India has a very rich and diverse wildlife. From the mammoth mountain ranges in the north, the marshy lands in the east, to the tip of Kanyakumari in the south, India is home to a number of Wildlife conservation parks and sanctuaries. Here’s a list of the places you should travel to this year for their exquisite wildlife in India.
1. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
This National Park is located in Rajasthan and was previously a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas. Now a wildlife conservation park, this park is most famous for its Tiger trails and Bird watching tours.
How to get there: The Park is three hours’ drive from Jaipur.
Things to do: Bakula has a lot of waterholes and hence is crowded with wildlife. The Raj Bagh ruins are ancient ruined structures, domes and arches. The Padam Talao is another lake worth visiting. The Ranthambore fort is ideally located. The view from the top is mesmerising.
Species to see: Tigers, leopards, Hyenas, Jackals, Jungle cats, Indian Foxes and a wide range of birds like Pelicans, Ibis, Flamingos, Egrets, Parakeets.
Opening/Closing times: The Park is open from October to June. It is closed for the remaining months of the year. The morning trip is from 6.30 am to 10 am. And the evening trip is from 2.30 pm to 6 pm.
Adventure Tip: You could soar high in the sky in a hot air balloon for some spectacular views of the National Park.
2. Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
It is said that whether you spot a Tiger at Sunderbans or no, it is sure to have spotted you. Sunderbans with its marshy land, dense mangroves and Tigers, is a naturalist’s paradise. Spread over 54 islands, it extends into neighbouring Bangladesh.
How to get there: The Park is around 95 km from Kolkata.
Things to do: Go on a Tiger trail, See the various watch towers and the crocodile park.
Species to see: The Royal Bengal Tiger, Crocodiles, bull sharks, primates and snakes, dolphins.
Opening/Closing times: It is best to visit the park between September and May.
Adventure Tip: This national park offers a unique experience of cruising in the waters & spotting the wildlife alongside.
3. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Situated in the mountainous district of Nainital, Jim Corbett National Park which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger reserve is home to a large number of tigers. If you are lucky, you may spot a white tiger as well.
How to get there: Nainital is around five hours drive from Delhi.
Things to do: Drive around the park to catch a glimpse of the wildlife, try angling at Kosi River, visit the Corbett falls.
Species to see: Tigers, Spotted deer, Elephants, Golden jackal, sambar deer.
Opening/Closing times: Best to visit the park is from 15th November to 15th June. The Park is open from 6 am to 10 am and then from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Adventure Tip: Enter the park with a permit and celebrate a peaceful bonfire night amidst the wilderness.
4. Gir National Park, Gujarat
The Gir National forest in Gujarat is best known for its Asiatic lions. Gujarat tourism is synonymous with the Gir Lions. If you want to enjoy an exciting safari and catch a good look of the king of the jungle, then head straight to Gir.
How to get there: Junagadh is the closest city to Gir national Park. Junagadh has a railway station that connects it to bigger cities like Ahmedabad.
Things to do: Go for the lion safari and get up and close with the king of the jungle, also try boating amongst the many lakes in Gir.
Species to see: Asiatic Lions, Indian leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, striped hyenas, snakes, blackbucks, crocodiles, monitor lizards.
Opening/Closing times: The Park is open from 16th October to 15th June every year. The morning timings are from 6 am to 12 pm. and then evening timings are from 3 pm to 6 pm.
5. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
This park has the largest population of one horned Rhino in the World. This national park has achieved great success with its conservation projects.
How to get there: The Park is a five hours drive from Guwahati. Guwahati is connected to most major cities by rail and road.
Things to do: Check out the tea plantations around the park Go on a safari to spot rhinos and tigers, Take in a view of the entire park from the watchtowers.
Species to see: Tigers, Rhinos, Elephants, Swamp deer, Wild Buffalo.
Opening/Closing times: The park is open daily from 1st November to 30th April i.e., for 6 (six) months. Jeep safari timings are from 7.30 am to 9.30 am and 2 pm to 3.30 pm.
6. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
This Park has a large population of tigers and langurs. The park is at the centre of India and is home to the famous white tiger.
How to get there: It is not easy to reach Bandhavgarh as it has no airport facility. The nearest town is Jabalpur. There are taxis services which ply from Jabalpur to Umaria.
Things to do: Go for a birding tour or a jeep safari to catch a glimpse of the best wildlife. Also once there, do not miss out on seeing the Khajuraho temples. Also, have a look at the Bandhavgarh fort.
Species to see: Bengal tigers, Elephants, deer, primates, reptiles and a large number of birds.
Opening/Closing times: The Park is open from 15th of October to 30th of June.