Ranthambore is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is around 180 km (or five hours’ drive) south-east of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The park derives its name from the 11th-century fort of Ranthambore, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest.
Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain. Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambore was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the most accessible parks on the tourist trail. It is very popular and therefore runs with strict rules and regulations, with a route system in place that can make the viewing experience a rigid affair, similar to Bandhavgarh.