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 valour whence the Mughals attacked. Etched on its walls are 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 the magnificent tigers.

On tiger safari one can explore the fort as well as search for the big cats and the enchanting birds and wildlife.

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 only tigers rule the monument. 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 pond dot the landscape. These are the unique hunting grounds for the tigers. They ambush from the nearby grasslands into  water to catch and kill 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 kilometres. Many tigers frequently seen are given names and can be recognised. Some of the famous big cats are Noor, Machli, Changez,  Surjan, Laila, Fateh, Star Male and so on. 

Some of these tigers have made history and have been frequently filmed. Numerous instances of breeding has been recorded at Ranthambhore. Since these are excellent breeding grounds a large number of tourists arrive here every year to witness the family life of the tigers.   

Tiger Photo

Tiger Family
Tiger Family


National Park

Ranthambhore Wildlife

Wild animals and birds abound in this tiger reserve. The most sought after the tiger are the leopards, sloth bear and large deer like sambar and Nilgai. Spotted deer, Indian gazelle, wild boar, langur and peacock are the common sight.    

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 veridtor 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 crocodile, numerous species of butterflies and innumerable number of insects.  

The striking biodiversity give rise to various habitats suitable for tigers and other mammals. The niche ecosystems that thrive on 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 with the Golden Quadrilateral which is the most popular circuit among the overseas tourists. Hence besides enjoying the wildlife the visitors can see the Taj Mahal and go for sightseeing at Jaipur the Capital City of Rajasthan State.  

The popular Ranthambhore 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.     


Literature on Tigers

National Geographic Readers: Tigers

With their bold black stripes, powerful presence, and fierce faces, tigers are just about the coolest animal on the planet. These giant jungle cats can climb trees, swim, and ru...

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Tigers: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series Book 10)

Bestselling children's author Kay de Silva presents "Tigers". The book uses captivating illustrations and carefully chosen words to teach children about "the great wanderers." T...

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Updated: 05/19/2021, 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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