20 Best National Parks in India You Must Add to Your Bucket List Now!

(Last Updated On: August 22, 2018)

While tourists and history buffs are lured to India for its rich history and cultural heritage there is no dearth of places to explore the rich flora and fauna and excellent biodiversity for the wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. There are over 100 National Parks in India dedicated to the conservation of regional flora and fauna. A guided safari of these parks provides a great source of information and sighting of some rare and exotic wildlife.

We asked our travel bloggers friends to suggest their favorite National Park in India and here are the top 20 National Parks which you should definitely add to your bucket list on a visit to India.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National is a green oasis in the midst of the bustling city of Mumbai. There are plenty of things to do in the park like go on safari, explore caves or just spend some time amidst the lush green nature. The park is home to rich flora and fauna with over 1000 plant species and fauna consisting of birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies.

One of our favorite picture of wildlife we clicked in SGNP

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One of the major points of interest in the park is 2400 years old Kanheri Caves sculpted between the 9th and the 1st centuries BCE. There are over 100 Buddhist caves all decorated with intricate carvings and paintings. The Chaityas, Vihara with stupas and Buddhist sculptures very much remind us of the cave temples of Ajanta, Ellora or even Badami in Karnataka. The Kanheri Cave temples are amongst the oldest cave temples in India.

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There is an entry fee for the park and an additional ticket is required to visit the Kanheri Caves. The caves are located few km inside the park and you would need to do a little bit of hiking to reach the cave entrance. We rode through the park by the bike but if you do not have a vehicle of your own you can opt to take the park shuttle. If you are on your own beware of the monkeys which you will find a lot along the route. The views of the Mumbai City and the surrounding from the caves are spectacular.

There is also a toy train that runs through the park and takes you on a scenic ride, recommended if you are visiting with kids. You can also go on a Tiger and Lion Safari if you fancy watching the wild cats in an enclosed area.

If you are visiting by a Mumbai local train, the closest station is Borivali which is only about a km away so you can easily walk.

The park is open from 7:30 AM to 6 PM and the caves from 9 AM to 5 PM. Both park and caves are closed on Monday.

Sundarbans National Park

The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve in the West Bengal state of India. The UNESCO world heritage site of Sundarbans with around 400 Bengal tigers is one of the largest Bengal tiger reserves. The park comprises of 54 small islands intersected by distributaries of the Ganges River.

The park is named after the Sundari Trees which are found in abundance in the park. The Sundari trees are typical kind of mangrove trees whose roots called pneumatophore emerge from the ground to help trees respire when the surrounding area is waterlogged.

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The park is also home to a diverse variety of birds, reptiles, invertebrate species like chameleons, monitor lizards, turtles, snakes including the salt-water crocodile and other exotic animals like Fishing cats, Leopard cats, Macaques, Wild boar, Jungle cat, Flying fox, Pangolin, Chital, including the majestic Bengal tiger. Aquatic fauna like a variety of fishes, electric rays, crabs, prawn, shrimps, Gangetic dolphins, and frogs are also found in the park.

One of the major points of interest in the park are the Sunderban mudflats found at the estuary, the deltaic islands and outside the Sundarbans National Park. Tourists can visit the mudflats outside the park as a part of the safari and spot Sea Anemones, Horseshoe crab, and small octopuses.

The park can be explored on a boat safari winding through the estuaries of rivers and are operated by the Bengal Tourism. Also worth exploring on a visit here Bhagatpur Crocodile Project which is a crocodile breeding farm and Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary for birdwatching.

The nearest airport to Sundarban National Park is the Kolkata Airport located 140km away which makes Sundarbans National park one of the best places to visit near Kolkata. The park can also be reached by train and the nearest station is Canning Railway station which is 29 km away.

Desert National Park

Desert National Park in the Rajasthan state of India is one of the largest national parks and the best place to experience the astounding ecosystem of the Thar Desert.

The park is home to migratory birds like demoiselle crane, sandgrouse, partridges and resident birds like eagles, falcons, buzzards, vultures, and kestrels. You will also spot some exotic animals like blackbuck, desert fox, wolf, and desert cat.

