under the project tiger. The majestc predators assured if protection roam
freely during the day times and can be seen at close quarters. Ranthambtor sanctuary
has large number of sambhar, chital nigai chinkar langur wild boar and peafowl.
system of three pretty artificial lakes padam talsb rajbagh and Milak talab alongwith
a number of anicuits are part of the biosphere. Beside 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 cocodile can be seen
basking in the winter sun to regulate their body temperture. 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. The best time to visit is between November and April. Jeeps are available
to take you around the park.The Fort
Ranathambhors royal past
manifesests itself in the wel presered imposing fort, built in 1994 A.D. atop
a steep high creek 200 metros above sea level ruined pavilions walls chatris and
splendid monuments are interspresed within the majestic fort, An 8th century A.D
Ganesh temple on an open land attracts thousands of devottes and id the venue
for an annual fair held on Bhadrapad sudi Chaturthi fouth day of the bright half
in the month of Bhadra.