National Parks have never ceased to amaze one and all. Be it the childhood fantasies or simply the love for animals, everyone wishes to embark on a journey to these magical lands someday. With so much to offer, these parks make for an excellent get away from the busy life. They offer a great alternative to the clichéd holiday destinations like hill stations or places of historical significance. National Parks provide great adventure and thrills, and the chance to witness the diverse species of plants and animals in different surroundings.
While we are on the topic of national parks, here is a list of the six most amazing national parks in India that are definitely worth visiting.
1. Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
This is the oldest national park of India which was made in 1936, with the purpose of preserving the precious and endangered species of Bengal Tiger. The park gets its name after the very popular wildlife writer Jim Corbett. It houses a great number of animal species like that of Tigers, Barking Deer, Leopards and Himalayan Bears. The interesting thing about this place is that no one is allowed to walk on foot and the only means of exploring is by taking a Jeep Safari. Corbett National Park attracts people not only from India, but also from all over the world. It is a real hot spot for all wildlife lovers.
Where to Stay – The Riverview Retreat, Corbett Riverside Resort and The Golden Tusk.
2. Sunderban National Park, West Bengal
Possibly the most well-known home of the Royal Bengal Tigers, Sunderban is the identity of West Bengal. It is a mangrive forest with the tag of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It boasts of being one of the largest tiger reserves not only in India but also all over the world. Sunderban also has a very vast variety of bird population all throughout the year. The only way to delve into the depths of this park is by a boat ride on the many criss-crossing streams in the swampy area. Thus, with such a unique experience on display you can’t miss out on this one, can you?
Where to Stay – Sunderban Tiger Camp, Mangrove Retreat and United 21 Resort.
3. Gir Forest National Park and Sasan Gir Sanctuary, Gujarat
The Gir National Park and Sanctuary was established in all its glory in 1965. This national park’s rise to fame is due to the fact that it is the only natural home of the Asiatic Lion. The Gir area has a very large diversity of flora and fauna. There are more than 507 species of trees and plants in the area. As for the animals, apart from the majestic lions, Porcupines, Chital, Marsh Crocodiles and Monitor Lizards are spotted quite easily. The best time to visit Gir is during the months of December to March. However, if you want to see the lions roaming around freely, March to May is the best time to pay this place a visit. Jeep Safaris are very popular and the most exciting way to explore this area. If you are of the adventurous kind and looking for a different kind of thrill, Gir is your answer.
Where to Stay – Lords Resort Sasan Gir, Vanvaso Resort and The Blue Orchid Resort.
4. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
This is one of the most well-maintained national parks in all of Asia. It was established in the year 1955. Kanha National Park has garnered a lot of attention from all over the world for its relentless efforts to save the Swamp Deer (also known as ‘Barasingha’) from extinction. The highlight of this park is the sunset point, known as Bamni Dadar. From this point, one can see the entire park and view the animals being their natural self. Hence, it is no surprise that this park ranks high in every wildlife fanatic’s list of places.
Where to Stay – Chitvan Jungle Lodge, Kanha Jungle Lodge and Infinity Kanha Wilderness.
5. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
The Kaziranga National Park is one of the most well-known wildlife sanctuaries. In 2006, it was declared as a Tiger Reserve because of the highest density of tigers in a protected area. It is also a prestigious World Heritage Site. Kaziranga is most famous for being the only natural habitat of the greatly endangered species of one horned rhinoceroses. Apart from tigers and elephants, the other predominant animals that can be sighted easily in the area include Wild Buffaloes, Swamp Deer and Elephants. Another attractive feature about this park is the large population of migratory birds during the winters. Elephant rides are fairly popular in the park. All these features make Kaziranga a must-visit for every nature enthusiast.
Where to Stay – Infinity Resort, Borgos and Landmark Woods.
6. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
The Ranthambore Natonal Park is one of the largest national parks in North India. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, this area become a national park in 1980. It is also one of the largest natural habitats of the Royal Tigers because of which it was included as a Project Tiger Reserve in 1973. The park is home to the most famous Tigress of India, Machli (which stands for fish in Hindi). She is also the world’s oldest tigress. It is said that Machli loves to be photographed by the people who are lucky enough to spot her and also demonstrates congenial behaviour. The park has an intensive tiger breeding program and takes great care of all the feline inhabitants. The only way to explore these royal lands is by a Jeep Safari as trekking is prohibited.
Where to Stay – Sultan Bagh, Treehouse Anuraga and RTDC Hotel Vinayak.
With so many national parks in every corner of the country, it is no surprise that a trip to at least one of these seems like an irresistible prospect. Each of these offers something unique, be it in terms of flora, fauna or the surroundings. So, without waiting any further, plan a trip with your family and friends to these splendid locations. It definitely seems to be worth anticipating for, doesn’t it?