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    The Indian landmass is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. India has an amazingly wide variety of wildlife animals and birds that live in the diverse terrain of the country. From ferocious Royal Bengal tigers to Asiatic Elephants, India houses this huge variety of animals in its 89 national parks, 18 Bio-Reserves and more than 400 wildlife sanctuaries.

    The Western Ghats, the Eastern Himalayas and Indo-Burma region are the three of the 34 most biodiversity rich spots in the world. According to a study, India is one of the 17 countries that host about 60 to 70 per cent of the world’s biodiversity.

    [Witness exotic flora and fauna of India on various tours in wildlife safari tours we offer]

    However, due to irresponsible interference of humans with the ecosystem has resulted in the loss and extinction of many species. Due man’s interference with nature and the threats that have risen out of this, conservation of these biodiversity rich spots and their wildlife in India have become important.

    Due to this, national parks and wildlife reserves have come up in different parts of the country where a healthy interaction of humans and wildlife is encouraged. India, today, has as many as 15 biosphere reserves for the conservation of endemic and endangered species, out of which four are part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

    It is important on our part to understand and respect the balance of nature and interact responsibly with these ecologically sensitive areas. Thrillophilia understands this responsibility and hence carefully designs wildlife tour packages for different parts of India that not only allow you to experience the wild but without disturbing the equilibrium set by nature. The packages designed by Thrillophilia are a careful combination of fun and experiential tours and are created specifically to cater to all your needs.

    Wildlife in North India

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    North India abounds in wildlife and presents a spectacular picture of wildlife in India. The vegetation in North India is mainly deciduous and coniferous and hosts a wide variety of wildlife.

    The North Indian region hosts about 500 species of mammals, 2000 varieties of birds and 30,000 types of insects, besides being home to a wide range of fish, amphibians and reptiles. The wildlife of North India includes animals such as the elephants, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, chital, fox, Tibetan Sand Fox, Rhesus Monkey, langurs, jungle cats, hyenas, jackals etc.

    Photo credit: Alosh Bennett - flickr

    North India too has its share of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Some of the most popular sanctuaries of North India are the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, Dachigam National Park in Jammu and Kashmir, Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh etc.

    The Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is India’s first National Park and was established in 1936. The park, which was declared a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1973, acts as a conservation ground for the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Jim Corbett National Park is an important eco-tourism destination and is one of the few places in the country where you can view wildlife in India in its full splendour.

    Wildlife in East India

    Photo credit: Pankaj Kaushal - flickr

    The Eastern part of India also boasts of a fair share of wildlife. The wildlife in this part of the country is unique and diverse. In fact, some of the endangered species of the world are found in this part of the country. There a number of wildlife sanctuaries in Assam, Bihar and Bengal, some of which are significant contributors in the redeeming the number of dwindling species and saving the wildlife in India

    The wildlife of Eastern India is constituted by wild buffaloes, rhinoceros, Pigmy Hog, Hispid Hare etc. The North Eastern states support the largest bird biodiversity in the Orient and play host to as many as 850 varieties of birds.

    [Take an adventurous holiday and take part in the Great Himalayan National Park Expedition]

    The major wildlife sanctuaries of Eastern India include the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, the Manas National Park in Assam, Orang National Park in Assam and the Sunderban National Park in West Bengal. Of these the Manas National Park has been declared as a World Heritage Site and is home to as many as 55 mammals, 50 reptiles, 380 birds and three amphibians.

    Photo credit: Eric Kilby - flickr

    The Sunderbans National Park too has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The national park spreads over an archipelago of 54 islands across India and Bangladesh. The Sunderbans National Park is the largest reservoir of wild tigers and has, presently, about 400 tigers. Other wildlife species that can be spotted in the Sunderbans include rock pythons, water monitors, monkey and chital.

    Wildlife in Western India

    Photo Credit: Harvey Barrison - flickr

    The wildlife in the western part of India is rich and diverse. Western India is teeming with flora and fauna and boasts of a number of spectacular wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that abound in Asiatic Lions, Blackbucks, Indian Wild Ass, Olive Ridley Turtles, Eels, Wolves and Desert Cats. Western India also has marine wildlife sanctuaries that are actively involved in the conservation of endangered Ridley turtles, shrimps, sponges, green sea urchins and dolphins.

    Some of the important wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the Western part of the country are Gir National Park in Gujarat, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa etc.

    Photo credit: Koshy Koshy - flickr

    The Gir National Park in Gujarat is home to more than 300 Asiatic Lions and 200 leopards. Spread over an area of 1,412 sq km, the reserve is the only area dedicated to Asiatic lions. Apart from lions and leopards, the reserve also shelters 2,375 species of different fauna, out of which 38 species are mammals, 300 species are birds, 37 species are reptiles and 2,000 species are insects, making this park a truly diverse place for wildlife in India

    The Ranthambore National Park is another popular sanctuary that presents a spectacular view of wildlife in India. Located in the Southeastern part of Rajasthan, Ranthambore is best known for its tigers.

