Tourists can travel to various parks and enjoy the rich animal, plant and avian population. There are plenty of wildlife tours that are geared for showing the tourists the best that the country has to offer.
India has a rich biodiversity and has hundreds of national parks that are spread across the country. Tourists can travel to various parks and enjoy the rich animal, plant and avian population. There are plenty of wildlife tours that are geared for showing the tourists the best that the country has to offer. Many of the parks also have their own hotels and lodges that offer excellent opportunities to lovers of wildlife. During the winter seasons, migratory birds from Northern Europe and Russia also visit many national parks such as Sariska in Rajasthan state.
India is famous for its tigers, unfortunately only about a 1433 tigers remain, since they are being increasingly poached. The Government has launched a major promotional campaign to make people aware of the dangers of poaching and to protect the tigers that are fast disappearing.
The top five national parks that should be visited by tourists in India are
Sunderbans National Park
This is one of the largest mangrove jungles in Asia and the world and has a healthy population of tigers also. Spread over 54 islands, part of the mangrove forests also host to a number of marine species. Take a leisurely tour of the forests at Sunderbans jungle camp with a boat and enjoy the view and the occasional sight of the tigers as they are extremely shy.
Bandhavgarh National Park
The national Park located in Madhya Pradesh also has the highest concentration of tigers and the park is open from dawn till sunset. The park can be accessed on jeep and on Elephant back. Accommodation in hotels around the Park is many and range from cheap to very luxurious. It also has sloth bears, jackals and many species of deers and birds.
Kanha National Park
This National park is also located in Madhya Pradesh and should be visited during December till March. This is also the peak tourist season. Apart from tigers, the Park is also known for its Barasingha (species of deers). The nearest airport from where flights can be taken id located 4-5 hours away at Jabalpur. Flights are available from Delhi, the capital of India. The Park costs for the tourists are quite nominal. Jeep tours can be taken that are extremely cheap.
Nagarhole National Park
This national park is located in Karnataka and the best way to reach here is through the Railway. The nearest Airport from cheap flights are available is located 6 hours away at Bangalore. The best time to visit is during the summer months from March to April, but the best season to visit is November to February as the temperatures are milder. The park boasts of 250 various species of animals such as tigers, sloth bears, leopards etc.
Ranthambore National Park
This park is located in Rajasthan and should be visited during the winter months of November to March. The temperatures can become extremely chilly in the night and tourist should take ample warm clothing. The tours start early morning, where tourists should be wrapped in thick jackets and mufflers as the temperatures can become extremely chilly on the jeep and open canter rides. During this time, tigers and deer can be spotted.
There are many other national parks such as the Gir National Park in wildlife Gujarat where lions can be seen. All states have national parks that are extremely famous. There are special wildlife tours that can also be organized.