There are a number of travellers who set out to explore national parks. Is it to witness the majestic existence of animals in their natural habitats? Is it to see their behaviour towards each other? Is it for the tranquillity of the jungle as you hear more insects and birds than humans? Well, I’m sure we all have our own reasons but we’re all lucky that in India there are multiple beautiful national parks to explore. Sharing 7 must visit ones with you!
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- Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Pa pa ra paaa, blow the trumpet, get the drum roll, its time to make way to India’s oldest national park! You know how they say old is gold. And don’t let Kaal the horror movie horrify you from visiting Jim Corbett (Yikes!). Stretched over 500 sq. km. this park established in 1936 boasts of plentiful of animal species and even 600 species of flora. Located in Uttarakhand, this one is surrounded by Himalayan foothills and makes for a good weekend getaway for those based in North India. The Ramganga River flows alongside and as you see the animals roaming openly in their true state, you’ll be happy to say hello to the jungle!
- Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
The park was actually constituted in 1984 but took nearly two decades to be recognized as a protected national park. While GNHP houses 30 species of mammals and 209 species of birds, it also houses a whooping 1000 species of plants! What makes this park unique from its counterparts in this article is that you can trek here. Yes, my adventure seeking wander-lusting buddies, it is time to throw on those shoes and head on over through the thick forests and inviting trails of GNHP. Selected areas are open for camping as well. So, head out and who knows you might spot the Himalayan Bear, the Greater Blue Sheep or their other mountainous region-based friends. 😉
- Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
As for the true blue wildlife lovers who are seeking to make a move on the sounds of an animal call, who keenly observe a pug mark and even an animal kill, who go hunting with their eyes in search of all species and not just one, there is the Kanha National Park. In the Maikal range resides this massive 2059.7 sq. km. wide national park with a plethora of species of animals, birds and even plants. Here you can go for wildlife safaris and even some nature trails. Say, if you’re really curious there’s also the museum! But most of all let the jungle air come whiffing to you to let you have your escape in the forest lands.
- Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
In a state where mighty architecture and cultural heritage take prominence in tourism, Ranthambore is a break from the regular travels around Rajasthan. Don’t worry the hotels do reflect some of that typical Rajasthani folk touch in their make but my personal favourite are the cosy tents you find here, adorned with paintings and prints. Ranthambore is famous for being home to the Royal Bengal Tiger – the crowned jewel for which travellers from all over the world visit Indian national parks. In addition, you stand a chance to witness bears, deer, wild boar, leopard, etc. In fact, my own visit was more exciting as we spotted two leopards together which is a rare sighting!
- Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
The Sundarbans are famous for their unique throngs of mangrove forests. 40,000 sq. km. vast, this is one of the world’s largest active delta regions. The UNESCO Heritage site gives you a chance to explore birds and animals in a very different terrain. In fact, the tigers are seen to be moving across with great stealth here, taking use of the water cover to hunt down their prey. But beyond, the animals, the draw of the Sundarbans is in the network of tributaries and forests criss-crossing over each other to let you immerse into the arms of nature completely.
- Rani Jhansi Marine National Park, Andaman and Nicobar island
Now, who said that all national parks are on ground alone. Its time for some marine exploration! Our country actually has multiple marine parks too, however, with the clarity of the water and the chance to see some stunning aquatic species Andamans is naturally your best pick. You can gaze at some splendid coral reefs and avifauna over here. The fruit eating bats are actually the main attraction for this park! All in all, there are over 126 species living in Jhansi Marine park, not to forget that its beauty makes it an added joy to explore this one!
- Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan
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Like I said, why should ground creatures have all the fun? 😉 This one is for the bird watchers. Dry grasslands, wetlands and even woodlands make this a favourable spot for migratory birds coming all the way from Pakistan, Turkmenistan, China and even Siberia! With more than 366 bird species living here, you can spot a number of them in flight or even perched prettily in the water. Pelicans, eagles, ducks, warblers, larks, flycatchers and lots more can be spotted over here. The birds cooing and calling within their green home makes this an ideal date with nature. However, forewarning bird watching is a practice requiring patience and time, so, sign up only if you’re sure and then have a happy time! 😊