Ranthambore, also spelt Ranthambor and Rathambhore, is a pictorial destination in Rajasthan. It is situated at a distance of 12 km from the city of Sawai Madhopur. This place has derived its name from the names of two hills, 'Ran' and 'Thambor'. This place was once a private game reserve of the royal House of Jaipur. The place is world-famous for its ‘Tiger Reserve’ and the Ranthambore National Park. Travelers come from all over the world to see the wildlife of Ranthambhore, and specially for Tigers.
Attractions And Palaces To Visit In Ranthambore –
Ranthambore Fort –
The Majestic Ranthambore Fort was built by the Chauhan rulers in the 10th century. It is situated on top of a hill, at a height of 700 ft above the surrounding plains. The fort lies between the Vindhya Plateau and the Aravalli Hills. The fort is also related to the historical legend of the royal women performing ‘jauhar’ (self-immolation) when the Muslim invader Alauddin Khilji laid siege on this fort in 1303. It is recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site that places it under the title ‘Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
Ranthambore National Park –
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The national park is also considered a prominent heritage site due to the ancient ruins found inside. Ranthambore National park is spread over an area of 392 sq km. along with its nearby sanctuaries like - the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. Ranthambhore wildlife sanctuary is known for its Bengal tigers. Photographer, wildlife lover and traveler come here from all over the world for capturing the Ranthambore natural beauty and for doing Wildlife Safari in this national park.
Trinetra Ganesh Temple –
Trinetra (Three-Eyed) Ganesh or Pratham Ganesh Temple is amongst the oldest temples in Rajasthan. It is located inside the Ranthambore Fort and is among major tourist places to visit in Ranthambore. The temple was built by King Hammer, who is believed to be an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha.
Surwal Lake –
Surwal Lake is one of the best places for sightseeing near Ranthambore Park. This lake is the haven for many birds, which are seen here catching fishes especially during winter season. The lake is also an ideal place for photographers to catch a stunning shot.