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National Parks of India

If you ever dreamt of living in jungles and have an adventure with wild beasts, India’s jungle safaris are the answer to your adventure streak. Tigers, lions, hyenas, elephants, rhinoceros, eagles, yaks, crocodiles, panthers, wild bears, eagles, birds, fishes and animals you haven’t yet seen or heard about flourish in India’s extensive wildlife preserves. The jungle beasts and their natural habitats have an appeal that we can’t resist – perhaps they still hold a charm to our primitive past. Whatever the case be, India’s wildlife sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries, tiger reserves, and national parks have many surprises to offer.
Rare and endangered species of terrestrial and avian fauna, flora with miraculous healing powers, old forts and temples, royal hunting lodges, pools and lakes, and luxurious forest resorts form some of the main attractions of wildlife tours of India. Tribal tourism, jungle jeep and elephant safaris, wildlife adventures, tiger trails, and wildlife photography travel tours in India have inspired many a hunters, authors and environmental enthusiasts. While you tour these forests, you will also cover major tourist attractions of India that invariable include Taj Mahal at Agra

Kanha National ParkKanha meadows shimmer in the winter sun in November. The park reopens after the monsoons for the public. It is closed for four months starting from July up to October every year. The new season means again a meeting place for humans and the rich wildlife of the National Park. The rains rejuvenate Kanha, and the park in turn nourishes and renews its guests. Meadows are wrapped in a gentle and silvery mist and you can spot a small party of chital sauntering daintily amidst the forest and ambling towards the Partak Nallah. The majestic stag can also been seen following the chitals emerging from the long grass. He carves a silhouette against grasslands and the trees against the ghost like sun in the middle of the low hills and horizon.

Bandhavgarh National ParkBandhavgarh is more famous for its tiger fauna but you can also experience other rich wildlife sightseeings as well. The undergrowth is not as dense as the terai region and summer is still the best season to see the park inhabitants when water is scanty and the undergrowth also dies.

Elephant ride is the most effective way of tiger sightseeing and it is good if you book the elephant well in advance. You should also carry lot of warm clothes as nights and early mornings can be especially chilly. The Mahouts of the park are well informed about Tiger’s presence on any particular day. Moreover, there is large number of tigers and the elephants can easily take you to steep and rocky hillside as well as down the marshy river beds. Traversing such terrains can be quite difficult.

Stroke Painted, Keoladeo Keoladeo National Park in Bharatput is a pilgrimage for the bird lovers and is a paradise for those interested in the avian world. During the British raj also it was renowned as the best duck shooting reserve. However, in 1956 it was declared a reserve for birds and later graded as the national park of India. It has been listed as the World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is located at an ideal geographical location on the main avian route of North-South India. This national park is quite is quite small in size spread across 29 km but it boasts of housing more than 375 species of gorgeous birds, out of which more than 132 of them breed inside the National Park adding new ones to the list each year.

Tiger, Achanakmar Tiger ReserveAchanakmar Tiger Reserve is situated 55 km to the north-west of Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh, in the beautiful settings of the Maikal Ranges of Satpura hills sprawling over an area of 553.286 sq. km.
Sal, Bamboo and Teak Plantations are found in plenty in the Tiger Reserve.

Flora and Fauna
Tiger, leopard, bison, spotted deer, blue bull, sloth bear, python, gaur, chital, wild bear, striped hyena, jackal, Indian wild dog, sambhar, barking deer, gaur, wild boar, four-horned antelope and chinkara are the common fauna found in the sanctuary.

Bandipur National ParkThe Bandipur National Park, one of the first Tiger Reserves of India, is situated amidst the gigantic Western Ghat Mountains in Karnataka State, at the foothills of the Nilgiris (eucalyptus). This National Park spreads into the neighboring states Tamil Nadu and Kerala and is called the Mudumalai National Park. An astonishing variety of flora and fauna can be found here due to a moderate climate and diverse geographical condition. Sprawling over 860 sq km in area, the Bandipur National Park is very famous in Asia for its huge elephant herds.

Changeable Hawk EagleNamed after Jim Corbett, a famous conservationist, the Corbett National Park, is the first wildlife reserve of India. Sprawling over 500 sq km at the foothills of the mighty Himalayan ranges, Corbett National park became famous when it launched Project Tiger in 1973.

Over 600 species of resident and migratory birds have been sighted, including blossom headed parakeet, crested serpent eagles and the red jungle fowl. Some of the other birds such Little Green Heron, Darter, Crested Hawk Eagle, Pond Heron, Pallas Fishing Eagle, Booted Hawk Eagle, Himalayan Grey-headed Fishing Eagle ...

Gir National ParkSprawling over 1400 sq km, Gir National Park is a hilly region. The vegetation comprises of dry deciduous forests, acacia scrub, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and grasslands. Flowing rivers and streams are among the many water-bodies in the reserve. The Kamleshwar Dam, is well-known for its huge crocodile population.

Earlier guarded by the Royal family of Junagarh, the sanctuary is now the gem of Gujarat’s ecological balance. Gir National Park is the only habitat for the Great Asiatic Lions in India.

Kaziranga National ParkSituated on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Assam, Kaziranga National Park sprawls over an area of around 430 sq km. It is famous for the One Horned Indian Rhinoceros and other wild lives in the North East India. It is also a safe haven to a number of other wild lives. It is the ideal habitat for the Indian Rhino with its marsh and tall thickets of elephant grass. Due to limitless poaching of this antediluvian survivor, the Kaziranga National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1940. The name of Kaziranga National Park has been inscribed in the World Heritage Site List 1985, due to the values and criteria.

Deer, Pench National ParkThe Pench National Park is named after the the Pench River which flows across the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
The park sprawls across 293 sq km and the area of the Tiger Reserve is 758 sq. km. Meandering streams and seasonal small canals crisscross across the park. The Sanctuary area is 119 approx and the other forest area is 344

The park is the 19th Tiger Reserve of India The park has been the inspiration for the setting of Rudyard Kipling's all time favorite classic “Jungle Book”.

Elephant, PeriyarPeriyar, a highly protected area, is Project Tiger reserve in the State of Kerala. Situated in the towering mountains of the Western Ghats along the border of Tamil Nadu, the protected area sprawls over an area of around 780 sq km. Declared a sanctuary in 1934, Periyar became the only Tiger Project in the state of Kerala in 1978 and later declared as a national park in 1982. Periyar is currently one of the most exciting biosphere reserves in the country with a large variety of flora and fauna.  Thekkady is also another name of the park. Thick forests, lakes and an enthralling range of animals, birds and reptiles make it a tourist attraction for animal and nature lovers. A large herd of elephant is the main attraction.

Ranthambore National ParkOnce the hunting ground for the Royal family of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park is situated in Eastern Rajasthan at the confluence of the Aravalli hill ranges and the Vindhya plateau. The Chambal and Banas Rivers flow in this park. It was declared a game sanctuary in 1955, and a national park in 1980. The launch of Project Tiger in 1972 has made it one of the tiger reserves of India. The Ranthambore National Park sprawls over 1,330 sq km along with its adjoining sanctuaries - the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. The main attraction of the park is the experience of exploring the flora and fauna of the park, while meandering along the rugged terrain. A diverse collection of wildlife species can be found in the dense deciduous forests.

Deer, Sundarbans National ParkThe mangrove forests and marshland in the delta region of Sunderbans are a part of the world’s largest mangrove swamp and delta region of three great rivers – Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna. The Sunderbans National Park stretch to an area of about 2,585 sq km area have a very interesting wildlife. It was named after Sundari trees that were once found in abundance here.

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