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Top 25 Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

 
  • For nature and animal lovers there cannot be a more vibrant kaleidoscope of offerings that one finds in this country. For many travellers it is a top priority to visit at least a couple of wildlife sanctuaries of India, while on a trip to this country. You can spot at least 2000 different species of birds and over 3000 species of mammals.

    If that is not enough, there are over 16000 types of plants and an enormous number of insects in this tropical country. Add to that breathtaking landscapes, incredible rock formations and thriving water bodies and it’s no wonder we have over 80 National parks that are spread across the length and breadth of our country that offer habitat to our animals and birds

    India’s wildlife sanctuaries are renowned for their unique species of flora and fauna thriving here. For instance, several endangered species can be found in sanctuaries and forests that are home to the Asiatic Elephant, the Siberian Crane, the Royal Bengal Tiger and the enigmatic Snow leopard.

    Most wildlife sanctuaries of India conduct special tours that take you in private vans to catch a glimpse of the animals and birds up close, so that you can admire them and take pictures too for your personal collection. The serene atmosphere, abundant greenery and wild animals in their natural habitat can leave you feeling nostalgic and wanting to be in the midst of nature, more often. We list out the top 10 wildlife sanctuaries in India.

    Here are 10 best wildlife sanctuaries in India:

  • National Parks in South India

  • 01Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

    Image Credit : Vinoth Chandar - flickr

    This game reserve was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1940. It is situated at the crossroads of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka and is in the northwest of the Nilgiris. This sanctuary is home to a large variety of fauna and flora including tropical green forests and dry deciduous forests.

    You can expect to see tigers here apart from animals like elephants, wild boar, sambar, chital, and primates. The dholes, a dangerous animal that is feared in the jungles can also be seen here and people keep an eye out for it.

    This wildlife sanctuary is well connected by the National Highway. All buses that come from Mysore to Ooty stop at the Reception Centre at Theppakadu. It can also be approached by road from Mysore 91 km away. The nearest railway station is Ooty (67 kms) and Mysore. ( 90 km) It can also be reached from Coimbatore and Bengaluru.

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  • 02Periyar National Park, Kerala

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    Periyar National Park is located in Kerala, also known as ‘God’s own country’. It is one of the most famous national parks of southern India and was established in 1950, covering an area of 925 square km. Surrounded by abundant and lush greenery, this wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide range of flora and fauna and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1982.

    Situated in the Idukki district, in the hills of the Western Ghats, the Periyar National Park is blessed with verdant greenery all around, which enables several breeds of animals and birds to live in their natural habitat.

    The tiger, nilgiri tahrs and nilgiri langurs can be seen roaming in the wilderness in these parts. The main animals found here are elephants, tigers, nilgiri tahrs, nilgiri langurs, etc. you can also set your eyes on the, jungle cats, dhole, and the carmine mongoose. You will get to see several monkeys perched on top of trees and this is the abode of the famous species called the Macaque which has a long tail like the lion.

     

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    What’s more, the beautiful Periyar Lake and the Mullaperiyar Dam in the vicinity are amazing water bodies for wildlife to thrive here. The river Pamba also flows through this wildlife sanctuary, making it a lush landscape and a treasure trove of flora and fauna all year around.

    You can find over 300 species of birds here. The migratory birds that flock to these parts include the, Kingfisher, Hornbill, Darters, and storks. A wide variety of creepy reptiles like the King Cobra and the Python can also be found slithering in these parts. You will also find orchids, rosewood, teak wood, bamboo, eucalyptus and several ferns flourishing here.

    The nearest airport is Kochi – (200 kms) and Madurai in Tamil Nadu – (140 kms.) The nearest railway station in Periyar national park. Taxis and buses are available from Ernakulam, Madurai and Kottayam which is 114 kms away.

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  • 03Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary

    Located 22 km from Srinagar, Dachigam National Park is the northernmost placed national park and is spread over 140 sq. km. This national park is home to some of the most beautiful wildlife, which include musk deer, marten, snow leopard, and many more. One of the major attractions of Dachigam National Park is Kashmir stag or beautiful hangul. The national park is divided into two sections; upper and lower. Though the upper section is less accessible as compared to the lower ones, especially during winter months.



