India is a proud owner of more than 200 wildlife sanctuaries. And it has always been and will forever remain as one of the best biodiversity hotspots in the world. The inception of winter further enriches the prevailing experience as the weather across the country takes a dip. Thus, encouraging a large number of wildlife photographers and nature lovers to make the most of their surroundings.
Here are a few must-visit wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India in January 202.
Periyar National Park, Kerala
Spread over the tropical landscapes of Western Ghats, Periyar National Park in Kerala is a heaven for the wildlife lovers. Amidst mesmerizing greenery and expansive spice plantations and set around the serene Periyar Lake, the park is home to Bengal tigers, Indian elephants, gaur, sambar, lion-tailed macaque and more than 265 species of birds.
Ken Gharial Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh
You can visit Ken Gharial Sanctuary on the way to Raneh Waterfalls and experience a quiet respite from the noise of daily life. Flourishing with green sceneries with deep canyons, fascinating cascades and scenic plains, Ken Gharial Sanctuary is a pictorial spot that you must visit on your next trip to Madhya Pradesh in January 2021.
Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka
If your idea of an ideal vacation is between nature and wildlife, Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka is perfect for you! You can witness elephants, and other rare exotic animals close up in their natural environment. It's not uncommon to see herds of tuskers on the river shore and can be explored by jeep safari. This national park is a spot of flawless wilderness, with tranquil forest, gushing streams, and a quiet lake. Many adventure junkies visit the park for hiking in the area too!
Orang National Park, Assam
Nestled calmly on the northern shores of the Brahmaputra, Orang National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park is another destination you must visit in Assam this January. Boasting of Assam's one-horned rhinos, Orang National Park is among the most novel Assam destinations. Also, abode to more than 50 species of fish, itis unbelievably rich in fauna, which contributes majorly to its captivating landforms and picturesque charm.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Abode to two-thirds of the planet's population of the one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park is also a World Heritage Site and a significant highlight on the Assam autumn tourist destinations map. It's vigorous, well-preserved ecology, and varied biodiversity is what contributes attracts millions of tourists from across the world. Besides one-horned Rhino, the park draws its popularity from other rare exotic animals like the Elephants, Swamp Deer, Wild Buffalos, Bengal Foxes, Chinese Pangolins, Sloth Bears, Gibbons, Civets, Leopards, and Flying Squirrels to name a few.
Thol Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat
A bird-watching experience can surely be made fun when it comes to watching a variety of species including the ones you haven't seen before. Birds like pelicans, herons, flamingos, cranes and teals are all present in their natural habitat at Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary. Situated at a freshwater lake, this bird sanctuary offers a serene getaway from the bustling of regular city life as it is at a mere 40-minute drive from the city. It is among the top places to visit in Gujarat in January.
Manas National Park, Assam
Besides being an Elephant Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve; Manas National Park is also a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. One of the best-kept and well managed national parks, Manas National Park, is the only tiger reserve in Assam! It is home to diverse flora and fauna, including exotic golden langur and the red panda.
Gir National Park, Gujarat
Kids are closer to nature than the adults and this connection can be further emphasised by parents by planning a trip to the famous Gir National Park. Taking your kids to this unusual habitat of the wild is also an excellent way to educate them about being sensitive and friendly towards nature and wildlife that is as much a part of the earth as humans are! Children of all ages are sure to love the wildlife experiences to be had in Gir National Park, Asiatic Lions-viewing safari, anyone?
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan
To catch a glimpse of the finest bird park in this world, you have to visit the Bharatpur bird sanctuary. This is the nestling place of indigenous water birds, migratory waterbirds and other watersides birds, Migratory birds that are rare can be seen here during wintertime. The beauty of Bharatpur bird sanctuary can be better enjoyed only when seen directly, so head to this place directly from Rajasthan or Delhi to see the chirping birds, and mesmerizing sunset beauty, spend some time cycling and enjoy the side by roads.
Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh
A notable highlight of the Madhya Pradesh tourism is its invigorating wildlife sanctuaries, and Pench is unquestionably one of them. Spread across a sprawling 760 sq km, Pench National Park is a rich territory of biodiversity with exotic and endangered species. Also known to be a haven for the Royal Bengal Tigers is believed to be the background for Rudyard Kipling's, The Jungle Book.
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
The Kanha National Park is abode to exotic and endangered animal species, such as Swamp deer and Barasingha. Kanha is among the best places for the nature lovers, the forest area encompassing of Sal & Mahua trees is associated with spotting tigers, blackbuck, and deer. People who love adventure & thrill can head out for evening safaris, spend a night in homestays, and try the local drink - Mahua.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Nothing can be greater than Ranthambore! A visit to the Ranthambore National Park will give you a memorable experience of a winter vacation. You will come across the historic Ranthambore Fort, which is recognized as one among the UNESCO sites; so a visit to this fort and Trinetra Ganesh temple should be mandatory in the itinerary. Also don't miss the wildlife safari in Ranthambore.