The Rajasthan government has recently decided to convert the Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary into a national park in an attempt to conserve some highly endangered species in the area as well as to support tourism. Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary, in Rajsamand district, surrounds the Kumbhalgarh fortress and covers over 555 sq. kilometers of area. Foot tracking and horse safari are very popular here.
A national park, by definition, is a place where one or many ecosystems remain unaltered by human exploitation and occupation, where plant and animal species are of special scientific, educative, and recreational interest, and the area is protected by stringent laws.
Forest Minister Bina Kak was quoted saying: “Areas of Pali, Udaipur and Rajsamand districts will be covered under the park which is also a tourist destination due to famous Kumbhalgarh fort and Ranakpur Jain Temples in the area”.
The wildlife in this area includes wolves, leopards, sloth bears, hyena, jackal, jungle cats, sambhar, nilgai, Chausingha (four-horned antelope), chinkara, and hare. The bird life at Kumbhalgarh is also gratifying as the normally shy grey jungle fowl can be found strutting about here. Peacocks, doves, red spur owls, parakeets, golden oriole, grey pigeons, bulbul, and white breasted kingfisher are some of the other birds that add variety to Kumbhalgarh.
Kumbhalgarh is a mere hour away from Ranakpur by road.