B-town celebs are loving this destination; here’s how you can also plan a getaway there

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Ananya Panday-Ishaan Khatter, and also Kiara Advani-Sidharth Malhotra just returned from their year-end vacations from the destination that Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh visited to ring in 2021. The destination was Ranthambore National Park, located amidst the arid hills of Rajasthan.

Spread across 1400 sq km., this national park covers three districts — Sawai Madhopur, Karuali and Kota — and is one of the best places in the country to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger along with other wildlife.

The park attracts tourists who are drawn here for a possible sighting of the big cat, which is highly probable but never guaranteed. There are other faunas as well who call Ranthambore home, like hyenas, leopards, sambar deer, langur monkeys, sloth bears along with many species of birds like Bronze-winged Jacana, Sandpiper, Painted Spurfowl, Great Horned Owl, Painted Sandgrouse, Nightjar, among others. It is also home to one of the largest banyan trees in the world.

The national park is named after Ranthambore Fort which stands tall, till date, amidst the jungle. Ranthambore was declared a national park and a tiger reserve only in 1973 when the shrinking forest cover and the tiger population due to unregulated commercial activities raised serious concerns.

The fort is now one of the most important historical landmark in Rajasthan dating back to the 10th century. It has three Hindu temples as well as a Jain temple. In 2013, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.