Ranthambore National Park

» Area – 404 sq. kms
» Establishment – 1959
» When to Visit – October to June

The name Ranthambore is located near Sawai Madhour township (11 kms), which is about 100 kms south east of Ajmer in Rajasthan, where the Vindhayas and the Aravalli Hills meet, the Ranthambore National Park is bound by the rivers Chambal, in the south, and Banas, in the north. The Ranthambore National Park was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972. In 1981 Ranthambor was given National Park status. Dominated by rocky plains, flat hilltops, gentle slopes and precipitous cliffs, covered by dry deciduous forests, Ranthambore is virtually an island rich in flora and fauna, farmland and over grazed arid land.

Attractions :
Ranthambore is home to a multitude of wild animals, the park boasts of playing host to tigers, leopards, the elusive caracals, striped hyenas, sloth bears, jungle cats, wild boars, crocodiles and so on. Besides, there are over 300 species of birds, from the rare Indian Courser to the beautiful Painted Sand Grouse. You can go for National Park rides, jeep safaris, camel rides, bird watching excursions and nature walks.

How to Reach :
165 km from Jaipur which is the nearest airport. Nearest railhead is Sawai Madhopur (12 km). Jaipur is well connected to all the major destinations of India by air, rail and road.

Keoladeo National Park
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» Area – 232sq.km/2,873 hectares
» Established – 1956 as a bird sanctuary, 1981 as a national park
» When to Visit – October to June

Keoladeo National Park, previously known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is famous as one of Asia’s finest birding areas, with over 380 resident and migrant species, populating the area through out the year. The bird population includes the Common, Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes. The park derives its name from the temple of Keoladeo (Shiva) and ‘ghana’ which locally means dense, depicting the nature of the vegetation available.

Attractions :
Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is home to some of India’s richest birdlife, including the gorgeous shocking-pink tinted painted stork, several species of cormorants, egrets, pelicans, ibises, cranes, ducks and geese. Among the migrants, the highly endangered Siberian Cranes, which come to nest in winter, are the rarest. In addition to the birds, Keoladeo is home to a wide range of mammal and reptile species, including deer, jackals, otters and blue bulls. One can also watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyaena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and wild Boar in its excellent surroundings.

How to Reach :
Bharatpur is well connected by road from Agra (56 km), Delhi (176 km) and Jaipur (176 km), all of which have airports. The Bharatpur railway station is 6 km from the park.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
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» Area – 586 sq Kms
» When to Visit – October to June

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the most rugged regions of the Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is just 90 kms. from Jodhpur on the Udaipur – Pali – Jodhpur road. This jungle close to the historical Kumbalgarh Fort used to protect the fort from the invaders. Now, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary protects the rare species of animals, struggling for their survival. Situated in the lush green region of Udaipur, Kumbalgarh is the only sanctuary of Rajasthan, where natural activities of the rarely found wolf can be seen in the natural surroundings.

Attractions :
The named derived from the Kumbhalgarh Fort, the sanctuary is spread over an area of 586 sq kms and is perched at an altitude of 500 to 1,300m. It is home to a large variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare.

The bird life at Kumbhalgarh is also gratifying, which includes – grey jungle fowl, peacocks, doves, red spur owls, parakeets, golden Oriole, grey Pigeons, Bulbul, and white breasted kingfisher, often seen near the water holes.

How to Reach :
Udaipur is 100 Kms from here. So, reaching the sanctuary is not a problem. Udaipur is well connected to all of India by air, rail and road.

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