SAWAI MADHOPUR

WELCOME TO THE TIGER’S DEN

To hear the tiger roar, come to Ranthambore national park. Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to this tiger territory. But before the tigers made it their natural habitat, Ranthambore was a part of Rajasthan’s history. It was a witness to raging battles, the rise and fall of many a ruler.

In the 13th century A.D the grandson of Prithviraj chouhan took over the region of the land. Later his son, Vagbhatta beautified the city and Ganesha temple.

In the middle 15th century A.D. Ran Kumbha captured theh fort and gifted it to his son.  The Mughal emperor Shah Alam gifted Ranthambor too Maharaja Sawai Madho singh I in 1754 and since then, it was maintained as a hunting reserve. Two of the most famous dignitaries were part of hunting parties who stayed here were none other than Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Today the Ranthambor fort is under the mantle of the Archaeological survey of India.

 

PRIME SITES

THE FORT

 Ranthambhor’s royal past manifests itself in te well preserved imposing fort, built in 994 A.D atop a steep high creek 200 meters above sea level. Ruined pavilions, walls, chhatris and splendid monuments are interspersed with in the majestic fort. An 8th century A.D Ganesh temple on an open hand land attracts thousands of devotees.

Ranthambore national park

Tehh 392 sq km park comprises of dry deciduous forests sprawling over an undulating terrain of the Aravalli and Vindhyan ranges. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country under the project Tiger. The majestic predators, assured of protection, roam freely during the day time and can be seen at close quarters.

Ranthambor sanctuary has a large number of sambhar, cheetal, nilgai, spotted deer, chinkara,langaur,wild boar and peafowl.

A system of three pretty artificial lakes padam Talab, Rajbagh and Milak talab, along with a number of anicuts are part of the biosphere. Besides enhancing the scenic beauty of the park, they are an important source of water for the inhabitants of the park. While deer congregate here to drink water, fresh water crocodiles can be seen basking in the winter sun to regulate their body temperature. The lake also attracts a large number of migratory and local birds.

 The local fauna of the park includes, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sloth bear and a little population of pythons.