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Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
Nestled amidst lush and picturesque surroundings of the Aravalis and the Vindhya mountain ranges in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is amongst the finest national parks and tiger reserves of India. Covering an area of approximately 400 sq km consisting of highly undulating and rugged terrain with numerous rocky ridges, hills, valleys and artificial lakes and pools, Ranthambore is primarily known for high density of Royal Bengal Tigers, promising better opportunities to see this majestic animal in his own natural habitat. Once a favorite hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ranthambore was declared cover under Project Tiger in 1973 and attained the status of a national park in 1980.
The lush vegetation covers combined with adequate availability of waters support a wide variety of wildlife. For a relatively small area, Ranthambore shelters over 30 species of mammal, 272 bird species, 12 reptile species and 350 plant species including 50 aquatic plants. On tours to Ranthambore National Park, you can see tigers prowling cleverly in the lush grasslands in search for their prey or drinking water on the banks of lakes and watering holes during the evening. Besides Tigers, Ranthambore National Park also shelters Leopards, Chitals, Sambars, Sloth Bears, Hyenas, Wild Boars, Mongooses, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a wide variety of exotic and colorful birds.
Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur houses some interesting historical ruins, including the 10th century Ranthambore Fort, which is considered the oldest existing fort in Rajasthan. In addition, the park has several lake palaces and cenotaphs, adding to its beauty. On your tours to Ranthambore National Park, you can also see the Jogi Mahal (housing the second-largest Banyan tree in India) and Raj Bagh. Tigers have often been seen roaming freely in these ruins. Jeep and elephant safaris are quite popular in Ranthambore National Park. You too can enjoy exciting jeep safaris to explore the exceptional natural beauty and amazing wildlife of the Ranthambore National Park. The Ranthambore National Park is well connected by road to Sawai Madhopur, the nearest town from the park. The best time to visit the Ranthambore National Park is between October and March.

Desert National Park, Jaisalmer
Located amidst the unending sand dunes of the Thar, close to Indo-Pak border in western Rajasthan, the Desert National Park is known for its fragile ecosystem and unique and diverse flora and fauna. Situated just 40 km from the golden city of Jaisalmer, the Desert National Park is one of the largest national parks of India covering an area over 3,150 sq km. The Desert National Park in Jaisalmer is primarily known for its rich populations of the endangered Great Indian Bustards and a variety of other wild animals including some rare wildlife species. The Desert National Park Jaisalmer is also known for its towering sand dunes and exciting camel and jeep safaris.

The topography of the Desert National Park, Jaisalmer, chiefly constitutes of craggy rocks, compact salt lake bottoms, inter medial areas and fixed sand dunes that cover approx. 20% of its total area, offering suitable conditions for the fast moving chinkaras. The vegetation at the park comprises mainly of small grasses, shrubs and xerophytes. The leaf cover is quite limited and so unsuitable for large herbivorous, with camel being the only exception.
The unique topography and vegetation supports a unique wildlife in the Desert National Park, which include Spiny-tail Lizards, Desert Monitors, Sand Fishes, Chameleons and a wide variety of Snakes including the deadly Vipers and Kraits. Other important wild animals in the Desert National Park are Chinkaras, Blackbucks, Desert Foxes, Bengal Foxes, Desert Wolves, Desert Cats, Desert Hares, Hedgehogs and Desert Gerbils. However, it's the endangered Great Indian Bustard for which the Desert National Park Jaisalmer in known for.

The Desert National Park also supports a rich and unique bird population, including some rare bird species. Among commonly seen birds in the park include the Spotted Sand Grouses, Houbara Bustards, Eagles, Gray Partridges, Isabelline Shrikes, Desert Wheatear Demoiselle Cranes, Stoliczka's Bushchat, Quails, Peafowl Bee-eaters, Larks, Harriers, Falcons, Orioles, Warblers, Babblers, Buzzards, Kestrel and Vultures etc. Sudashri forest post is an ideal place for watching and photographing wildlife of Desert National Park, where one can spot a group of bustards near water holes. November to March is best time to visit the Desert National Park. The park is easily accessible by road from Jaisalmer (40 km).

Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Churu
Located at a distance of 220 km from Jaipur and 80 km from Mandawa, the Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is a small but rich wildlife sanctuary in Churu district of Rajasthan. Actually a flat saline depression, Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is known for its enchanting natural beauty and unique and fragile ecosystem. Situated in on the way of the migratory passage of exotic birds, the Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is famous for its rich population of Black Bucks and thousands of beautiful migratory birds, especially the harriers, who pass over the sanctuary during the month of September.