    The best season to visit Dachigam National Park is from April to October and if you want to visit the upper section too, going in the months of June to August will be worth.

    The nearest airport is Srinagar, which is around 32 km and the nearest railway station is Jammu, which is approximately 300 km.
  • 04Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the most visited wildlife sanctuary in South India is Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located in Thirunelvelli district of Tamil Nadu. It covers the area of around 895 sq km and is home to various beautiful wild animals, which include rusty spotted cat, Malabar giant squirrel, sambhar, spotted dear, Nilgiri Langur, Brown mongoose, Nilgiri Martin, Python, Monitor Lizard, Pit viper, sloth bear, leopard, Brown palm civet, and many more.

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    Opened in the year 1988, the best time to visit Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to January. Nearest railway station to Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is Ambasamudram, which is just 6 km and from here you can take buses to reach the wildlife sanctuary.
  • 05Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

    Established in the year 1976 and located in the Anaimalai Hills of Western Ghats in Coimbatore District, the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries of Southern India and is spread across 958 sq. km. The major wildlife attractions of Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary include chital, sambhar, giant squirrel, wild boar, elephant, and gaur. Also, the leopard is one of the most witnessed predators across the wildlife sanctuary.
    Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is also rich in the bird life and some of the famous bird species residing the sanctuary include thrush, Malabar and Great pied hornbills, Grey jungle fowl, Malabar trogon and Ceylon frogmouth.

     



    The best time to visit Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is from September to May.
    The nearest airport is Coimbatore, which is 75 km from where you can take taxi to reach the wildlife sanctuary and the nearest railway station is Pollachi, just 35 km from the wildlife sanctuary.
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  • 06Bandipur National Park

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    Once the hunting reserve for the king of Mysore, Bandipur National Park was established as national park in the year 1978 and is located in the state of Karnataka. It is primarily famous for its beautiful wildlife and varieties of biomes amidst the dry deciduous forest and is considered to be one of the best managed national parks in the country. The park is spread in the area of approximately 874 sq. km. and boasts some of the most beautiful wildlife in the country.

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    While visiting you can witness umpteen animals, some of which include grizzled Indian squirrel, striped hyena, Indian spotted chevrotian, Nilgiri Tahr, stripe-necked Mongoose, tiger, chital, gaur, dhole, hanuman langur, Eurasian, rusty-spotted cat, otter small Indian civet, cat leopard, four-horned antelope and many more.
    The nearest airport is Bangalore, which 220 km from the national park. By road, it is 80 km from Ooty and Mysore respectively and is easily accessible by KSRTC buses or local taxis.
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  • 07Kudremukh National Park

    Designated as national park in the year 1987, Kudremukh National Park is located in the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka state. With very selective species of fauna, you can find malabar civet cats, sloth, spotted deer, and wild dogs in the national park. The best time to visit the national park is from June to October.



    The nearest airport is Bangalore, which is around 300 km from where you can take KSRTC buses or local taxis to reach the national park
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  • 08Eravikulam National Park

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    Spread across the area of 97 sq. km amidst the picturesque Devan Hills, Eravikulam National Park is an amazing place to witness the biodiversity of shola-grassland ecosystem. While visitng the Eravikulam National Park, you can have the sight of endangered South Indian goat, the Nilgiri Tahr. Apart from this, the other fauna include Nilgiri langur, tiger, Indian bison, leopard, and many more. Although the national park is divided into three areas, viz. the core area, the buffer area and tourism area, visitors are only allowed in the tourism area, known as Rajamalai.
    The nearest railway station is Aluva, which is approximately 110 km from Munnar from where you can hire local taxis to reach the national park. Also, the nearest airport is Madurai in Tamil Nadu, around 142 km and Cochin International Airport, around 150 km.
  • 09Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Famously known for the habitat of endangered species of Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Idukki district of Kerala state. Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary receives only two months of rainfall in the whole year. Apart from the wildlife sanctuary, its rich deciduous forests make it an ideal location for trekking too. During your visit you can have the sight of spotted deer, hanuman langur, elephants, sambar, and sometimes peacocks.

