A day in Corbett
Yatra / Trek
The Ranthambore National Park encompasses nearly 400 sq. kms. of dry deciduous
forest in south western Rajasthan. The Park derives its name form the fortress
of Ranthambore which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. Vast in size , it
encompasses an area of nearly 7 kms. in circumference. Its history dates back
to the 11th century when Rana Hamir ruled from its ramparts. Its massive
battlements enclose one of India's most ancient forts. The was a vital citadel
for the control of central India and over the centuries many wars were fought
for its possession.
Nature overflows here with
her bounty and variety. The area has preponderance of dhok trees but there is
an abundance of ancient banyan and peepal trees with their spreading roots
adding to the general luxuriance of the area. Very now and again one stumbles
upon massive rock formation, steep scarps, perennial lakes and streams.
Ranthambore has a remarkable rich and diverse flora and fauna. The species
lists for the area include nearly 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants and more than
100 species of herbs, grasses, climbers and seasonal plants. The bird list for
the National Park contains 272 species and the mammal list has 30. There are
at least a dozen species of reptiles and amphibians, perhaps a dozen fishes
and profusion of insect life that has still to be catalogued. No wonder that
the U.S. president Bill Clinton visited this place in early 2000, and was
fortunate to see two wild tigers on the same day.
The forests are very colorful, with the passage of each season the
forest changes color. During the monsoons everything turns a vibrant and lush
green and the prevailing sound is that of gurgling streams and waterfalls. AT
the onset of the summer the contrast is sharp and the forest seems to shrivel
under the scorching sun. The wide grasslands burn with the heat, the rocks
reflect back t you and you feel the forest is melting. Two river systems, the
Chambal and the Banas, cut around the forest on the border of Madhya Pradesh,
nature has showered its treasures on this tiny paradise. In the dry and semi
dry areas wildlife is invariably concentrated near water which is why sighting
animals is so easy in Ranthambore.
Every evening a large
sambar, chital and wild boar frequent rajbagh and often tigers walk through the
grass at the edge of this lake in anticipation of a kill.
best and the only way to see the natures exuberance is through a two hundred
kilometers of jeep able, fair weather road which provide excellent access to
remote areas. Several sanctums have been left untouched and isolated with no
roads and thus no human intrusion. This allows the animals the peace and
privacy so necessary to their well being, for if they were constantly
disturbed they would find it difficult to to procreate and rear their
In the last 10 years the
tiger population has increases here considerably, there has been no human encroachments
since 1979. The mother was no longer teaching them to avoid man, hence tiger
sighting is easy. Today Ranthambore is not only the finest paradise for the
tiger, but also the sambhar and it is only place in India where sambhar are
seen so easily and in such large numbers.
Leopards, the Indian sloth
bear and the innumerable crocodiles make it a vital pulsating ecological
system. Dotted with lakes and streams it is a bird watchers dream.
The Ranthambore park is open only during the day time and accommodations
are available only outside the park. There are many site seeing spots
adjoining the park. The Mansarover lake lies just on the outskirts of the
National Park approx. 20 kms from from the park and is known for its scenic
beauty and various kinds of migratory bird. Surwal lake which is just 8 kms is
another heaven for bird lovers, since it attracts many kinds of migratory
birds also a beautiful site for camping. Devpura which is 15 kms is a unique
place where black bucks and antelopes are found. Pali ghat on the banks of
river chambal is an excellent spot for boating and camping. Indergarh a 15th
century fort which is located in the middle of a forested valley infested
with wildlife is again a place to camp.
Today man is sowing the
seeds of his own destruction. Numerous forms of life are slowly disappearing
from this planet of which they are an integral part. Man and every living
organism that makes up this world are interlocked in a complex and delicate
matrix of life. If one strand breaks, the matrix is weakened and man draws
closer to the disintegration of his habitat and therefore himself. Man must
therefore find his own balance with nature so that wilderness areas like
Ranthambore can survive into the future.
Some useful information
Nearest Rail Head :
Sawaimadhopur 5 kms
Several trains a day from Delhi, Mumbai, Agra &
Nearest Airport : Jaipur - 170 kms, Delhi - 350 kms.
Weather : April - June (very warm), July-September
park closed, October-March ( very cold)
Area : 392 Sq. kms.
Location : The district of Sawai Madhopur in South
Max. Temp : 48o C ( June )
Min. Temp : 2o C (January)
Rainfall : 900 mm per year
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