Learn more about wildlife by visiting these national parks
We just celebrated World Wildlife Day on March 3, to create awareness about flora and fauna around us. This year, under the theme ‘Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet’, the day is celebrated as a way to highlight the role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas. But if you simply want to admire and learn more about the wildlife of our country, you just have to visit these places mentioned below…
Gir National Park
The Gir National Park and the Sasan Gir Sanctuary of Gujarat are the only wildlife sanctuaries in India that have Asiatic Lions. October-June is the ideal time to visit the place and watch these majestic beasts strolling in their territories. It was established in 1965, and is one of the largest and elegantly preserved areas for the Asiatic Lions.
Jim Corbett National Park
Established in 1936, the Corbett National Park is the oldest among the national parks in India. The main purpose of establishing this park was to protect the Bengal Tigers. Located at the foothills of the Himalayan range of Uttarakhand, Corbett National Park is one of the hot spots of the wildlife lovers.
Ranthambore National Park
The majestic and graceful tigers are the pride of this national park in Rajasthan. Surrounded by the Banas and Chambal River, this park serves as an ideal habitat for the predators and other animals of this park. Leopard, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Sambar and Hyena are some of the major animals found in this park. Don’t forget to do the Tiger Safari once you’re there.
Bandipur National Park
Situated in Karnataka, this is the most popular among all the national parks in South India. It is a natural home to elephants and several other endangered species. Lush forest of the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats makes this park one of the beautiful parks in India. It is located 80 km away from Mysore and almost 215 km away from Bangalore.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Earlier known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, it is one of the man-made wetlands in India that has been declared as a National Park. This park hosts a large number of avifauna during the summers and is considered as one of the best national parks to observe exotic migratory birds and other birds of India. Located in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, this park serves as a primary centre for ornithologists and other zoological studies.
The Dudhwa National Park
This is a part of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve situated in Uttar Pradesh. History of this park lies back to 1958, when it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary for Swamp Deer. Later, in 1978, it was declared as a Tiger Reserve due to its large number of tigers.
Kaziranga National Park
It is the only natural habitat of the endangered One-Horned Rhinos in the world. Located in the Golaghat district of Assam, Kaziranga National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries to explore the wildlife of Northeast India. The park also boasts of its number of tigers and other wildlife species. Due to the noteworthy number of tigers, Kaziranga National Park was declared as Tiger Reserve Forest in 2006. Other wildlife consists of Elephants, Wild Buffaloes and Swamp Deer. The park also witnesses a large number of migratory birds during the winters.
Kanha National Park
It is another popular destination in the list of national parks of Madhya Pradesh. Established in the year 1955, this park has gained a lot of attention due to its efforts in saving the rare and almost extinct species of the Swamp Deer, also known as ‘Barasingha’. It is also one of the well-maintained parks in Asia.
Hemis National Park in Ladakh
As it is situated at an elevation of approximately 3300 metre to 6000 metre above the sea level, the Hemis National Park is considered to be the highest park all over the world. A variety of alpine trees like anemone, gentiana, lloydia and a variety of steppe trees like caragana, artemisia, stachys and ephedra envelope this beautiful park. The sanctuary shelters animals like snow leopards, Ibex, shapu, bharal and many more.