India’s great geographical diversity makes it an ideal destination for wildlife and adventure. And while there’s a lot of sightseeing and festivals to experience, India’s wide collection of national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and forests make for some exciting wildlife experiences.
To bring out the best from your holiday, we’ve outlined some amazing wildlife safaris for you to experience –
Hemis National Park
Founded in 1981 by protecting the Rumbak and Markha catchments, the Hemis National Park is home to a viable breeding population of about 200 snow leopards, especially in the Rumbak catchment area. Additionally, the park is also an excellent place to study Himalayan & Trans-Himalayan birds of prey such as the Golden Eagle, the Lammergeier vulture, and the Himalayan Griffon vulture.
An ideal time to catch a good glimpse of the Snow Leopard is between December to late February as that’s during when most of the leopard treks happen!
Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in 1965, the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary features a breeding programme that bred over 180 lions in captivity since its inception!
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The highlight of your visit is the wildlife safari that takes you through the park allowing you to catch a glimpse of the Lions, who at times get pretty close to the vehicle making perfect for photography as well as the opportunity of hearing them roar!
The count of 2,375 distinct fauna species of Gir includes about 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects. All in all, there’s a lot to explore at this wonderful place.
Ranthambore National Park
One of the largest national parks in northern India, Ranthambore National Park is known for its tigers many of which can be easily spotted even during the daytime. known for its tiger population, Ranthambore also houses other wild animals such as the leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital.
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The National Park Safari via jeep or mini provides for an experience that’s different to other wild-life safaris. To begin with, the road is rough & bumpy making for an exciting off-road type of experience. However, to top it up, the routes are pretty scenic, the landscape is stunning, there is fabulous geology & architecture everywhere!
EzeeTip - The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is mid May as that’s during when animal spotting is at it’s best, especially the Tiger!
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Manas National Park is a National Park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in Assam, India.
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Famous for its population of the Wild water buffalo Manas is also known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog.
The Jeep safari is amazing and if you’re lucky to have a good guide, it’ll end up being all the more spectacular! As you head into your journey, the sight of the many species of birds, barbets, imperial pigeons and not to forget, the┬á great hornbills and Bisons.