While most of the people do prefer sightseeing and monument visit during their time exploring India, there are a few to whom the fauna seems intriguing, who find comfort deep within the mystery of forests. So, in case, this mystery is something you wish to uncover as well as witness some of the rarest species of animals in front of your eyes, then here are 10 wildlife safaris which you definitely should try.
- Ranthambore National Park
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Rajasthan not only does serve as the storehouse of Indian culture and tradition but is also the home to the royal cat. The Ranthambore national park is a wildlife reserve situated in 1300 square kilometres of land and is home to wild animals such as the boars, bears as well as hyenas. This park named after the famous Ranthambore fort situated within the premises is best suited to be visited during the month of March to May during which you can spot maximum population of the rich wildlife.
- Jim Corbett National Park
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Located in Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park is one important as well as oldest national park in the Indian history. This wildlife reserve which was established back in the year 1936 does contain the maximum population of Tigers in India and was, therefore, one of the first national parks to be incorporated in the ‘Project Tiger’. While you aren’t allowed to walk within this forest, you surely can enjoy the guided safari and spot animals such as Serow, Himalayan Tahr and Gohar to name a few.
- Hemis National Park
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Situated among the laps of the great Himalayan range, covered with heavy rainforests on it four sides the Hemis National Park in Ladakh is one must visit destination for animal lovers. Consisting of the endangered snow leopards this park spread over 4400 square kilometers of land should be visited during the times of summer as due to heavy snowfall the safari is closed during winters and monsoons. Apart from the snow leopards, other animals which you can spot include the blue sheep, golden eagles and ibex.
- Kaziranga National Park
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Home to the largest population of one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga national park, is recognized as the World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. This national park which covers around 440 square kilometers of Assamese land is situated on the outskirts of the states and hence is far from the city life. While on a safari you will spot some rarest of animals including bears, panthers as well as elephants.
- Gir Forests
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Home to the famous Asiatic lions, Gir Forests are located in the western corner of India. This place which is open throughout the year excluding the monsoons offers you a chance to see some of the wildest beasts present in the jungles of India. Taking a jeep safari through this area, you are likely to spot hyenas, cheetah and leopards along with a few migratory birds who come here on an annual basis.
- Kahna National Park
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If you are a diehard fan of Jungle book and the seeing Mowgli in his cute shorts still does bring a smile to your face, then Kanha National Park is your place to be in. Rudyard Kipling wrote the famous ‘Jungle book’ drawing inspiration from this jungle located in Madhya Pradesh. Home to almost 125 tigers this national park will offer you a chance to see this member of cat family from a distance close to 3 feet. Guides with their glass and metal protected jeeps do offer you a tour of this place where apart from Tigers you will find deer, elephants as well as black panthers.
- Bandhavgarh National Park
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A place loaded with rich fauna Bandhavgarh national park is believed to contain the highest volumes of tigers in India. This place located in the heart of India was once a hunting ground for the royalty and you being here will experience one of the best wildlife safaris of your lifetime. Home to the famous Bengal tiger being here you are likely to spot a bear, deer as well as elephants carefully kept in a protected environment.
- Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Classified as a heritage site by UNESCO, Manas Wildlife sanctuary is in close proximity to Kaziranga. Here the safari tours are not only organised on jeeps but on elephant backs as well. There are numerous endangered species of animals present in the area including the tigers, rhinoceros as well as the Indian elephant.
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Most of you have heard Sunderbans being the best places to spot the royal Bengal tiger, and yes it indeed is. People usually travel or move through these dense forests in boats and this 4000-square kilometre of land houses animals such as tigers, leopards, macaques and the famous Indian grey mongoose. And don’t be shocked if you see a tiger floating alongside your boat as this is one common site in these rainforests of Bengal.
- Satpura National Park
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Moving back to the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh we find the Satpura national park which is home to almost every wild animal located within the Indian subcontinent. You need to come here with ample amounts of time if you wish to enjoy the adventurous safari where you will spot animals such as porcupine, leopards, deer, Sambar and much more.
So, these were the top 10 wildlife safaris which you ought to try at least once in your lifetime. If there are any other wildlife safaris which you think are worth a try, do mention their names in the comment section below.
Author Bio: Rohit is an animal lover as well as an adventure seeker who loves visiting new places of interest. He likes exploring hidden boundaries of country and learning about the secret they possess within them. Rohit’s wildlife safari stories are shared on TransIndia Travels