Ranthambore is a beautiful medieval town in Rajasthan surrounded by the Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges. It is famous for its finest tiger reserves in the world. The Ranthambore National Park offers great opportunities to the visitors for capturing the beast shots here. It is considered as the most suitable place for wildlife photography. Rivers like Chambal and Banas and some artificial lakes add up to its charm. Besides the park, there are places like Ranthambore Fort, Jogi Mahal and Kachida Valley are the other interesting places to explore. Some of the interesting places in and around the national park are listed below.
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The park is spread over an area of 392 square kilometer housing about 30 mammal species, 275 bird species, 12 reptile species and 350 plant species. Sprawling over the Aravali and Vindhya ranges, this National Park has diverse flora and fauna and is considered to be one of the best tiger reserves in the country. The major wildlife of this park includes panthers, leopards, chitals, sambars, chinkara, sloth bear, jackal, wild boars, mongoose, Indian hare, monitor lizards and a varied species of colorful birds. Mostly, Ranthambore National Park is heaven for the royal Bengal tigers.
The Jogi Mahal is a forest house lying close to the park. An ancient banyan tree is there in Jogi Mahal which is believed to be the second largest banyan tree in the country and hence the place holds an unique significance. Situated near the Padam Talab, this mahal attracts numerous tourists every year from different parts of the world.
The Ranthambore fort was built in 10th century AD. Regarded as one of the most noteworthy forts, the fort is endowed with a number of temples, tanks, gates and huge walls. It is said that the royal women of Ranthambore performed Jauhar (self immolation) ,Â when Muslim ruler Ala-ud-din-Khilji invaded this fort. Due to its historical significance, it is popular as a major tourist destination in Ranthambore.
This valley is situated near the outskirts of the Ranthambore National Park. A large number of panther populations can be seen in this valley surrounded by rocky hills. You can also have a view of some sloth bears here in this valley.
The Ranthambore tiger reserve houses one of the famous Ganesh Temple in Rajasthan. Devotees come from far and near to offer prayers during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival every year which makes this place an important pilgrimage site.