Covering a total area of 578 kilometres of the desert landscape, the Ranakpur-Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary in Rajasthan is home to a wide variety of animals including some endangered species. The animals that inhabit the sanctuary include wolf, nilgai, jackal, jungle cat, leopards, four-horned antelope, sloth bear, hyena, chinkara, sambhar and hare.The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October to June. But if you can bear the heat, come during the summer months. Because of the scarcity of water, it will be easier to spot the animals near the water bodies.
An equally vivid bird life exists at the Ranakpur Kumbhalgarh sanctuary. Birds that can be seen in the sanctuary include the grey jungle fowl, dove, parakeets, peacocks, golden oriole, grey pigeons, bulbul and white breasted kingfisher.
Jeep Safari’s and Jungle Treks are good ways to explore this national reserve.
Located at a short 15 minutes drive from Mana Kumbhalgarh is the Hammeripal Lake. This lake is home to thousands of African Catfish. Visitors coming to this lake can buy local snacks and feed the same to the catfish. Watching so many of these fishes scramble for food is unique site. The lake is located in a quiet area with a Benaras style ghat built around it. You can also see some old temples and structures while at the lake. The lake has been named after its maker, Rana Hammir Singh of the Sisodia clan.
Although the lake is open for visitors throughout the day, we recommend that you go while the sun is up to get a good look at the fish. Fishing or harming the fishes is strictly prohibited. In addition, there is no barrier or fence leading upto the lake. Therefore, all tourists are requested to take precautions while visiting this location.