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Sawai Madhopur is the nearest village to Ranthambhore National Park. It has a train station and if you are visiting this you will most likely arrive here! As soon as you get off the train you will find yourself overwelmed with the friendliness of the people! All the kids smile and wave at you as you make your way to your hotel.

Ranthambhore National Park is a 400 square km park most famous for it's Tiger population! The park has a big old fort up on the cliffs and has old temples and buildings built by the Maharajah strewn throughout it's area. This was once the Marharajah's hunting grounds, now thankfully the Tiger has a refuge here!

The park was opened under Project Tiger in the 1970's, we learnt from one of our drivers that he had been driving in the park since the begining! Back then there were only apparently 6 visitors to the park a year! Also it was impossible to see Tigers during the day as they hid from humans and only came out at night! Now there are a lot more visitors and the Tiger knows he is safe!

The was a series of poaching incedents back in the late 80's and 90's that effect the Tiger population, but thankfully they have recovered and the Tiger population is estimated at around 30-40!

Safari drives into the park are strictly controlled by park authorities, only a certain number of jeeps are allowed in and each is given a specific route to follow. from what I saw routes 6 and 7 were the best! Unfortunately they let these big noisy bus like things in called 'Cantors', but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as they are too crowded noisy and big!

Originally a number of villages were located with in the park grounds. These people have been relocated to new villages outside the park provided by the government.

Ranthambhore is an awesome place!!! I recommend you visit in March and April as it is the dry season and game concentrates round the artificial lakes in the park. also with no leaves on the trees you have much better sight into the bush!!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Awesome willife, lovely people, just great!
  • Cons:Possibly becoming too popular with tourists?
  • In a nutshell:Awesome!
  • Last visit to Sawai Madhopur: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 13, 2004
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  • sennaya's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Good tip, we hope to see tigers too!

  • SanguiniA's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2005 at 2:35 AM

    Wow! I am stunned by your tiger photos ... I really must get myself to India someday to see wild tigers. You are soooo lucky :)

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2005 at 12:52 AM

    Great tiger photos! We are going Feb/March - can't wait! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2004 at 3:24 PM

    I'm so envious!!! To see a tiger in its natural habitat is at the top of my things to see list.....Ah well one day, hopefully Love your page Thanks Sue

  • smyturn's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2004 at 9:59 AM

    Great photos of the tiger! Exactly how close was that tiger that was walking towards you? Thanks for the info.

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2004 at 9:50 AM

    Amazing shot of the tiger. I saw a tiger at this park too. Perhaps the same one. Good suggestions about the transportation.

  • gcmm's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2004 at 5:04 AM

    Great shots and info.

  • radz's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2004 at 3:45 AM

    Indeed you are lukcy to spot Tiger&caught in camara too :))).

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