Even after rampant deforestation and an ever-increasing level of pollution, the Indian topography is still home to a vast number of animals and birds species which continue to thrive in their natural habitat. Famous for animals like Royal Bengal Tiger and Indian Elephant, the Indian subcontinent has some of the best wildlife sanctuaries and national parks where you can get a chance to witness these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Efforts taken by the Government and NGOs have improved the lives of many endangered species and some of them have been breeding quite rapidly to ensure a healthier population. The wild is calling out to you to get intimate with nature, so check out these thrilling destinations to experience the untamed side of India:
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The oldest and probably the most visited national park of India, the Jim Corbett National Park is a must-visit place for any wildlife enthusiast. Christened after the famous hunter Jim Corbett, the park was set up to conserve the sharply declining population of the Bengal Tiger. An elephant safari here is a thrilling experience to see animals like the aforementioned Bengal Tiger, Spotted Deer, leopards and reptiles like Indian Python, crocodiles and Gharial. Best experienced in foggy mornings, a ride through the park’s grassy fields will surely enthrall your senses.
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Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh
The Dudhwa National Park is situated in the rich Terai region of Uttar Pradesh and is a part of the much larger Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. The alluvial soil here is a fertile medium for much of the greenery this place sports. What’s interesting about Dudhwa is the fact that a number of animals living here were introduced from different parts of the country. Today, it is home to tigers, swamp deer, rhinoceros, sloth bear, barasingha and many more. If you are lucky, you can also see the rare Hispid hare which was once thought to be extinct. The Banke Tal is a great place where you can witness aquatic birds like egrets, herons, Sarus Cranes etc. swooping down on their prey. Dudhwa was one of the parks highlighted during the Project Tiger initiative.
Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat
This national park is a tragic and grim reminder of mankind’s exploitation of nature as it is home to the nearly-extinct Asiatic Lion. A visit here is a must to witness India’s only lion species in its only natural habitat. Hop on a jeep and go on a safari to see this elusive big cat. Gir gets a lot of attention due to its lion population, but it is an excellent bird sanctuary as well. You can spot numerous birds like Crested Serpent Eagle, Rock Bush-Quail, Black-Headed Oriole and many more. You can also visit Gir’s primary water source, the Kamleshwar Dam and enjoy its breathtaking panoramic views.
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Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Rhinos and Kaziranga go hand in hand as this national park has long been home to the one-horned beast. Recently, the healthy tiger population of the region has made the place a tiger reserve as well. Kaziranga exhibits rhinos as well as elephants, water buffalos and swamp deer. The misty climate, marshes and vast grasslands here make for a splendid safari. You can even try your luck in spotting the Gangetic dolphins if you travel along the river here.
Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
A national park nestled amongst snow-clad mountains and magnanimous surroundings, Khangchendzonga National Park is home to the mysterious and rarely-seen Snow Leopard, one of the largest cats in the world. Instead of a safari, you can trek through the awe-inspiring geography of this park, enjoying the astounding appeal of the locales as well as witnessing the animals here right in front of you. Apart from the snow leopard, musk deer, civets, and even the rare red panda inhabit this region. Though a bit harsh for tourists due to the topography, a visit to this national park will reward you with an experience like no other.
So pack your bags and head out to these destinations to witness the wilding and admire the wonders of nature in their full grandeur.
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