Ranthambore National Park Facts

Ranthambore National Park Facts
Ranthambore National Park is a 151 square mile national park located in India's Sawai Madhopur district. It is one of northern India's largest national parks. It is bordered by the edge of a plateau, Banas River to its north, and Chambal River to its south. The park is named after Ranthambore fortress, located within its boundaries. In 1955 the Indian government declared Ranthambore as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary. In 1973 it was declared a Project Tiger reserve. In 1980 the park gained national park status and in 1991 additional forests were added to the reserve. The park is known as one of the best places to see tigers in India, in their natural habitat in the jungle.
Interesting Ranthambore National Park Facts:
Ranthambore National Park has a large tiger population. The park was established as a sanctuary for the tigers and to help decrease the fatal interactions that were increasing between humans and tigers. Project Tiger, established in 1973 was the result.
There was a decline in the tiger population in Ranthambore National Park due to poaching for many years.
In 1982 there were 44 tigers living in Ranthambore National Park. But 2005 there were only 26. In 2008 there were reportedly 34 adults and 14 cubs, due to efforts to reduce poaching, but it remains an ongoing problem. In 2014 the number of tigers was reported at 62.
Because of the population increase officials at Ranthambore National Park are considering moving some of their tiger population to other tiger reserves.
Ranthambore National Park has a combination of dry tropical forests, rocky terrain, lakes, streams, and grassy meadows, with more than 539 flowering plant species.
Visitors to Ranthambore National Park can take three hour long safaris in which they can hope to spot a tiger in its natural habitat.
Ranthambore Fortress, for which the park is named, is a fort that was built in the 10th century. There are three stone temples inside its walls, built in the 1100s and 1200s to honor Ganesh, Ramlalaji, and Shiva. The fortress stands at a height of 700 feet.
The second largest banyan tree in India is located in Ranthambore National Park, near Padam Talao, one of the park's largest lakes.
Animals that can be seen in Ranthambore National Park include tigers, leopards, sloth bears, black bucks, flying foxes, Indian porcupines, striped hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, wild boar, civets, desert cats, macaques, mole rats, and many more species.
The only amphibian species found in Ranthambore are the common frog and the common India toad.
Reptiles found in Ranthambore National Park include marsh crocodiles, monitor lizards, cobras, Indian pythons, vipers, tortoises, and the Indian Chameleon.
Birds that can be found in Ranthambore include cuckoos, parakeets, sandpipers, storks, flamingoes, owls, and many more.
Those wishing to visit Ranthambore National Park can arrive via roadway, train, or airplane.
The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is from November to March, and visiting in July and August is not possible because the park is closed due to it being monsoon season.

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