Indian wildlife offers a spectacular opportunity for shutterbugs and travelers to capture the vibrant natural habitat of the big cat, the world famous one- horned rhino, wild buffalo, the herd of elephants and to relax and rejuvenate amidst the flora and fauna. The country boasts of a number of well maintained national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. These places attract a huge number of tourists from across the globe throughout the year.
Experience the Wonderful Wild
The silhouette of the tall trees and the animals, the sight of a distant forest bungalow, the sound of raindrops falling on the leaves makes the ambience of a jungle trip magical. You may soak in the moonlight, enjoy the bonfire, take the elephant ride to the various parts of the forest or board the jeep to witness the various activities of the animals. But a jungle trip also has its flip side. You need to take precautions to avoid dangers and natural calamities. Make sure that the place you are staying has the basic amenities like availability of food, electricity, medical facilities and so on.
National parks are located in almost all corners of India. The north has the one of the oldest – Jim Corbett National Park, the thick forests of the Dudhwa National Park, the Great Himalayan National Park and the tiger reserves at the Ranthambore National Park and other notable protected areas.
On the Legend’s trail
A must visit for wildlife photographers, the Corbett National Park has an enviable count of more than 600 species of birds, the Gharial crocodile, Black Bear, Leopard, wild dogs and other endangered species in abundance.
Spotting a Deer in the Terai
A home of the Barasingha and several other species of wild animals, Dudhwa National Park, located in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh. Other prominent attractions are the tiger, crocodiles, Bengal Florican and a host of other winged species.
Clicking the Wild in the East
Among the most noted national parks in the eastern part of India are the Gorumara National Park, the Sundarban Tiger Reserve, Bhitarkarnika Wildlife Sanctuary, Simlipal National Park and Nandan Kanan Sanctuary. If you are at Gorumara, spot the Bison, the bathing elephants, monkeys and more than 150 species of birds. You also get a different feel of the tranquillity in these foothills of the Himalayas. Tourists can stay at the forest bungalows on their visit to Gorumara. The tourism department of the state conducts tempting tours to the national park throughout the year.
A Date with the Royal Bengal Tiger
The magnificent Sunderbans offer a panoramic view of the hugely scattered forest in the southern part of West Bengal. But the numero uno reason to visit this world famous site is the ferocious Royal Bengal Tiger. It is one of the largest tiger reserves in the Indian sub continent. It would be a grand sight to witness these big cats swimming in the swampy and marshy lands of Sunderbans.
Capturing the Wild of the ‘Seven Sisters’
Tourists also visit the north- eastern part of the country to experience one of the most largest biodiversity zones in the world. For an adventure freak, the Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Maenam National Park and others are the most deserving tourist spots. As you scale higher up the Himalayan range, you will get to spot a monastery amidst a divine environment. Jungle walks are also conducted by the authorities of the respective National parks in this region. It is advised to follow the instructions of the tour operators before you start packing your luggage for the jungle trips. One can visit this part of the world anytime between spring and autumn.
The ‘One Horned Rhino’ Experience
Kaziranga National Park must be on the top of the list of a traveler’s schedule to Assam. Apart from the one horned rhino and the wild buffalo, you get to see more than six species of tortoises. Fishes of various species can also be found in the water bodies within the park. One can stay in any one of the standard accommodations nearby Kaziranga. The conservation of the animals deserves applause from the tourists. The ‘Elephant Safaris’ conducted by the Park in the morning are truly enchanting.
The Den of the Lion King
A glimpse of the Asiatic Lion can be sighted at the Gir Forest in the state of Gujarat. With more than 300 varieties of plants and home to jungle cats, Wild Boars hyenas, jackals, chital, Nilgai and other varieties of birds, this majestic haven of animals has been a popular tourist attraction over many decades. Learn about some interesting trivia about the Lion breeding programme of the national park. This will be an added attraction of your trip to Gir. If you are an avid bird watcher, then watch out for the white pelican, white-throated kingfisher, large cuckoo shrike, crested serpent eagle and others during an exclusive tour just for the avian lovers.
A Parting Note
So if you are planning to experience the diverse wildlife of India, then get connected with the tour operators, make a research of the places on the web and equip yourself with the latest DSLR to capture the wild moments of your trip!