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Ranthambore National Park: Facts at a Glance

25-MAR-2016 10:42

    Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan. It is located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range. The park covers an area of Approximately 400 sq Km and if combined it with the area of sawai man singh sanctuary area, it is around 500 Sq km. Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger". It got the status of a National Park in 1981.

    Location of Ranthambore National Park-

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    Facts about Ranthambore National Park-

    1. Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Rajasthan. It is located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range.
    2. It spreads in the area of about 400 sq Kms.
    3. The vegetation of the Ranthambore is the tropical dry deciduous and tropical thorn type due to its hilly track.
    4. Ranthambore National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of "Project Tiger".
    5.  It got the status of a National Park in 1981.
    6. 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 and lotus.
    7. Padam Talao: This is the largest of the many lakes located in the park. A red sandstone Jogi Mahal can be found at the edge of the lake.
    8.  A gigantic banyan tree, considered to be India’s second largest, is also near the lake, Padam Talao.
    9. A significant geological feature within the park is the 'Great Boundary Fault' where the Vindhaya plateau meets the Aravali range.
    10. The Rivers Chambal in the South and the Banas in the North bound the National Park.
    11. Ranthambore National Park is probably the best place in the world to see wild Indian tigers in its only dry deciduous natural habitat even in the day.
    12. Animals at the Ranthambore National Park-: Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar deer, Chital, Nilgai, Common or Hanuman langurs, Macaques, Jackals, Jungle cats, Caracals, Sloth bears, Black bucks, Rufous tailed Hare, Indian Wild Boar, Chinkara, Common Palm Civets or Toddy cat, Coomon Yellow Bats, Desert Cats, Five striped Palm Squirrels, Indian False Vampires, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Foxes, Indian Gerbilles, Indian Mole Rats, Indian Porcupines, Long eared Hedgehogs, Ratels, Small Indian Mongoose and Common mongoose.
    13. The main food source for the tiger is the swamp deer like Barasinsga and on occasion the wild buffalo and also wild boar etc.
    14. The park also has a large number of marsh crocs Reptiles: Snub Nosed Marsh Crocodiles, Desert Monitor Lizards, Tortoise, Banded Kraits, Cobras, Common Kraits, Ganga Soft Shelled Turtles, Indian Pythons, North Indian Flap Shelled Turtles, Rat Snakes, Russel's Vipers, Saw-scaled Vipers and the Indian Chamaeleon.
    15. In total, a list of 272 species of birds has been documented in the park.
    16. The most important birds in Ranthambore include's Graylag Goose, Woodpeckers, Indian Gray Hornbills, Common Kingfishers, Bee Eaters, Cuckoos, Parakeets, Asian Palm Swift, Owl, Nightjars, Pigeon, Dove, Crakes, Snipes.

    Visiting Timings

    Oct 1-Oct 31: 6.30am-10.00am & 2.30pm-6.00pm

    Nov 1-Jan 31: 7.00am-10.30am & 2.00pm-5.30pm

    Feb 1-Mar 31: 6.30am-10.00am & 2.30pm-6.00pm

    Apr 1-May 15: 6.00am- 9.30am & 3.00pm-6.30pm

    May 16-Jun 30: 6.00am- 9.30am & 3.30pm-7.00pm

    July 1 – Sep 30: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve CLOSED

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