The whooping figure of 120 national parks, 500 wildlife sanctuaries, and 18 bio-reserves speak about the rich biodiversity in India. Almost 70% of the world's tiger population, 2/3rd of single-horned Rhinoceros, 410 species of mammals and 2000 species of birds reside in India and endangered animals like Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Lions, Himalayan wolf, Snow Leopard, and Indian and Indo-Chinese leopards are also being protected.
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Watching the crude life of animals is always thrilling and educative. Moreover, you don’t have to venture into the jungles, simply plan a safe trip to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India. We are sure that a wildlife holiday in India will not disappoint you. So, book the cheapest flights to India with Indian eagle , pack your bags and leave the 'Concrete jungles’ for an adventurous wildlife holiday in India with a refreshing dose of nature.
The Himalayas in the North, deserts in the West, forests in the Centre, the mangroves of the East, and the Eastern and the Western Ghats in the South are natural habitats of India's distinctive flora and fauna. If you are unable to decide where to go for a wildlife holiday in India, our attempt at listing the four best places is handy.
1. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Ranthambore National Park is the primary destination of wildlife photographers. It is named after the mighty Ranthambore fortress inside the park and is chiefly home to Royal Bengal Tigers, India is famously known for. One can spot tigers any time during the day. Located in Sawai Madhopur district of Southeastern Rajasthan near Aravali hills and Vindhya plateau, the forest covering a land of 1,334 square kilometers used to be the hunting ground of Maharajas of Rajasthan. The deciduous forests are natural habitats for tigers, sloth bears, wild boars, sambar, leopards, hyenas, jackals, Indian foxes and many birds including pelicans, egrets, and flamingos. Historic Jogi Mahal, Padam Talao Lake, small hills and valleys, Chambal River and Banas River on two sides of the park enrich the park’s green landscape. Safari on jeeps or small vans called Canters is one of the best ways to explore the park and cherish the best wildlife holiday in India.
Visiting months: October to June
2. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
When we are talking about the endemic one-horned Rhinoceros (Great Indian Rhinos), the only place in India where you can spot them in large numbers is at Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Apart from Rhinos, a large number of wild elephants, swamp deer, wild water buffalos, bear, panthers, river dolphins and other 200 species of animals and birds can be found here. Located on the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River and very far from human dwellings, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular national park for a wildlife holiday in India. Tourists can try the jeep safari or elephant safari through the dense jungle routes or boat-cruise on the sparkling Brahmaputra River along the park.
Visiting months: November to April
3. Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka
One of the biggest biosphere reserves in India called 'Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve' comprises of Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park, and Bandipur National Park. India's important tiger reserve, Nagarahole National Park, also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park is ideal for a wildlife holiday in India, not just because of the varied wildlife, but also because of the scenic setting of hills, valleys, small streams and waterfalls in the park. In fact, the name of this park, 'Naga' meaning 'snake' and 'hole' meaning 'stream' refers to the serpentine streams rushing through the dense forest cover. It has 47 streams, 41 artificial tanks, 4 lakes, a reservoir and a dam supporting the survival of rare birds and animals. Situated in Kodagu and Mysore District at the foothills of the Western Ghats, the park is bordered by Kabini River and covered with bamboo, rosewood, teakwood and sandalwood trees that spread fragrance in the wild air. Besides tigers, there are many Indian leopards, Gaur, Jungle bison, Horned Antelope, Striped Hyena, Elephants, Deer, Sloth Bear and thousands of birds in the rich tropical forests.
Visiting months: May to September
4. Hemis National Park, Ladakh
Are you ready for a trekking tour in chilly weather for a unique wildlife holiday in India? Then, drape yourself in thick coats and start off to Hemis National Park, located in the Ladakh region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Begin at Spituk Village below Leh and trek through Zingchen and Markha Valleys (there are other trekking routes though) to reach the Hemis National Park, the only park in the northern region of the Himalayas and the largest one too. Popular as 'Snow Leopard Capital of India', this park is famous for the rare Snow Leopards, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Shapu sheep and extensive range of flora and fauna. It is also home to 16 species of mammals and 73 species of birds, including Tibetan antelope, Tibetan sheep, Wolf, Ibex, Palla's cat, Serow, Red Fox, Rhesus Macaque, Gold Eagle, Himalayan Snowcock, and Himalayan Griffon vulture. What is remarkable about this high altitude national park located on the Western bank of the Indus River is its natural charm - the Himalayan subtropical pine forests, alpine shrubs and meadows.