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  • Wildlife expeditions have their own charm. And what better way to spot wildlife than in India. India is the land of Asian tigers and is home to 2,226 wild tigers. Apart from being the national animal of India, tigers play a significant role in developing India’s cultural and natural heritage. This majestic species undoubtedly fascinates every eye it meets.

    With a tremendous decrease in the number of tigers over the past several years, this endangered species is on the verge of extinction. It is surely a boon to be born in this era, providing us an opportunity to witness the legend of Royal Tigers. With a fair number of tiger reserves in India, it is easy to spot these beauties untamed and in all its wilderness.

    While there are many options you can consider visiting for a holiday, a national park has its own charm. After all how often do you get to experience awe inspiring scenes of seeing wild animals untamed?

    Here is a list of best tiger reserves in India that will fascinate both tourist and nature enthusiasts.

  • 01Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

    Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand
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    Named after the legendary hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett, this National Park was set up in 1936. It is often considered as India’s first National Park and has an interesting variety of fauna and flora.

    It is located in the Patli Dun valley in the state of Uttar Pradesh and covers an enormous core area of 500 sq km. Situated at the base of Himalayas and on the banks of river Ramganga, this park is gifted with breathtaking landscapes. This is one few tiger reserves in India that provides a wonderful experience in nature.

    The tiger reserve has been divided into five regions with each region offering great tours. The five different tourism zones are Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanadi. Among these, the Dhikala and Bijrani also jungle tour and elephant safari.

    Each of this five regions are accessible through a dedicated gate. Every gate has different entry/exit timings and is accessible for different months of the year. It is advisable to contact park officials or refer to their website before making a visit.

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    Safari rides around this reserve provides a panoramic view of the lush grassland. The flora of this tiger reserve is highly varied and the purest forms of Sal trees are known to grow here. Many trees that cannot be spotted elsewhere in the country is easily found here.

    Corbett is home to over 585 species of birds, seven species of amphibians, 33 species of reptiles, seven species of fishes and 37 species of dragonflies. Some of the animals found here include Bengal tigers, crocodiles, leopards and elephants. The majestic Bengal tigers of this region remains camouflaged within the shrubs and one has to get lucky to spot them.

    As personal vehicles are not permitted inside the park, an elephant and jeep safari can help you explore its vast terrain. Opting for elephant that covers the core and the buffer zone of the park as well. Corbett Park also offers other adventurous activities like rafting, bridge slithering and river crossing on the Kosi river.

    Corbett was the first National Park to come under the ‘Project Tiger’ which aims at preserving this endangered species. Accommodation is never a problem at Corbett, though it is advisable to contact your travel advisors in advance. Road distance from Delhi to this reserve is 290 km while Ramnagar is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of about 50 km from the Park. The nearest airport is in Delhi.

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  • 02Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

    Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan
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    Ranthambore is one of the country’s largest National Parks covering an area of 1,134 sq km. Located in Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, this tiger reserve was once the most sought after hunting destination of the royal Jaipur Maharajas.

    The ancient fort located in the reserve premises are a favorite spot of tigers and leopards. This reserve also homes sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals and crocodiles.

    This National park in Ranthambore has three lakes namely Padam Talao, Raj Talao and Malik Talao, where wildlife flocks to a great extent. This tiger reserve is famous for its diurnal tigers which are a blessing to all nature lovers and wildlife photographers. This reserve also breeds many marsh croc reptiles that include tortoises, Indian python, Russell's vipers and many other species.

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    The kachida valley located in the reserve outskirts has a generous population of panthers too. Another popular destination is the Raj-Bagh ruin that is located among two lakes. The ideal time to visit this tiger reserve is between February and March. The nearest town is Sawai Madhopur that is 11 km away and is also the nearest railhead. The nearest airport is at Jaipur, situated at 145 kilometers from Ranthambore.

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  • 03Sunderban Tiger Reserve, West Bengal

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    Covering a massive area of 2585 sq km, Sunderban is home to the much acclaimed Royal Bengal tiger. It also houses a large number of highly endangered species that include aquatic mammals and reptiles. This tiger reserve has numerous creeks and tributaries that come from three rivers namely Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna.

