Ranthambore National Park is one of the five natural parks in the state of Rajasthan, a region in northwest India. It is located 180 km from Jaipur, 362 km southwest of Delhi and 10 km from Sawai Madhopur. It was declared a national park in 1981.

The park covers an area of about 400 km² offering extraordinary landscapes, lakes and cliffs. This was the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur; tiger hunting was banned only in 1970. In 1973, the government set up the Tiger Project to protect tigers (including those in the Sariska reserve near Alwar), which were then in danger of extinction. At the time, Ranthambore had only a dozen tigers. Thirty years later, the reserve is home to some 40 of them. But this success raises problems. Especially among local farmers: before the project was set up, they used to graze their herds without fear of the tiger's claws. Another problem is that some reserve employees have been involved in a poaching scandal. Luckily, that's ancient history.

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