India is one of those lands which are blessed by the mother nature itself. The unique flora and fauna, inimitable species, and sultry fragrance of the soil in any of the forests in India is a magnet to any wildlife lover. You may get one of the best forests tour in India across all regions to satisfy your eyes in the dense green forests witnessing amazing wildlife of India.
Do you know how many wildlife sanctuaries are there in India ?
There are precisely 551 wildlife sanctuaries out of which 104 are National Reserve Parks protected under the Ministry of Forests. These parks boast of the rich biodiversity of India and serves as a habitat to large no. of wildlife species.
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Coming back to the wildlife sanctuaries in India, we have a few best places to visit for wildlife which you must include in your bucket list. Though India is incredible plethora of wildlife all over it, yet I recommend to must take a Road Trip to the following Wildlife Sanctuaries once in your life :-
(1) The Cobett National Park – Uttarakhand
It is one of the oldest and most popular National Park named after popular wildlife story writer, Jim Corbett. Located in the foothills of Himalayan Range of Uttarakhand, this park is popular for the reserves of Bengal Tigers. 6-7 hours drive from Delhi, this park takes you to an entirely different world. Do not forget to apply for the permit online before you plan a trip here.
Try to cease Dhikala or Bijrani resorts owned by the Government since they are located deep in the park. The early morning Jeep and Elephant rides give you a chance to spot a range of different species other than the imposing Bengal Tigers. Jim Corbett National Park has also been a popular choice for wildlife documentaries across the globe giving boost to Wildlife Tourism in India.
(2) Ranthambhore National Park – Rajasthan
It is ranked as one of the top 10 National Parks in India and located in the foothills of Arvali Range. Investing 8 -10 hours to drive here will be a rider’s delight as they watch out for raw nature blessing the earth. The majestic Tigers are the pride of this National Park and the Banas and Chambal river add to the beauty of its fauna. Most of the North Indian species can be easily spotted here but watch out for the Tigers which can vanish in the blink of an eye. Try and grab a machan / tent accommodation for one of its kind wildlife experiences. Safaris are not to be missed.
(3) Keoladeo Ghana National Park – Bharatpur
This was formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. 7 hours drive from Delhi, this park hosts a large number of avifauna as thousands of migratory birds find solace here in summers. You may not be as enthusiastic for study of the birds as an ornithologist but this national park is a must visit to fill colours in your skies. You may deviate to Agra and Mathura to add some love and spirituality on your way.
(4) Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
If you have fallen in love with tigers, this is the place to be. I haven’t heard even a single traveler without sighting a tiger here. Famous for its significant population of Tigers, Leopards and Deers this place is a watcher’s delight. Grab your binoculars and sit on a watch tower to see the prowess of the wonderful species. The stretch of about 875 kms will take around 16-18 hours on road. Break for a night at Lucknow to add some royalty to your trip.
(5) Gir National Park – Gujrat
The journey from Delhi is for 1268 kms and takes about 24 hours. You may want to take 2 halts at any of the popular locations on your way. No child’s play since this place is meant for the mightiest.
Famous for “The Lions” this place had to be listed here since this is the only National Park in India which hosts the Asiatic Lions. The beautiful streams and rivers across the park are usually occupied by its dwellers. The long and tiring journey is definitely worth the effort since the royal pictures will be an instant hit on your social media handles.
Though it is difficult to say that which is the best wildlife sanctuary in India, yet I recommend to must add these on your list. These wildlife sanctuaries are the ones which will enliven the nature lover in you and you will gear up for a wild travel memories like never before !