Being a great tourist destination in the globe and drawing the attention of tourists with its unique geographical and cultural elements, India is the country, which is home to over 200 wildlife sanctuaries and approx 100 of them are classified as national parks. National Parks of India expand all over the country present a fascinating variety of terrain, which is home to a large number of wild scarce and vast animal races. We have enlisted top 10 wildlife tourist destinations in India.
- Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh)
Situated in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park, which is home to the highest density of Royal Bengal Tiger famous in the globe. A female tiger called Sita, which was regarded as the most photographed tiger in the world, was covered by the National Geography of this park. This park is home to a large breeding population of monkey also called ‘Langoor’, one of the sacred animals of India, leopards and several species of Sambhar and deer.
2. Jim Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand)
Being the most ancient park in India, Jim Corbett National Park, which has been a haunt for wildlife lovers and tourists for a long time, is nestled at Ramnagar in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Renowned as a heaven for the wildlife and adventure enthusiasts, the thick forest of the park has several species. Walking in the park for tourists is restricted. This park is related to the very renowned story of the killing of an Indian leopard. Great Tiger, which is called the ‘Pride of India’, can be found here by chance.
3. Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan)
Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park, which is renowned for its Royal Bengal Tigers, is one of the largest and most famous national parks in northern India to watch these Great Cats in the forest. Because of being home to Ranthambore fort, it was named Ranthambore National Park, which has Padam Talao – the largest lake, other main wild animals such as hyena, Sambhar, wild boar.
4. The Gir National Park (Gujarat)
Also called Sasan Gir or Gir Vana, Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in Gujarat state, is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions or Indian Lion and is regarded as one of the most significantly conserved regions in Asia because the ecosystem of it is ideal to support all species. Gir is also home to Jungle cats, Sloth bears, striped hyenas and often black bucks can also be spotted.
5. Kaziranga National Park (Assam)
Hosting two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses and the highest density of Tigers in the world, Kaziranga National Park, which is nestled in Assam state, is also home to Indian elephants – the sacred animals, swamp deer, wild water buffalo and likewise. This national park has got wonderful success in wildlife conservation in comparison to other protected regions in India.
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6. Sundarbans National Park (West Bengal)
Situated in West Bengal state, Sundarbans National Park, which is one of the largest reserved home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, has the region covered by thick rain forest. Because of having got protection since its creation, the park has its central region, free from human interfere and the habitat of several toxic reptiles in India. This national park is related to the stories of man eater tigers.
7. Kanha National Park/Kanha Tiger Reserve (Madhya Pradesh)
Home to an important population of Royal Bengal Tigers, stags (Barasingha), leopards and Indian hound (wild dog), Kanha National Park, also known as Kanha Tiger Reserve, which is nestled in the Mandla and Balaghat, two districts of Madhya Pradesh state, is the largest national park in this state and one of the tiger reserves in India. Being the best place to encounter with wild animals and one of the most visited wildlife regions in India, this national park belongs to a documentary covered by discovery on Indian hounds (wild dogs).
8. Periyar National Park/Periyar Tiger Reserve (Kerala)
Situated in the middle of a mountainous region in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills in Thekkady, Kerala, Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, which is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India, has its conserved region, well-renowned for its natural charm and diversity. Having an estimated 53 tigers, this national park, which is also home to the biggest snake in India, the Giant King Kobra, has approx 70% of its region, well-surrounded by evergreen or rain forest. This national park, which is also notable as an elephant reserve, also hosts a large number of Indian elephants.
9. Bandipur National Park/Bandipur Tiger Reserve (Karnataka)
Stretched over a region of 880 km2 and perched in Mysore, Karnataka, Bandipur National Park or Bandipur Tiger Reserve, which is famous for its unparalleled natural charm, hosts approx 100 species of animals comprising a good number of tigers, leopards, majestic elephants, spotted deer, Gaur (Indian bison), Sambars, Langoors, sloth bears and so on. Once, this national park was the private game reserve of the Maharaja of Mysore. Here, bird watchers can also get the chance of taking view of the attractive 350 odd species of birds.
10. Pench National Park/Pench Tiger Reserve (Madhya Pradesh)
Derived its name from the Pench River, Pench National Park, which was founded in 1983 AD as a national park and in 1992 as a tiger reserve in Seoni and Chhindwara, two districts of Madhya Pradesh state, is one of the best places to take the glimpse of the tigers frisking around with a carefree attitude in their eyes. This tiger reserve also hosts several other wild animals such as wild boar, leopard, Nilgai, Crimson-breasted Barbet, etc. BBC has taken inspiration from Pench for its documentary – ‘Tiger: Spy in the Jungle’, which depicts a lot about the flourishing wildlife of the national park.
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