Exploring wildlife of India
We all know someone who is not fascinated by snow-covered hills or serene beaches. These are the people who seek for something more adventurous and audacious. While talking about being adventurous, what comes into mind is a wildlife tour and wildlife safaris. A wildlife tour not only gives a chance to experience the rich flora and fauna of a place but also lets one have a glimpse of nature’s beauty. A wildlife tour is not just about watching rare animals and going on jungle safaris but wildlife tourism has other implications too. In today’s world, activities like deforestation, pollution and hunting are a constant threat to wildlife. Wildlife tourism plays an important role in ceasing these detrimental activities by encouraging people to relish rather than ravage our natural environment. Wildlife tourism makes animals more valuable alive than dead because of which government takes suitable measures to protect them.
India tour is not just about the panoramic views of Ladakh, the majestic mountains of Spiti or the backwaters of Kerala. It also includes the rich and amazing wildlife scattered in different parts of the country. India is a home to various charismatic species both large and small. It actually harbors some of the richest biodiversity of the world. India is primarily known for elephants, tigers, rhinos, monkeys, leopards and antelopes. While being on a wildlife vacation, do not forget to carry your camera and binoculars to spot and click splendid shots of these enthralling creatures. So here is the list of some of India’s best wildlife conservation parks and sanctuaries where you can have an ultimate wildlife experience.
GIR NATIONAL PARK
Gir is the royal kingdom of Asiatic lions in India. Once, a hunting ground of Britishers during their reign in India; Gir National park is now one of the most protected areas of Asia for wildlife. Situated in western part of Gujarat, Gir is counted among the major big cat concentrations in India. Four horned antelope, wild boar and Indian gazelle are present in abundance here. One can also spot striped hyena, jackals, langur, porcupine and marsh crocodiles here. A Gujarat tour is incomplete without a visit to Gir National park. This park is surely an excellent stopover for wildlife photographers and nature lovers.
PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Located in Thekkady, Periyar National Park is a fine example of nature’s bounty with great scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. The park houses a beautiful lake situated at the heart of sanctuary which is an artificial 100 years old lake. The park is mainly known for concentration of tigers and elephants. Apart from these, wild pigs, golden langur, sambar and barking deer can also be spotted easily here. Besides viewing wildlife, one can visit spice plantations of cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon etc. and enjoy a jeep safari and a boat safari. The best thing about this sanctuary is that it is located in astounding location of Kerala which is a dream destination for many. A Kerala tour will amaze you with its mesmerizing backwaters of Allepey, rich wildlife in Periyar and delicious cuisine.
Ranthambore has a significant status in tourism sector of India. Situated in the vicinity of Aravalli hills and Vindhya plateau, Ranthambore is famous for its Bengal tigers. The name of the park is taken from Ranthambore Fort which is situated inside the park. It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Ranthambore got its status of a National park in 1981 before which it was under the Jaipur kingdom and was a hunting place for kings. Today, Ranthambore is a popular tourist destination visited by many people every year. The park not only boasts because of high concentration of tigers but structures that reminds one of bygone eras. Ranthambore Fort, an ancient temple, Jogi Mahal and Rajbagh ruins are reminders of the grandeur of the rulers of Ranthambore. Apart from tigers one can find jungle cats, Indian foxes, black bucks, Indian wild boar, jackals, striped squirrels, cobras, tortoise and many more animals and reptiles. A Rajasthan vacation has a lot to offer to its visitors. Along with Ranthambore National park, you can visit majestic forts like Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Also visit some ancient temples of Rajasthan and capture the beauty of Udaipur in the lenses of your camera.
KANHA NATIONAL PARK
Kanha National Park is situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It has been declared as one of the finest wildlife areas of India. The lush greenery, bamboo forests and grassy meadows of Kanha inspired the great writer Rudyard Kipling for his famed novel ‘Jungle Book’. From the mighty tigers to most populated Barasingha, Kanha is an ideal home for a wide range of wildlife creatures. You can enjoy a jeep safari and capture splendid clicks at the sunset point known as Bammi Dadar. The crystal clear streams amidst the dense jungle of Kanha make the land more beautiful and adorable.
PENCH NATIONAL PARK
Located in the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh, Pench National park is named after the river Pench which flows through the park. Home to wild guars, tigers, leopards, monkeys and deers, Pench National park is a must visit for wildlife lovers. One can also spot various migratory birds like peafowl, red vented bulbul, egret, pintail and herons. It is one of stops in the tiger tour of India. It is interesting to know that a wildlife series called ‘Spy in the jungle’ was filmed here over a span of three years. This picturesque park with a beautiful lake is a must visit!
BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK
Bandhavgarh is situated in Madhya Pradesh. It was declared as a tiger reserve in the year 1993 under project tiger. Bandhavgarh National park is known for tigers, nilgai, chinkara, wild boars and jackals. Apart from these animals, the park is also rich in species of birds. The name of the park is derived from an ancient fort situated in the area. It has the highest density of tiger population in the country. One can easily spot a tiger here and enjoy game drive with naturalists.
TADOBA ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE
Situated in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, Tadoba is notably Maharashtra’s oldest national park. There lies a great history behind the name of this park. Tadoba or Taru was the name of the God who resided in the dense forest of Tadoba region and was worshipped by tribal people. The major attraction of Tadoba is the jungle safari. Wildlife lovers from all over the world visit here due to large concentration of tigers and scenic beauty as major part of forest is thrived in hilly areas.
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