    A UNESCO world heritage site, this tiger reserve is located at the southern most tip of West Bengal, the place where the wetland meets the glorious sea. Apart from being the largest tiger reserve and National Park in the Indian Subcontinent, it also has the largest mangrove forest and has an unique estuarine mangrove ecosystem that has amazed environmentalists to a great extent.

    This tiger reserve derives its name from the ‘Sundari’ tree. The central area of this reserve has its own natural boundaries with the river Matla on its West, the river Haribhanga on its East and with Netidhopani and Gosba in the North. These attributes make this tiger reserve an absolute paradise, a majority of which is unexplored.

    Unlike other National Park and Tiger Reserves in India where jeeps and roads serve for sightseeing purposes, Sunderbans uses boats for transportation and sightseeing. The rivers have an overwhelming effect on the nature lovers and its unimaginable dangers leave the adventurists vigilant and prepared for everything.

    Sunderbans is home to 400 tigers.The aqua fauna also includes a diverse array of fish, crabs, crocodiles and Ridley sea turtles. In fact, Sunderbans’ highly productive ecosystem also acts as a natural fishing nursery.

    There are about 248 bird species that can be found here including a large number of migratory birds that visit the park during winter months every year. Thus, a healthy bird population makes this destination ideal for bird watchers and bird photography.

    This is one of the few tiger reserves in India that is open for tourist access from the months of September to March. The finest time to visit is between December and February.

    It is during this time that migratory birds make a striking appearance and enthrall spectators. The nearest town to this reserve is Gosaba which is about 50 km away. Canning is the nearest railhead that is 48km away from the reserve. The nearest airport is at Calcutta, 112 km away.

  • 04Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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    Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most popular tiger reserves in India. It has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers and it houses ancient Bandhavgarh Fort which has great historical importance. Located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park covers a distance of 820 sq. km.

    Apart from the highest number of tigers, Bandhavgarh is a popular breeding spot for leopards and various species of deer. It has a rich historical past and a large biodiversity. The park has been divided into three major zones named as Magdi, Tala and Bamera out of which Tala attracts a large number of tourists by offering numerous tiger sighting opportunities.

    Spread in the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh boasts of large and beautiful tigers. A tigress named Sita, the second most photographed tiger of the world once appeared on the cover of National Geographic. A magnificent trip to Bandhavgarh will surely take you to rich and tranquil grasslands, sharp hillocks, undulating forest and open meadows and the 39 historical caves of the Bandhavgarh Fort.

    Best time to visit: February to June (closed from July 1 to October 15)

    Park timings:
        -Winter Timings: 6:00-11:00am & 3:00-6:00pm
        -Summer Timings: 5:30-10:30am & 3:30-6:30pm

    Safari cost: INR 5500-6500

    Location: State Highway 10, Near Petrol Pump, Bandhavgarh, District Umaria, Tala, Madhya Pradesh.

  • 05Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

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    Situated at a distance of only 200 km from Delhi and 107 km from Jaipur, Sariska National Park provides tourists and nature enthusiasts an opportunity to spot Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, and Crocodiles. This tiger reserve is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan and comprises of dry deciduous forests, rocky landscapes, hilly cliffs and scrub thorn forests.

    Sariska Tiger reserve has a rich flora and fauna and is a habitat of relocated Bengal Tigers. It is also home to breeding tigers and plenty of reptiles and birds. Apart from its wildlife, this tiger reserve offers many attractions such as Kankarwadi fort, located at the center of the tiger reserve. 

    The top of Kankarwadi fort provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles.Set against the backdrop of Aravalli hills, Sariska Tiger Reserve houses the ruins of the medieval temples of Garh-Rajor belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries. 

    The Siliserh Lake on the edge of the park is home to a large number of crocodiles. Also, it is the only tiger reserve which is in close proximity to both Delhi and Rajasthan, which makes an ideal weekend getaway.

    Best time to visit: Mid October to January

    Park timings:
         -7:00 am to 4:00 pm in October- February
         -6:30 am to 5:00 pm rest of the year

    Safari cost: Jeep- 500-600 INR per person

    Vehicle Entry Fees (INR):
         -Bus: 200
         -Motorbikes/Two-wheelers: 15
         -Tonga: 20
         -Cycle Rickshaw: 5.

    Entrance fee: INR 20 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners.

