India can claim to offer adventurous travelers a taste of the wild, as well as the excitement of meeting face to face with wild animals in their natural habitat, thanks to its huge forest cover, which comprises almost 162 national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries, and tiger reserves in total. Before you go on a wildlife-watching expedition, check out our list of the greatest national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India.
Jim Corbett National Park, the first to be formed in this area, is a popular location for visitors seeking to see tigers, various species of deer, leopards, jackals, red foxes, and black bears, making it one of India’s most important national parks.
This national park is located 22 kilometers from Srinagar and is home to a variety of exotic species, including the jackal, marmot, Himalayan black bear, leopard, and Hangul (Kashmir stag).
Kanha National Park, which covers an area of more than 1,945 square kilometers, is one of the first national parks in India where tiger reserves were established for Project Tiger. It is also a shelter for the Barasingha and one of Asia’s best-kept national parks.
Periyar, in Thekkady, Kerala, is the country’s best-protected reserve area and is likely its largest national park. Along with other fish, reptiles, and birds, the stunning park is home to several different animals, such as beautiful elephants and royal tigers.
There are currently 375 species of animals, 31 species of mammals, and 181 species of birds in the Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu, which was designated in the year 1999.
Located across an area of 378 square kilometers, this national park is one of India’s most diversified. The ideal location to see a few wild animals, including rhinoceroses, tigers, elephants, wild buffalo, and swamp deer, is Kaziranga National Park.
This was the hunting reserve for the Nawabs of Junagadh before 1990. Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, founded with just 12 lions, now has around 600 lions and many other species living there.
Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest national parks in north India with a 392 sq km area, has been a component of Project Tiger since 1974 as a haven for royal Bengal tigers.
Nearly 400 distinct bird species can be found in the region, including several rare and endangered species like the Bengal florican, tiger, swamp deer, and leopard, as well as migratory birds like kingfishers, and bulbuls, woodpeckers, owls, and orioles.
Mudumalai, a wonderful spot to immerse yourself in nature, is both a national park and a wildlife sanctuary. You can have a rainforest with Asian elephants, golden jackals, striped hyenas, and leopards, among other animals.
The absence of Jeep safaris in this tiger reserve is one of its distinctive features. On this journey, getting to see the natural world requires a boat. In this biosphere reserve, one can see Bengal tigers, saltwater crocodiles, wild boars, foxes, leopard cats, enormous turtles, Ganges River dolphins, as well as many other kinds of mammals and reptiles.
Vegetation and animals are abundant here, and it is only 25 kilometers from Port Blair, the Andaman Islands’ capital. This national park, sometimes referred to as Mahatma Gandhi National Park, is home to some of the most beautiful marine species.
The Namdapha National Park, the third-largest national park in India, is a biodiversity hotspot and a great place to get in touch with nature. It covers an area of 1808 square kilometers. Apart from observing wildlife, you can engage in other activities here.
Nestled in the laps of mountains at a height of 8586 meters, it is the first “Mixed Heritage” site in India and offers breathtaking views. Tibetan Snowcock, Himalayan Griffon, Tragopan Pheasant, and Green Pigeon are just a few of the animals that may be found here.
Betla National Park, one of India’s oldest tiger reserves and one of the country’s first to be formed in 1974, boasts an abundance of wildlife and provides wildlife enthusiasts with an unequaled experience. Gour, chital, elephant, tiger, panther, sloth, wild bear, sambhar, nilgai, Kakar, mouse deer, and langurs are among the many animals that call the 250 sq. km. immense forest home.
We hope that one or more of these National Parks will be on your list when you travel to India. India not only has breathtaking scenery nestled in the valleys of mountains and backwaters, but it also has amazing calm and adventure in its animal reserves. Enjoy your trip to India most stunningly and pleasantly.