Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, one of the most important Tiger Reserve in the state of Rajasthan which is underneath the Project Tiger. The entryway to this significant environment sanctuary is Sawai Madhopur where Kings of Jaipur remained at their gorgeous hunting lodge and from where significant visitors such as Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Mountbatten have also been taken on regal hunts. The contemporary town lies about 180 km from Jaipur and was initially founded by King Sawai Madho Singh I of Jaipur, in 1758. The Amer rulers (the Kachhawaha leaders) had a long vertical connotation with Sawai Madhopur for many periods. The Ranthambore Fort (14 km) was gifted to them by the Mughals, along with massive territories of surrounds forest-land. The area around Sawai Madhopur is dense with fragments of its past antiquity. Wells, walls, mosques and hunting lodges embellish the lush rolling hills of the Vindhyas and the Aravali. One of these cottages has been rehabilitated into hotels in Ranthambore run by Rajasthan Tourism department and another, forest lodge hotel, which was a hunting lodge of the kings of Jaipur, is run as a resort. Every exertion has been made to retain the unique atmosphere of the 30s. The Ranthambore National Park and the Ranthambore Fort lie within relaxed reach of Sawai Madhopur (which is also the nearest railway station).PLACES OF INTEREST ARE
Ranthambhore has a torrid history of battles of valiant and brave warriors. Ruled successively by; the Yadavs and Chauhans, AlauddinKhilji and the Mughals, Ranthambhore is alive with memories of its glorious past in its palaces, temples, cenotaphs and numerous ruins. The Fort of Ranthambhore is reputed to have been built in 944 AD by brave Chauhan warrior after receiving the blessing of an ascetic. Further additions were made to it by subsequent rulers. Practically impregnable, it withstood the attacks of such stalwarts as AlauddinKhilji and various Mughals, before succumbing to their attacks. In 1528, it passed into hands of the Mughals who later gifted it to the Maharaja of Jaipur around the end of the 17th century. The surrounding forest tracts became the private hunting grounds of the royal family.
An important geological feature within the reserve is the 'Great frontier Fault' where the Vindhaya plateaus meet the Aravali valley range. The Rivers Chambal in the South and the Banas in the north bound the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. The reserve is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominate architecture of Ranthambor Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its countryside. The rugged reserve topography alternate between dehydrated deciduous jungle, open grassy field, dotted by a number of lakes and rivers that are only made drivable by rough roads build and maintained by the jungle service. The royal Bengal tiger is not the only magnetism at Ranthambor. A multiplicity of birds including owlets, caracal, marsh crocodiles, wild boar hyena, the ubiquitous langur (monkey), leopard, jackal, jungle cat, bears and various species of deer are the other attractions. Ranthambore hotels is too nice hear vacationer enjoy the wild at tiger paradise of Rajasthan.
The temple devoted to Lord Ganesha is positioned in the fort of Ranthambhore, about 12 kms from Sawai Madhopur and it is one of the most significant Lord Ganesha Temples in the State. There is always a lot of action at him temple because public consider that his first invitation to a marriage should be sent to Lord Ganesha. Consequently, hundreds of request pours in everyday from all over the nation inviting Lord Ganesha to attend the wedding. Some public also encircle money to facilitate Lord Ganesha to pay for his charge! This temple is the site for Lord Ganesh Chaturthi revelry attracting devotee from all over to join in the singing of devotional songs. Markets mechanism up in the area, allowing the people to do their shopping as well.EXCURSIONS
Kameshwar Mahadev Temple - tiny Khajuraho (40 km): This Post-Gupta era temple is definitely 1200-year-old example of art and society. This temple devoted to Lord Shiva has hundreds of couple in sexual carvings like those in Khajuraho. Each fourteenth day of Hindu months, thre is a festival held at the temple. Surwal Lake (20 km) -A thin seasonal lake, positioned between acres of farming fields, which usually dries out by May-June is home to a huge number of different kinds of migratory birds during winters. Sarus Cranes, Painted Storks, Greylag Geese amongst others can be seen in huge numbers in Surwal between the months of November and March. Throughout this season, the finest time to see birds is very early on in the morning. Serious Bird watchers should be at the lake before daybreak.
Bhuri Pahadi Gaon (26 km) - In this town is convergence of two rivers. There is a desert draw out of about 6 sq km. Thousands of flamingos journey to this area every year in October - November and stay over to next year, March.
Devpura (25 km)- Where Black Bucks bird be plentiful, is not far from Surwal Lake. Here one often sees small herds of Black Bucks graze in farmlands. Fascinatingly, Black Bucks are just about never seen inside the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. This could be because Black Bucks prefer open places to forests.
Rameshwaram Ghat (70 km)- Which lies at the flowing jointly of rivers Chambal and Banas, is home for huge number of migratory birds, alligators, crocodiles, the rare river dolphins (which are very exceptional) and many other animal type. A group of antique temples also positioned at the ghat. Since these ghats are beyond the Mansarovar Lake and Khandar Fort one can meeting both these places in the same journey.
Pali Ghat (40 km) Positioned on the banks of the river Chambal, on the edge of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan states. This make bigger of the river is formally a crocodile sanctuary and is chiefly stunning during full moon nighttimes.
The area is well known for "Khas" perfume and other substance made of "Khas" including fans, small boxes, caps, Ranthambore Tiger reserve branded t-shirt, handycraft items etc..