Ranthambore National Park is located in the eastern part of Rajasthan at a distance of 145 kms from Jaipur and considered as one of the best wildlife reserves of India. Ranthambore national park is situated at the confluence of the Aravali Hills and the Vindhyan plateau in the eastern Rajasthan. The Chambal River in the South and the Banas River in the North drain the Ranthambore National Park. Six man-made lakes and many perennial streams add to the beauty of the Ranthambore national park.
Ranthambore was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 & in 1973 Ranthambore national park was declared a part of the project Tiger campaign. Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary remains open every year from October to Mid June. Good accommodation and transport facilities are available on the periphery of Ranthambore national park. Ranthambore national park is the best place for sighting the famous royal tiger that move around freely and fearlessly in this undisturbed terrain. November-April is the best time to visit Ranthambore national park. At this the weather is at its best and tigers can be easily spotted basking in the warm sunshine during the day.
Ranthambore National Park has a rich wildlife including Tigers (including the most famous diurnal tigers), Leopards, Sambar deer, Chital, Striped Hyenas, Nilgai, Macaques, Jackals, Black bucks, Chinkara, Rufous tailed Hare Desert Cats, Five striped Palm Squirrels, Indian False Vampires, Indian Flying Foxes, Indian Porcupines, Small Indian Mongoose, etc. The only amphibians in the park are Common Frog and Common Indian Toad.
Ranthambore National Park has a great variety of flora and fauna including 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, over 300 species of birds, 12 reptiles and 30 mammals. Ranthambore national park is the home for both resident and migratory bird population. Ranthambore National Park is adjoined by two other sanctuaries, i.e. the Kaila Devi Sanctuary and the Mansingh Sanctuary. Out of the whole park some areas are open for the tourists to travel around and explore the flora fauna in Ranthambore National Park.
Apart from the rich wildlife, Ranthambore National Park has a number of other attractions also. One of them is a mammoth fort (Ranthambore Fort, after which the park is named) towers over the park atop a hill. One can see many ruins of bygone eras scattered all over the forest giving us a wonderful and mixed flavor of wildlife, nature and history. The park is also dotted with several water bodies providing perfect relief to wild animals during the extremely hot summer months.