India’s Call Of Wild

India’s Golden Triangle, a travel route that connects the vibrant cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, is renowned for its rich tapestry of history, culture, and architectural marvels.

This iconic circuit offers a glimpse into the grandeur of India’s past, from the Mughal splendour of the Taj Mahal, to the regal allure of Jaipur’s palaces.

However, the Golden Triangle is also an attraction for nature enthusiasts with its proximity to one of India’s premier wildlife destinations, Ranthambore National Park, where the elusive Bengal tiger roams free.

Heart of the wild


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Located about 130 kilometres from Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park provides an exhilarating contrast to India’s fascinating built environment.

Covering an area of 1,334 square kilometers, it is known for its rich biodiversity and historical significance. The park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, particularly those eager to witness the majestic Bengal tiger in its natural habitat.

These magnificent creatures are the park’s main draw, and sighting one in the wild is an unforgettable experience. The park’s success in tiger conservation is evident in the increasing population of these majestic predators, making it a crucial sanctuary for tigers in India.

The colonial era saw extensive hunting, as tigers were seen as trophies. The rapid industrialisation and expansion of agriculture further encroached upon their natural habitats.

In the early 20th century, the Bengal tiger population was estimated to be around 100,000. By the 1970s, the population had dwindled alarmingly, prompting urgent conservation efforts.

The global population of tigers is now hovering around 3,900, with about 70 of them living in the Ranthambore reserve, which was set up under an Indian government project called “Project Tiger”.

Challenges such as poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and habitat fragmentation persist, requiring continuous and adaptive conservation strategies in the reserve.

Flora and fauna


Beyond tigers, Ranthambore boasts rich biodiversity. It is home to leopards, sloth bears, and a variety of deer species, including sambar and chital.

Birdwatchers can delight in spotting more than 300 bird species, from the colorful Indian roller to the majestic crested serpent eagle.

Safaris in Ranthambore are conducted in open-top vehicles and generally take place early in the morning or late afternoon, when the animals are most active.

The park also features the Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which offers panoramic views of the park and adds a historical dimension to the wildlife adventure.

Timeless beauty


Visiting the attractions of the Golden Triangle of India is a journey through time, showcasing the country’s architectural splendours and cultural riches.

The addition of Ranthambore National Park to an Indian travel itinerary transforms the experience, offering a thrilling encounter with the nation’s natural heritage.

From the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal to the wild allure of Bengal tigers in Ranthambore, this travel route promises an unforgettable adventure that encapsulates the very essence of India.

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Brett Debritz

Brett Debritz

Communications Specialist, National Seniors Australia

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