    Video camera fee: 200

    Location: Near Kraska, Alwar District, Sariska, Rajasthan
  • 06Panna National Park,Madhya Pradesh

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    Panna Park, the best maintained national park of India, is located in Panna and Chattarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh. Situated at a distance of 57 km from Khajuraho, Panna National Park covers an area of about 543 sq. km.

    Panna National Park is home to some of the best wildlife species in India including tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, wild dogs and sloth bears. Apart from these, Panna has over 200 species of birds, a variety of reptiles including rock python and rich floral species.

    Every year thousands of visitors turn up exclusively to witness the famous Pandav Falls. The Gorges and falls across the course of River Ken offer a beautiful and beholding view. There are about 8 species of crocodiles in the Ken River that runs through Panna National Park.

    Situated on the Vindhyachal Ranges, Panna is rich in beautiful scenic views and waterfalls. At the footfalls, there are some ancient caves, perennial local springs and lush green surroundings. Due to its closeness to the popular tourist attraction of Khajuraho, Panna remains a popular stop-over destination.

    Best time to visit: December to March

    Park timings:
        -Winter season: Sunrise to 11:00 am & 3pm to sunset
        -Summer season: Sunrise to 11:00 am & 4 pm to sunset

    Entry fee (all prices in INR):
        -Indian Nationals - 40
        - Foreigners (including morning and evening safari)- 500

    Jeep Rental: 1500/ half day

    Still camera: 40

    Video camera: 200

    Location: NH 75, Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh
  • 07Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala

    Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala
    Still searching for some wildlife sanctuary then check out the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerela which is the most popular wildlife sanctuary. This Reserve forest is mainly known for its natural beauty and wildlife. The enchanting surroundings and the bio diversity is the perfect example of nature’s creation. Periyar Tiger Reserve spreads over an area of 777 sq. km. There is an artificial lake which was created by the British during 1895.

    Get stunned by the enchanting beauty of the region with the mountain scenery and the wildlife. The forest is a home to sambar, wild boar, langur, 900 to 1000 elephants. There are about 35 to 40 tigers which are very rarely spotted here.

    The Reserve is open throughout the year. But the best time to visit is during the winter months of November to February as the weather remains pleasant.
    If you are travelling by flight then Madurai Airport just at a distance of 140 km. If you are travelling by train than Kottayam Railway Station is just 114 km away from the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
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  • 08Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

    Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
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    Bandipur National Park, a tiger reserve located in the south Indian state of Karnataka, spans a rough area of 874 square kilometers. Once a private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, this dry deciduous forest is well -known for its small population of tigers. Protecting several species of India’s endangered wildlife, Bandipur forms the largest habitat of wild animals in South Asia.

    Bandipur has a variety of biomes including moist and dry deciduous forests and shrub lands. On the north flows the Kabini River and on the south flows the Moyar River. Considered as one of the best-managed parks of India, Bandipur National Park has a warm and comfortable climate. One can enjoy camping and lodging in the national park and it also offers numerous opportunities for safari tours.

    Bandipur boasts of tremendous counts of wildlife species and a wide variety of flora. It is home to a sizable number of tigers, sloth bears, Indian rock pythons, jackals, dholes and Indian elephants.

    Located between the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats, Bandipur National Park has a pleasant scenery to offer. It falls en route the beautiful and scenic Ooty and is only 80 kilometers from Mysore. Coorg, the Scotland of India is at a distance of only 140 km from Bandipur.

    Bandipur offers numerous activities like natural trails along the rivers of Kabini and Moyar, White Water Rappelling, Jeep Safaris and River Rafting.

    Park timings: 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM & 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Entry fee (INCLUDING SAFARI):
        -For Indian nationals: 300 INR
        -For foreigners: 1500 INR

    Location: Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar District, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126

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  • 09Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

    Located in the Kodagu and Mysore district of Karnataka, Nagarhole National Park is a majestic park to watch the wild run free in their natural habitat. Nagarhole has an interesting variety of flora and fauna. Officially known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is home to around 48 royal tigers.

    Nagarhole National Park is located in the foothills of Western Ghats and covers an enormous area of 643 square kilometers. Having a rich forest cover, hills, streams, valleys and waterfalls, this national park is home to a variety of wild animals, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. It forms the largest protected area in southern India with the adjoining Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai National Park, and Wayanad National Park.

