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Ranthambore

The former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is situated in Eastern Rajasthan in the Aravali hill ranges. The park was named after the Ranthambhore Fort that occupies the principal position in the centre of the national park. This 10th century fort built by the Chauhans, is probably the oldest existing fort in Rajasthan and particularly in the Malwa plateau.

The dry deciduous forest Ranthambore National Park is spread over an area of 1,334 sq km along with its adjoining sanctuaries - the Kaila Devi Sanctuary and the Mansingh Sanctuary. Ranthambore has the two extremes - forests and open bush land. The dry and deciduous forests are dominated with the Dhok trees.

Ranthambore is also categorised as a heritage site because of the picturesque ruins of the fort that dot the park. The lake palaces, 'chhatris', old fortifications and a majestic fort dating back to 1,000 years overlook the park. The Jogi Mahal and the Padam Talao are the unique features of Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore Fort, perched atop a hill in the midst of the park, is a fascinating edifice that should not be missed.

Ranthambore is one of the largest and most celebrated parks in Northern India. Home to a stunning variety of wildlife and camera friendly tigers, it boasts of being the favourite destination of photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.

The rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, over 300 species of birds, 12 reptiles and 30 mammals. Apart from the tiger, the tourists can also see Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Porcupines, Jackals, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Marsh Crocodile, Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Mongoose and Indian Hare.