5 Fascinating Facts About Ranthambore National Park
Once a Maharaja’s hunting ground, the Ranthambore National Park is one of the most likely places to spot a tiger even today. The jungle stretches its arms across hundreds of acres, running wildly around the 10th century Ranthambore Fort and other historical remnants distributed like precious gems in a treasure box.
The fort sits quietly, like an old and triumphant king watching over its subjects - the largest expanse of dry deciduous tiger habitat in India. The area consists of open meadows where chances of a quick rendezvous with a tiger are less a matter of luck.
Though Ranthambore is famed for the Bengal Tigers, it is home to over 40 mammal species, 320 bird species and a rich bio-diversity overall. The crocodile-lined lakes look like a natural moat. The strategic high location of the fort and the jungle around have given the fort an advantage over the enemies for decades. The fort has never been conquered. Yet it is the best place to capture some of the most breathtaking views of the forest.
Interesting facts about the Ranthambore National Park:
1. The Ranthambore National Park is a part of the Ranthambore National Reserve and Project Tiger. It sits snugly between the Aravali and Vindhya ranges in eastern Rajasthan. The peculiar flora and fauna of the region are accredited to its topography that consists of plateaus, grasslands, gentle and steep hills and rivers.
2. The Ranthambore National Park is a dry deciduous forest with hardly any green patches or thick vegetation that makes it easy to find animals in their natural habitat.
Project Tiger has developed a remarkable network of forest tracks by widening out the natural tracks used by animals to track and spot animals during safaris. Tigers, with their soft foot padding that allows them to hunt discretely, also use these tracks as it is made of light sand and devoid of hard rock and thorns.
3. Tigers in Ranthambore are used to human presence and are often seen stalking, running and hunting around in the daytime.
4. Machli, one of the most popular tigresses around the world used to reside in the Ranthambore Park. Her name comes from the fish shaped marking on her body. She also was known as Lady of the Lakes who lost her family as a cub, because of poaching. There are over 45 adult tigers and 16 cubs in the park.
5. The best time to visit the park is between October and June. It’s neither too hot nor too cold for wildlife sightings. Monsoon visits Ranthambore between July and September. The park remains closed during this period.
All in all, Ranthambore National Park is a scenic getaway with rumbling roars, bird callings and racing deer; breaking the rhythm of the quiet every now and then. It’s also a land of adventures for wildlife enthusiasts photographers and all those who can hear the calling of the wild.