India has over 80 national parks spread all over the country. Some of these national parks are larger and more accessible than others. Travellers come here with the hope to catch a glimpse of the endangered tiger species.
The national parks are known to protect many more endangered animals and travellers coming here get a glimpse of these wild creatures. It is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers who get an oppurtunity to see the animals up close and learn about their lifestyle. Here is a guide to the 5 national parks tourists should have in their travel itinery.
Corbett National Park
The Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is a heaven for wildlife lovers, who wish to relax in the tranquil lap of nature. This park was previously known as the Ramganga National Park but was renamed as Corbett National Park in the year 1957. It derives its name from Jim Corbett, the famous British hunter, naturalist, and photographer who is known for having authored the famous book the 'Man-Eaters of Kumaon'.
This book mentions details of hunting experience in the Kumaon region of India. The national park is located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas and is known for its lush green surroundings. It is home to nearly 160 tigers and is visited by tourists for its exotic sightseeing opportunities and adventure safaris.
Some of the animals that can be seen in the park include leopard, elephant, spotted deer, Sambar, Hog deer, Barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, Ghural, Langur, and Rhesus monkey. It is a perfect place to head to for your honeymoon.
A tiger spotted at the park
Photo Courtesy: Native Planet
Kaziranga National Park is the pride of Assam. It is noteworthy to mention that it is home to the endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros and was also declared as a tiger reserve in 2006, thus hosting the highest density of tigers in the world . The national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It falls under two districts of Assam - Golaghat and Noagaon districts.
Kaziranga tourism is not just about spotting one of the many one-horned rhinoceros or tigers that gracefully trudge the large grounds, but also to see the three large herbivores that live in the park, namely, the Asiatic Elephant, the Asiatic Water Buffalo and the Swamp Deer. The park has also been demarcated as an important bird-area.
One of the many attractions in the park is travelling on elephants that are steered by trained Mahout. It is a special treat to move in the open grounds on these majestic animals. Enjoy your honeymoon amongst the wildlife here.
A one horned Rhino at the park
Photo Courtesy: Diganta Talukdar
Bandipur National Park, one of the 'must visit' attractions of Bandipur, is the ideal spot for nature as well as adventure lovers. Sprawled across the area of 800 sq km, this park has abundant beautiful, deep and dense forest. In 1931, Maharaja of Mysore founded this national park, which measured 90 sq km at that time.
This park was named Venugopala Wildlife Park in 1941 which was based on the main deity of the region. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views from all corners of the park as it is encircled by Nagur, Kabini and Moyar Rivers. The park is provides habitat to several animals, such as tigers, four horned antelopes, giant squirrels, elephants, hornbills, wild dogs, panthers, sloth bears and gaurs.
Along with animals, some rare bird species can also be found here, including migrant and resident birds. Brown hawk owl, trogons, grey jungle fowls, Drongo Bay owls, weaver birds, woodpeckers, kingfishers, common warblers and fly catches can be seen at the park.
Elephants at Bandipur
Photo Courtesy: Dave Lonsdale
Bandhavgarh National Park
Another hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts is the Bandhavgarh National Park, that is spread across the Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh. The park has steep ridges, dense forests and open meadows.
It has over 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds here. A haven for wildlife enthusiasts who come here hoping to catch a glimpse of the White Tiger, Asiatic Jackal, Striped Hyena, Bengal Fox, Ratel, sloth bear, Jungle Cat, Gray Mongoose and leopard. The best way to enjoy the park is by going on a safari. You can choose from the option of either travelling by jeep or atop an elephant. Head on here for an adventurous honeymoon and do carry back a lot of memories.
White tigers at the park
Photo Courtesy: Jack Fiallos
Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the largest wildlife reserves in North India and was once a princely game conserve. In the year 1955 it was established as a wildlife sanctuary and later in 1973 it was included in the first phase of the Project Tiger.
The national park serves as a natural habitat to various wild animals such as tigers, jackals, leopards, hyenas, marsh crocodiles, wild boars and different varieties of deer. In addition, there is an abundance of aquatic vegetation, such as, lilies, duckweeds and lotus in the park.
A tiger spotted in the Ranthambore National Park.
Photo Courtesy: Jon Connell