Man is a gregarious animal and hence cannot live by himself. All forms of lives on this earth are interdependent on each other. This inter-dependence is denoted by the ecosystem wherein a natural balance is maintained between plants and animals, through different food chains. Tiger being the noblest of all animals remain at the top of the food chain. For commercial objectives and for the fun of killing, man has been killings wild animals that pose great threat to the ecosystem. Hence, National Parks are developed for the organized protection of wildlife.
Rathanbmore National Park is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of the South-eastern Rajasthan. This was once the place for hunting and entertainment of the Maharajas of Jaipur. It is now a place of free and natural movement of a wide range of flora and fauna. Nature lovers, photographers, adventurists, ornithologists, and vacationers find this national park the most ideal destination for spending few days of relaxation and amusement. Adjoined with Ranthambore National Park is adjoined by Mansingh Sanctuary and Kaila Devi Sanctuary.
Tiger, the king of the forest is the most prominent host of the Ranthambore National Park. Those having an exclusive picture of a tiger as a predator can find an affectionate mother tiger suckling its cubs or licking their velvety bodies. The majesty of tiger, the innocence of the deer, the leadership of elephant, the camouflaging of hare, the quickness of the stripped squirrels are the scenes that Ranthambore National Park offers to the curious eyes of the tourists. Added to all these are sloth bears, chinkra, desert cats, Indian Gerbilles, porcupines and nilgais.
Bird watchers get may visit Malik Talao, Rajbagh Talao, Padam Talao and Jhalra area to find a wide range of birds that may include kingfishers, darters, egrets, cormorants, flamingos, pelicans, treepies, orioles, finches, wagtails, gulls, terns and ibis.
Ranthambore National Park is home to a wide range of reptiles including pythons, vipers, desert monitor lizards, tortoise, flap-shelled turtles, banded kraits, cobras, chameleon rat snakes, marsh crocodiles and Russel’s vipers.
Ranthambore National Park has been bestowed with deep vegetation with a number of trees that include banyan, babul, aam, dhok, jamun, imli, kdam, dhak, khair, karel, kakera , mohua and neem. Some of these trees have medicinal values.
For the convenience of tourists, Rantambore National Park, provides Jeep and Elephant safaris for moving around inside the deep forest region and watch wildlife in their natural habitats, movements and postures. Tourists can take entry to the safaris either in the morning or in the evening. Depending upon the season the morning entry timing may be between 6.30AM-7.00AM to 9.30-10.30 AM. Similarly, the evening trip of safari may be availed from 2.30PM-3.00PM to 5.30PM-6.00PM.
There are other tourists’ destinations adjoining Ranthambore National Park. Tourists can visit Kachida Valley, Lakard and Anantpura, Raj Bagh Ruins, and Ranthambore Fort.
A visit to the Ranthambore National Park, fully satiates a hidden desire to observe wild animals in their natural habitats because man knows that he too is an animal with rationality and improved faculties for thinking and expressing.