Truly a bird lover's paradise, the Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary comes alive with the beautiful color of thousands of migratory birds, especially the harriers, including Montagur's Harriers, Marsh Harriers, Pale Harriers and Hen Harriers. Other commonly seen birds in the sanctuary include Imperial Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Short-toed Eagle, Sparrow Hawks, Skylarks, Crested Larks, Brown Doves, Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis and Demoiselle Cranes, which stay here till March. Blue-checked Bee-eaters and Green Bee-eaters are commonly found in Tal Chappar, for this is their breeding place. The best time to visit the Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary in Churu is from September to March. The Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary can easily be reached by road from Mandawa (80 km) and Jaipur.

Sariska National Park, Sariska
Situated just 32 km from Alwar and 200 km from Delhi, the Sariska National Park is one of the most visited national parks of India. Covering an area of approx. 800 sq km amidst picturesque surroundings of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravallis, Sariska is primarily known for its rich tiger population, which has been fast diminishing due to increasing threats of poaching. Once a favorite hunting reserve of the maharaja of Alwar, Sariska was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958 and was covered under the famous Project Tiger in 1979 to protect tigers and other wildlife of the park. The Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary attained the status of a National Park in 1982.
The Sariska National Park is home to a rich and varied flora and fauna. The vegetation in Sariska chiefly consists of scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests and grasses, which provide perfect conditions for the growth and survival of a rich variety of wildlife. On tours to Sariska National Park, you can see tigers prowling amidst lush grasslands and open forests in search for their prey or near watering holes during the evening. Besides Tigers, Sariska also shelters Leopards, Sambars, Jungle Cats, Hyenas, Deer, Chinkaras, Chausinghas or 4-horned Antelopes, Wild Boars, Indian Bison, Mongooses, Porcupines and Monitor Lizards. The Sariska National Park also has a very rich and varied avifauna and the park attracts thousands of exotic and colorful birds, including Peafowl, Gray Partridges, Quails, Sand Grouses, White-breasted Kingfishers, Horned Owls, Golden-backed Woodpeckers, Crested serpent Eagles and Vultures to name a few.
Besides amazing varieties of flora and fauna, Sariska also has many interesting historical sites, including the 17th century hilltop fort at Kanakwari and amazing ruins of 9th and the 10th centuries temples. The castle provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles. The magnificent Sariska Palace and the beautiful Siliserh Lake are other not to be missed attractions in the park. Visitors can also enjoy exciting jeep safaris or book a hide overlooking one of the water holes for tiger viewing. The Sariska National Park can easily be reached by road from Delhi and Jaipur. The best time to visit Sariska National Park is between November and June.

Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, popularly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, is one of the finest national parks in India, located in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. Famous as the 'Ornithologist's Paradise,' Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur is world-renowned for its unique and diverse avifauna. Once a favorite duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas, today the Keoladeo National Park is home to over 400 species of birds, including some of rare and endangered species. Also the only manmade wildlife sanctuary in India, Keoladeo was declared a bird sanctuary in 1956, a national park in March 1982 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1985. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur attracts thousands of bird lovers, researchers and ornithologists from all over the world.
Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur covers an area of approximately 29 sq km, 10 sq km of which comprises of fresh water marshes, shallow lakes and bogs, attracting thousands of migratory water birds including the world-famous Siberian cranes. About one third of the total bird population at the park are migrants who spend their winters here before returning to their breeding grounds as far away as Siberia and Central Asia. Other commonly seen birds at Keoladeo National Park Bharatpur include Pelicans, Cranes, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Pipits, Warblers, Wheatears, Wagtails, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks, Shanks, Painted storks, Pipits, White Ibis, Cormorants, Pale, Marsh Harriers and Stints to name a few.
Besides its rich and diverse avifauna, Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur is also known for containing a variety of flora and fauna. The sanctuary is home to Jungle Cats, Leopard Cats, Fishing Cats, Sambars, Chitals, Chinkaras, Blackbucks, Nilgai and Wild Boars among many others. Keoladeo also shelters a variety of reptiles like Rock Pythons, Frogs, Toads, Water Snakes, Snails, Turtles, Tortoises, Water Hyacinth and Planktons etc. You can spot Rock Pythons at the python point beyond the Keoladeo Temple. You can also enjoy a range of exciting activities at Keoladeo Ghana National Park Bharatpur that include boat safaris in the artificial lake, rickshaw rides and nature trekking. Among must visit tourist attractions at Keoladeo include the Bharatpur Government Museum, the Bharatpur Palace and Lohagarh Fort. The Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur is well connected by road to Agra (56 km), Delhi (172 km) and Jaipur (176 km). The best seasons to visit Keoladeo are from August to November for resident breeding birds and October to February for migrant birds, including the rare Siberian cranes.



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