Palace on Wheels, the first Indian luxury train, is the winner of huge accolades for allowing the tourists to travel to the destinations of India in the most regal way. On one hand, where there are destinations popular for historic significance such as Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Agra, on the hand, there also are destinations like Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur included in the itinerary to explore the rich flora and fauna of India. The guests onboard, undoubtedly, enjoy the royal treatment.Wildlife was one of the favorite entertainments for the rajas and the maharajas of India. To make the guests enjoy the same, the luxury train includes a visit to Ranthambore National Park and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in the circuit. These wildlife destinations are as described below:
Ranthambore National Park (Sawai Madhopur)
Ranthambore National Park, located in Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan), was a favorite hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. In 1955, the park was announced as a game sanctuary and later in 1980 the park was declared as a national park. Thereafter, in 197, after the launch of Project Tiger, the national park also attained the status of a tiger reserve.The national park is spread over an area of 392 sq km including buffer zone. The park is located on the east of the Aravalli Range. The national park gets its name from the historic Ranthambore Fort that overlooks the park. There are three lakes in the park.
Tigers are the major source of attraction in the park. The tiger reserve area counts to 1334 sq km. There also are other mammal and reptile species that find shelter in the park. You can spot Sambhar, Chinkara, Leopard, Nilgai, Jungle Cat, Crocodile, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Chital, Mongoose, and Monitor Lizards. Apart from this, there also are about 270 species of birds.
To explore the best of the Ranthambore National Park, Elephant safari is an excellent way. Though, jeep safaris are also available in the park. Early morning or before dusk is the time when the probability of spotting tiger is high in the park.
Climate of Ranthambore National Park:
During summers (April – June), the temperature rises to 38 °C. The best time to visit the park is between October to March. The park is close between July to September.
How To Reach Ranthambore National Park:
Nearest airport is Jaipur, at a distance of 145 km. The nearest railway station is Sawai Madhopur, at a distance of 11 km. Well-connected roadways also connect Ranthambore to other major cities.
Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary (Bharatpur)
Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary is popularly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This is a perfect paradise for bird lovers and ornithologist. According to the latest survey, there have been almost 370 bird species including both native and migratory birds.Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is easily accessible via roadways as it is located at a distance of 175 km from Delhi and 55 km from Agra. This bird sanctuary is also a perfect getaway for the guests visiting Agra and Jaipur. In 1982, Bharatpur attained the status of national park. Later in the year 1985, the national park was declared as a World Heritage Site.There are multihued birds in various sizes and with different chirruping. Some of the bird species spotted in the park are Cranes, Geese, Eagles, Shanks, Wagtails, Wheatears, Buntings, Pipits, Pelicans, Ducks, Hawks, Stints, Warblers, Flycatchers, and Larks.
Climate of Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary:
During summers (April – June), the temperature ranges between 38 °C – 45 °C. During winters (October – March) the temperature drops to 10 °C or even below.
How To Reach Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary:
Located on the Agra-Jaipur highway, the Bharatpur is located at a distance of 2 hours from Agra. Bharatpur is the nearest railway station which is well-connected to Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai and various other major cities.