With monsoon receding, it’s the season to explore wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of India. This list covers top wildlife
One of the largest wildlife reserves in northern India, it is best known for its tiger population and is home to the most photographed tiger in the world. Other major wild animals include sloth bear, deer, sambhars, antelopes, peacocks, birds, leopards, chital and leopards
Bandhavgarh is located in Madhya Pradesh and is known to have the highest density of Bengal tiger population in the world. Other species found in Bandhavgarh include the barking deer, leopard, Indian bison, and sarus cranes. The best time to visit is between March to May and October to February. This is a fantastic place for those who want to explore wildlife.
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Gujarat and is the sole home to the Asiatic lion. Also found is the pangolin, desert cat and golden jackals among other protected species. It can be visited all round the year. The open jeep lion safaris are the speciality of this reserve.
Located in Maharashtra, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is one of the lesser known wildlife reserves. The main attraction is its jungle safari trips. Open top gypsy vehicles and buses with trained local guides are available for visitors. You may even spot a bear, deer, crocodile, and leopard. There are plenty of beautiful birds too.
It is home to the great one-horned rhino and has the highest density of tigers in the world. It is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer. It is home to a variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers and game birds.
Sunderbans is located on the Ganges Delta in West Bengal. The region is home to more than 400 Bengal tigers. Other species found here include fishing cats, boars, chital and the salt water crocodile. The best way to explore the Sunderbans is by a boat safari along the narrow channels of the rivers with mangroves on both the banks.
Bandipur National Park consists of a healthy population of tigers. Other species of wildlife found are leopard, Indian elephants and chital among others. Apart from jeep and van safaris, you can even experience Elephant safaris in Bandipur. Besides the tiger, it hosts a variety of flora and fauna. A must visit for nature lovers.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is located in Bharatpur. The sanctuary is home to over 360 bird species including the bee-eaters, eagles, hornbills, babblers, sandpipers, cranes and spoonbill among other species. This is the perfect place for those who love bird watching.
It has been the haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Apart from open jeep safaris, one can experience the thrill of elephant safaris in this reserve. There are many activities like river crossing, trekking and nature walks.
Kanha National Park located in Madhya Pradesh is the largest wildlife reserve in central India. This tiger reserve was vividly portrayed in Kipling's Jungle Book. The whole experience in the eerie silence of the dense forest during sunset is a moment which you will remember and cherish forver.