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    The nearest railway station is Ernakulam, around 230 km from the sanctuary from where you can hire local taxis to reach and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, which is around 204 km.
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  • National Parks in North India

  • 10Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

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    Located in Uttaranchal, it is arguably the most well-known wildlife sanctuary of India and the most oft visited. Established in 1936 as the first national park in Asia it lies in the two districts of Nainital and Pauri in the hilly state of Uttaranchal.

    Named after the well-known writer Jim Corbett, whose close encounters with wildlife and many adventures has made him a celebrity. As the oldest park in Asia, and also the country’s finest tiger reserve, this world renowned park is also a rich treasure trove of history and culture and has a tradition of conservation.

    You will find some of the most diverse wildlife that you will see anywhere in Asia in these parts. This is due to the immense variety of landscapes that include wet and dry plains, mountainous terrains, forests and grasslands, which lends itself well to a multitude of plant and animal species, that thrive in the natural vegetation and verdant greenery.

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    Of all the wildlife found here, the most vibrant of all is the Bengal tiger and the Asiatic Elephant as well as the 600 species of avifauna making it one of the wildlife sanctuaries in these parts.

    The closest international airport is New Delhi and by road it is 300 kms from Delhi and 400 km from Lucknow. The nearest railway station is Ramnagar which is 9 kms away.

  • 11Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve

    Overshadowed by the peak of Nanda Devi, the Nanda Devi National Park is located amidst the upper Himalayan ranges of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Nanda Devi National Park has one of the world's richest floral species, comprising of 312 species with around 17 rarest one.
    Talking about the wildlife, you can have a great sight of various beautiful Himalayan species, which include snow leopard, serow, Himalayan black bear, bharal, common langur, brown bear, leopard, Himalayan Tahr and many more.
    The nearest airport to reach Nanda Devi National Park is Jolly Grant, 295 km from park. Or if you opt to come via road, you can take cars or buses from Rishikesh till Joshimath from where you have to trek a little to reach Nanda Devi National Park.
  • 12Hemis National park

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    The Hemis National Park is established in 1981 and is also known as Snow Leopard Capital of India. It is mostly barren habitat and is home to around 11 species of fauna, which include some of the most endangered and rare species, and around 30 species of avifauna.
    The best season to visit the Hemis National is from April to June and for some great bird-watching, September to December is the ideal time. Some of the most beautiful and rare species that you can find here include Pallas' cat, ibex, wolf, Tibetan argali and the Ladakh urial.

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    Talking about the avifauna species, you can find the Himalayan Snowcock Tetraogallus himalayensis and the Chukar Partridge Alectoris chukar.
    The nearest airport is Leh and one can reach here by taking flights from Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, or from Chandigarh. If road is your option, you can take taxis from Leh to reach the national park.
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  • 13Valley Of Flowers National Park

    Sprawled across 87 sq. km in Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, Valley of flowers is paradise on earth and is situated at the conversion point of Eastern and Western Himalayas and Zanskar ranges. Though the density of wild animals is very less, but you can find some of the rarest and endangered species here. Valley of Flowers National Park is home to approximately 13 species of mammals, some of which include grey langur, flying squirrel, black bear, red fox, Himalayan Weasel, Himalayan yellow-throated marten, Himalayn goral, Himalayan musk deer, Indian chevrotain, Himalayan thar, serow and many more. You can also have a sight of common leopards in the lower parts of national park, especially closer to villages. Moreover, in the recent surveys a few snow leopards are also found in the national park. So, if you are lucky enough you may have the sight of this great rare beast.



    The best season to visit Valley of Flowers National Park is from July to October when the climate is pleasant and you spot the endangered species in the park. The nearest airport is Dehradun, which is around 300 km from where you can take local taxis to reach the Valley of Flowers National Park.
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  • National Parks in West India

  • 14 Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

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    One of the biggest national wildlife sanctuaries in India, it is located about 130 kms away from the city of Jaipur between the north and central India. It lies on a sprawling 400 acres of land in the of south-eastern Rajasthan, and was once the hunting grounds of the royal family . Today this prestigious wildlife sanctuary has grown in great strides to take pride of place as a tourist attraction.

    Thanks to its rich and diverse flora and fauna it supports many rare breeds and species of wildlife and is an important example of the Project Tiger conservation efforts. There are steep crags and a large number of lakes and hills, and on the top of one of the hills is the Ranthambore fort.

