The fort at Ranthambore is built in 944 CE. However as with most of the ancient monuments the exact dates may be in a muddle. Nevertheless the forts have a constant evolutionary period and witness the turbulent turns of history and also of stable periods of peace and development.
In later periods Ranthambhore or Ratanstabha as it was earlier called was subject to rule and ravage by Muslim invaders. It was eventually recaptured by the Chauhans the valiant Rajputs of Rajasthan.
The fort still stands proud albeit in not a very good state of preservation. The rulers have changed hand from Rajputs to the Bengal Tigers. In contemporary era it had become a hunting lodge of the Maharajahs of Jaipur.
It has now become historic part of Ranthambhore National Park the land of the tigers.
The temples stand out depicting India’s religious status of the past. There are three Hindu temples and two Jain temples situated in the fort complex. The Hindu temples are devoted to Lord Ram, Shiva and Ganesh.
The visitors on tiger safari can sight the fort and the temples and the unique man made talabs or ponds. The water bodies are where most of the wild denizens frequent especially deer like the chital and sambar. The aquatic vegetation is the chief attraction. And this is where the tigers and the crocodiles hunt day and night.
The land of the tiger Ranthambhore National Park is a major tourist attraction. It is visited by large number of tourists from all over the World. The major attractions are the mammals and the birds.
For tiger safaris tourists stay at a number of hotels near the park. Most of the hotels are situated at Sawai Madhopur about half an hours drive from the reserve. The best way t reach is from Jaipur the Capital of Rajasthan. It is six hours drive from the Capital.