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Best Wildlife Parks in India

Kaziranga National Park, Assam


Think of Indian Rhinos and Kaziranga National Park is what comes to mind. Home to over 60% of the world’s Rhino population, this park located in the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River is a must visit on every wildlife enthusiast’s list. Though popular for Rhino sighting, Kaziranga also houses Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephants and River Dolphins, among several other wildlife species.

Best time to visit: November to May

Closest well-connected city: Guwahati

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand


One of the oldest and most popular national parks in India, Jim Corbett National Park is home to over 200 majestic Bengal tigers. Sprawling over 1,300 sq km of grasslands & thick vegetation, this park is also home to Gharials, Elephants, Peacocks, Bears and Langurs. In addition, the flora on display is an instant attraction to any nature lover.

Best time to visit: October to March

Closest well-connected city: New Delhi

Mudumulai National Park, Tamil Nadu


Located in the north-west side of the Nilgiri mountains, Mudumulai National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in South India. About 30 kms from Ooty, this national park boasts of diverse flora & fauna and thereby is a natural destination for wildlife lovers searching for unexplored parks. In addition to Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Gaur and Deers, the park is home to over 200 bird species – making it a bird watcher’s paradise.

Best time to visit: September to May

Closest well-connected city: Coimbatore

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka


Sharing its boundary with Mudumalai National Park is the Bandipur National Park. Covering over 850 sq kms, this park is part of the fascinating Nilgiri biosphere reserve. Comprising several endangered bird and animal species, Bandipura National Park is a popular wildlife tourist destination filled with all the riches a nature enthusiast looks for. Elephants, Sambars, and Bears are a common sight in this flora-rich reserve that houses over 300 bird species.

Best time to visit: October to May

Closest well-connected city: Bengaluru


Gir National Park, Gujarat (Pic: Lion)


A national park dedicated for the conservation of Asiatic Lions, Gir National Park is located in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Apart from the king of the jungle, over 300 bird species, 600 plant species and 35 mammal species are present in this bio-diverse park. Leopards, four-horned Antelopes and Langurs are some of the other animals frequently spotted in this dry deciduous forest.

Best time to visit: December to March

Closest well-connected city: Rajkot

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan


Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park is one of the most renowned wildlife parks in India. Sprawling across more than 1,300 sq kms and home to over 35 animal species, 40 reptile species and 300 bird species. Encompassing several ancient structures, including the Ranthambore Fort at its centre, this area was once the hunting ground for the Jaipur Royal Family. As with every major wildlife reserve in India, Ranthambore too offers spectacular sights for every wildlife enthusiast.

Best time to visit: November to April

Closest well-connected city: Jaipur

Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal


In the Ganges delta and covered in mangroves, the Sunderbans National Park is synonymous to the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger. Extending over 1,300 sq kms, the bioreserve is home to over 60 plant species, 250 bird species and 50+ animal species. Sighting the bengal Tiger in its natural habitat is definitely worth looking forward to, however, a boat trip through the dense mangroves & muddy rivers is nothing short of magnificent. Other endangered species such as Gangetic Dolphin and Hawks Bill Turtle also call this their home.

Best time to visit: November to March

Closest well-connected city: Kolkata

The Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh


Located in the Himalayan slopes of Kullu, The Great Himalayan National Park is a 750 sq km bio-diverse national park at an altitude spanning from 1500m to 6000m. Snowcapped mountains, green landscapes and flowing waters make it one of the most picturesque national parks in India. Home to over 175 species of birds & animals, the Himalayan Brown Bear, Musk Deer and Himalayan Thar are common sight here. And if lucky, one might chance upon the elusive yet majestic Snow Leopard.

Best time to visit: March to June; September to November

Closest well-connected city: Chandigarh