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The Desert National Park terrain comprises of sand dunes, rocks, salt lake bottoms and thorny thickets. The park also has a wonderful collection of animal and plant fossils some of which are 100s of million years old.

The best time to visit the Desert National Park or even golden city of Jaisalmer is from November and March when the weather is pleasant. The summer months from April to June are hot and humid. And the chances of spotting the exotic migratory birds like demoiselle crane and Houbara bustard is high in the winter months of December and January.

Jeep Safaris with guides are available to explore and understand the rich flora and fauna that thrives in the Desert National Park.

Ranthambore National Park

By Abhinav from A Soul Window

Ranthambore National Park is one of the best National parks in India when it comes to Tiger Spotting. It was once famous for the ‘celebrity tigress’ Machli. Now that she is no more, her offsprings and other tigers rule the land. I was excited to spot tiger Bhunga just 3 feet away from me. I must have stopped breathing when the tiger gave me a chilling stare. We spotted 6 tigers in 1 day.

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India is the unofficial wildlife capital of India. Not only because it is in India where most of the wild tigers found but also because it is rich in other flora and fauna as well. I also spotted Sambar, crocodile, monitor lizard, different types of snakes, langurs, birds like shikra and many varieties of an owl.

It is a great experience to visit Ranthambore National Park in any season, but summer is your best bet to spot a tiger. Due to extreme heat, the tigers roam or ‘hang out’ in ponds. The visibility is enhanced by thin foliage.

It is easily accessible from New Delhi. I did a road trip and it took me approximately 9 hours. I started from Connaught Place. Neemrana and Dausa were major stops en route. We picked some amazing Pyaz Kachoris from Dausa. The nearest railway station is Sawai Madhopur which is around 5 hours away from New Delhi. Do check out train number 12060. I stayed in Ranthambore Heritage Haveli, a nice luxury property near zone 4 and 6.

Bandhavgarh National Park

By Ellie Cleary & Ravi Rane of Soul Travel blog.

Set in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh has been a designated National Park and Tiger Reserve since 1968. If you’re a statistics person, your chances of seeing one of India’s beautiful Bengal Tigers don’t get much better than this: Bandhavgarh has the highest density of tigers anywhere in India.

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Wildlife viewing is done respectfully, and usually from a distance. Jeeps are not allowed off-road, so the Tigers can easily stay out of sight should they wish. Guides and naturalists don’t radio one another; instead, the jeeps pause often while they listen intently to the sounds of the jungle, intent on picking up any trace of an alarm call (the sound of deer barking to warn other animals that a tiger is near). We got lucky on our visit and our patience paid off. At first, we spotted the young tigress stalking through the long grass at a distance. But then, as we waited, she moved nearer to the road. Finally, she walked in front of us on the road – not more than one meter away – leaving her paw prints in the soft sand.

Bandhavgarh is accessible from Bhopal, and Katni is the nearest railway station. Like most of India’s national parks there are strict entry controls and visitor counts in place, so booking early on a safari is essential.

Valley of Flowers in Uttrakhand

By Jeremy Scott Foster from Travel Freak

Tucked away in the Himalayas is a fairly recently discovered fairytale land of verdant hillsides, snowcapped mountains, and miles and miles of flowers and meadows. If you can believe it, this gorgeous valley was only accidentally discovered just a mere 88 years ago. Three British hikers got lost and stumbled upon it.

Now, The Valley of Flowers is frequented by intrepid individuals who want a breath of fresh air and to gaze at some of Mother Nature’s most spectacular work.

This spot is quite the reward after taking the 16km hike in from the nearest town to reach this mini mountainous paradise full of life and color.

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Despite the trek in, getting here is pretty easy. Govind Ghat is where all the buses, planes and trains will get you to until it’s time to lace up your hiking boots. The Valley of Flowers in Uttrakhand is best visited between July to October. For those who don’t want to or can’t trek, there are helicopter rides to the valley as well.

The recommended amount of time you’d need to make this trek happen is about four days and this depends on where you’re coming from too. While there are some flat pathways along the trek, there will also be some very steep parts. Overall, the hike is relatively easy for your average person. I would recommend a small amount of training prior to going if you’re not fit at all.

