The magnificently beautiful state of Rajasthan is not only renowned for its rich cultural heritage and architectural masterpieces but is also blessed with diverse flora and fauna. Rajasthan is a home to various exotic wild life sanctuaries and national parks providing shelter to the most endangered species of birds and animals. The state has some of the finest wild life sanctuaries and animal reserves that attract thousands of animal enthusiasts and bird lovers from all around the world. Some of the amazing wildlife destinations that the visitors can explore on Rajasthan wildlife tour include.
Ranthambore National Park:-Ranthambore National park is one of the finest animal reserves of India nestled amidst the lush picturesque surroundings of Aravali and Vindhya mountain ranges of Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Sprawling across 400 sq km Ranthambore was established as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in the year 1955 and later on was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1973 and became National Park in 1980. The lush vegetation undulating rugged terrains, numerous rocky cliffs, man made artificial water resources support wide variety of wildlife. Today the Animal reserve provides shelter to various endangered species of animal and plants. On a tour to Ranthambore National park visitors can enjoy elephant rides, jeep safaris to enjoy the wild animal roaming freely in their natural habitat. Jogi Mahal and Raj Bagh are the other interesting places to visit on Ranthambore wildlife safari.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park:- Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park is situated in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. It is a famous avifaunal sanctuary that is a home to various endangered species of local and migratory birds that came here from far off places and made the National park as their home. It is a major tourist attraction with scores of Ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. The park was established as a National park in 1982 and later on a World Heritage site in 1985. Cycle-rickshaw ride in the park is the most preferred way to watch the birds in their natural surroundings. Today the Park is recognized as the most important breeding and feed grounds for the birds in the world.
Sariska National Park:-One of the famous national parks of North India Sariska is located in Alwar district of Rajasthan. It is packed with diversified flora and fauna supporting dry deciduous type. Once the hunting preserves of the erstwhile Alwar state it was declared a wildlife reserve in 1955. Later on in 1978 it was given the status of Tiger reserve under the Project Tiger scheme. Sprawling across the area of 800 Sq km it is much larger and less commercialized animal reserve of India. There are many monuments and places of religious significance which are situated with in the boundaries of Sariska National Park. The Kankwari Fort and ancient Shiva Temple are the major tourist attractions of the Sariska National Park. Being placed very close to the major cities like Delhi and Jaipur it is one of the most visited animal reserves of Rajasthan.