India boasts of a charming landscape for any nature lover. Exotic wildlife, diverse flora and fauna defines India’s natural beauty. So, if you are a wildlife lover and an admirer of natural beauty then add these national parks in your bucket list.
Gir National Park
Fond of viewing the jungle king roaming free in the wild?!! Gir National Park is the only place in the world besides Africa where you can spot the majestic home of the royal king. Comprised of handsome Asiatic lions, this wildlife park is located in Gujarat. This park is also known as Sasan Gir and the government has notified it as wildlife sanctuary on 18 September 1965 to conserve the Asiatic lion.
Kanha National Park
Nestled in the Maikal range of Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh, this national park is popular as a Tiger reserve and has been a source of inspiration for the famous writer Rudyard Kipling who afterwards came out with his outstanding creation The Jungle Book. This reserve has fascinated many travelers around the world with its well constructed infrastructure specially meant for them.
Sundarban National Park
Known as the ‘Home For Bengal Tigers’, Sundarban hosts biggest mangrove forest in the world. A biosphere reserve that complete it’s nature’s circle right from ‘Royal Bengal tigers’ to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries. Sundarbans meaning beautiful forest, have been declared a UNESCO heritage site. Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal, India.
Kaziranga National Park
Want to view the iconic Greater one-horned rhinoceros, then you must visit this park which is situated in Assam. The park is also the breeding ground of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Over the time, the tiger population has also increased in Kaziranga, and that’s the reason why Kaziranga was declared as Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International for the conservation of avifaunal species.
Jim Corbett National Park
Nestled in Nainital district, Uttarakhand, this wildlife abode is one of the pioneer projects to protect the majestic Bengal Tigers. Built in 1936 as the ‘Hailey National Park’, it was later renamed as the Ramganga National Park in an around 1955 and finally to Jim Corbett National Park in 1957 in the honour of the legendary hunter Jim Corbett.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 130 km far from Jaipur. Ranthambore national park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and in 1974 it gained the protection of “Project Tiger”. It got it’s status of a National Park in 1981.
Periyar National Park
One of the most known national park in South India, this park is the perfect example of great scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. Periyar National Park is considered as the most protective place for elephants and tigers. Situated in western ghats in Kerala, park is adorned with a picturesque lake which is an artificial 100 years old lake at Thekkady. Apart from elephants, other animals like gaur, wild pigs, sambar, barking and mouse deer are also spotted here.