Ranthambhore in India Where Tigers Rule

by pateluday

Ranthambhore fort though abandoned is now the domain of the majestic tiger, master of all he surveys. The fort once ruled over by the Rajput Kings now shelters the tigers.

The valiant Rajputs chalked out a bloody history of sacrifice and valor whence the Mughals attacked their kingdoms relentlessly. Etched on the walls of Ranthambore Fort are annals of blood baths, conquests, and defeats. The turbulent history is now a past for more peaceful status prevails. Abandoned by the rulers it became the hunting preserve of Maharajas of Jaipur. Ranthambore tiger reserve is now a conservation unit and home of magnificent tigers.

On tiger safari, one can explore the fort as well as search for the big cats and the enchanting birds and wildlife. Well known for big cats which are found in abundance in the dry deciduous forests the park is a hub of activities not only limited to wildlife safaris but the hotels in the outer ring offer luxurious stay and recreation as well. The park has been filmed often by major companies and documentary makers thanks to wonderful sightings of animals and birds.

Resort at Ranthambore

Accommodation Photo
Ranthambhore Resort
Ranthambhore Resort

Temple at The Fort

Hindu Temple
Hindu Temple

The Fort at Ranthabhore

The Rajput Ruler Hammir Dev began the construction of Ranthambore Fort in the tenth century AD. Constant conquests brought in rulers one after the other adding layers of new construction to create a magnificent citadel one among many that decorate the edifice map of Rajasthan.  

The fort lies within the National Park and can be seen during the safaris.  Though well preserved and intact, only tigers rule the monument in contemporary times. On a visit, many structures that created the citadel can be explored. Temples, massive halls, Royal chambers, grand entrances, and fine rock art bedazzle.

A large number of lakes and ponds dot the landscape. These are the unique hunting grounds for the tigers. They ambush from the nearby grasslands into the water to catch and kill the deer that feast on water plants. This is an event people come from far and wide to witness.   

Lake View

Lake at Ranthambhore
Lake at Ranthambhore

The Tigers

Big Cats

More than twenty-five tigers survive in the reserve which is more than one thousand square kilometers. Many tigers frequently seen are given names and can be recognized by their stripes and marking on their heads. Some of the famous big cats are Noor, Machli, Changez,  Surjan, Laila, Fateh, Star Male, and so on. These are some of the legendary predators who ruled over the wilderness for years and made a name for themselves.  

Some of these tigers have been frequently filmed by producers from all over the World. Numerous instances of breeding have been recorded at Ranthambhore. Since these are excellent breeding grounds for the felines.

A large number of tourists arrive here every year to witness the family life of the tigers.   Being close to New Dehli, Agra and Jaipur it is included in the Golden Triangle Circuit as an extension for wildlife watching. The stay is usually of one or two days with a couple of safaris organized for the visitors. For a good experience, one must partake in at least four safaris. 

Tiger Photo

Tiger Family
Tiger Family


National Park

Ranthambhore Wildlife

Wild animals and birds abound in this tiger reserve. The most sought-after animals besides the tiger are the leopard, sloth bear, and large deer-like sambar and Nilgai. Spotted deer, Indian gazelle, wild boar, langur, and peacock are the common sight. The rarest predator in this reserve is the Caracal and few sightings have occurred near the park in scrub and open confines.    

A large number of birds make Ranthambore their home. Most targeted are the raptors like the hawk and serpent eagles, orange-headed ground thrush, paradise flycatchers, black-naped and verditor flycatchers. Indian pitta, dusky eagle owl, short-eared owl, flamingo, quails, warblers, passerine, grass birds, and wetland species abound.

The park is home to numerous reptiles, mugger crocodiles, numerous species of butterflies, and innumerable insects.  

The striking biodiversity gives rise to various habitats suitable for tigers and other mammals. The niche ecosystems thrive on a large number of floral species which are found in wild abundance throughout the park.    

Tiger Tours on Jeep

Jeep Tiger Safari
Jeep Tiger Safari



The tiger reserve is situated within the Golden Quadrilateral which is the most popular circuit among overseas tourists. Hence besides enjoying the wildlife the visitors can see the Taj Mahal and go sightseeing at Jaipur the Capital City of Rajasthan State.  

The popular Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is situated near the township of Sawai Madhopur.  The township is easily accessible for New Delhi as well as Jaipur. A drive from the capital takes six hours and one can also fly down to Jaipur.

Some of the tourism zones are closed from 1st July to 31st September. A permit is required for jeep excursions in the reserve. A large number of hotels and resorts are available near the park ranging from budget to high-end.  The excursions are conducted on open jeeps and twenty-seater canters.   


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National Geographic Readers: Tigers

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Updated: 10/06/2022, pateluday
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pateluday on 05/16/2021

Tigers in reserves usually receive a name from forest staff and sometimes by park guides

DerdriuMarriner on 05/14/2021

pateluday, Thank you for all the practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
Did the tigers receive their names from funders or rangers?

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