Tigers can be spotted quite often in
their natural habitat even during daytime. They have
been frequently seen at the edges of three lakes—Padam
Talab, Raj Bagh Talab and Milak Talab. The park also
has panthers in sizable numbers, though they have been
spotted generally at the outskirts of the park perhaps
due to the inevitable conflict with the tiger population,
which command the ‘superior’ position amidst the predatory
cats. For spotting panthers, Kachida Valley is regarded
as the ideal place.
Other mammalian species that have made
Ranthambore their home are antelopes, nilgai, sambhar,
chital, sloth bear, wild boar, chinkara, porcupines,
jackals, leopards, jungle cats, fox, caracals, hyena,
gazelle, Indian hare, mongoose and jacanas. Sambhars
are in abundance at the park and form the prime target
of all the predatory mammals.
There are about 264 species of birds
found within the park including painted storks,
white-necked storks, black storks, peafowl, crested
serpent eagles, Bonelli's eagle, Indian horned owl,
quail, partridge, spur fowl, paradise flycatcher and
jacanas. During winters migratory birds like graylag
goose, ruddy sheiduck and pintails may also be spotted.
Monitor lizards and marsh crocodiles are also found
The park’s topography varies from secure
forests to open scrublands. Vegetation is of the dry
deciduous type, with dhok being the most prominent tree.
Ranthambore’s water bodies are known to have lovely
lotus flowers and water liis situated. Among the park’s
other oddities is the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal,
the premises of which sports the second largest banyan
tree in India!
Ranthambore is one of the most suitable
places for wildlife photography in the world. The park
may be toured in a jeep or lorry-van. A guide and a
park ranger generally accompany tourists. There is a
network of four gravel tracks inside the park for safaris.
Ruins within and around Ranthambore bear a testimony
to its royal past. There are lake palaces, old fortifications
and the majestic Ranthambore fort on a height overlooking
the park. The forest rest house is situated at the foot
of the fort within Jogi Mahal. It overlooks the Padam
Talab, which is afloat with water liis situated and