Wildlife Safaris in India

The Indian landmass is home ground to the most stunning variety of fauna living in the diverse terrain of the country. From fierce Royal Bengal tigers to larger than life Asiatic Elephants, the country astonishes everyone with its 94 national parks and 501 Wildlife Sanctuaries. That’s why travellers planning holidays to India get immense opportunities to partake in wildlife safaris, which make many jaws drop out of fascination.

Here are the most popular destinations that excite every traveller to partake in Wildlife Safaris in India.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Spread over an area of 1,334 square kilometres, the Ranthambore National Park greets thousands of travellers every year seeking some close glimpse of the wild. The National Park is situated in the royal state of Rajasthan near the town of Sawai Madhopur. Travellers partake in jeep safaris to explore the beauty of this Park where sights of wild cats are common yet enthralling. Apart from tigers, visitors can also spot Sloth Bears, Wild Boars, Sambar, etc.

Best Time to Visit: Though this park stays open from October to June, the ideal time to sight tigers is between March and May.

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Announced as Asia’s very first National Park in the year 1936 and the first Tiger Reserve in 1974, Jim Corbett National Park takes you on a memorable expedition. This is the place where you spot the most furious member of the cat family, the Tigers. Wildlife photographers from all over the world flock here to partake in wildlife safaris to capture the most vivid sights of the wild.

Best Time to Visit: Travellers can visit this National Park from Mid November to June end, whereas the best time to spot tigers is March to May.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

For the lovers of Royal Bengal Tigers, the Bandhavgarh National Park of Madhya Pradesh is a heaven. The wilderness of this park is unmatched. Bandhavgarh is counted among the best places to relish wildlife safaris in India as it has the highest tiger population among all other sanctuaries in the country. In the past, it was a haunting ground for the royal kings. Today, it is open for public who visit here to eye the most remarkable variety of animals dwelling here in their natural environment.

Best Time to Visit: You can visit the park between mid October and June, but if you are there just for the big cats, March to May is ideal.

Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal

Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sunderbans National Park of West Bengal covers over an archipelago of 54 islands. The park is said to be the largest pool of wild tigers with 400 tigers residing here. Apart from the tigers, other species which can be spotted here include rock pythons, water monitors, monkey and chital. Another captivating aspect of the Park is its abundance of flora, which can be explored in the form of mangroves spread all over the Park.

Best Time to Visit: Though the Park remains open throughout the year, the perfect time to spot the amphibian tigers is from October to April.

Gir National Park, Gujarat

One of the most popular wildlife hubs in India, Gir National Park resides in the state of Gujarat. The most enticing attraction of the Park is the number of Asiatic Lions, the big cats, which look fierce and royal. Apart from lions, the park also inhabits over 32 species of mammals, 300 of birds and 26 of reptiles, which can be spotted by partaking in a wildlife safari. Rich in biodiversity and blessed with serenity, Gir National Park makes a perfect refuge for city dwellers.

Best Time to Visit: The months from October to May are regarded as the best season to visit this park.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Oozing immense tranquillity and natural exquisiteness, the Kaziranga National Park houses the largest population of One Horned Rhinoceros in the world. This is the reason why this National Park is one of the best destinations for relishing wildlife safaris in India. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Park brings to you flourishing wildlife, including animals like elephants, bears, panthers, and various flamboyant birds.

Best time to visit - November to April is the ideal time to visit the Park.

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

A place that inspired the much loved Jungle Book, Kanha National Park is a beautiful retreat for nature and wildlife lovers. Be it Black Panther, Bear, Python, Elephant or Bengal Tiger, every character of this best seller can be spotted here. The Park proudly houses 125 tigers, which make the most renowned attraction here.

Best Time to Visit: The Park remains open from mid October to June. But the peak season to spot royal cats is March to May.

Other popular destinations to relish wildlife safaris in India are:

  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
  • Hemis National Park, Jammu Kashmir
  • Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh
  • Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

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