    Nagarhole is home to the largest congregation of Asiatic elephants in the world, and has the largest concentration of herbivores in Asia. The three major predators- Tiger, Leopard and Dhole or wild dog, co-exist here in high densities.

    It offers a plethora of wildlife viewing opportunities and pleasant temperature all year around. With its rich biodiversity and the pristine Kabini River, Nagarhole National Park is on every Nature Enthusiast’s list of must visit.

    Best time to visit: October to February

    Park timings: All days 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 to 6:30 pm.

    Entry fee:
        -Domestic Adult- 50
        -Foreigner: 150

    Still Camera Fee: 150

    Video Camera Fee: 1000

    Jeep safari:(Safaris can be booked through tour operators and resorts)
        -700 for domestic adults
        -1500 for foreigners

    Mini Bus: 100 per person

    Activities that can Done: Still Water Rafting and Boating in River Kabini, White Water Rapelling, Elephant Rides, natural trail along the shores of River Kabini and visit to Irupu Waterfalls.

    Location: Kodagu, Karnataka, India
  • 10Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

    Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh
    There is yet another national park which is a striking one on our list. For the nature admirers and the wildlife lovers this park is a treat. Nestled in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench River Pench National Park covers an area of 758 sq km.The national park boasts of 25 tigers. They are usually seen around the Pench River, as the density of prey population is higher here. The National Park has many other species of flora and fauna. There are around more than 210 species of birds, including a host of migratory species.

    The best time to visit the park is between February and April. This park remains closed during the month of July, August and September.

    The park is well connected with major places. It can be accessed by road as well as railway. The nearest rail-head is at Ramtek and a bus can be taken for the next 35 km to the Park.
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  • 11Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madya Pradesh

    Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madya Pradesh

    Kanha Tiger Reserve is situated in Madhya Pradesh and spreads across an area of 940 sq km. This wildlife reserve was established in 1955 with the sole purpose of preserving a few endangered species. The name Kanha comes from the name of a clay like soil, Kanhar that is found in the low lying land of this region.

    The mesmerizing topography which includes a horseshoe shaped valley has earned this ‘Tiger land’ an immortal depiction. The Banjar forests and the Halon valley in this reserve offer a picturesque sight. The open grassy meadows and the magnanimous forest has a mesmerizing and heart-warming effect on nature lovers and it's also regarded as one of the best Tiger reserves in India.

    In addition, the crystal clear streams randomly flowing across the landscape makes a profound impact that lasts for ages. The best location here is the sunset point called Bamni Dadar that one cannot afford to miss.

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    Apart from tigers, this reserve pets bison, gaur, sambar, chital and many more species. What deserves a special mention is the hard-ground Barasingha, also called the swamp deer, an endangered species that can be found only here.

    There are many tour packages offered in this reserve that extends from days to weeks and one can opt for a suitable package based on their convenience and availability. Tourists flock in great numbers during April, May and June.

    There are plenty of places to stay in and around Kanha. The nearest town is Mandla which is 65 km by road. The closest railway junction is Jabalpur, at a distance of 160 km and the nearest airport is in Nagpur which is 266 km away.

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  • 12Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu

    Previously known as Indira Gandhi Sanctuary and National Park, Anamalai Tiger Reserve is located in the Anaimalai Hills of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks of Coimbatore District and Tiruppur District in Tamil Nadu. Covering an area of about 958 Sq. km, Anamalai Tiger Reserve is a unique ecological tract in the Western Ghats.

    The climatic variations and undulating topography support a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is home to around 2,000 species of plants of which 400 possess medicinal value. From enchanting tropical evergreen forests to thorny forest and scrub jungles, Anamalai’s beautiful climate and diverse terrain support a variety of vegetation with striking differences. The Anamalai Reservoir also houses a large number of crocodiles.

    Anamalai is home to a variety of mammals and reptiles including tigers, Indian leopards, wild boar, giant squirrel, barking deer, giant elephants, pythons, cobras, vipers, wild pigs and Nilgiri langurs to name a few. Anamalai offers interesting sightseeing, trekking, boating and elephant safari opportunities to tourists. The Vaalaparai waterfalls also make for a beautiful visual treat.

