One of the largest national parks in India, Ranthambore National Park is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan State. A famous hunting ground of Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan. Established as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by Government of India, the park was brought under Project Tiger Scheme in 1973 & then in 1980 it was declared as a National Park. Later in 1991, the reserve was enlarged by adding Sawai Man Singh & Kaladevi sanctuaries & now is bounded by Chambal River in South & Banas River in North. The park is named after 10th Century old, Ranthambore Fort, which lies in parks limits.
The park is rich in Flora and Fauna, with an area of approx. 390 sq km of dry deciduous forest and open grassy meadow. More than 500 species of flowering plants are situated in the park’s vicinity.
Ranthambore National Park is famous worldwide for its Bengal Tigers. The park is a perfect gateway to see a tiger in its natural jungle habitat. This majestic predator can easily be spotted even during the day time in the month of November and May.
Besides Tigers, the park is home to a large number of mammals including chitals, sambar, nilgai, sloth bear, Indian leopard, hyenas and many more.
Best time to Visit: October to June
Park Opening timings: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m
Activities: Canter and Jeep Safari
One of the most visited national park in the country, Sariska National Park, is located in Alwar district of Rajasthan State. Nestled in Aravalli Hills, the park covers area of 800 sq Km consisting of grasslands, rocky landscapes & dry deciduous forest. The earlier hunting ground of State of Alwar, the area was declared wildlife reserve by the government in 1955. Later in 1990, it was declared a National Park & therefore become the first reserve in the world to relocate tigers.
Situated 100 km from Jaipur & 200 Km for Delhi, the natural park is also rich in mineral, such as copper.
Although the prime purpose behind the park is the conversation of Royal Bengal Tiger, there are many species of wildlife, which includes - Indian leopard, hyena, chital, sambhar, nilgai, caracal, hare, wild boar, etc. Sariska is an exquisite place for bird lovers with some rarest species of bird can be seen here like, Great Indian Horned Owl, treepie, golden-backed woodpecker, peafowl, Indian eagle-owl, and more. More than 90 % of the Park is covered with “Dhok” tree. Silieserh Lake on the edge is home to a large number of crocodiles.
Besides Wildlife, the park boasts ruins of ancient temples of Neelkanth, Pandupol Hanuman Ji, among others in dense forests.
Best time to visit: October to June
Park Open Timings: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Activities: Jeep Safari
Keoladeo National Park, formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is situated in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. One of the famous tourist places in India, Keoladeo National Park is home to a number of migratory birds during the winter season. The Sanctuary is also a major place of ornithologist’s interests as they arrive in huge numbers to study these birds during migratory season. Indian Government declared the sanctuary as a protected site in 1971, which later became UNESCO’S World Heritage Site.
A man-made wetland, the park is host to more than 350 resident & migrant species of birds, which includes rare Siberian crane, who used to winter in the park. Other migratory birds like, Pelicans, Geese, Shanks, Ducks, Wagtails, Flycatchers, Larks, Cranes, etc. can be seen here. Other than birds, the park is home to a number of mammals such as Jungle Cat, Sambar, Fishing cat, Nilgai, Blackbuck, chital, Wild boar, Golden Jackals, etc.
The park protects Bharatpur town from flooding during monsoon season. The park dates back to 250 years ago & is named after Keoladeo (Shiva) temple, which lies within park’s boundary.
One of the best places to spot various species of bird, the National Park is visited by approximately 1, 00,000 visitors every year.
Best time to visit: October to February
Park Opening timings: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Activities: Camel and Jeep Safari
Nestled in Aravali mountain range, Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is situated in Rajsamand district in Rajasthan. Spread over an area of 580 sq Km, the sanctuary surrounds magnificent Kumbhalgarh fort & extend across, Rajsamand, Pali and Udaipur.
The Sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife including some endangered species. Indian Wolf, Indian Leopard, Hyena, Sloth bear, Chinkara, Chausingha (four-horned antelope), Hare are some of the mammals found in the sanctuary. Main attractions of the Sanctuary are Leopards and Panthers. Peacocks, Doves, Bulbul, Grey Pigeons, Golden Oriole, Red Spur Owls are some of the birdlife can be seen there.
The natural beauty of the Sanctuary attracts a number of tourists, as the sanctuary is located 100 km from Udaipur. Tourists can enjoy foot tracking and Horse Safari at the park, which begins from Kumbhalgarh fort & reaches up to Ghanerao.
Best time to Visit: October to March
Park Opening timings: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Activities: Horse & Jeep Safari
One of the newest but still most popular parks in Rajasthan, Darrah National Park, was established in the year 2004 by combining Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, and Jawahar Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Park contains a large part of forests of Maharaja of Kota’s hunting ground. Spread over an area of 280 sq Km, the park is situated 55 Km from the town of Kota. The area was declared ‘Protected area’ by the government of India in 1955.
The Park is rich in various fauna. It is a safe habitat for various mammals like the Wild Boar, Chinkara, Deer, Nilgai, Cheetah to name a few. Wolves and Leopards can easily be spotted as they are in high numbers. The park is home to more than 250 species of birds. Many birds and reptiles can be spotted in the park.
Many trees, flower, medicinal herbs comprise flora in the park. Long shrub trees provide a picturesque landscape.
All these amazing flora and fauna can be explored by taking a jeep safari into the jungle.
Best time to Visit: October to March
Park Opening timings: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Activities: Jungle Safari & Trekking