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Raj Bagh Talao
These ruins are located between the Padam Talao (lake) and the Raj Bagh Talao. These ancient stone structures like arches, palace outhouses, domes and steps give the area an aura that is not possible to find anywhere else in the world. Especially if you include the jungle surroundings and are one of the lucky few who come across one of the resident tigers. These ruins are what give the Ranthambore National Park such a unique mixture of a wildlife reserve and a reminder of the past, which together make it one of the most picturesque parks in the entire world.

Lakarda & Anantpura
These areas located in the North-Western and Northern regions of the park are ideal locations to visit if looking for Sloth Bears. These areas have a lot of ant hills, which are a favourite of the beers. Although very rarely seen themselves, the pugmarks of the Indian striped Hyenas are often seen here. Their numbers are not very large in the park.

Padam Talao
This is the largest of the lakes present in the park. The famous and beautiful Jogi Mahal is located at the very edge of this lake. When in season, the water lilies that give the lake it's name, can be seen in plenty. In the early hours of the morning and just before sunset, animals can be seen in large numbers on the lake side. It is in the shallow waters of this lake that the famous "lake hunters" of Ranthambore operate, the most legendary of which was the tiger, Genghis. It is also along this lake's edges that the rare sighting of the chinkara is most probable.

Raj Bagh Ruins
These ruins are located between the Padam Talao (lake) and the Raj Bagh Talao. These ancient stone structures like arches, palace outhouses, domes and steps give the area an aura that is not possible to find anywhere else in the world. Especially if you include the jungle surroundings and are one of the lucky few who come across one of the resident tigers. These ruins are what give the Ranthambore National Park such a unique mixture of a wildlife reserve and a reminder of the past, which together make it one of the most picturesque parks in the entire world.

Rajbagh Talao
This is probably the most picturesque of the three lakes. This mostly due to the ruins that can be seen along it's edges. Yet, it owes some of it's beauty to the animals that seem to always flock to it's waters. It always has a large population of animals and birds feeding in it. The sambhar deer at Ranthambore have adapted to eating plants from the lake floor and nowhere is it more evident than at the Rajbagh Talao. Many birds, like egrets, can be seen riding on these deer while they feed. The areas around the Rajbagh Talao are also prime tiger spotting areas due to the kind of forest and it's accessibility to water sources.

Malik Talao
This is the smallest of the three lakes in Ranthambore National Park. But, as they say, all the best things come in small packages. This definitely holds true for Malik Talao. It is an area full of concentrated action all the time. It always seems to have a healthy population of birds of all kinds. Also seen at the lake very clearly and from a reasonably close distance and handsome specimens of the Indian Marsh Crocodiles. It is quite common here to be able to watch a kingfisher on a hunt for small fish.

Ranthambhor Fort
This fort stands majestically atop a hill overlooking the entire park. The walk up, one of the only places this mode of transport is possible, is a very refreshing and exciting one as even the big cats have been spotted up there! The view of the surrounding keeps getting better and better as you go up but the view from the fort itself can only be described as breathtaking. It is advisable to take along a good pair of binoculars and if possible a camera with a very powerful lens when visiting the fort.

The soaring Serpent eagles, vultures and other birds can be seen at eye level. Many animals can also be seen along the edges of all the water bodies, which are all visible from here. The fort itself also offers many interesting architectural and historical sights worth viewing and photographing. A trip to the fort is a must if you are a first time visitor to the park. A guide with a good knowledge of the fort's history would always be a good idea.
The villages near Sawai Madhopur town are famous for folk arts, especially for the decorative sketches (Mandana) which adorn the walls of their mud houses. The pet subjects of these Mandanas are animals, birds, flowers and village life.

Karauli
Karauli is well known for its red sandstone.  It is away from the hustle-bustle of modern life. The rural ambience of the town affords the tourist a memorable time-viewing the impressive architecture of the City Palace, monuments, buildings and temples.

The majestic Darbar Hall with its delicate stone carvings and exquisite medieval frescoes are worth seeing. The town is also famous for wooden toys, especially lotus flowers and peacocks. It is also a center of Khadi Industry.

Ranthambore School of Art
The Ranthambore School of Art near Sawai Madhopur is well worth a visit. Located a couple of Km from Sawai Madhopur, the Ranthambore School of Art consists of painters from local villages. The main subjects of their paintings are the majestic tigers of Ranthambore. Painted in exquisite detail the tigers of Ranthambore are depicted in all their glory in the realistic paintings of the Ranthambore School of Art. Stalking, their prey, emerging from the undergrowth, playing with their cubs and resting on the ruins in the park the tigers of Ranthambore can be seen in different aspects and moods. The painters also interact with the local villagers to spread awareness about conservation and the need to preserve the tigers of Ranthambore.

Sawai Madhopur Village
Located just 12 kilometres away from the city, Sawai Madhopur is one of the major excursion destination here. However if you are visiting here by the Delhi-Mumbai railway route, the village of Sawai Madhopur falls in the middle of the road making it the gateway to the Park. Sawai Madhopur has always been the centre of attraction of the Rajput rulers. The town has many historic legends attached to it.

Hathi Bhata 10 Km
Hidden away from the busy city life, Tonk is a village in Rajasthan. On your tour to Rajasthan you can get to see the most unique monument in this place. Carved from a single block of rock this is a sculpted image of an elephant which surpasses a real elephant in its sheer size and magnificence. It is a rock cut form of a life size elephant. The story of Raja Nal and Damayanti is carved on the same rock.

Tonk
Located at a distance of 100 kilometers away, Tonk is an old town dating to the middle of the 17th century. Resurrecting a forgotten era, Tonk makes a must visit itinerary in your excursion. As the small town used to be the stronghold of the Pathan tribesmen of Afghanistan, Tonk is characterised by the Sunehri Kothi with its intricate mirror work and colourful medley of painted mosques, mansions and colonial buildings.

Bundi
Surrounded by the Aravalli hills on three sides, Bundi lies at a distance of 36 km from Kota. This tiny picturesque town was once a part of Kota and was ruled by the Hada Chauhans an offshoot of the famous Chauhan clan that ruled Delhi and Ajmer. The Rajput legacy of the town has been well preserved in the massive fort. Besides the fort, the palaces, havelis, temples with beautiful stone idols, and chattris with carved pillars are some of the interesting monuments to see here. The picturesque lake in the heart of the town adds to its charm. Bundi is also famous for its intricate carvings and murals.

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