In 1973, the Indian government launched Project Tiger, an ambitious conservation program aimed at protected the population and habitats of the Bengal tiger. The Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in Rajasthan, established back in 1955, was declared one of the Project Tiger Reserves. Seven years later, it became Ranthambhore National Park. And now, 45 years after the launch of Project Tiger, it is one of the most successful implementations of the program. Ranthambore is today one of the best places to spot the majestic large cat in its natural habitat, wild and unhindered and free to roam the lands. That alone is a good reason to visit the park. Have you visited Ranthambore National Park? You should! Also Read - Watch | Tigress Chases a Tourist Vehicle in Ranthambore National Park, Video Goes Viral

A tiger on the prowl in Ranthambore National Park

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Singh Dwar, the entry point of all the zones in Ranthambore park

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A cliff and the dense jungle that surrounds it at Ranthambhore

A cliff at Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan

Padma lake and its surrounding forest, another example of the wild landscape of Ranthambhore

Padma lake and surroundings in Ranthambhore national park

A Bengal tiger sips at a waterhole in the reserve

Bengal tiger, Ranthambore National Park, India

Axis deer cautiously take a dip at a waterhole

Axis deer (Axis axis) in Ranthambore National Park, India, Asia

A magnificent Male Spotted Deer with its big horns grazing in the grassland

Male Spotted Deer with big horn grazing at grassland of Ranthambore Forest

Hills towering in the distance at Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park. India

A peacock, his plumage fully grown, perched atop a tree in Ranthambore

Peacock perched on tree at Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore Fort in the backdrop of a red lake in Rajasthan

Ranthambore Fort and red lake, Rajasthan

An Arched temple, part of Ranthambore Fort

Arched temple at Ranthambore Fort, Rajasthan

Ranthambhore National Park makes for a fascinating visit, even beyond the chance to spot the majestic tiger. Its dry barren lands, dense forests, historic forts and colorful atmosphere invite all kinds of travelers. Animals like leopards, black bucks, mongoose, and sloth bears call this vast forest reserve their home. And so do snub-nosed marsh crocodiles, desert monitor lizards, pythons and cobras. Bird lovers will find flamingos, nightjars, gray hornbills and flycatchers among the avian residents here, of which there are 272 documented species so far.