Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Ranthambhore is located at the junction (great boundary fault) of Aravalis and Vindhyan ranges. There are several water bodies located in the park, which provide relief during extreme heat in summer for the forest inhabitants. A huge fort, after which the park is named, towers over the park atop a hill. There are many ruins of a bygone era scattered all over the jungle, which give a unique, wonderful and mixed flavor of nature, history and wildlife. Viewing tiger in its natural setting is a star attraction.
Tucked between the Aravali hills and Vindhya hills, Ranthambore National Park is situated atop a plateau in southeastern Rajasthan. It derives its name from the notable Ranthambore fort located inside the park.
It was once maintained as the hunting reserve for the royals of Jaipur. In 1980, the Ranthambore forest was established as National Park covering 274.5 sq km.
Much later in 1992, the adjoining Keladevi Sanctuary and Sawai Mansingh sanctuary were included to form Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (1,334 sq km).
Ranthambore is renowned for being home to the most famous tigress in the world “Machli”. She featured in many wildlife documentaries and grabbed a lot of media attention when she was alive.
There could be around 61 tigers in the park, according to a report by Ranthambore Wildlife Division. You can’t miss visiting Ranthambore if you wish to see the majestic tigers in India.
Apart from tigers, you can also spot sloth bear, leopard, jackal, blackbuck and common langurs in the reserve. Birds are also found here in abundance.
Area of the Tiger Reserve
Core/critical tiger habitat : 1113.36 sq.km.
Buffer/peripheral area : 297.92 sq.km.
Total : 1411.28 sq. km
Latitudes : 250 52’071” N to 260 33’713” N
Longitudes : 750 85’84.0” E to 770 02’48.0” E