    Best time to visit: May-June and October-February

    Park timings: 6:00am to 12:00 and 3:00 to 5:00pm

    Location: 176, Meenkarai Road, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu 6420
  • 13Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

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    Nestled between the Shivalik Ranges and the Indo-Gangetic Plains, Rajaji National Park is home to a vivacious wildlife and broadleaved deciduous forests. Covering an area of about 820 sq. km, Rajaji National Park is most renowned for its elephants.

    Offering over 500 species of birds, Rajaji forms the first staging ground after the migratory birds cross over the Himalayas. A substantial number of tigers hoard at the Rajaji National Park due to its varied topography. The park is famous for its Himalayan black bear.

    It is at a distance of 10 kilometers from the sacred Haridwar and forms a popular stop over destination for people visiting Haridwar. This national park remains open between 15th of November to 15th of June every year. It is closed in monsoon due to heavy snowfall owing to abundant rains creating havoc and landslides. Rajaji offers naturalists, bird watchers and adventure trekkers an opportunity to soak in its dense green jungles, alpine meadows, beautiful tall grasslands and snow-capped peaks and glaciers.

    This largest protected area of the Himalayas, opens a vista of enchanting wildlife for nature enthusiasts, photographers and tourists. Rajaji National Park is a treasure trove of biodiversity and is replete with endangered species like Western Tragopan. Rajaji offers a plethora of opportunities and safaris to spot the Royal Tiger roaming with pride in the National Park.

    Best time to visit: April-June and October-November

    Park Timings:
        -November- June: 7:00 am to 10:00 am & 13:00 pm to 14:00pm
        -February-June: 6:30 am to 9:30 am &  14:00 pm to 15:00 pm

    Entry Fee:
    Jeep safari cost (INR)

    Indian nationals: 3395/person
    Foreigners: 4255/person

    Location: 5/1, Ansari Road, Mohand Range, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

  • 14Indravati Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh

    Named after the Indravati River, Indravati National Park is one of the most notable tiger reserves in India. The densely forested areas, undulating hilly terrains, avifauna and its unique wildlife makes Indravati, a paradise for nature lovers.

    Located at a distance of 297 km from Jagdalpur, Indravati is the only tiger reserve in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. This national park is home to endangered species of wild buffaloes and hill Mynas. Ample varieties of tigers and animals including leopards, Indian Bison, Nilgai, Wild Boar and Flying Squirrel attract thousands of tourists every year.

    Previously known as Kutru National Park, Indravati is a major tourist attraction for bird watchers owing to its large collection of birds. Rare species of sloth bears, dhole or wild dog, striped hyena and freshwater crocodile are prominent collections of the Indravati National Park.

    The lush green forests, undulating terrains, alpine hills and the pristine Indravati River flowing through this park, makes it an irresistible destination that would leave you asking for more. It provides an array of adventure activities to visitors, like boating in river Indravati, natural trail along the banks of the river, jeep safari, etc.

    Best time to visit: Mid-December to Mid-June

    Park timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Location: Bijapur H O, Bijapurdistrict, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh
  • 15Manas National Park, Assam

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    Located in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, Manas National Park, is also a UNESCO world heritage site and a project tiger reserve. Manas National Park is abutting with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan and lies in the Himalayan Foothills. With a core area of 500 sq. km, Manas National Park extends from Sankosh River in the west to Dhansiri River in the east.

    Manas has a rich biodiversity with pristine Terai grasslands merging with Bhabar grasslands and 543 species of plants. Manas is considered a site of what Earth probably looked like before the arrival of man.

    It is predominantly famous for its tiger and elephant reserve, and boasts of an endangered and rare wildlife. This park is named after Manas River, a major tributary of Brahmaputra River, which flows through the heart of the park. Manas National Park enchants you with its unique natural beauty and scenic landscapes set against the foothills of the ever-mesmerizing Himalayas.

    The Manas River gushing from the heart of the park, lush green hills, rugged terrains, and tropical evergreen forests along with the wildlife, offers a unique experience of wilderness to the nature enthusiasts and tourists. Manas National Park is probably the only national park that offers night excursions to explore wildlife. Manas offers a number of activities like Tiger Spotting, Elephant Ride and Boating in river Manas.

