Lakarda and Anantpura

Lakarda and Anantpura are two zones that come together to create an amazing wildlife habitat within Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park, not two separate locations. Tucked away in the northern and northwest sections of the park, these areas provide a special opportunity for those who love wildlife: a chance to see the elusive sloth bear.

Sloth Bear Heaven

In contrast to tigers, which are Ranthambore’s main draw, sloth bears usually stay away from deep into the park’s core regions. These amazing animals find the ideal refuge in Lakarda and Anantpura, with their profusion of termite mounds and strewn-about fruits.

Why Do Sloth Bears Exist?

Termites and ants are a favorite food of sloth bears, who are insectivores with long, curved claws and shaggy black fur. Termite mounds dot the landscape of Lakarda and Anantpura, providing a feast for these slow-moving yet formidable creatures. They are drawn to the area even more by the abundance of fruit trees.

Not Just Sloth Bears

Even while sloth bears steal the show, Lakarda and Anantpura provide chances to see other animals, too:

  • Seldom Seen Hyenas: Be alert for pugmarks, which are the distinctive markings of Indian striped hyenas. Due to the declining population, Lakarda and Anantpura are among the few places where sightings of this reticent and nocturnal species are feasible.
  • A Symphony of Monkeys: Your safari experience will be further enriched by the entertaining antics of langurs and macaques.
  • Encounters with Porcupines: Look for these prickly animals searching the foliage for nourishment.

Advice for Traveling to Lakarda and Anantpura

  • Zone Access: Ranthambore National Park’s Zone 5 includes Lakarda and Anantpura. Verify entry permits and safari schedules for this particular area.
  • Morning Magic: Early in the morning, when the animals are most active, is the greatest time to see wildlife in Lakarda and Anantpura.
  • Professional Guides: To improve your chances of seeing wildlife, think about hiring a professional guide who is familiar with the area and can point out animal signs and trails.