    The terrain here consists of impregnable forests and vast areas of bushland, and the forests are dry with deciduous vegetation. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Malik Talao are some of the lakes here, where the tigers come for water and shelter. It is easy to spot tigers here during the day and they are often seen lazing around in these parts, and hunting the Sambar around the lakes here.

    The other species of wildlife seen here are tigers, striped hyenas, sloth bears, nilgai, macaques, jackals, caracals, sloth bears, rufous tailed hare, Chital, Long Eared Hedgehogs, Common Palm Civets, Common Yellow Bats, Five striped Palm Squirrels, Indian False Vampires and many more!

    By air the closest airport is Jaipur and by rail the Sawai Madhopur which is just 10 kms from the sanctuary is on the main line between Delhi and Mumbai. There is also a direct rail link between Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur.It is also connected by road from all the main cities of Rajasthan.

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  • 15Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rajasthan

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    This bird sanctuary in Rajasthan was formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This beautiful national park is home to over 400 species of migratory birds that flock here in winter. Just 175 kms from New Delhi, this national park is on the Agra - Jaipur road and is a 3 hour drive from the capital and has been declared a world heritage site.

    Since most of the bird species flock here in winter, the best time to visit this park would be in the winter months from November to February. This bird sanctuary is 28.7 sq km in size and comprises mixed wetland, woodland, grass and scrub land. Only 175 kms from New Delhi, Bharatpur is on the Agra - Jaipur road and a pleasant 3 hour drive from the capital.

    This bird sanctuary is truly beautiful with its paved walkways and guides in cycle -rickshaws. Easy cycle tracks and free access to birds makes this a true paradise for bird lovers. Bird watching tours provide tourists an opportunity to catch a glimpse of 150 different species of birds. However the winter flock of the migrating Siberian crane is now considered an extinct species.

  • 16 Gir National Park and Sasan Gir Sanctuary, Gujarat

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    This wild life sanctuary in the South-west of Saurashtra Peninsula in Junagadh District of Gujarat is the only wildlife sanctuary in India that has Asiatic lions. It comprises 1412 sq. km of deciduous forest and steep rocky hills. Many perennial and seasonal rivers flow in these parts, providing relief for the animals here and these large water bodies are specially good for crocodiles and birds.

    This region is collectively called the Gir protected area and is spread over 130,000 hectares. This park houses at least 300 lions and also includes other animals like the chital, the nilgai, the leopards, chinkara, four- horned antelope and the wild boar, as well as a wide variety of birds and reptiles. There are also crocodile rearing farms in the vicinity.

    For those who would like to visit this famed wildlife sanctuary in India, the best time would be between the months of December and June.

    Visitors to the Gir National park will have to get their entry permits from the Sinh Sadan Forest Lodge Office. You can travel by both road and rail and the SasanGir Railway Station is very close to the wild life sanctuary.

    If you are travelling by road you can reach here from Ahmedabad (408 km). Rajkot (160 kms), Junagadh (55 Kms) or Diu (110 km). The nearest railway station is Sasan (160 Km). The nearest airport is in Rajkot (160 Km). The sanctuary is open from 16th October to 15th June every year.e Sinh Sadan Forest Lodge Office.

  • 17Sariska National Park

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    Sariska National Park is nestled amidst the beautiful Aravali hills in Rajasthan and is spread across 800 sq. km and has mixed terrains, which include rocky landscapes, grasslands, sheer cliffs and dry deciduous forests. The Sariska National Park is mainly famous for its tiger reserve, allowing you to witness some of the greatest sights of tigers in region. Apart from tigers, the other wildlife which are found here include langur, leopard, hyena, sambhar, four-horned antelope, nilgai, rhesus macaque, wild boar, chital and many more. Also, the national park homes the largest populations of harbors quail, golden -backed woodpeckers, crested serpent eagles and peafowl in India.

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    The best time to visit Sariska National Park is from January to February and from June to October. Not only the wildlife, there are umpteen beautiful sights to see in the national park, some of which include Sariska Palace, ancient Shiva temples, the Kankwari fort etc.

