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Ranthambore Tiger Park

     Ranthambore National Park is one of the best tiger parks in the country, situated in Sawai Madhopur district in south-east Rajasthan. The wildlife sanctuary was earlier known as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary and later became Ranthambore tiger reserve and national park. The park is spread over 275 sq km. It is a tropical dry forest with rocky terrain and streams. There were around 45 tigers in the park in 1982 but it has come down to nearly 25 because of poaching. Safaris are arranged, costing around Rs 500 per person. However, sighting of tigers in one round is not guaranteed. The 700-foot Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th-century, is visible from anywhere in the park. There are several temples inside the fort.

     HOW TO REACH: By Air: Jaipur is the nearest airport, at 180 km from the sanctuary. By Rail: 11 km is Sawai Madhopur railway station, on the Delhi-Mumbai trunk route. Train service is good from Delhi, Jaipur or Mumbai. By Road: Bus service connects nearest town Sawai Madhopur with all the major cities in Rajasthan. The frequency is better from Tonk and Dausa.

     BEST SEASON: From November to March; During the monsoon season of July-August the park is closed. During summer months of April-June the maximum temperature may be above 45 degrees C. Nights may be cool. In winter, November to February, the minimum temperature can come down to around 4 degrees C during night. Day will be warm, still needing warm clothes.

     WHERE TO STAY: Good resorts are available on the way from Sawai Madhopur to Ranthambore.

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