From diverse flora and fauna to exotic wildlife, India boasts of a charming landscape for any nature lover.
If you love exotic wildlife, transcending natural beauty and tranquillity then add these top 10 National Parks to your bucket list.
10.Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Dotted with several lakes and rivers, the Ranthambore National Park lies at the junction of Aravali and Vindhyas in the state of Rajasthan. The undulating landscape dramatically changes from gentle to steep slopes. The dry, deciduous forest is not only home to tigers, but also a variety of birds and animals like langur (monkey), leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles, wild boar and bears.
9. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Famous as the oldest national park in India, it was established in 1936 in Uttarakhand as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. Interspersed with hilly ridges and vast grasslands, Jim Corbett National Park is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.
8. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
If sighting a tiger is at the top of your list, then look no further. Known for its spectacular landscape enriched with green valleys and rocky hill terrain, this park in Madhya Pradesh houses a wide array of wildlife like sloth bears, deer, leopards, jackals and birds.
7. Periyar National Park, Kerala
Set in the heart of God’s own country, Kerala, this park is a popular Indian destination among tourists. Situated in the lap of Western Ghats, it paints a beautiful picture with its picturesque lakes that are also a source of water for the local wildlife tour. Apart from elephants, other animals like gaur, wild pigs, sambar, barking and mouse deer can be spotted here.
6. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
An ideal habitat for the one-horned rhinoceros, this park is located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River in Assam. This World Heritage Site is also a paradise for bird watchers as migratory birds in large numbers make their way to this place during winters.
5. Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
Unlike other national parks where tourists travel to the heart of wilderness by jeeps, here boats glide through creeks and rivulets, bordered with mangrove forests. Sunderbans, world’s largest estuarine forest and delta is situated on the lower end of Gangetic West Bengal. If you want to experience the essence of spirituality then this is the place to be.
4. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Rudyard Kipling’s most notable work, The Jungle Book, drew inspiration from its grassy meadows, ravines and bamboo forests. Located in Madhya Pradesh, this park is a popular tiger reserve adorned with captivating flora and fauna.
3. Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu
Mudumalai with its splendid location in the foothills of Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu paints a beautiful scenery. The thin, spindly trees sprawling the park conceal spotted chital deer and wild grunting boar.
2. Gir National Park
Abode of the handsome Asiatic lions, this wildlife haven is located in Gujarat. The thick and undistributed forests make it a perfect sanctuary for wild animals like spotted deer, sambar, nilgai and antelope.
1. Keoladeo National Park
Home to over 230 species of birds, it is famously known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. What was once a venue for the annual duck shoots held in the honour of British viceroys, is now an ornithologist’s paradise.
Now that you have a fair idea of the 10 most dazzling national parks gracing India, pack your bags and set out for an adventurous rendezvous with nature.