Ranthambore National Park is one of the renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Ranthambore has one of the best national parks in the world to see Bengal tigers, wild, in their natural habitat. The river Banas, a tributary of Chambal, flows through the reserve from the north-west to the south-east, dividing the reserve into two equal halves – the Kela Devi Sanctuary and other parts of the Reserve. Once part of the royal state of Karauli, Kela Devi Sanctuary (670 sq km) is almost half as big as the entire reserve but has little wildlife to offer as most of it is a dry “table top” plateau. The other half of the reserve lies to the southwest of the river Banas, almost totally in the Sawai Madhopur district. Almost all these forests were a part of the Jaipur state before independence. The approach to this part of the Reserve is through the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is also on the main Delhi - Mumbai rail route at a distance of 362 km from Delhi.