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Parks & Sanctuaries:

Sariska Tiger Park, Alwar

Tiger

- Nestling in a picturesque valley of the Aravallis a forest comes to life. It pulses a beat of its own. The nature's rhythm reveals wildlife in its own natural habitat. This sanctuary established in 1955, offers an exceptional opportunity to see a variety of animals at a close range. There are tiger, nilgai (blue bull), sambar, cheetal, four-horned antelope and wild bear. The thick forest here are the dry deciduous type and cover on area of 480 sq. km. There is a spectacular palaces here built by Maharaja Jai Singh in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh when he visited the sanctuary, recently converted into a hotel. (RTDC Hotel Tiger Den and Sariska Palace offer comfortable accommodation.)

 

Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur

Demoselle Cranes (kheechan)

- Once royal hunting reserve of the princely family of Bharatpur today, it is one of the most breathtaking water bird sanctuaries in India. Migratory birds flock here in July/August on the marshes and low lying trees. They breed here till October/November. There are thorny babul trees, their tops above the water, holding the nests of thousands of birds that come here. The outstanding species are the open billed stock, painted stork, egret, pelican, ibis, cormorant, darter or snake-bird, spoonbill and grey hereon. There are exotic migrants from Afghanistan, Central Asia, Tibet as well as Grey lag Geese from Siberia, Siberian Cranes from the Arctic and Bar headed Geese from China.

 

Ranthambnore National Park, Sawai Madhopur

Wildlife

This wildlife reserve figures amongst the notable national parks in the century. Wildlife viewing opportunities are in abundance here. With extensive flora and fauna, the park is a favourite for the tourists with special interest in wild life.
- The sprawling dry deciduous forest of Dhok in Ranthambhor is well known for tigers, numbering over 28. An encounter with this predator is not rare here. Prominent prey species of tiger include sambar, cheetal, nilgai, wild bear, chinkara and langur. Interestingly, the peafowl also forms a major menu item of this big cat.
- Placid water of three lakes- Padam Talab, Rajbagh and Milak Talab- in the park beckon large numbers of migratory and local birds. Besides, these lakes supply nutrative food for the sambar. And it's treat to eyes when you watch fresh water crocodiles basking in the winter sun for regulating their body temperature.
- Though leopard is a co-predator of the tiger yet avoids contact with it. Hyena and Jackal are its camp followers. The reserve also harbours a little population of sloth bear and python. For going around the park, Jeeps are available on hire

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