Snuggled on the border of the Thar Desert, the raging Ranthambore is enveloped by the Aravalli and Vindhya hills. This hushed town is primarily known for its Tiger Reserve and has vegetation that mainly consists of the deciduous forests. The city boasts an unusual landscape dominated by the 10th-century fortress of Ranthambore while the valleys have numerous cenotaphs, ruins and abandoned settlements, telling tales of the bygone years.Not many people know that Ranthambore was an erstwhile hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur until 1955 when it was declared as a game sanctuary. On introduction of Project Tiger, Ranthambore was declared as a National Park and was listed as a protected reserve in 1980.
Sprawling over an area of 392 km2, Ranthambore National Park is the oldest habitable place around Sawai Madhavpur. Formerly known as Ranastamba or Ranastambhapura, the credit for Ranthambore’s existence is given to the great Chand Dynasty ruler, Prithviraj I. During pre-independence period, Ranthambore served as a private hunting ground of the rulers of Jaipur.
A perfect retreat for the wildlife enthusiasts, Ranthambore is hailed for its Tiger Reserve and for its diverse flora-fauna. This naturally abundant place is a home to plenty of tigers that can be occasionally spotted here. Many shutterbugs are enthralled to capture the reserve’s beauty as the area is rich in bio-diversity. The park offers exciting jeep safaris which will give you an adrenaline rush as you can see tigers wandering around the wooded alleys, preying on animals.
You can also explore some of the nearby attractions such as Ranthambore Fort, Kachida Valley, Surwal Lake, Malik Talao, Rajbag Talao, Anantpura, Lakarda and Bakula. The lovers of art can visit the Ranthambore School of Art which will give you an insight of Ranthambore’s rich culture. Here you can have a medley of culture and traditions with the Meena tribes and if you want some more adventure down the line then you can plan a night out in the hideouts of the Ranthambore National Park. Devour some scrumptious food, have a bonfire night and make memories for a lifetime.
At Ranthambore, you can relish an array of delectable vegetarian cuisines available at the local hawker shops. If you want to devour authentic Rajasthani cuisines like Dal Bati Churma, Malpuas and flavoured lassi then you can relish it at the local restaurants of the market. The travellers can also buy souvenirs or local handicraft items from the Dastkar Craft Centre, which has a good collection of handmade articles made by the women hailing from nearby villages.