The most popular national parks in India
Diversity is an apt word to describe India. It defines not just the people, their culture, language, religion and traditions but also the animal and plant population in the country.
India makes for about 2% of the world’s landmass. However, it houses about 8% of the world’s biodiversity. There are 16 types of forests in India and over 40,000 animals are found in these. What’s even more exciting is that 44% of mammals and 33% of plant species are only found in India.
In other words, there is a lot to explore in the country.
Here’s a list of places that you can start with:
There’s a royal cling in that name. Perhaps it’s got to do with the air of Rajasthan, or could it be because it was once a hunting ground of Maharajas. Either way, the kingdom belongs to the tigers today that roam about fearlessly in broad daylight. They are used to human presence and don’t shy away.
The Park is also home to hyenas, wild boars, sambars & marsh crocodiles. The 10th century Ranthambore Fort adds to the magnificence of the park along with other ancient relics.
Though the Royal Bengal Tigers grab most of the limelight here, the leopards are no less popular. Located along the periphery of the Aravalis, the area flaunts tropical trees and grasslands luring scores of birds. The expanse of the park is relatively smaller resulting in a higher concentration of the wild cats. The Bandhavgarh Fort within the park is said to be a present from Lord Rama to his younger sibling Lakshman.
India’s oldest National Park, Corbett, is where Project Tiger – an initiative to protect the tigers began. It is one of the rare parks in the northern region with wild elephants. There are also otters and fish-eating crocodiles, species birds (raptors) and deers. It’s a place for tiger sightings but for wildlife enthusiast it's way more than that.
Famed for its one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga is home to two-thirds of their world population. It also has its share of tigers. Kaziranga falls in Assam and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its natural environment. It is a favorite location of the migratory birds and has been recognized as an important bird area by Birdlife International Society. The park has an extensive range of fauna and flora. The terrain is a mix of tall grass, short grass, open jungle area and the river. Though tigers are hard to spot through tall grass; Asiatic Elephants, Swamp Deer and Asiatic Water Buffaloes can be spotted easily. The elephant safaris can be quite adventurous.
Sunderban, there is something so beautiful about the name. A visit to the park and you’ll agree that it is a well-deserved one as well. It’s the world’s largest deltaic forest formed by the Ganga and the Brahmaputra. Come summer and the park blooms into a celebration with its pretty flowers.
It is a National Park, Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve located in West Bengal. Sunderban is also the world’s largest mangrove forest. It hosts the Bengal Tigers and a wide species of reptiles as residents.
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