Tips on what to bring: a torch, rain jacket, and a good pair of hiking boots (blisters WILL happen). Also, be sure to check the time of year you’re going as winter gear may be necessary as it can get chilly in the mountains.

Dhauladhar National Park

By Patti Neves from Tripping Unicorn

It is actually an animal zoo, located among rice paddies and tea gardens about 130km from Dharamshala. The park is a popular tourist attraction and it is spread over 12.5 hectares of green land at a height of approximately 1200 meters. In this region, we can have gorgeous views of Dhauladhar Mountain ranges (also called the “Mahabharata Range” a major east-west mountain range with elevations 3,700 to 4,500 m) and also the greens valleys below.

While I do not recommend visiting the zoo itself, from Dharamshala you can climb up to Triund hill. This is an easy and gorgeous trek, which can be done either from McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2 km ahead of McLeodganj. For detailed trekking itinerary, check this post on things to do in McLeod Ganj.

My husband and I left from McLeodganj on January 03th, early morning, and arrived at Galu Devi temple around 9 am. At this point, there was a small hut where we could register our passports and declare our intended return dates. No guiding was necessary.

Despite the cold weather, we kept hiking a gradual incline (I even didn’t have proper hiking shoes) and the last 2 km was a bit harder. We got some light snowfall which only made things magical.

Tip: When you get to a teahouse called “Snowline Café” there is a steep climb all the way till Triund (2,975 meters). After this, you are done!

From Triund Top you can get a perfect view of the Dhauladhar range in on one side and the Kangra valley on another. There were some people camping there and we saw at least two donkeys. Apparently, you can do the trail using animals but I would not recommend it. From Dharamkot it took us 3 hours to reach Triund by foot.

Pench National Park

By Abby of The Winged Fork

One of my favorite parks in India was the Pench National Park in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh. The park can be accessed both from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, but we chose to spend a few nights in Pench Jungle Camp on the MP side and did a morning safari in the park from the Turia Gate. Turia Gate is closer than the Khruspar to most of the camps. Though for this camp it doesn’t matter which gate you enter through, as Pench isn’t divided into zones like the other national parks.

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Our funny guide kept us cracking with his witty humor while pointing out to different species of birds, deer, and other animals. The sun rising through the trees made for an awesome sight, as did the semi-arid landscape that was thirsting for the monsoon. The ghost trees with their pale skins told ghostly tales of nightly encounters with spirits and animals alike.

We also spotted the magnificent Raiyya Kasa, the mate of the famous Collarwali. He was cooling down in one of the water bodies for over an hour. And we all sat there shooting pics of him for that whole hour before he upped and walked through the bevy of safari vehicles to disappear into the jungle on the other side.

At one point during the safari, we stopped for breakfast at what once was a tribal village. The village Alikatta has been moved outside the national park to the buffer zone, and this spot is now a rest stop in the park. There’s a statue of Mowgli here because The Jungle Book was influenced by this little village in Pench National Park and the legends around it.

Nagarhole National Park

By Shweta from Zest In A Tote

Nagarhole or Kabini national park is about 225 km from Bangalore. This is a year-round destination unlike some of the other seasonal national parks in the country. Though the dry months of March and April offer higher chances of spotting the big cats and other animals as they come to watering holes. The other striking aspect is that this park offers both a jungle safari and a boat safari to see different animals.

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I have experienced both these safaris on a family trip. We had an amazing experience in following a leopard for 45 minutes – yes, that’s right! – on our maiden jungle safari. The naturalist spent an hour looking for a big cat all through this afternoon safari and just when he was ready to give up, we saw this leopard resting by the roadside. Our jeep perhaps disturbed his rest and he got up but moved slowly through the jungle. Through the short yellow grass that covered the forest ground, he blended, yet was visible to the group and we followed his journey along the road at a leisurely pace for quite some time! Besides leopards, there are tigers, elephants, deer and other wildlife that you get to spot at Nagarhole national park.

