The rich and diverse geography of India has given its citizens multiple havens to experience everything in this beautiful country. From the gigantic mountain range in the north to the tip of Kanyakumari, India has several Wildlife sanctuaries that offer natural beauty and escapes from the cities. Take some time out to enjoy the chirping sounds of the birds, rustling of the tree leaves and take joy in sighting the animals in their natural shelters.
Placed in the mountainous district of Nainital, Jim Corbett is the largest and the first Project Tiger Reserve launched in 1973. Covering an area of 520 square km, the national reserve is home to more than 650 endangered species of birds and animals that can be sighted here. Apart from the famous tiger spotting, you can also enjoy Jim Corbett bookings of bonfire nights in the wilderness and experience sheer tranquillity. You can opt for elephant safari, canter safari, or Jeep safari which offers an exciting and thrilling conversation with nature and best wildlife experience in its raw form. Also, the rich flora and fauna is another attraction that attracts visitors.
Best time to visit: Mid-November to Mid-June
How to reach:
By Road: Ramnagar is well-connected through several buses operated by Uttarakhand government.
By Rail: Ramnagar Railway Station, 15 km from Jim Corbett
Major activities to do: Visit Corbett waterfalls, angling at Kosi River, Rafting, Rock climbing. See more - Things to do in Nainital.
Accommodations around: Ahana The Corbett Wilderness, The river view retreat, The Den Corbett, Le roi Corbett
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Counted amongst the natural and jewels of Gujarat, Gir National Park is synonymous with the royal kingdom of Asiatic Lions. Established in 1965, Sasan-Gir or Gir forest covers a total area of 1412 square km. This reserve is recognized as one of the most important protected areas in Asia. The huge variety of diverse wildlife provides visitors a fabulous and unique opportunity to witness the 2,375 distinct flora and fauna. The park is home to blackbucks, sloth bears, cobras, Indian leopards, golden jackals, striped hyenas and many other carnivores. People can opt for various safaris to witness the in-depth lush greenery and forest surroundings to enjoy the wildlife scenery.
Best time to visit: Tiger sighting from March to May
How to reach:
By Air: Ahmadabad Airport, from where visitors must arrange for another mode of transportation.
By Road: The national park is 60 km from Junagarh and 360 km from Ahmadabad. Visitors need a permit for entering the park.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Junagarh, 65 km from Gir.
Major activities to do: Witness the tribal festival, spotting snakes
Accommodations around: Hotel Umang, Fern Gir Forest Resort, Maneland Jungle Lodge, Asiatic Lion Lodge
Most famous for its tiger trails and bird watching tours, Ranthambore National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Northern India. The park covers an area of 392 square km and is known for its visual treat of tigers of India. Not only the majestic predator, but leopards, nilgai, wild boar, hyena, and chital are also easily spotted living naturally in the jungle. A dream haven for birdwatchers, Ranthambore has a thriving bird population of 270 species and the various tours ensure an exhilarating experience to visitors. Make sure to take in the beauty of the wildlife while venturing on Ranthambore National Park safaris and appreciate the increasing count of cubs of the endangered species.
Best time to visit: Open from October to June, the perfect time to visit is from March to May.
How to reach:
By Air: Sanegar Airport
By Road: Well-connected by private and public buses
By Rail: Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, 10 km from the park
Major activities to do: Explore heritage monument, hot air balloon
Accommodations around: Tree House Anuraga, Tiger Den Resort, Ranthambore Forest Resort, Ranthambore Regency, Tiger Moon Resort
The land of Kaziranga is home to one-horned rhinos in the Golghat and Nagaon district of Assam. Declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985, this national park has natural ambiance and offers the best wildlife experience. Visitors can also sight large populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, swamp deer, hog deer and tigers when it was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. It is spread out covering an area of 807 square km. Birdwatchers can also take pleasure in sighting different species here and the diverse vegetation adds to the beauty of the reserve. Opt for the Kaziranga National Park elephant safari and jeep rides to witness the vastness of the land of beautiful water bodies and forests.
Best time to visit: November to April
How to reach:
By Air: Jorhat Airport which is 97 km away and Guwahati Airport which is 217 km away from the National Park.
By Road:Bus services are available from Kohara, located on NH-37, which is the main gate of the Kaziranga sanctuary.
By Rail: Furkating, 75 km from the national park
Major activities to do: Trekking, Tribal village visit, Country boat riding in Brahmaputra River, or watch Gangetic River Dolphin. Read more - 10 things to do in Assam.
Accommodations around: Jupuri Ghar, Iora Resort, Wild Grass Lodge, Bonhabi Resort
Set atop the mountains of Himalaya, the Great Himalayan National Park is located 60 km from Kullu. The national park, sprawled over 754 square km area, offers breath-taking views of the mountains surrounding the park. Housing a diverse range of animals like musk deer, brown bear, goral, thar, snow leopard, cheer and snow cock, this national park lies at an altitude of 1500 to 1600 meters. Deodar, oak, pine, chestnut, alpine herbs and other plants can be sighted by the nature lovers. Certainly, one can enjoy the unmatchable majestic and gorgeous views from here.
Best time to visit: Mid-October to November
How to reach:
By Air: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu, 60 km away
By Road: Visitors can take the route of Ropa to Shangarh in Sainj Valley from Kullu and from Gushaini to Ropa in Tirthan Valley to reach the park gate.
By Rail: Closest railway station at Mandi, 143 km away
Major activities to do: Trek to Ecozone and enjoy activities like rock climbing, river crossing and outdoor camping.
Accommodations around: Stay in accommodations of Great Himalayan National Park, Forest rent houses in Tirthan Valley
Explore the treasures of nature in these notable Wildlife Sanctuaries and get the best experience closely witnessing the wildlife in the Indian habitat. Plan a holiday in the diverse landscapes and climatic conditions which serve as home to a vast variety of flora and fauna in the Indian Wildlife.
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What is the best season to visit the Wildlife reserves and sanctuaries?
Weather conditions differ in different places and therefore cannot be generalized. Winters are specifically preferred due to the favourable conditions but check the forecast and other things before planning a trip to experience the wildlife.
Is carrying camera and other equipment allowed?
Yes, camera and other equipment like binoculars are allowed in the safaris at an additional cost in most places. You can confirm at the entry or check the official websites of the National Parks.
What are the typical cost safaris in India?
Safari costs start from 2000-2500 rupees per jeep, which includes the guide cost in most places. You can check the official websites for more details.