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 within the south, India is home to a number of wildlife conservation parks and sanctuaries.
Here’s a list of the best places you must travel for the wonderful 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. It is 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 3 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 mesmerizing.
Species to see: Tigers, leopards, Hyenas, Jackals, Jungle cats, Indian Foxes and a wide range of birds like Pelicans, Ibis, Flamingos, Egrets, Parakeets
Where to stay: Taj Sawai, tree house Anuraga, Tiger Den resort, the tiger villa, Tiger moon resort, Sanctuary resort, Ankur resort
Adventure Tip: you’ll soar high within the sky in a hot air balloon for some spectacular views of the national park.
2. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Situated within the mountainous district of Nainital, Corbett national park which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger reserve is home to a large range of tigers. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a white tiger also.
How to get there: Nainital is around 5 hours drive from Delhi.
Things to do: Drive around the park to catch a glimpse of the wildlife, try fishing at Kosi river, visit the Jim Corbett falls.
Species to see: Tigers, spotted deer, Elephants, Golden jackal, sambar deers
Where to stay: Aahana The Corbett wilderness, The river view retreat, The Den Corbett, LE roi Corbett
Adventure Tip: Enter the park with a permit and celebrate a peaceful Bonfire Night amidst the wilderness.
3. 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 relish 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 town 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, blackbucks, sloth bears, jungle cats, Indian leopards, striped hyenas, snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards.
Where to stay:Gir Jungle resort, the gateway hotel, Anil farm house, Gir Lion’s paw resort, hotel Umang
4. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
This Park has a large population of tigers and langurs. The park is at the center of India and is home to the renowned white tiger.
How to get there:It is not easy to reach Bandhavgarh because it has no airport facility. the nearest town is Jabalpur. There are taxis services that 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, don’t miss out on seeing the Khajuraho temples. also have a look at the Bandhavgarh fort.
Species to see:Bengal tigers, Elephants, deers, primates, reptiles and a large range of birds
5. Tadoba, Maharashtra
Tadoba National Park is one among the largest national parks in Maharashtra. very close to the city, Nagpur, Tadoba is most famous for its Tigers and Tadoba crocodiles.
How to get there:The park is very close to the city Nagpur. By rail, the closest railway station is Chandrapur.
Things to do:Go on the tiger safari and bird watching trails
Species to see:The Chimur Hills and Andhari sanctuary
Where to stay: Svasara Jungle lodge and resorts, Tuli Tiger resort, The wildflower resort