My daughter enjoyed the boat safari much more. You get to see herds of bison, buffaloes, elephants, and deer at a distance from the boat. At times, what you see up, close is a lone crocodile sunning itself on the banks of the river or half-submerged following the side of the boat. What a thrill! Our experience of Nagarhole national park was made more enjoyable by our stay at Serai Kabini, one of the luxury resorts near Bangalore that organized both the safaris well.

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)

By Jitaditya from The Travelling Slacker

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. As this is a hilly area, the park cannot be explored by the jeep or elephant safaris that you expect in a national park. Instead, there are scores of short, as well as long, trekking trails throughout the park and rest assured that your physical efforts will be rewarded by surreal views.

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GHNP is surrounded by the Parvati Valley, the Seraj Region, and Spiti Valley. It became a National Park in 1999 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. The primary components of the park are Tirthan and Sainj Valley, named after two beautiful rivers that flow through them. The altitude varies greatly here from 1500 meters to almost 6000 meters. The lower areas are inhabited by people but the uppermost areas are extremely difficult to reach and infested by Himalayan Black Bears.

While the park is full of exotic flora and fauna as expected, the people who live in the villages within the park also deserve attention due to their unique lifestyle, symbiotic relationship with nature, mythology, and traditions. The best way to experience this area is to combine various treks with visits to the remote villages and interaction with the locals.

Jim Corbett National Park

By Sapna from My Simple Sojourn

Jim Corbett is the oldest national park of India and it’s the first to come under Project Tiger. It’s named after Jim Corbett, who played an important role to establish this in 1936 in Nainital district of Uttrakhand.

There are six wildlife zones in Jim Corbett and you need a permit for visiting each of these areas separately. The permit can be obtained online and it’s advised to book in advance.

We reached Jim Corbett in the morning and did an evening Jeep Safari. During our safari, we saw spotted deer, Chital, Sambhar, wild elephants and many different birds but unfortunately, we could not spot the King of the jungle. Our guide was upbeat through that tour that we will see a Tiger but we could not.

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We stayed in a resort which was near the jungle and village though most of the people stay in the resorts on the main road. Our resort organized an open-air movie screening program and we saw some interesting documentaries on the life of Jim Corbett and also in the national park.
Next day morning we did a nature walk with a guide from our resort, he showed us different varieties of bird and small animals in the area around the park. Later on, we visited Garjiya Devi temple on Kosi river, Corbett museum, Corbett waterfall, and hanging bridge on Kosi river.

It is the most popular ecotourism destination in North India. The park opens between October to mid-June but the best time to visit is between November to March when the temperature is low. Jim Corbett is 280 Km from Delhi and 6 hours driving distance. There are trains from Delhi to Rampur is 12 Km from Jim Corbett.

Periyar National Park

By Ellis Veen from Backpack Adventures

Periyar National Park in the Western Ghats of Kerala is known for its dense jungle and was once the hunting ground of the Travancore kings in the 18th and 19th century. Nowadays it is a protected area to conserve the large population of wild elephants and tigers. The Periyar lake that is at the center of the wildlife sanctuary is an idyllic spot to watch the rich wildlife within the park. What I liked most about Periyar National Park was the wide variety of activities available. I choose to do a nature walk, jeep safari, a boat safari and I went bamboo rafting. Each activity showed me a different side of the extremely beautiful park where animals were never far away.

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You should be very lucky to see a tiger, but on the nature walk, we did see its footprints. The bamboo rafting brought us to a remote and peaceful part of the Periyar Lake where we saw a lot of birds. With the jeep safari we explored the hills surrounding the park and besides visiting some beautiful viewpoints we spotted wild dogs, Malabar squirrels, and bison. Even though the short and popular boat safari’s are rather crowded I did get to see the highest amount of animals. Herds of deer and bison gathered at the water shore to drink and monkeys were playing in the trees.

Periyar was a highlight of my Kerala visit. Another bonus point is that it is easy to reach Periyar National Park. Thekkady is only 4 hours away from Madurai and 5 hours away from Cochin. Nearby Kumily town is the best place to stay as it offers a range of guesthouses, hotels and tour agencies.

