Wildlife Sanctuaries of India — Ranthambore National Park

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If you are looking for a wildlife sanctuary with a blend of rich history, Ranthambore National Park is the national park for you! Inside the park, the formidable Ranthambore fort lies overlooking the entire park area. There are three Hindu temples inside the fort dedicated to Ganesh, Shiva and Ramlalaji constructed in the 12th century. The fort itself was built in the 10th century and played a critical role in the historical development of Rajastan. Due to its strategic location between north and central India, many rulers coveted and fought over the area.

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Aside from grand fort, the park also is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including more than 30 Bengal tigers and 270 species of birds. In fact, this park is known as one of the best places in India to spot the predators in their natural habitat. Furthermore, the second largest Banyan tree in India is also found near Padam Talao Lake inside the park.

Ranthambore is located in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, 110 km north east of Kota and 130 km south east of Jaipur. The best time to visit is from November through May during the dry season since it is easier to spot animals. The park is closed during monsoon season, July through August.

Fun Fact: Katy Perry and Russell Brand got married in Ranthambore in 2010.

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