Discover the ancient ruins of Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies within Ranthambore National Park. The fort is situated around 5 kilometres (3 miles) within the park, beautifully elevated on a natural hummock around 210 metres (700 feet) high. The fort was once a stronghold in the glory days of the Chauhan dynasty. The exact period in which the fort was constructed is widely debated, however, it is speculated to have found its beginnings in the mid-10th century and to have been held by the Mughal Empire until the 18th century after being captured by the mighty Mughal ruler Akbar. Numerous alterations and advancements were added on in later centuries. In its prime, the fort governed and ruled important trade routes between north and central India, cementing its vital role in the governance of the area.
The fort was fashionable among the Maharajahs of Jaipur and northern India, hosting hunting parties before the independence of India and the laws that stopped hunting in the reserve. In 1955, the Park became the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary. It later became part of Project Tiger in 1973 and, finally, in 1980, it became a National Park and dedicated Tiger Reserve.
The fort is an impressive pink and gravel stone structure with jutting brick lines that looks out majestically over the landscape. It towers over the park with its lofty arches, domes and pillars, silently dominating the area and its inhabitants. Often visited by the park’s four-legged residents, particularly the Bengal tiger, the ruined fort now serves as their playground. The fort is secured by a colossal buttressed wall, incorporating two towering gateways that now invite intrepid adventurers instead of warning off ancient invaders.