Rajasthan lying in the west zone bringsa definitive wilderness, which was once being ruled by the imperial Rajputs. Some of the major wildlife escapades of Rajasthan lies around Jaipur, the crown glory of Rajasthan tourism. Ranthambore, Sariska, and Bharatpur all lie within a perimeter of 200km of Jaipur. The major attractions in the wilderness of Rajasthan include Ubiquitous Langur, Panthers, Owlets, Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Antelopes, Caracal, Marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Blackbuck Indian Fox, Bears and so on. The best time to go on a wildlife tour in the winter months of October- December.
Witness wildlife near Jaipur like never before
Ranthambore lies in the Sawai Madhopur district at a distance of 190km from Jaipur (3hr 30mins). Ranthambore is a National Park where except two zones, the rest of the 8 zones are open for the public. Though the ridge of Ranthambore is rich in flora and fauna the chief attraction of the reserve is the Royal Bengal tiger. Situated amidst the Aravalli and Vindhya ranges the reserve is dotted with numerous small and large water bodies that make it a haven for this beast of the jungle. The best chance of spotting a tiger through the foliage is during the month of May when these grand creatures come out in search of water.
Sariska lies in the Alwar district at a distance of 107km from Jaipur (2hrs19mins). The park is spread over an area of 800 sq km. Sariska tiger reserve is the first-ever tiger reserve where the relocation and rehabilitation of the tigers have been carried out successfully. Sariska tiger reserve is home to the largest population of peafowl apart from its natural attraction of housing the Royal Bengal tiger. Siliserh Lake on the edge of the park has a large number of crocodiles. Both Jeep and canter safari vehicle rentals are available in Sariska. Apart from being rich in flora and fauna, Sariska treasures the ruins of the 11th century ‘Garh-Rajor’ temple, 17th-century ‘Kankwari’ fort on the hill which offers a stunning view of soaring vultures and eagles. For a comfortable forest safari visit the reserve during the months of October to March.
Bharatpur lies at a distance of 184km from Jaipur (3-4hours). Bharatpur is also called Keoladeo Ghana National Park named after the old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are three options to take a safari; Elephant safari, Jeep safari or rickshaw. October – February happens to be the best time to see the migratory birds from Siberia and Central Asia. Migratory birds that come to Bharatpur during the winters include Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, and so forth.