India is blessed with an extensively varied geography as well as climatic variation. The diversity has led to the creation of various natural habitats where different kinds of flora and fauna nestles. A large number of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks established across the country provide the unique habitat for the different kinds of animals and plants. Here are the 10 best wildlife destinations in India that provide home to some of the most impressive wildlife.
Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The oldest national park and the best wildlife getaway in India, Corbett National Park lies at foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Wildlife lovers have the time of their lives in this national park, housing the majestic Bengal tigers along with many other animals residing in the quaint wilderness.
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Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Established in the Golaghat district of Assam, this national park boasts of being the one and only natural habitat for the one-horned rhinos in the world. This is the great place to explore the wildlife of India and more specifically, the ones endemic to the Northeast. And since it has a significant number of tigers residing here, it has been declared a Tiger Reserve Forest. Other than these two majestic creatures, the park also nestles swamp deer, elephants, wild buffaloes and a variety of birds. In winters, the park is a colourful spectacle large number of birds flocking to the park.
Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
Nestled in the lush jungles of the Deccan Plateau, the Bandipur National Park provides a natural habitat to bull elephants, tigers, chital stags, dholes and peacock along with many other species. Spanning over 874 square kilometers, this park is a part of the Nilgiri biosphere Reserve.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Boasting a large biodiversity, the Bandhavgarh National Park is also home to the fierce Bengal tigers. It lies in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh and nestles a good number of spectacular white tigers, leopards, deer and a large variety of birds.
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Another great national park in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is home to Bengal tigers, gaurs, hard ground barasingha, spotted deer and dholes. With dense forests and vast meadows, this park has a variety of landscape as well. The sunset point known as Bamni Dadar is a great vantage point from where you can view most of the park with animals wandering about in their natural habitat. The park is also popular for its constant attempts to save the almost extinct species of the Barasingha, also called swamp deer.
Gir National Park and Sasan Gir Sanctuary, Gujarat
These two wildlife destinations in Gujarat are the only establishments across India that provide home to the magnificent Asiatic Lions. Established in 1965, these areas are quite popular. The best time to visit the areas is between October and June, when the lions can be spotted wandering out in the open. Besides the wildlife, the areas also boasts of gushing rivers and charming streams.
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Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rajasthan
Located in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park comprises man-made wetlands that provide home numerous flora and fauna. Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, this park is renowned for its extensive variety of avifauna. For bird watchers, this place is a true delight.
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Periyar National Park, Kerala
One of the most noted tiger reserves and elephant reserves in India, Periyar national Park is the only national park in India with an artificial lake adorning the landscape in the middle of the forests. The best thing to do here is to go on a boat ride and watch animals like deer, lion-tailed macaque, nilgiri tahr, and elephants hanging out by the lakeside. The lush greenery of the Western Ghats give this wildlife destination a unique charm.
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Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh
The deep forests of this national park was the setting for the fantasy novel, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. It is also known as the ‘Mowgli World’ and its variegated wildlife attracts millions of visitors to this National Park. Some of the most impressive wildlife includes striped hyena, foxes, gaur and barking deer. Nestling more than 170 species of birds including junglefowl, crimson-breasted barbet, crow pheasant, red-vented bulbul and racket-tailed drongo, it is a heaven for twitchers.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Home to the Bengal tigers, the Ranthambore National Park is bordered by the Banas River in the north and the Chambal River in the south, making it a perfect habitat for various animals such as leopards, nilgai, chital, sambar, hyenas and wild boar. There lies a majestic Ranthambore Fort right next to park and offers great vistas of the wilderness. The majestic tigers can be easily spotted during the day, especially between November and May when they stroll around the park.
So embark on an awe-inspiring vacation at these amazing wildlife destinations in the country.