Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Amidst the splendorous tracts of diverse flora lie ruins of ancient past of Rajput Rulers of Ranthambore. Humans now exist only in the architectural marvels and ruins and the ubiquitous park management. The destination a Project Tiger Reserve & National Park is abode of rare and endangered animals like tigers and panthers besides the common prey fauna.
The topography of the park constitutes of dry deciduous mixed type and thorn scrub. There are small grasslands that often contain water bodies and are intersected by rivulets. These are the life support systems and are vital to the survival of the mind boggling diverse life forms. The canopy comprises of towering Dhok, Teak, Saajj and other associates like Jamun, Ber, Flame of the Forest, Banyan and Pipal. Khair, Tamarind and Mango are also found at the Reserve.
The thorn country comprises of Babool, herbs and shrubs and few clumps of bamboo. The thorny scrub country is an interesting feature and provides diverse ecosystem to animals of open country like the hyena, blue bull and Indian Gazelle.
Among the major mammalian attraction are the Bengal Tiger, leopard, sloth bear and the blue bull. Ranthabhore is home to the Indian Caracal, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat and the Fishing Cat. Less seen animals are mongoose, porcupine, Indian hare and fox which are nocturnal. The common animals are the wild boar, chital, langur, sambar and the rhesus macaque.
The reptiles found in the National Park are the marsh crocodile which inhabits the water bodies and the rivulets. Among the venomous snakes are the Cobra, Vipers and Krait. The non venomous snakes of Ranthanbhore are the rat snake, common cat snake, leaf nosed snake, bronze tree snake, keel backs and numerous species of water snakes. The turtles and tortoise also inhabit the water bodies.
The avifauna is very interesting hence attract many birders from all over the World. Some of the interesting birds are the golden oriole, black francolin, blue breasted quails, chest nut headed bee-eater, Eurasian eagle owl, Dusky eagle owl, Common and Demoiselle Crane, Painted and Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse, Indian Courser, Indian Pitta, Tawny & Steepe Eagle, Serpent and Hawk Eagles are some of -the targeted species. The checklist comprises of more the three hundred birds.
Another major attraction of the park is the panoramic splendor of low lying hills, interspersed with thick jungles, open country and small grasslands. This makes the tiger safari interesting to all tourists.
Ranthbhore Fort attracts many tourists on tiger safari. Glorified by the Chauhan Dynasty chiefly Hammir Dev the edifice is within the precinct of the National Park. The fort has history the begins from 944 Ad onwards whence the Nagil Jats built it.
The fort complex comprises of famous Ganesh Temple besides many other architectural masterpieces. The Jogi Mahal, Padam Taloa and Raj Bagh ruins are also of tourist interests.