    To reach Sariska National Park, the nearest airport is Jaipur from where local taxis can be taken to reach the destination. The nearest railway station is at Alwar, which is just 37 km from the park.
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  • National Parks in Central india

  • 18Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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    There is yet another luxury jungle lodge near Bandhavgarh National Park which will make your stay more exciting while you explore the wildlife. Samode Safari Lodge is the perfect spot for you and your family. Surrounded by the vast green forest this resorts serves as the most exotic retreat during your adventure. Whether it’s the architecture or the cosy rooms this lodge is the best at everything.
    Samode Safari Lodge has 12 independent villas which will house you in comfort on your stay. The interesting thing about this lodge is the setting for your exquisite cuisine in outlandish spots.
    The lodge is 15 minutes’ drive from the Tala gate. The nearest railway station is Umaria, 32 km. If you are taking a flight than the Jabalpur airport is just 188 km away.

  • 19Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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    This is one of the most beautiful and well maintained wildlife sanctuaries in India. Located in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park was established in the year 1955. This wildlife sanctuary also forms the heart of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger.

    This park came into the limelight due to the unwavering efforts to save the rare and fast disappearing Barasingha or the Swamp Deer. One of the highlights of the Kanha National Park, is Bamni Dadar or the Sunset Point, from where you can see the happy sight of cattle grazing in verdant greenery.

    The rare beauty, sal and bamboo forests , ravines and many meadows of this wildlife sanctuary of India, inspired the well-known writer Rudyard Kipling’s novel called the Jungle Book. Today there are stringent conservation programs that protect the park’s fauna and flora, and this has made the Kanha national park one of the best and most well maintained in Asia. Here you can spot a wide variety of wildlife and avian species.

    Apart from that, you can also catch a glimpse of tigers here. You will also see the panther, sambar, black buck, gaur and jackal in these parts. Among the reptiles you can spot the Indian Cobra, the Python, the Russell’s Viper and the Indian Monitor amongst others.

    There is also a large number of fish here. You will get a glimpse of about 300 species of birds here like the Blossom Headed Parakeet, Pond heron, common teal, woodpeckers and pigeons to name just a few.

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    Nagpur (266-kms) is the nearest airport and is connected by various domestic airline services from Mumbai. If you are travelling by train then Jabalpur at 169-kms is the convenient rail head to visit Kanha. It is also connected by road with Jabalpur 175-kms, Khajuraho 445-kms, Nagpur 266-kms, Mukki 25-kms, Raipur 219-kms. There are bus services available from Jabalpur to Kanha.


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  • 20dudhwa national park

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    Stretched from Lakhimpur Kheri to Bahraich districts in Uttar Pradesh, the Dudhwa National Park is spread across the area of 1,284.30 sq. km. and shares its northeastern boundary with Nepal. Dudhwa National Park is yet another destination in India, after Kaziranga National Park, where you can find one-horned rhinoceros. Apart from this, wild elephants, hispid hare, nilgai, wild boar, sloth bear, jackals, etc. can be witnessed during your visit to Dudhwa National Park. You can also get the sight of some of the most beautiful birds like the Tawny Fish Owl, storks, Great Horned Owl, the Brown Fish Owl, the Forest Eagle Owl, Brown Wood Owl, the Jungle Owlet, Dusky Horned Owl, the Collared Scops Owl can be seen easily. Apart from these, you can also find the incessant calls of Indian Nightjar and Franklin Nightjar on cold Dudhwa nights.

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    The nearest airport is Lucknow, which is around 238 km and nearest railway station is Dudhwa just 4 km from the park. If you are traveling by road, the nearest town is Palia, which is 5 km and you can reach by taking UPSRTC buses from Lucknow, Shahjahanpur, Bareilly, and Delhi.
  • 21Pench National Park

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    Located in the southern sections of Satpuda Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Pench National Park is yet another famous national park in Central India. It is named after the river Pench, which passes through the park from north to south. Some of the amazing wild animals that you can find here include Barking deer, jackal, leopard, wild dog, wolf, sambar, nilgai, Gaur, Chinkara, Sloth bear, Chousingha, small Indian civet, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, tiger and many more.



