During the 19th century the forests of Ranthambhore were the private and exclusive hunting reserves of the Jaipur and Karauli royal family. These forests were managed by the Shikar Khana Department (Hunting Department) of the state.
By the end of the first quarter of the 20th century, the need for conservation of forests and wildlife, was being felt all over India. In 1955, these forests were declared as "Sawai Madhopur Sanctuary" and the practice of sale of forest produce through "royalty permits" came to an end. This was when the forests of Ranthambore received their first "real" protection. However, legal hunting continued unabated till 1973.
In 1973 a part of this Sawai Madhopur Sanctuary came under Project tiger scheme. At that time there were 16 villages inside the sanctuary but 12 of these villages were shifted outside the sanctuary. In 1980, in order to give greater protection to the forests, an area of 282.03 sq. k.m. of the inner part of Sawai Madhopur sanctuary was declared as national park.
During the 1970s, tiger sightings were extremely rare in Ranthambhore but by the mid and late 1980s, as a result of the decade long protection given to the forests, Ranthambhore became the best place in the world to see wild tigers.
WelcomHeritage Ranthambhore Forest Resort is the ultimate in comfort and hospitality. Spread over five acres, the resort borders the lush green forest, behind which mountains provide a unique backdrop. On all sides it offers a spectacular view of untamed nature in all its manifestations of flora and fauna. Migratory and local birds can be both seen and heard around the Resort. The unsurpassed diversity of the wildlife consists of a number of animals such as deer, hyenas, foxes, sloth bears, jungle cats and many others. And, of course, the major attraction-the tiger.
Enjoy the spectacle of the wildlife sanctuary and, back at the Resort, go around and play Volleyball, Badminton, Cricket on our immaculately prepared courts or go swimming (separate pools for adults and children). Or just laze in the sun or under the shady trees in our elegant lawns, depending on the weather. In the evening, go ethnic in our specially organized cultural programs of folk music, dances and puppet shows. Wildlife talks and shows can also be arranged on request. For children, besides swimming and a variety of indoor games ( Chess, Carom Board,Ludo) the unique natural ambience of the Resort urges them to give full rein to their imagination.