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Spotting Wildlife: Wildlife Sanctuaries Of India

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India is home to hundreds of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries which showcase the level of importance the nation gives for the conservation of nature and wildlife. One would come across a large variety of wildlife species in the country simply due to its diversity. India is one nation where you get to see animals and birds in their natural habitat, which truly is an experience of a lifetime.

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With multiple parks and multiple animals; hence it's an excellent food for thought about the particular species of wildlife which interests you and would love to watch them in their natural surroundings. Some of the parks are the places to spot tigers, lions, elephants, birds, crocodiles and many more animals. Have a look at some of them and decided where you would like to head to.

Bandhavgarh For The Bengal Tiger

Bandhavgarh For The Bengal Tiger

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The Bandhavgarh National Park at Madhya Pradesh is one amongst the not-so-accessible national parks in the country. But on the contrary, it holds the best chances of spotting a tiger in the wild, apart from the national parks at Ranthambore in Rajasthan and Tadoba in Maharashtra. For those of you who are waiting to catch a glimpse of the big cat, well, it is worth all the effort to go there. If you plan a two-day safari, the chances are relatively higher one spotting at least one of them.

2. Gir For Asiatic Lions

2. Gir For Asiatic Lions

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Tigers are not the only big cats which are found in the country. You also have the king of the jungle, the beautiful Asiatic lions. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is the abode of the nearly wiped out breed of the Asiatic lions. They were found before in regions as far as Syria, but were almost hunted to extinction during the 1870s.

Thanks to the various conservation efforts, the population has increased on a large scale. The lions sometimes even make their way to the beaches of Diu and the reserve area. Apart from lions, there are about 40 other animals here, such as the spotted deer, sambar, gazelles, etc.

3. Rann Of Kutch For Wild Ass

3. Rann Of Kutch For Wild Ass

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The harsh and unforgiving landscape of Little Rann of Kutch consists mostly of dry thorny scrubs. In addition to this harsh climatic conditions, the place is home to some of the last few remaining Indian wild asses. There are about 3000 of them within the 5000 sq km radius of the sanctuary and it is possible to spot them easily while you are on a jeep safari.

The wild asses are know to run fast, say at an average speed of 50 km/h, over long distances. If you are interested in spotting some avian beauties, add the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary to your itinerary.

4. Nagarhole For Elephants

4. Nagarhole For Elephants

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Nagarhole gets its name from the serpentine-like river which makes its way through it. The park is home to untouched wilderness along with serene forests, captivating streams and a magical lake.

The national park can be explored by opting for a jeep safari, an elephant ride or a boat ride. There are also trekking options, where you will be delighted to watch herds of elephants on the banks of the Kabini river.

5. Hemis National Park For Snow Leopards

5. Hemis National Park For Snow Leopards

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If spotting a leopard in the wild does not excite you, then you must try your luck at finding one of the most elusive snow leopards in the high altitudes of the Hemis National Park. Situated in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, the environment of the place is completely surrounded by snow-covered peaks, alpine forests as well as a desert.

If you cannot make it up to Ladakh, then head to the gorgeous Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and begin your quest for the snow leopard.

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