• Ranthambore National Park

About the Park



Deriving its name from one of India’s oldest, largest and most stunning fortresses that stands imperially, imposing structure 700 feet above the fertile forestland. The Ranthambhore National Park is located in the south-eastern region of Rajasthan. It is a former hunting ground of the game loving Maharaja’s of Jaipur has today been converted into a core participant of tiger conservation, being an integral battlefield of Project Tiger.

Since the 10th century Ranthambhore Fort has been standing still.  A few Rajput and Mughal monuments lay in shambles amidst lush foliage, giving us a glimpse into the regions celebrated past. The terrain is moody, altering from invincible forests to exposed fields and everything in between. There are some gorgeous recreational palaces, guard posts, rest houses and watch towers that were once occupied by the ever changing inhabitants of the citadel, singing praises of the courage and strife that happened to occur in this expansive playground.

Ranthambore National Park is the single largest expanse of dry deciduous Anogeissus pendula Forest which has been left intact in India.  It is home to over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 40 species of reptiles and over 300 species of plants. Currently, as per the available data, it is home to over 60 some tigers.

Apart for tigers you can also spot sloth bear, leopard, caracal, jachal, fox, hyena, and mangoose at Ranthambore. The elusive indian wolf too has been spotted here occasionally. The dainty chital, sambhar deer the blue bull antelope, rhesus macague, langur and an incredible variety of birds amidst a setting a dhok, fig and banyak trees makes a visit to this park a delight.

The forest remains dry for more than eight months in a year and therefore the chances of spotting this elusive big cat are much higher as compared to any other tiger reserve in India. It is the only reserve in the region where the tigers can be easily witnessed at any point of time. This is the reason why the region is superbly famous for the tiger tours.

The story of Ranthambore National Park:
1955- The reserve was earlier being established as the Sawai Madhopur Gaming Sanctuary by the Government of India.
1973-  It was declared as one of the Project Tiger Reserves in India. 
1980- Ranthambore became a National Park. 
1984- The adjacent forests were declared as Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary. 
1991- The Tiger Reserve was enlarged to include Sawai Mansingh and Kaladevi Sanctuaries. 

Topographic Information


1113 Square Kilometers

Buffer Area:

297 Sq Kms (National Park Area)

Other protected Area:

289 Sq Kms

Total Tiger Reserve Area:

1700 Sq Kms