Welcome to India! A country of many popular wildlife destinations that captivate your heart with 450 wildlife sanctuaries, 99 national parks and 40 tiger reserves surrounded by a wide range of lush green and exotic flora. If you are a wildlife lover and want to spend some golden time in wilderness, then India is an ultimate destination to visit. A breathtaking beauty of nature and wildlife awaits you and your family in India. So come and discover the vast diversity of wildlife.
1. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett National Park in Ramnagar is one of the oldest and most popular national parks in India. The journey of the park started in 1936 as Asia’s first national park and it was established in 1974 as the first Tiger Reserve under ‘Project Tiger’. The park is popular for the glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tiger and apart from this, the visitors can also explore some other exciting activities like jeep safari, fishing, bird-watching and some other adventurous activities. If you want to stay in the midst of the verdant grasslands and lush green flora & fauna, it is a paradise for you. Come and explore the mind blowing wildlife as well as the eye catching the beauty of nature, here. The authority provides the facility of booking online for safari and stay in the park.
Best Time to Visit: Mid November – June and March – May.
2. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Spread over a land of 1,334 square km in the royal land of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is especially popular for tiger sighting. The Royal National Park is surrounded by Chambal and Banas River and is considered as an ideal habitat for predators and other wild animals. The place is also an ultimate choice of wildlife photographers. Here, they can get the chance to capture the best candid shots of wildlife. Besides tigers, visitors can explore some other major animals like Wild Boar, Sloth Bears, Leopard, Nilgai, Hyena and Sambhar.
Best Time to Visit: October – June and March – May.
3. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is another enchanting place to explore wildlife in India. Being one of the largest national parks of Madhya Pradesh, it was established in 1968 and offers your eyes the sight of a heavy range of Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards and deers. Bandhavgarh is also popular for its excellent wildlife safari in India. If you really want to explore the depths of wildlife, then you must pay a visit to this place and stay here for some time.
Best Time to Visit: Mid October – June and March – May.
4. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Kanha National Park is another enchanting wildlife destination for nature lovers. The park was established on 1st June, 1955 and was named as Kanha Tiger Reserve in 1973. The park is ranked in the top 10 wildlife destinations in India, which offers you a variety of royal Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, barasingha, Indian wild dog and sloth bear. The mind blowing lush sal and bamboo forests, verdant meadows and ravines of Kanha National Park is really phenomenal, which is a reason good enough for you to make a trip to this place.
Best Time to Visit: Mid October – June and March – May.
5. Sunderban National Park, West Bengal
It spreads over a land of 1,330 square km. Of the land of West Bengal, Sunderban National Park was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1973 and was established on 4th May, 1984. The main attractions of this enormous park are Royal Bengal Tiger, Common Grey Mongoose, Wild Boar and Fox Chital. People visit this place from all over the country to enjoy sighting the diversified range of wildlife as well as beautiful landscapes of lush green forests. Here, you can explore 250 species of birds, 55 species of reptiles and 58 species of mammals. The National Park is also included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Best Time to Visit: The Park remains open throughout the year but visit October –May (for tiger sighting).
6. Gir National Park, Gujarat
Considered as one of the most protected National Parks of India, Gir National Park is the only home to the endangered Asiatic Lion. The park was established in 1965 over a land of 1,412 km for the national park and 1,153 km for the Sanctuary. There you will find around 2,375 species of fauna, which includes about 38 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles, around 300 species of birds and more than 2,000 species of insects. Visit the park in the most favourable season and enjoy the safari, wildlife and verdant surroundings to make your trip memorable in Gujarat.
Best Time to Visit: October – May.
7. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Spread over an area of 293 square km in Madhya Pradesh, Pench National Park was established in 1983. The park is famous for a large number of wildlife species which includes around 40 tigers, 39 species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles and 3 species of amphibians. This place is best for bird-watchers, they can enjoy, here, a host of species of birds like jungle fowl, peafowl, crimson-breasted barbet, crow pheasant, racket-tailed drongo, red-vented bulbul, magpie robin, Indian roller, pintail, minivet, wagtail, egret and herons, muniya, waterfall and blue kingfisher.
Best Time to Visit: November – May.
8. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the most popular national parks of India, which was inaugurated on 11 February 1974 and was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is spread over a land of 429 square km and is well-known for its One Horned Rhinoceros. Besides this, Kaziranga national park offers you with a variety of wild animals including wild Asiatic water buffalo, eastern swamp deer, elephants, gaur, sambhar, wild boar, Indian muntjac and hog deer.
Best Time to Visit: November – April.
9. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra
Situated in the midst of dense reserve forests and spread over an area 1727 km in the region of Chandrapur district, Tadoba Andhari Reserve is the largest national park in Maharashtra, which was established in 1955. One of the most appropriate options of a national park for those who want to experience endless flora & fauna like Tigers, Hyenas, Barking Deer, Gaur, Leopards, small Indian civet, sloth bears, jungle can, spotted deer and much more. Enjoying wildlife in the midst of magical landscape and the rugged cliff is really a memorable experience for wildlife lovers. So, if you really want to enjoy such a combo, then you must visit this place.
Best Time to Visit: February – May.
10. Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Positioned in the midst of rugged terrain, sandstone peaks, ravines and dense forests, Satpura National Park is a pristine wildlife habitat in Madhya Pradesh. The park covers an area of 524 km. Being rich in a variety of flora and fauna, the park is a perfect location for wildlife enthusiasts. One can enjoy spotting different species of animals like leopard, tiger, sambar, Indian muntjac, chital, wild boar, buck, flying squirrel, pheasants and thrushes, to name a few. Besides the wildlife here, Satpura National Park offers you a variety of vegetation with 1300 species including sal, teak, tendu, bel, mahua, grasses and many more medicinal plants.
Best Time to Visit: Mid October – June.