Lying on the main Delhi-Mumbai railway line, Swai Madhopur is the
gateway to the world renowned Ranthambhor National Park- the famous
Tiger Reserve , just 12 km away from here. Ranthambhor has been a
witness to the rise and fall of many rulers and a series of battle
scenes. In the 13th century A.D. Govinda, the grandson of Prithviraj
Chauhan took over the reign of the land. Later his successor
Vagabhatta, beautified the city and built a noteworthy temple at
Jhain.In the middle of the 15th century A.D. Rana Kumbha captured
the fort and gifted it to his son to be occupied later by the Hada
Rajputs of Bundi and Mughal Emperors Akbar and Aurangazeb. Mughal
Emperor Shah Alam gifted it to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I of
Jaipur in 1754 and since then it was maintained as the hunting
preserve of the Maharaja. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of
Edinburgh were part of the royal hunting who stayed here.
: Nearest airport is Jaipur (175 kms).
Nearest railhead is Sawai-Madhopur (12 kms) which is on the
Bombay-Delhi section of Western Railway.
Ranthambore is connected by regular bus service to Sawai-Madhopur
12 km, Agra 226 km, Bharatpur 166 km, Delhi 434 km, Kota 217 km,
Jaipur 180 km.
: Private Horse driven tongas are available at the Railway
Station. R.T.D.C. or private jeeps can be hired from Tourist
Information Bureau, Sawai-Madhopur. Charges Rs.350-400 for full
jeep for one trip to the National Park.
What to see
The Fort: Ranthambhors royal past manifests itself in the
well-preserved imposing fort, built in 994 A.D. atop a steep high
creek 200 metres above sea level. Ruined pavilions, walls, chhatris
and splendid monuments are interspersed within the majestic fort. An
8th century A.D. Ganesh temple on an open land attracts thousands of
devotees and is the venue for an annual fair held on. Bhadrapad Sudi
Chaturthi, fourth day of the bright half, in the month of Bhadra.
Ranthambhor National Park: The 392 sq. km. Park comprises of
dry deciduous forests sprawling over an undulating terrain of the
Aravalli and Vindhyan ranges .The park is one of the finest tiger
reserves in the country under the Project Tiger. The majestic
predators, assured of protection, roam freely during the day time
and can be seen at close quarters. Ranthambhor sanctuary has a large
number of sambhar, chital. Nilgai, chinkara, langur , wild boar and
peafowl. A system of three pretty artificial lakes-Padam
Talab,Rajbagh and Milak Talab, alongwith a number of anicuts are
part of the biosphere. Besides enhancing the scenic beauty of the
Park, they are an important source of water for the inhabitants of
the park. While deer congregate here to drink water,fresh water
crocodiles can be seen basking in the winter sun to regulate their
body temperature. The lake also attracts a large number of migratory
and local birds. The local fauna of the park includes leopard,
hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sloth bear and a little population of
pythons. The lovely Jogi Mahal overlooking the pretty Padam Talab at
the foot of the fort has a Forest Rest House. Other accommodation
outside the fort also ensures a comfortable stay.
The best time to visit is between November and April. Jeeps are
available to take you around the park.
Amreshwar Mahadev 8 kms, Mahavirji 110 kms, Kela Devi 125 kms,
Shivad 30 kms, Khandar 60 kms, Rameshwaram 90 kms in Khandar Area.