To vent the pandemic woes, one simple way could be travelling beyond the buzzing streets or white beaches and considering investing a tad bit more time amidst an array of wildlife that India homes.
Scattered across the length and breadth of India, the country, truly, is blessed with an abundance of wildlife spotted across its grasslands, mountains, rivers, and other natural spaces.
And over the years, these settings have been tagged as national parks and sanctuaries to press on their importance. With the tag in place, such settings are highly preserved and cared for thus making them some of the most exotic tourist locations.
With that being a fact, if you have a craze for exploring the wildlife in India, here are the best spots that can offer you the experience you crave.
1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
The Kaziranga National Park is well known for its efforts of replenishing the one-horned Rhino population in India. And today, the UNESCO site is home to two-thirds of the world’s population of one-horned rhinos. Other popular animals that call Kaziranga their home are Bengal Tiger, buffalo, endangered swamp deer, Barasingha and river dolphins.
Best time to visit – November To March
2. Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan
Another UNESCO site is one of the most popular bird spotting sites in India. The park is visited every year by 100s of migratory birds from countries including China, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Siberia.
Best time to visit – October to Feburary
3. Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka
Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarahole is world-renowned for its tiger sightings. Also, the park is home to distinct aquatic birds, crocodiles, Indian elephants, black panther and even Indian leopard and striped hyena.
Best time to visit – October to February
4. Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh
When at the Satpura National Park, a visitor is obliged to not just be wowed by the animals it homes but also the vicinity that the national park has to offer. The park brims with grasslands, malachite green forests, temples and waterfalls that one can add to their itinerary.
The animals at Satpura National Park include leopard, sambar, chital, Indian muntjac, nilgai, four-horned antelope, Chinkara, wild boar, bear, black buck, fox, porcupine, flying squirrel, mouse deer, and Indian giant squirrel.
Best time to visit – November To Feburary
5. Hemis National Park, Jammu And Kashmir
Hemis, high in the Himalayas, is one of kind national park for its snow-covered heights. The region is popular for its population of snow leopards. Hemis likely hosts the densest population of snow leopards, but sightings are rare.
Best time to visit – January to March
6. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
The Ranthambore, besides animals and birds, got remains of a crumbling fort, a living temple and lakes making it the most pictured national park in India. The park is home to a good number of Bengal tigers and animals including, leopards, caracal, sloth bears, golden jackal and more.
Best time to visit – April to June
7. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Islands
The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park has in its vicinity a number of forest-brimming islands and coral reefs. In total, as many as 560 coral reef species have been discovered in the waters that make the national park.
Best time to visit – October to February
8. Nanda Devi Biosphere & Valley of Flowers National Park
Another national park tucked in the Himalayas is India’s Valley of Flowers National Park popular for its endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. The place is a trekkers delight and also caters to one seeking to behold wildlife. The park is home to some rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep.
Best time to visit – May to October
9. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
This is the oldest national park of India is popular for being the site of the Project Tiger launch in 1973. Uttarakhand, Corbett is home to more than 200 Bengal tigers. Corbett is also a great place for birding, with approximately 650 species of resident and migratory birds.
Best time to visit – November to February.