The monsoons are one of the greatest times to experience the magic of wildlife reserves in India, as the wetter it gets the better it is. During the monsoon season, these natural abodes transform themselves into a cover of lush greenery and slushy pathways which further adds onto the charm of these treasure troves of Mother Nature.
A large number of wildlife sanctuaries in the country remain closed during the monsoon, as the mud paths transform into slushy pathways. Yet there are some which remain open so one can witness the wild along with the lush greenery which is refreshed by the pouring rain.
Here are some of such sanctuaries which one can visit during the monsoons. Take a look.
1. Valley Of Flowers National Park
Nestled within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, the Valley of Flowers National Park as its name suggests is best known for the meadows of alpine flowers. There are around 300 odd species of alpine flowers and this includes a number of rare ones like the Himalayan poppy. It is believed that one week the flowers are red, in the next they are pink, later yellow and are followed by many more colours.
Coming to the members of the animal kingdom, one can spot the Himalayan black bear, red fox, Himalayan weasel and much more.
PC: Alosh Bennett
2. Agumbe Reserve Forest
At the reserve forest of Agumbe, the bird and mammal life is found in large numbers, it also has a large diversity of reptiles, insects and amphibians which would amaze you. One can find blue eyed bush frogs, golden backed ants and many more species in every possible colour.
The reserve forest truly is a paradise during the monsoons and is filled with dense, lush and leafy surroundings. It doubles up as the home of the Malabar pit viper which is commonly sighted here resting on the rocks and trees.
3. Periyar Tiger Reserve
Placed at the heart of the Pandalam Hills and the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats, the Periyar Tiger Reserve is a huge tiger reserve which is well known for the remarkably high and well protected collection of wild elephants.
One can also spot more animals such as gaur, sambar, wild pigs, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur and much more apart from tigers and elephants. The reserve is also home to the slippery Nilgiri tahr.
PC: Prakash Damodaran
4. Dachigam National Park
The national park is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. The terrain in which the park is located slowly shifts from sloppy grasslands to sharp rocks due to which the park is divided as upper and lower Dachigam.
The leopards have made the lower Dachigam their home, the snow leopards have made the upper Dachigam their abode. The park also hosts a large population of the Kashmir stags along with the musk deer, red fox and much more.
PC: Steve Tracy
5. Tadoba National Park
Situated in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, this national park is heavily dominated with bamboo and teak. The dense forest here is dipped in different hues of green during the monsoon season, and remains open throughout the year.
The national park is home to tigers, spotted deer, langurs, wild boars and many more species. Some of the unique animals found here are pangolins, leopard cats, chevrotains, ratels etc.
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