India has 515 wildlife sanctuaries. Out of these, 41 are tiger reserves. And then there are others with plenty of birds and lesser known species. Excited enough? Because we’re bringing you 10 national parks you need to visit right away!
1. Desert National Park
This is situated in the state of Rajasthan, close to Jaisalmer. 20% of this park is covered with sand dunes. This park has a wide variety of birds, both migratory and resident. But it is most famous for the endangered great Indian bustard. Additionally, this park has 180-million-year-old fossils including those of dinosaurs (which are 6 million years old). Animals that you can spot here are the blackbuck, desert fox and the wolf. The best months to visit are from October to March.
2. Gir National Park
This park is situated in the state of Gujrat, 65 km from Junagadh. It is the only home of the Asiatic lions and that makes it one of the most protected areas in Asia. One can also find Indian leopards, crocodiles, cobras, jungle cats, golden jackals, striped hyenas and ratels. There are more than 300 species of birds in this park. The best time to visit is from December to March.
3. Kanha National Park
This national park is not only the perfect place to spot tigers, but is also a paradise for nature lovers. There are Sal and bamboo forests and grassy meadows all over the forest. In fact, this forest provided the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel Jungle Book. It has a substantial population of Bengal tigers, leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog. Additionally, it is home to over 1000 species of flowering plants. The best time to visit this park is from February to June.
4. Sunderbans National Park
Besides being a national park, this place is also a tiger and biosphere reserve, located in West Bengal. The national park is covered with mangrove forests and is one of the largest reserves of the Bengal tiger in India. One can spot a variety of birds and the salt-water crocodile in this park. The best part about this park is that the only way to roam about the territory is by boats. The best time to visit is from December to February.
5. Mahatama Gandhi Marine National Park
This is situated in Wandoor on the Andaman Islands, 29 kms from Port Blair. The park is made up of 15 islands and you can see open sea creeks running through the area. During the season, glass bottom boats are available to enjoy the island along with activities like scuba diving and snorkeling. The park is famous for coral reefs and sea turtles. The best months to visit are from December to April.