Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country where you are more likely to spot one of these majestic animals if you spend a couple of days visiting the park. Once the private tiger reserve of the Maharaja of Jaipur, in 1972 the sanctuary came under the Project Tiger scheme. Covering 410 square kilometres, running from the eastern most spur of the Aravalis to the Vindhya Range, it has both the old fort and the wildlife sanctuary, also known as Sawai Madhopur after the town, where you see Jain temples with fine gilded paintings. The Park is also home to Chital and Sambar deer, Nilgai antelope and Chinkara gazelles, look out for sloths, a few leopards and crocodiles. Extensive bird life including jungle fowl, partridges, quails, crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, flycatchers and water birds, storks, ducks and geese at the lakes and waterholes.

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