    Wildlife in South India

    The Southern part of India is one of the richest parts of the country in terms of flora and fauna. The Nilgiri biosphere is one of the most important conservations regions in the country. The Western and the Eastern Ghats are rich reserves of wildlife and are important conservation areas too.

    Photo credit: Vinoth Chandar - flickr

    Some of the important of the important national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of South India are the Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu, Bandipur National Park in Karnataka, Parambikulam National Park in Kerala, the Silent Valley National Park in Kerala, the Wayanad National Park in Kerala and the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary situated in the Western Ghats.

    Some of the most important tiger reserves are also located in this part of the country and include the Periyar National Park and the Nagarjunasagar Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Photo credit: Lip Kee Yap - flickr

    [Unravel the wildlife of Kerala on an adventurous 3 day tour]

    The Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Kerala and is best known for its elephants. It is home to about 62 different kinds of mammals, 320 kinds of birds, 45 species of reptiles, 160 types of butterflies etc. Some of the other fauna that you can spot at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are caecilians, salmon, trout, mouse deers, barking deers and Nilgiri tahir. This park is a prime example of the diversity of wildlife in India.

    Wildlife in Central India

    Photo credit: Tom Thai - flickr

    Due to its diverse terrain, Central India is a huge reservoir of flora and fauna. Central India has about 35 wildlife sanctuaries dedicated to the conservation of endemic and endangered species. A visit to Central India will give you the opportunity to get a snapshot of the diversity of wildlife in India.

    Some of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Central India are the Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhav National Park, Sanjay National Park, Indravati National Park, Narsinghgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

    Photo credit: Sankarshan sen - flickr

    The Kanha National Park is situated in Madhya Pradesh and is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Spread over an area of 940 sq. km, the park is home to a significant population of Royal Bengal Tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Barasingha and Indian wild dogs.

    Bandhavgarh National Park, also located in Madhya Pradesh, is another popular wildlife sanctuary that is known for its large biodiversity. The Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest tiger population among all other sanctuaries in the country.


Wildlife in India

Attractions

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Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most important places to visit in Chittorgarh. This historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. 

The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure which was first built in the 7th century and covers an area of approximately 700 acres. There are several grand sights to be seen inside the fort itself apart from the commanding views that can be seen of the environs of Chittorgarh.

The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, of which 22 exist today. The Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera mandir and other consequential structures are also housed inside the formidable fort. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners 
Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Bala Quila Fort

Also known as the Alwar Fort, the BalaQuila Fort is one of the most historic destinations in Alwar, and is one of the tourist attractions in Alwar that should not be missed when you are in the Rajasthani city. Extending over an area of 5 kilometres, the fort stands stern and forbidding at a height of 1000 feet with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry.

It was first built by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1550, but has since seen various dynasties rule over it as Alwar passed into the hands of Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans and Jats. The fort still stands as imposing as ever, and is a great place to visit during an evening in the city. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm 
Location: Bala Quila   Rd, Near Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001
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Bhangarh fort

If you are looking for some thrills in Alwar, visiting its “most haunted place” is the best way to fulfil the desire. Bhangarh Fort, on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, has long held its spooky reputation. Though it is a well-preserved fort, the ‘supernatural’ occurrences that seem to occur within its premises tend to ward off many people.

If you are eager to explore Alwar in all its facets, haunted and otherwise, a visit to this fort is a must. Do it while the light lasts, since ghosts are said to hang out here at night. Though spooky, Bhangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Alwar for some unique memories.  

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
Location: Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410
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Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)

The Kirti Stambha is a one of the lovely tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower stands as a monument to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Teerthankar.

It is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects the cultural beliefs of the Digambars comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where views of the Chittorgarh environs can be taken in. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum, also known as the Government Museum, is a worthwhile place to visit when in the city. There is a wonderful range of artefacts that are displayed in the museum that speak of the history of Rajasthan, and of Alwar in particular.

The entire collection of the museum comes from the Royal families reserves and consists of 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts, 2270 arms & weapons and 1809 objects of local art, crafts and musical instruments. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is a good way to initiate yourself into the history of Alwar and take back memories of its unique culture and tradition. 

Timings:10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar, India
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Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)

The Vijay Stambha stands tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort. Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji, this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite successfully.

The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking- there are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Siliserh Lake Palace

Siliserh Lake Palace is an erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge located on the banks of the Siliserh Lake that has now been converted into a heritage hotel which is run by RTDC. The hotel makes for a perfect dropback to a romantic holiday because of the beauty of its exteriors and the simple elegance of its interiors.

The lake is perfect for fishing, sailing and boating. It is also a wonderful budget option for those who wish to enjoy luxury but do not wish to burn a hole in their pocket for the experience. The in-house restaurant offers a great range of Indian and Continental cuisines that are soul-satisfying and filling. 

