National Parks in India
The latest census of Tigers shows an increase of about 22% in its population. This is a commendable effort on the part of the people involved in conservation. There are several reasons for this increase, but the foremost is the resilience and adaptability of the Tigers and the entire Indian subtropical ecosystem.
Wildlife Tourism in India has played a key role in the conservation of our flora and fauna. The flow of money to the local community due to tourism around the best national parks in India has removed the dependence of the dwellers on the forests for bio-mass. Of the 50 Tiger Safari Parks, there are some which have become quite popular with regard to wildlife tourism in India.
The best tiger reserves in India like Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Tadoba, Jim Corbett, Kaziranga, Pench, Nagarhole, Gir, are giving unique experiences to wildlife enthusiasts from world over. The importance of wildlife tourism can be ascertained from the fact that more the number of tourists in a particular park the more the number of Tigers. The relation between the healthy population of Tigers and tourism is yet to be ascertained.
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Bandipur National Park was established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Bandipur National Park is a national park located in the Indian State of Karnataka which is the state with the second-highest tiger population in India.
Renamed from Ramganga to Jim Corbett National Park, it is an ode to the hunter-turned conservationist and author, Colonel Jim Corbett. Located in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Corbett is one of the most scenic national parks.
Located on the Indo-Nepal border in the district Lakhimpur-Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park, together with Kishanpur and Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuaries, represents the best natural forests and grasslands left in the Terai region in the Upper – Gangetic Plains.
Gir is heaven to about 300 Asiatic lions. It inhabits the forest of Gir in the Saurashtra peninsula, attracting sixty thousand visitors to this sanctuary of Gujarat every year. Gir today is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen.
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Hemis’s High Altitude is India’s largest National Park, spread over 4400 sq km. The mighty River Indus flows along the northern boundary of the park. U-shaped Valleys provide astounding views of the most magnificent part of the Natural Ecosystem.
Declared as a World Heritage Site in 1974, Kaziranga’s intense conservation program ensured an ever-growing population of the One Horned Rhino, making it a humble abode for two-third of their population. Today, 2400 Rhinos call this park their home. Book safaris in Kaziranga.
India’s most famous bird watching site has been Keoladeo – Ghana National Park also known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This small wetland of 29 sq. km provides feeding and nesting grounds to over 400 bird species and has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A vast expanse of around 5000 sq km of arid and muddy salt-flats, the Little Rann of Kutch – part of a geographical landscape which over 66 million years ago was a part of the Arabian Sea. There are around 300 bird species & 42 species of mammals.
Manas National park is a wondrous landscape, an important area of Biodiversity in South Asia – located at the Eastern Foothills of the Himalayas, sharing its treasures with Bhutan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve, Tiger & Elephant Reserve.
Nagarahole National Park is named after Nagarahole, a winding river that runs eastwards through its center. Situated in the two districts of Mysore and Kodagu in the state of Karnataka. It forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and together with Bandipur National Park
Nameri National Park, along with the adjoining Pakke Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh, is spread over an area of 1,000 sq km. The landscape majorly comprises semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers.
One can easily call Panna National Park the land of the biggest predators and waterfalls thumping the ground from dizzying heights. This park has the amazing superpower to both thrill you and calm you. A boat ride on the Ken is all it takes to discover that the forest is indeed a gem hidden.
Pench National Park, a teak forest, located in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, is named after the river Pench which divides the park into two. This park shot into prominence with an increase in wildlife tourism in the year 2002. Explore park and enquire tours below.
Surrounded by spice & tea plantations and contiguous forests alike, Periyar National park is a haven for wildlife and has tremendous populations of Elephants and birds. It forms part of the Western Ghat Mountains – India’s oldest and most biodiverse area.
Rajaji National park is a beautiful National Park located amongst the foothills of the Himalayas known as the Siwalik Hills. The landscape is filled with beautiful white pebbles and streams which descend into these valleys from the Shivalik Range. Explore park and enquire tours.
Sanjay Dubri National Park is located in the northeastern corner of the state of Madhya Pradesh in the district of Sidhi & Shahdol over an area of 1674.511 sq. km. The core comprises Dubri Sanctuary and Sanjay National Park, while the buffer area includes the area of Sidhi & Shahdol.
Satpura is an incognito National Park and along with Panchmarhi, Bori and Madhai is a highly disparate biosphere. Located in Central India, this park is not a usual destination in the itinerary of most guests, hence it is best protected, and least disturbed.
One of India’s most well-known trekking circuits, Sandakphu is the highest peak of West Bengal located at the Northwestern tip of the state, inside the protected Singalila National Park. The Singalila ridge is accessible for its famous birding routes from 2000m to 3650m above sea level.
Tadoba National Park is a quaint little jungle with beautiful hilly terrains on its north and west side and the pristine, perennial Todoba Lake in the center. It used to be a little known forest, occasionally visited by the few nature enthusiasts who wanted a wilderness experience.
Sundarbans National Park is the largest delta in the world. Here, the 2 mightiest rivers of India – Brahmaputra & Ganges – along with the river Meghna, drain their waters into the Bay of Bengal thus creating the world’s largest mangrove forest and a biodiversity hotspot. Explore tours below.
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