Ranthambhore

India

Deemed a sanctuary after independence, Ranthambhore was granted park status in 1972, as part of Project Tiger. The park derives its name from the 11th century fort of Ranthambhore, which still sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort was a vital citadel for the control of central India. The Fort and surrounding area is dotted with ruins: lake palaces, ancient step wells, cupolas, guard-posts, temples and memorial stones, all bearing witness to Ranthambore's varied and fascinating history. Ranthambhore was the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, busy in their normal pursuits – especially stalking or hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human presence and are not disturbed by it. There are also panther, hyena, sloth bear, chital, nalgai, jacktails, jungle cats, wild boar, mongoose, and many birds, including paradise flycatchers and eagles.

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