    The nearest airport and railway station is Nagpur and Jabalpur from where you can take buses to reach the Pench National Park.
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  • National Parks in Northeast India

  • 22Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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    If you want to see the One-horned Indian Rhinoceros, then you should visit the Kaziranga National Park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. Situated between the two districts of Nagaon and Golaghat, this truly beautiful wildlife sanctuary in India is home to this amazing animal that breeds here in abundance.

    The park works tirelessly to conserve this rare species and it’s no wonder that it was declared as a national park in 1974. With a total area of 430 sq km, along the Brahmaputra river, you will also find many rare breeds of birds here. The Kaziranga also has the highest density of tigers that are protected here and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006.

    The landscape in this wildlife park has tall elephant grass and marshlands and shallow pools that provide plenty of water for the inmates. The best time to visit the park would be during the months of November and April. However, the park remains closed during the months of June to September. Elephant rides and jeep safaris are also conducted here.

    The Flora here includes three main types of vegetation , which are alluvial inundated grasslands, tropical wet evergreen forests and tropical semi-evergreen forests. This area is also the largest floodplain grassland of its kind, in the whole of the country. These grasslands have tall grasses and reeds that are also known as elephant grass and the shorter variety that is called ‘beels’.

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    This is one of the few wildlife sanctuaries in India that offers an amazing insight into some of nature’s finest creations. The nearest airport is Rowriah (Jorhat). If you are travelling by road, Kaziranga is 217 kms, from Guwahati and 96 kms from Jorhat . You can take a flight to Jorhat or can go by car and bus to Kaziranga from Guwahati. The nearest rail head is Furkating.

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  • 23Sunderbans, West Bengal

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    The Sunderbans in West Bengal forms the largest delta at the intersection of Ganges, Meghna and Brahmaputra rivers.This large and magnificent jungle is spread between two countries, Bangladesh and India. Sunderban wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 4264 kms and is the habitat of the royal Bengal tiger.

    More than two-thirds of this sanctuary is in Bangladesh and the rest of it is located in West Bengal. The entire region is densely covered with mangrove forests and is the ideal place for Bengal tigers.

    The Sundarbans is declared a World Heritage Site. It offers comfortable accommodation, angling opportunities in the Gomor river and safari tours in the farther end of Sunderbans. The unmatched flora and fauna of the Sunderbans attract serious wildlife watchers who will not find such rare species in other wildlife sanctuaries in India.

    Sundarbans is about 110 kms from Kolkata . The nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata (112 kms). It takes around 3 hours of road journey and 2 hours of boat ride to reach Sundarbans from here.

    There are local trains to Canning from Sealdah (South) at regular intervals and takes about 1 and ½ hours. You can also go by Road from Kolkata. Namkhana (105 km), Sonakhali (100 km), Raidighi (76 km), Canning (64 km), and Najat (92 km), are located near Sundarbans.

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  • 24Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

    Located 22 km from Srinagar, Dachigam National Park is the northernmost placed national park and is spread over 140 sq. km. This national park is home to some of the most beautiful wildlife, which include musk deer, marten, snow leopard, and many more. One of the major attractions of Dachigam National Park is Kashmir stag or beautiful hangul. The national park is divided into two sections; upper and lower. Though the upper section is less accessible as compared to the lower ones, especially during winter months.

    The best season to visit Dachigam National Park is from April to October and if you want to visit the upper section too, going in the months of June to August will be worth.

    The nearest airport is Srinagar, which is around 32 km and the nearest railway station is Jammu, which is approximately 300 km.
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    Manas National Park Tour

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  • 25Kanchendzonga National Park

    It is one of the largest reserves in India and is located in the state of Sikkim. The total area that Kanchendzonga National Park covers is approximately 850 sq. km. and is one of the high altitude national parks in India, which was established in 1977. Some of the major wildlife that you can find here include Himalayan blue sheep, blood pheasants, Satyr Trago, Tibetan wild ass, wild dog, musk deer, serow, sloth bear, red panda, Himalayan Tahr, civet, snow leopard, goral, rat snake and rusell viper.
    The best time to visit Kanchendzonga National Park is from March to mid-June and again from September to November.
    The nearest airport is Bagdogra from where you can take local taxis till the Kanchendzonga National Park and nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri.