Ranthambore National Park is a 392 km wild jungle area bounded by Banas River and Chambal River, situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. The park is one of the largest national parks in India and best known for large population of Indian Tigers, Other majestic predators of the jungle also includes Indian leopard,sloth bear,striped hyena and jungle cat.
The park is known for its tigers and one of the best place in India to spot the majestic predator in their natural jungle habitat. According to the count in 2014, there were 62 tigers in Ranthambore National Park.
Ranthambore park area has been divided into 10 zones for daily safari vehicles, gypsy and canter are the only two options of vehicles for the safari. Zone 1 to 5 are best known for tiger sighting during the morning and evening safari but route 6 to 8 are also good to spot tigers.
Zone 3 and Zone 4 are the most beautiful route and one of the best place in the park to spot a tiger even during the sun light. Lady of the Lakes tigress named as Machli was the queen of this area,Tigress T19 is the current queen tigress of Ranthambore National Park.
Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is one of the best places in Rajasthan to see wild animals such as sloth bear,sambar, hyena, nilgai and wild boar. Sambar deer and Nilgai are the most common wild animals of the park and Sambar is the favored prey of tigers.
Sawai Madhopur and park is surrounded by farms,lakes and villages and considered a haven for bird watching. Plum-headed parakeet and rose-ringed parakeet are two most common birds of Ranthambore.
Ranthambore Fort is one of the top 6 Hill Forts of Rajasthan, situated within the Ranthambore National Park near Sawai Madhopur. The fortress of Ranthambore was known for the glory and valor, the park was the former hunting grounds of the Maharajahs of Rajasthan.
The sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of birds,reptiles and other small wild animals as well as home to one of the largest banyan trees in India. Rufous treepie is the most common bird in the jungle along with Jungle babbler,Kingfishers,Indian peafowl and a large group of water birds.
There are many lakes located in the park, Padam Talao is the largest lake inside the Ranthambore National Park. Surwal Lake and Padam Lake are one of the best places for wild animal sightseeing in the park along with water birds and crocodile.
Ranthambore is best place in the country to spot a wild tiger is their natural jungle habitat of dry deciduous forest and open grassy meadow. November to May is the best time for tiger sightings in Ranthambore National Park.