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Lying on the main Delhi-Mumbai Railway Line, Sawai Madhopur is the gateway to the world renowned Ranthambor National Park –the famous Tiger Reserve,just 12 km away from here. Ranthambore has been a witness to the rise and fall of many rulers and a series of battle scenes.
How to reach
By Air - Jaipur 165 km is the nearest airport
Ry Rail - The city has a railway station that is located along the Delhi to Mumbai line and there are many trains that pass through the station.
By Road - The city has a railway station that is located along the Delhi to Mumbai line and there are many trains that pass through the station.
Places to see
Ranthambore’s royal past manifests itself in the well preserved imposing fort,built in 994 A.D,atop a steep high creek 200 metres above sea level. Ruined pavilions,walls ,chhatris and splendid monuments are interspersed within the majestic fort. An 8th century A.D Ganesh Temple on an open land attracts thousands of devotees and is the venue of an annual fair held on Bhadrapad Sudi Chaturthi,fourth day of the bright half ,in the month of Bhadra.
Ranthambore National Park
The 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. Ranthambore Sanctuary has a large number of Sambhar,Chital,Nilgai,Chinkara , Langur ,Wild boar and Peafowl.
A system of three pretty artificial lakes-Padam Talab,Rajbagh and Milak Talab,alongwith 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 leopard,hyena,jackal,jungle cat,sloth bear and a little poulation of pythons. The lovely Jogi Mahal overlooking the pretty Padam Talab at the foot of the fort has a Forest Rest House. Other accomodation outside the fort also ensures a comfortable stay. The best time to visit is between November and April . Jeeps are available to take you around the park.