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Ranthambore National Park at 392 sq km is a fraction of the devoted tiger preserve, which is some 1134 sq km. At the time we had visited in 1998 however, the park was still subject to firewood collecting by locals living in the area. Nevertheless, the park is now a fully self-sustaining ecosystem that not only supports the diet of tigers, but also leopards and crocodiles. Thus, if tigers aren't seen by the visitor, a distinct possibility, there remains a wide variety of prey wildlife, including several deer species, and the ubiquitous wild boar. Although tigers are noctural hunters in most preserves, Ranthambhore is famous for having daytime predators, making this perhaps the best place for the average tourist to see a living, happy, and free Bengal Tiger.
Most people visiting this game preserve are in search of the elusive Bengal tigers there, but the ruins of the citadel on the edge of the park are also of considerable interest. Built during the 10th century by the Chauhans, the most historically interesting siege was in 1298 when Alaudin battled legendary Rajput hero Hammira to the latters complete annihilation. During the siege, defending Hammira ordered a ritual suicide or johar by the women, while the men battled to their inevitable death. In subsequent centuries, Ranthambore changed hands between Mughal and Rajput leaders until rulers of Jaipur abandoned it, sometime shortly after the death of Mughal bad guy Arangazeb. The Maharaja of Jaipur retained the region as a hunting preserve until Indian independence in 1948. Today, the ruins are open to tourist and tiger to prowl alike, and so the decaying ruins have a reputation for not being particularly safe for visitors. It is mostly below the impressive walls or Ranthambore that tourists climb into jeeps and open air buses in search of the Bengal tiger.
- Pros:Wonderful opportunity to see the Bengal Tiger happy and hunting
- Cons:Crowded jeep trails and high odds that a tiger won't be seen
- In a nutshell:Ramthambhore is an Excellent Part of any Rajasthan Tour
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