India is home to a number of tourist destinations that cater to every tourist’s preferences. For the nature lovers, India possesses nature reserves across the country.
If you want to admire India’s bountiful natural wonders, these national parks are worth a visit.
Jim Corbett National Park
The Jim Corbett National Park is well known for the tigers that inhabit the park Apart from the tigers, visitors can expect to spot a variety of fauna including deer, leopards, jackals, red foxes, black bear, sloth bear, and monkeys.
Tourists can book jeep safaris that take them through the park to spot all of these animals in their natural habitats. The best time to visit is between November and June.
Kaziranga National Park
The Kaziranga National Park in Assam is the perfect place to spot tigers, rhinoceros, and elephants in the same habitat. Visitors will be particularly interested in the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Visitors to Kaziranga will also have the opportunity to spot bears, leopards and several species of local and migratory birds.
Tourists can opt for either jeep safaris or elephant safaris through the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy one of the most diverse national parks of India. November to April are the best times to visit Kaziranga.
Gir Forest National Park
India is also home to another big cat, the Lion and nature enthusiasts can catch a glimpse of the majestic Asiatic Lion at the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. The Gir Forest is home to nearly 600 lions, so there is a good chance that visitors can spot at least one during their visit to the park. December to March are the best times to visit Gir.
Sundarban National Park
The Sundarban National Park in West Bengal is a designated Tiger and Biosphere Reserve. Apart from the Bengal tigers that call Sundarbans their home, the Biosphere reserve is also home to the popular mangrove forests. Visitors also have a chance to spot saltwater crocodiles, wild boars, foxes, Ganges river dolphins and a wide variety of migratory birds.
As the nature reserve is located on the Ganges Delta, the only way to explore Sundarbans is by boat. The Park remains open from September to March with the best time visit being December to February when the tigers are more likely to sunbathe on the river banks.
Eravikulam National Park
This national park in Kerala is home to the endangered Nilgiri Thar. The national park is home to South India’s highest peak, the Anamudi Peak, and is also home to elephants, deer, jackals, leopards, tigers, otters, mongoose and other fauna. Another attraction for visitors is the blooming of the Neelakurinji, a plant that blooms every 12 years, which turns the forest into a deep shade of blue. The best time to visit is September to November and April to June.
Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park is another natural reserve where Royal Bengal Tigers reside. The tigers here, unlike in other parks, are accustomed to human presence, so visitors have a great opportunity to witness a tiger hunting in the wild. The park also possesses a fortress within the park premises, which should provide a nice break from the jeep safaris. The best time to visit is October to May.