Rajasthan Wildlife Safari Tours
Rajasthan is without a doubt one of the most famous tourist destinations in India, owing to its multidimensionality. The state has many medieval-era forts, and lavish and ornate palaces as prominent attractions while the rich culture adds another feather to its tourist appeal. You may also avail a Rajasthan wildlife safari tour as the state is rich in wildlife. Many animals here are not found anywhere else, and as a result, travellers come here from across the world to see them.
India is home to perhaps the largest diversity of wildlife; hence it is an important place for the study of animals. It is also home to a large number of endemic creatures, which are not found anywhere else. The Eastern Himalayas and the Western Ghats are considered to be among the most significant wildlife hotspots in the entire world.
Many of the animals found in India have beautiful skin patterns, and they have been the object of desire for a long time. The skins of tigers have made impressionable rugs, and their heads have been showcased as trophies at palaces of maharajas. Likewise, horns of rhinos and tusks of elephants have been allegedly procured to serve as ivory show-pieces. As the habitat and numbers of such creatures declined severely, the need was felt to conserve them.
Among the various conservation missions started in the country, Project Tiger has gained a lot of fame. There are over 45 tiger reserves in the country, including Ranthambore National Park. If you want to see tigers on a Rajasthan wildlife safari tour, then this is the place to visit.
Ranthambore National Park: What better place to take a Rajasthan wildlife safari tour than Ranthambore National Park – the most well-known protected territory in the state.
• History: The history of the national park is closely tied to that of Project Tiger as both of them were established in 1973. In 1980, Ranthambore was made a national park, and more territory was allotted to it.
• Location: Ranthambore National Park is located at a distance of approximately 16 km from the city of Sawai Madhopur.
• Geography: The region where it lies is the junction point of the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges. Padam Talao and Malik Talao are the two most prominent lakes in this protected area. The Chambal River marks its eastern boundary while the Banas River, a tributary of the former, makes up its northern border.
• Flora: Grasses cover the tablelands, valleys contain lush meadows, and the areas along the streams have dense forests. Deciduous species like dhok, mangoes, tamarind, jamun, banyan, dates, khair, mahua and neem are the various plant species here.
• Fauna: Apart from tigers, which are the most prominent animals here, you should keep an eye out for other creatures as well. Among other widespread animals in Ranthambore are leopards, hyenas, caracals, bats, jungle cats, hedgehogs, civets, boars, hares, blackbucks, foxes, sloth bears, turtles, tortoises and numerous kinds of deer. Herpetologists are in luck as numerous types of snakes live here, including cobras, banded and common kraits, rat snakes, vipers and rock pythons.
• Other Activities: While you are inside the national park during a Rajasthan wildlife safari tour, you may also be taken to Ranthambore Fort. Built inside its approximately 7 km long fortified walls are temples, palaces, cenotaphs, sepulchres, houses and stepwells. A trip to the fort is of dual importance as you will get to see magnificent structures along with animals roaming here.
• Access: To come here, you may take trains from Mumbai, Delhi, Dehradun, Patna and Jodhpur till Sawai Madhopur. The nearest major airport is about 164 km away, in the city of Jaipur.
• Visiting Information: The entry inside the area is restricted to between sunrise and sunset. You will not be allowed inside during the rainy season, which lasts from July to September.