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Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park, situated in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan, 185 km from Jaipur, is one of the largest national parks in northern India. The nearest railway station is Sawai Madhopur, about 11 km away. Established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955, it was declared as one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973 and became a national park in 1980. In 1984, the adjacent forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary. In 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries to accommodate population of Tiger and other wildlife species.

Area 392 Sq. Km.
Population 1150,000 (2001) in core and surrounding areas.
Altitude 235 to 500 m (771 - 1640 ft)
STD Code 07462
Rain Fall 800 mm (July to September)
Location 26° 01' 02. N, 76° 30' 09E

Climate: Ranthambhore has a moderate climate all through the year. During summers (March to June), the maximum temperature observed is 37-40°C and a minimum of 23-26°C. Winters (November to February) are cool and have a maximum temperature of 29°C and a minimum of 9°C. Monsoons (July to September) record average rainfall of 800 mm. Droughts are common occurrence in this area.

Important Tourist sites : The tiger is the biggest attraction of this park. According to naturalists, Ranthambhore is one of the best parks in the country for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. Other carnivores in the park include leopard, hyena, jackal, fox, caracal, jungle cat, sloth bear and ratel. The park nests more than 300 varieties of birds. Common birds seen in the reserve are peafowls, parakeets, doves, partridges, storks, egrets, flycatchers, eagles and owls. During winter months, migratory birds such as grelag goose, ruddy shelduck and pintails are also seen. Some rare birds like the black eagle and the crested hawk eagle have also been sighted. Ranthambhore Fort, about 1000 years old is another historical attraction of the park.

General: Ranthambhore lies in the district of Sawai Madhopur which houses a population of over 11 lakh. There are several temples within distance of 15-50 km including most visited Ganesha Temple and Chouth Mata Temple. Majority of population consists of Hindus and Muslims.

Travel: By Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport at a distance of 180 km. Jaipur is well connected with other cities by air route with cities like Delhi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, Goa, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jammu, Guwahati and Srinagar. By Train : Ranthambhore railway station Sawai Madhopur is at a distance of 11 km which has trains from Delhi, Jaipur, Abu Road, Mumbai, Bharatpur and few other cities and towns. How to reach Ranthambhore: By road : Jaipur (185 km), Agra (318 km), Bharatpur (260 km), Delhi (440 km), Pushkar (229 km), Bundi (160 km), Kotah (200 km), Udaipur (400 km), Shahpura (175 km)

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