Due to geographical variation, India is blessed with exotic flora and fauna. There are about 80 national parks, located in different locations. All small and large national parks and sanctuaries have attracted tourists from all round the globe to visit India and watch animals and birds living in their natural habitat. The list of the animals includes both conserved and threatened species. The parks are also the best places to spot beautiful native and migratory birds.
Here are the top national parks of India where you should visit ones to explore the exotic flora and fauna of Incredible India.
1. Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is the first national park of India. The park was established in the year 1936 by Jim Corbett (legendary tiger hunter). The park is situated in Uttrakhand and at a distance of 7 hours from Delhi and 3 hours from Nainital. Due to the large size of the park, the park is divided into 5 zones. Jhirna is the one zone of the park that is open throughout the year, while the remaining zones of the park are closed during monsoon. The guests could enjoy elephant safari and spot the animals in the park living in their natural habitat. If you are interested in spotting the best of the wildlife, explore the Dhikala zone. Spotting the mighty predators and watching their royal walk is amazing for the wildlife lovers.
2. Kanha National Park
In the list of the top national parks in India, Kanha National Park marks its prominent position. The park is located in Madhya Pradesh and the setting of the park is well-described in the classic novel of Rudyard Kipling’s, ‘The Jungle Book’. The park is praised for its rich fauna that comprises of Bamboo and Sal forests, streams, lakes, grasslands, etc. The park is also regarded for research & conservation programs as this park provides shelter to various endangered species.
3. Bandhavgarh National Park
Madhya Pradesh also boasts for Bandhavgarh National Park. The natural setting of the park makes it’s a habitat for various species of animals and birds. Bandhavgarh National Park is also praised for providing shelter to a considerable population of tigers. Rocky hill terrain and dense green valley are also featured in the park. The park also has an ancient fort, which is built on a cliff about 2,624 ft (800 m). This is probably the best park to visit to spot the tigers. Elephant safari is also available. Read More about Bandhavgarh National Park.
4. Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park becomes a must visit as it beholds the perfect blend of nature and history. In the heart of the park lies the magnificent fort, which was constructed during the 10th century. The steep cliffs and rocky plains are also featured in the park. The location was also desired by various rulers in India. The fort is positioned somewhere between North and Central India. The park is also praised for providing shelter to the huge population of Tigers. Ranthambore National Park is also located in proximity to Delhi.
5. Sunderbans National Park
Sunderbans National Park is praised all over the world due to its unique characteristic of tangles of mangrove jungle. The park covers 54 islands and also extends to some parts of Bangladesh. Visitors could get to the park through boats, thus exploring the park becomes an exciting experience. The tigers here are hard to spot as they prefer in hiding in the reserve.
6. Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park was established in the year 1905 by Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon when she saw the diminishing numbers of One-horned rhinoceros in the region. Located amidst beautiful surroundings of Assam, The National Park is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in India that houses a wide range of flora and fauna. The National Park is also home to various home and migrated bird species. National Park opens for tourist during the months of November to April. For wildlife enthusiasts, a visit here is like a dream come true. Read More about Kaziranga National Park.