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India has diverse and rich wildlife which is drawing the attention of nature lovers across the world. Numerous National parks and Wildlife sanctuaries are established all over India. It is one of the 17 mega-diverse countries in the world. India is a home of many rare species like clouded leopards, Asiatic lions, numerous species of Deer, Hangul, Chital, snow leopards and many more.

Wildlife tourism gives you a chance to go on bird watching, jeep safari, jungle safari, elephant ride, boat safari. From the Great Himalayan National Park in the north to the Dandeli Wildlife Reserve in the south, India has a large number of wildlife reserves in the vicinity.

In India, reserves are natural habitats and not artificially created. India is home to 75% of total tiger population in the world which has been breeding in their natural existence. Since no cost is involved in creating an artificial environment for them the charges are quite cheap and economical in India.

best wildlife sanctuaries in India

Here is the list of best wildlife destinations in India:

1. Ranthambore National Park

The Ranthambore National park is one of the royal national parks located in Rajasthan. It is surrounded by the Chambal and Banas river and is the ideal habitat for many predators and other animals. It is one of the top 10 wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Sambar, Leopard, Wild Boar, Nilgai and Hyena are some of the major animals found in this National park. Tiger Safaris are the most popular in this park. Famous as an iconic destination for seeing wildlife and bird watching, this reserve even has a definite place in luxury train travel plans via Palace on Wheels train.

Ranthambore National Park is home to the illustrious predators staying in imperial Rajasthan. Tigers being the basic fascination of the place actually get the attention of nature lovers and wildlife photographers.

With your Ranthambore Safari, you will be captivated by the observation of such large cats freely itinerant and absorbing in the glow of the desert. With tigers, there are various other wild creatures like sloth bears, wild boars, Sambar and many others that attract tourists.

Best time to visit: October to June, tiger sightseeing happens between March and May.

best wildlife sanctuaries in india

2. Jim Corbett National Park

Corbett National park, located in Uttarakhand is one of the best national parks to visit in India. When compared to all the national parks, Corbett National park is the oldest and list among the top 10 national parks in India. It is one of the hot spots for wildlife lovers and is named after one of the most popular wildlife writer Jim Corbett. It is located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges in Uttarakhand.

The beauty and wilderness of this park attract the attention of tourists from various parts of the world. This wildlife tourist destination in India is also featured in many wildlife documentaries to raise awareness of the mighty and amazing Bengal Tigers. The living members of this most established national park are the most rabid species of the cat family, the Tigers.

People from different parts of the world visit Corbett just to take a look at these wonderful, dangerous felines. Other than tigers, Jim Corbett Park, is a living space for fishing cats, Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahr, and some other fascinating wildlife.

Situated close to the Jim Corbett National Park, the resorts give you the opportunity to stay in the wilderness close to nature reserves and protected areas. Spend your day in sightseeing from the room or you can also stroll down the narrow pathways of the jungle around.

Ease yourself taking advantage of the garden and fitness center in the resort. The rooms tend to give a homely feeling with its decorations and design. Anyone who has a love for nature and wildlife will have a memorable weekend in the Jim Corbett National Park, one of the ideal weekend getaways from Delhi.

Best time to visit: Mid-November to June ends with tigers spotted from March to May.

best wildlife sanctuaries in India

3. Sundarban National Park

Impenetrable forests, winding rivers, numerous Sundari trees, somnambulist crocodiles, spotted deer, Sundarban is all that and the most. Look carefully in his soul and you will see nature in its pure state. Sundarban National Park is India's largest crown in a form of the world's largest mangrove forest and the largest tiger reserve in India.

In the largest delta and the largest estuarine national park in the world, you will be amazed at the diversity and stunning beauty of this tiger reserve. Its main attraction is the Royal Bengal tiger, but it also houses endangered species such as Batagur Baska, King Crabs, and Olive Ridley Turtles. With a walk in the creek, walk in the forest, visit a fishing cove, tour the village and visit watchtower offering the best experience of this treasure that has a myriad and mysterious life.

Thoughts are bound to cross your mind as we take you for this magical and mystical journey. Sundarbans, the largest ecosystem in the world was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was honored as a Biosphere Reserve. To add to this are the Sundarban and Bengal folklore parties and shows, talk shows and movie screenings, enriched the experience.

A cruise will take you through the Ghats of Kolkata, Mousuni Island, Namkhana, a fishermen's cove, Bhagabatpur, a crocodile project, a thrilling ride in the Lothian Island, a 300-year-old temple in the Netidhopani forest, Dobanki, Sudhanyakhali deer rehabilitation center, the watchtower for the Tiger in Sajnekhali, Bali Village, a typical village of Sundarban, Kalas Beach, and Burirdabri.

Want to experience staying amidst wilderness and get closer to wildlife? How about if I say you can have a comfortable stay in the dense jungle atmosphere? Spend a night at the resort and enjoy watching the flowing river on one side and thick jungle on the other.

Best time to visit: Mid-November to June ends with tigers spotted from March to May.

best wildlife sanctuaries in India

4. Kanha National Park

Give your body and mind the breath of fresh air it deserves. Take a trip to a glamping site in Kanha National Park. Nestled in the midst of greenery, flora and fauna, and wide open terrain, it is the perfect way to satiate your senses during winter. Watch the birds fly, try to spot a tiger, or simply take a refreshing nap in one of many luxury tents.

