Ranthambore National Park includes Mansingh Sanctuary as part of its rich offering to nature- and environmental enthusiasts. It is situated in the state of Rajasthan in North India and is one of the largest and best known of the area. It is located at the joining point of the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. Because of the abundance of plant life in this area, many different animal species are able to flourish under these conditions. Although it is nestled within these secluded pharisaic conditions, the park is only 130 kilometres from the bustling epicentre of Jaipur, making it convenient and accessible.

Ranthambore National Park has proven to be very successful as a tourist attraction as well as for professional photographers who want beautiful pictures of a wide range of plants and animals. One of its main attractions is its population of graceful, powerful tigers. As these wild cats roam their territory, look after their young and pursue prey, visitors can look on in sheer wonder at their natural beauty and impressive power. Because they have become so accustomed to visitors, these tigers do not shy away from the vehicles, giving tourists an opportunity to see them from up close.

This park was declared a sanctuary for various wildlife species in 1957. Less than 20 years later (in 1974, in fact), it was
Image of Ranthambore Fort
Temple ruins, Ranthambore Fort, Ranthambore National Park,
Rajasthan, India
declared an area for the preservation and protection of tigers in India. This was in response to excessive poaching as well as to the problem of their shrinking habitat due to development and industrialisation. Today, it is home to many tigers, which are bred and cared for by expert hands. It was only in 1981 that it achieved the status of being an official national park.

The dense jungles and the ample water resources make this park a particularly viable place for the plants and animals to thrive, as they enjoy fertile soil, adequate water for drinking, bathing and irrigation and the shelter of tall trees. In addition to its natural resources, Ranthambore National Park is also home to a number of ancient ruins as well as the Ranthambore Fort. These historical elements testify to an India that passed away centuries ago, leaving only these intriguing remnants as evidence.

Some of the natural residents that visitors can look forward to seeing are Desert Cats, leopards, tigers, Striped Hyenas, langurs, jackals, Jungle Cats, civets, hedgehogs, mongooses, bats, squirrels, wild boars, frogs, crocodiles, lizards, tortoises, snakes, foxes and a variety of antelope. There are also many bird species, such as the Padam Talao, Graylag Goose, woodpecker, Indian Gray Hornbill, Malik Talao, falcon, myna, pelican, flamingo and a myriad more. There are about 300 species of vegetation in which these animals live, eat, hunt and sleep.

The park is open between October and mid-June and is close to the Jaipur and Kota airports. In addition, it is less than 400 kilometres from Delhi by train, making it accessible and conveniently situated.

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