Top 6 Wildlife Destinations You Must Visit in India
If you are a lover of nature, wildlife and all things au naturel, India offers you one of the biggest, most bountiful experiences which will give you more than your money’s worth. With more than 99 national parks, 40 tiger reserves and 450 wildlife sanctuaries in India, this is your one stop destination to satisfy all your wildlife adventure urges. Here are the top 6 Wildlife destinations that are a must visit if you are in India.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgardh is one of the largest national parks in India. Tigers, deer and leopards call this park their home. A jeep safari will allow you to catch one of the best glimpses of this national park.
Best time to visit: February to May will be the best time to visit this park.
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Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The very first national park of Asia, Jim Corbett National Park prides itself in its history as well as its wealth of wildlife. If you are lucky you might have the chance of coming face to face with the envied white tiger. This national park also gives you a chance to spot wild elephants, but you will have to have a keen sense of observation to spot them.
Best time to visit: Like any other place, the best time for spotting tigers would be March thru May. The park remains open for all from mid-November to June end.
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Sunder ban National Park, West Bengal
This national park has quite a few tricks up its sleeve which can give competition to other national parks. The world’s largest forest cover of Mangroves, tigers swimming in the water in front of you, and boasting on being India’s largest tiger reserve, Sundarban’s has it all to satiate the wildlife loving side of you. The journey to Sundarbans is also one filled with many ups and downs; as the best way to reach this small sanctuary is by cruising the waters from Kolkata. Whether you will spot a tiger or not, can’t be promised, but it is a promise that a tiger will surely spot you! If not, you can find yourself facing crocodiles, bull sharks, snakes and even dolphins.
Best time to visit: The Park will remain open for you throughout the year, but if you want to spot the famous Royal Bengal Tigers, you should visit from October to April.
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Gir National Park, Gujarat
The pride of Gujarat, Gir National Park will give you the privilege to see the jewel of its park- The Asiatic Lions. No other national park is home to these Asiatic Lions, but this isn’t the only thing Gir National Park prides itself upon. This park inhabits around 32 species of mammals, 300 types of birds and 26 types reptiles. If reptiles give you the creeps, you will surely find yourself immersed in what can only be called a heaven of lions.
Best time to visit: You would find yourself enjoying this park the most from October to May end.
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Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Every national park and sanctuary has a pride of its own. For Kaziranga National Park, it would be the endangered One Horned Rhino. One of the largest Wildlife Sanctuaries in India, you will find yourself surrounded by not only rhinos, but also elephants, tigers, and wild buffalos. This park offers you a ride along the glistening waters of the Brahmaputra, as you adore the wildlife around you. Winning the title of one of the most famous World Heritage Parks by UNESCO, this sanctuary is also home to various birds, bears and panthers. So whatever you do, don’t forget to watch your back!
Best time to visit: The best time for sightings in this national park would be from November to April end.
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Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Once a famous hunting ground for Maharajas, Ranthambore National Park is now famous for its majestic tigers and bird watching trails. Covered on all sides by the Banas and Chambal River, this national park is now home to several predators. This place offers you a hot air balloon ride, providing you with an enchanting view of the park. If you find yourself intrigued by watching these majestic creatures in their natural states, a 3 hour car ride from Jaipur will bring you to Ranthambore National Park. That is, if you dare to be face to face with their tigers.
Best time to visit: Even though the park remains open from October to June, the best time to visit would be in March.
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