Best Region to Spot Tigers in India

The tiger is certainly the most magnificent animal among all the creatures of the wild. Even a distant sound of its roar is enough to make a person tremble.The hypnotic eyes, imposing physique majestic gait – witnessing a tiger is truly an unforgettable experience, which nobody can forget. The beauty, elegance and grandiose of a tiger is something, which cannot be easily stated in the words.

India holds the distinction of having half of the total tiger population of the world. As per an estimate, there are nearly 1706 tigers in India, which are spread across various national parks and tiger reserves. Thus, India is the most popular destination for all the tiger lovers of the world.

Though, over the years, the numbers of the tiger have dwindled, especially in India, primarily because of the appalling activity of poaching.There are around 43 tiger reserves in Indiathat were formed under the Project Tiger for the conservation of tigers.Ranthambore National Park is one of the tiger reserves in India, which is counted amongst the best places to sight the mighty creature.

With an area of 392 sq km, Ranthambore National Park ranks among the largest parks of Northern India.It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.It was originally built as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in the year 1955. Later with the launch of Project Tiger, in the year 1973, it was converted into a tiger reserve and in 1980 was declared as a national park

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Inhabitants of Ranthambore

Ranthambore forest is ofthe dry deciduous nature and consists of almost 300 varieties of trees with the species of Dhok forming most of the forest  cover. Apart from tiger, other wild species inhabiting the park are Leopards, Jackals, Hyenas, Chital, Sambar Deer, Sloth Bears, Indian Foxes and many more. Certain species of reptiles like snakes, crocodiles, tortoise and lizards also dwell inside the Ranthambore. The   significant number of birds, nearly 272, have been sighted in the park, most visible being theWoodpeckers, Common Kingfishers, Graylag Goose, Bee Eaters, Indian Gray Hornbills and Nightjars.

This park saw a decrease in the number of tigers, but with continued and genuine efforts on the part of the forest officials, the population is now stabilizing. Stronger curbs have been put on poaching. The villagers living in the border areas were given inducements to not to enter the area allocated under the park so that the fatal encounters between the tigers and the villagers can be avoided. The Government also pitched in a US$153 million for the conservation bid.

Book on Tigers

The forest officials of Ranthambore have released a book titled ‘Face to face-the Tigers of Ranthambore’. It contains vivid details about the existing tigers of the park, like their specific territories in the park, strip patterns, names, weight and age. The book is revised every year as per the developments in the park to provide the relevant and correct information to the people.

Historical Connection

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Ranthambore is also famous for the ancient Ranthambore Fort, which is situated inside the park. This historic site has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is believed to be the place where some ten thousand women committed mass suicide, famously known as Jauhar.

Therefore, it is crystal-clear that a trip to Ranthambore provides one with adventure, thrill, beauty, history and apromise to reinvigorate the soul.