Kanha National Park, established in 1955 is located in Madhya Pradesh. It is another destination sought in the list of Madhya Pradesh national parks. This national park is a well-maintained park in Asia. Another feature of Kanha National Park is its sunset point called Bamni Dadart. It offers the most interesting views of animals in their natural habitat.

The Kanha National Park, south of Jabalpur is one of the three natural gems of the state of Madhya Pradesh, in the center of India, and one of the pillars of the tiger project. It is perhaps the last hope to save the king from the fauna of the Indian subcontinent. More prevalent than the land of Mowgli, together with the Pench National Park, it served as inspiration for Rudyard Kipling to write the famous Jungle Book.

As Sher Khan roars in Rudyard Kipling's writing and you can observe the live view of the roaring tiger in the real woods of Kanha. You can witness the whole characters of the Jungle books here as the likes of Bagheera, Baloo, Kaa, Hathi or Sher Khan in a real form of black panther, bear, python, elephant and Bengal tiger.

Thanks to the effectiveness of the personnel involved, a small miracle has been achieved with the salvation of the deer of the marshes, Barasingha, which was on the verge of extinction. This deer is the favorite prey of the park's wildlife star, the Bengal tiger. No other national park offers as much variety in tiger sighting modes as Kanha.

Bamni Dadar, known as the Sunset Viewpoint offers splendid views to the gaur (Indian bison) and the sambar (Asian deer) in the light of the west. If you are planning an excursion from Kanha, then you can visit Khajuraho, Orcha, Gwalior.

Best time to visit: October to mid-June and the best time to spot tigers and panthers is March to May.

best wildlife sanctuaries in india

5. Panna National Park

In Panna National Park located about 57 km from Khajuraho you can admire some of the most interesting wildlife species in India, including the famous Indian tigers. The safari in the jungle in this nature reserve is an exciting experience. The park is known throughout the world for its wild animals, including tigers, leopard, wolf, hyena, deer, chital, chowsingha and antelopes.

You can see the white stork, the Bavarian goose, the honey vulture, the king's vulture, the parakeet with the flower, the flycatcher of Paradise and the Slaty, to name a few. Jungle safari in this nature reserve is an exciting experience. The jeep passes through the dense teak forests and picturesque gorges.

You can admire the diversity of flora and fauna, including unique animals such as spotted deer or chital, black buck, the Indian gazelle or the panther. As for the vegetation of the park, you will find different types of plants unique in their kind. In addition to being a refuge for wildlife fans, the national park also boasts spectacular natural beauty with its gorges and waterfalls.

Best time to visit: October to mid-June and the best time to spot tigers and panthers is March to May.

best wildlife sanctuaries in India

6. Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National park is a popular destination for Tiger spotting, located in Mysore district of Karnataka. It can also be known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, which had more than 96 species of Dung Beetles, 60 various species of Ants and 250 species of birds.

Among the list of national parks in Karnataka, Nagarhole National park contains a significant number of Sloth Bear, Indian Bison, Elephants and Leopard. It contains quite a large number of Tigers. This garden forest is very rich with several high-value commercial tree species. Sandalwood, Teak and silver Oak are the major trees in this park. The mugger crocodile is an endangered species located in this park.

Best time to visit: April to May.

best wildlife sanctuaries in India

7. Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National park is located in Kundali Hills near to the Western Ghats in Kerala. Located in the middle of Nilgiri, Nilambur, Palghat, and the Attappadi Forest Reserve, this place captures an enchanting panorama. Adding to the beauty of this park River Kunthi flows through this park.

Many rare species of birds like Malabar Parakeet, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, rufous babbler, grey-head bulbul is present in this park. It is home to around 150 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 1000 species of flowering plants.

Best time to visit: December to April.

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  1. I have recently heard about how beautiful Madhya Pradesh is and how many amazing natural parks are there. When I went to Rajasthan I missed the ocasion to go to The Ranthambore National. Maybe next time.

  2. India has been on my bucket list for years. If I ever get there, I'm hitting all the national parks.

  3. I didn't know there are so many great national parks in India and love to visit the tiger home one day. I have been to India but not to the national park yet, too busy visiting the castle and mahal.

  4. I would love to see tigers and panthers in the wild, although I think I would be terrified. I haven't been to India yet, but my daughter just got back from five weeks and is ready to return. She loved it.

  5. I did not know there were so many different national parks in India. I would have a hard time deciding which one to visit. They all seem so interesting! I would probably start with Nagarhole National Park as it is a popular destination for tiger spotting.

  6. very interesting! I will save it for later because I definitely want to visit India again on day

  7. I love this and visiting them all will be really nice. Never knew India so many beautiful national parks

  8. What a great list of National Parks! I haven't been to any of them, but am highly interested to visit these parks and meet the big cats!🐯🦁🐅

  9. Wow, this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family

  10. great list of parks! super helpful and informative for travelers!

  11. Wow! It would be so cool to see a tiger in it's natural habitat. National parks in India would definitely be way different than the forested parks we have in the US.

  12. One of my goals is to visit some of the worlds most popular national parks. I love seeing wildlife. This list will come in very handy.


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