Ranthambore, a historically and environmentally significant place, stretches across an area of 1,334 sq. km and lies at an elevation of 200 – 500 m between Vindhya and Aravali ranges. In 1301, the first battle was fought at Ranthambore fort and was won by Allaudin Khilji. Thereafter, the fort fell in hands of Emperor Akbar in 1569. A combination of rich wildlife and dense forests gave this place the recognition of being a wildlife sanctuary and national park. Apart from a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds, one can see and photograph tigers moving in the wild, during daylight. The Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries are now a part of Ranthambore National Park. Other attractions in the park are temples of Shiva, Ganesha and Ramlalaji, India’s 2nd largest banyan tree which is 600 years old, the famous Jogi Mahal, Bakaula, Kachida Valley, Lakarda and Anantpura, Raj Bagh Ruins, Padam, Rajbagh and Malik Talab. Ranthambore can be accessed by air or rail from Jaipur, between October and March.