    Best time to visit: October to April

    Park timings: 5:30 am to 6:30 pm

    Entry Fee:
        -Indian citizen- 20 INR
        -Foreign National -250 INR

    Still and video camera charges: 50 INR and 100 INR respectively for Indians and 500 for foreigners

    Jeep entry fee: 300 INR

    Safari charges:
        -Indian- 120 INR
        -Foreigner- 750 INR

    Boat ride (8 seater) – 8000 INR

    Location: Fatemabad- Mathanguri Road, Jyoti Gaon, Assam.
  • 16Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh

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    Covering over 557.55 Sq. km, Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is a biosphere reserve located in the Mungeli district of Chhattisgarh. It is also a confluence point of three rivers namely Sone River, Johila River and Narmada River on Malakal hills, offering a thrilling experience to trekkers.

    It is one of the most well-equipped tiger reserves in India with a coffee house, a restaurant, and many other facilities. Located at a mere distance of 60 km from Bilaspur, Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is home to 35 Bengal Tigers and many other animals including Indian leopard, sloth bear, Indian Jackal, black buck, wild boar and Nilgai to name a few. With the meandering Maniyari River flowing through the heart of Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, tall bamboo vegetation, and the wild tropical deciduous forests, it forms the most sought after national parks in Chhattisgarh.

    Achanakmar has over 500 medicinal plants and boasts of over 100 species of migratory birds during winters. Apart from these, Achanakmar has a robust leopard population, which makes it the ideal park to spot leopards. With its extraordinary beauty and rich biodiversity, Achanakmar attracts thousands of nature enthusiasts and tourists every year.

    Best time to visit: November-June

    Location: Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.
  • 17Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

    Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra
    For the wildlife enthusiast who are seeking for some adventure and want to take some good pictures of the tigers then Tadoba National Park is the perfect place for you. The national park is one of the largest and the oldest National Park which has various species of animals and trees. Tadoba National Park is situated at the core of a reserved forest and coners an area of 1725 The whole firest is overshadowed by teak and bamboo. Get amazed by the magical landscape of the marshlands, lakes and the rigged cliffs. You can find a variety of wildlife like panthers, tigers, hyenas, sloth bears, wild dogs, jackals, barking deer, bison, sambar and deer.

    Explore the wildlife with the Gypsy and Jeep Safaris which are always available in Tadoba National Park. To get the real taste of the wildlife the best time to visit is from February to May, Gaurs, tigers, herd of deer and other animals can be spotted at this time of the year.

    If you are taking a flight then Nagpur (140 Km) is the nearest airport from where it takes 3 hour taxi rides to reach the park. You can also take the train to Chandrapur (49 kms) from the reserve.
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  • 18Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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    Your wildlife exploration would not be complete without visiting the Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh. This national park was established in the year 1981. Satpura National Park is located in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in Central India and spreads over an area of 1427 This wildlife is famous for the tiger which roams around freely. For the wildlife lovers this place is the best option for you. There are variety of other wildlife like 50 species of mammals, 254 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 50 species of butterflies and much more.

    Once you reach the reserve you can enjoy jeep safari, elephant safari, walking safari and boat safari.

    Satpura National park is close to Pachmarhi hill station and can be easily travelled by road from cities like Bhopal, Jabalpur, Chindwara, and Nagpur. If you are travelling by train than you can take the Sohagpur station which is about 20kms from national park.
  • 19Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra

    Located at the Northeastern corner of the Bhandara district lies the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. This reserve covers an area of about 152 sq. km. This reserve forest is garlanded with a picturesque landscape with a variety of wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuary has 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. Some of the main wildlife of this sanctuary are the tiger, bison, wild boar and wild dog.

    Although the sanctuary is opened all year round but the best time to visit this sanctuary is during the month of April and May.

    You can drive from Sakoli which will be about 22 km. If you are taking a flight then you can take the flight to Nagpur airport. 



Corbett National Park

Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography


Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.

Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.

Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

 6 Days

 3,600 m


Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 



If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking


Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m



Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits


Nag Tibba

One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route.

What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station


Har Ki Doon

A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station


Kedarkantha Trek

Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. 

Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station


Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favourite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five-hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.


Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.


Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.


Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.


Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.


The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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