Price: 2000- 3000 INR/ 50- 80 USD per night approx.
Location:Siliserh Circle, Alwar 301001, India
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Padmini's Palace

Loacted inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Padmani Palace has a unique history attached to it making it one of the must-visit attractions in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for the battle betweenAla-ud-din Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Ala-ud-din Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall.

Allured by her beauty, Ala-ud-din Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions. The palace overlooks a lovely pool, and the views from inside are delightful.
 
Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Rana Kumbha Palace

Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive proportions of the ruined edifice of the palace reveal what an imposing structure it was in the height of its glory. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, Princess Meera Bai among others.

Legend of Panna Dhai, who saved infant Udai Singh with the heart-breaking sacrifice of her infant son, is also associated with this palace. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmani and the other women of the palace committed Johar. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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Hill Fort Kesroli

Ancient fort turned heritage hotel, Hill Fort Kesroli is a magnificent place to indulge yourself in when on vacation in Alwar. It is a beautiful structure to look upon, and just as gorgeous to inhabit. The décor is in keeping with the traditional image of the fort, and history still has a presence in the long glossy halls of the hotel.

A stay in this fort allows you to escape the everyday bustle of Alwar while letting you immerse yourself in its culture and tradition as you rest your body in relaxation. 

Price: 5000- 8000 INR/ 70- 100 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Kesroli
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Sariska Palace

This luxurious resort near the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary offers you the indulgence of a luxury hotel at the rate of a budget accommodation. Staying in this Palace during your stay in Alwar will allow you to experience the best of Alwar’s wild scenery, decadent luxury, and gracious courtesy.

The palace is located close to the sanctuary and the haunted fort, thereby offering its guests some of the best sights and sounds to be had in Alwar. 

Price: 1500- 2000 INR/ 30- 50 USD per night approx. 
Location: Near Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Alwar, Sariska, Rajasthan 301022
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Kalika Mata Temple

Built originally in the 8th century, this serene temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god before it was converted into a shrine for Kalika, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, in the 14th century. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage attractions in Chittorgarh, and should not be missed when touring the grounds of the Chittorgarh fort.

The architecture of the temple reflects the devotion of its builders- a lot of hard work has been put into the intricate carvings and embellishments that adorn the ancient walls of the temple. Even though it is partially in ruins now, the beauty of the temple still shines through. 

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001
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City Palace Alwar

The City Palace of Alwar is actually a fort that is located right below the Alwar Fort in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges.  Built in the 18th century, this fort reflects its rich cultural heritage in its blend of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.

Though it mainly houses government offices today; the City palace is one of the best places to visit in Alwar. The Palace houses an artificial lake inside its premises as well as a museum that is one of the best in the state. A visit to the City palace will allow you to experience the best of Alwar in a comprehensive way. 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: City Palace, Alwar
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Sanwariaji Temple

Sanwariaji Temple is one of the most renowned places to visit in Chittorgarh. The massive temple complex is considered second in religious importance only to the Krishna Temple in Nathdwara, and is a popular pilgrimage shrine in Rajasthan. Located approximately 40 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, this temple is a lovely place to spend a couple of pious hours in.

Serenity and positivity enrich the ambience of the temple, and the sacrosanct halls make for a peaceful place to mediate and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visiting the temple as soon as dawn breaks is a pleasant way to experience the solitude and quiet that the temple offers.
 
Timings: 5 am to 12 pm; 2.30 pm to 11 pm
Price: Free entry 
Location: Bhadsoda and Mandphiya village, Dist. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, Bhadsora, Rajasthan 312024
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Sathis Deori Temple

Located inside the Chittorgarh fort, close to Fateh Prakash Palace, this temple is one of the best sacred places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The temple forms a part of the Jain temple complex, and is the largest amongst them. This massive Shwetamber Jain Temple was built in the 11th century and celebrates the life and virtues of Bhagawan Adinatha. 


The name of the temple signifies that at some point in history, there were twenty-seven temples inside this temple alone. Though no trace of these monuments remains, the SathisDeori Temple is a grand sight to behold in and of itself. The architecture is to be marvelled at for its intricate detailing and awe-inspiring domes. Sitting quietly in the temple allows you to immerse yourself in its ancient solitude.

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001

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Vijay Mandir Palce

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Alwar, the Vijay Mandir Palace is one destination you simply cannot miss while touring the city. It is located 10 kilometres away from the main city and is spread over a vast area of land.

The imposing structure attracts the eye from far off, and reflects its grandeur in the best possible way. The picturesque image is magnified in beauty by the reflection which sparkles in the lake below. An hour spent roaming the halls and grounds of this Palace will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated, and you will return to Alwar armed with many Instagram-worthy images too. 

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Price: Free 
Location: Alwar District, Near Vijay Sagar Lake, Alwar, India

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