Dudhwa National Park

By Renuka from Voyager For Life

I had no idea that Dudhwa National Park would be so beautiful. It’s not just a refuge for the endangered species of different birds and animals. But, it’s also a land of the untouched natural beauty of Northern India. It is definitely one of the densest forests of India. I’m glad that it’s still a little lesser-known, which makes it even more appealing.

If you are a bird lover, you must visit this park for migratory birds like minivets, painted storks, Sarus cranes, woodpeckers, barbets, black and white-necked storks, bulbuls, bee-eaters, and kingfishers. Also, Dudhwa is also a place to spot tigers, leopards, deer, and barasingha.

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The national park was first discovered in 1958, in Lakhimpur Kheri District of Uttar Pradesh. Later in 1977, it was named as Dudhwa National Park. Besides the fact that the National Park covers a huge area of around 490 sq km, it’s also adjacent to the Indo-Nepal border. So, you have more reasons to visit this park other than the wildlife quotient.

I particularly loved Dudhwa National Park for the rustic surroundings, scenic landscapes, the Tharu culture, the village life and the lushness of the forest.

Dudhwa National Park is 219 km by road from Lucknow and 430 km from Delhi, so it can be an easy weekend getaway from both the cities. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from mid-November to March.

Important tip: Dudhwa is quite cold in winters. So, make sure you have enough warm clothing to cope with winters.

Bannerghatta National Park

By Sinjana Ghosh from Backpack & Explore

Located within 25kms from Bangalore City, the Bannerghatta National Park is home to an immense variety of flora and fauna spread across 65000 acres including the Bannerghatta Biological Park (currently operating as an independent entity). Apart from the sanctuary that is home to 19 lions and 26 tigers as per their official data, the premises also include a zoo, a butterfly park and a lake for boating. The proximity to the city, the beautiful location atop the hills of Anekal Range and the plethora of activities on offer makes Bannerghatta an attractive day-trip destination for families, students as well as corporates in Bangalore. Off-late Jungle Lodges, an eco-tourism PPP venture, have started luxury nature-camp with tented cottages having all modern amenities.

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People looking for an actual “jungle” experience might return disappointed because this is not your usual wildlife sanctuary – for example, there are separate areas allocated to tigers, lions, bear and other herbivores, even though they are out in the open. There are gates that lead you from a tiger safari to a lion safari, to elephants, bear and so on. Yes, that’s a downside for forest lovers, but the brighter side is the experience of being able to see so many animals up close in their natural (well, a regulated natural) habitat, all at just Rs. 260-Rs.280 for a bus safari. The butterfly park is a cherry on the top – a beautiful flower park with a small waterfall and over 40 different species of butterflies. This is a unique aspect of this national park which has a laboratory, a museum, and an audio-visual room.

Special Tip – Try to reach the park early in the morning so that you can book the Jeep Safari, otherwise you would have to struggle to get a good photograph from the caged bus, like us.

Gir National Park

By Jill from Reading The Book Travel

Every national park in India has something different to offer, but Gir National Park in the heart of Gujarat has something truly unique. Centuries ago, the Asiatic lion roamed the continent from Syria in the west to Bihar in the east, but now, very much endangered, there are only around 650 left in the wild. All of them live in Gir National Park.

Gir NP is relatively easy to get to, either by road or rail. Located roughly in the centre-west of the state, it lies some 7 hours’ drive west of Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s biggest city, and it is also possible to reach it by train – there is a station in the local town of Sasan Gir, although you will need to take a small local train from one of the larger regional towns. Once in Sasan Gir, there is no shortage of hotels and lodges aimed specifically at guests visiting the park.

Entry to Gir NP is by guided tour, but it is more than worth the cost as the guides are very skilled at spotting wildlife. Apart from the Asiatic lions, distinguished from their African cousins by their distinctive manes and fold of skin along their underbellies, the park is home to sambar and spotted deer, leopards, wild boar, honey badgers, and porcupine, among others, as well as plentiful bird life with eagles and owls a prominent feature. A wide range of driving routes crisscrosses the park, allowing each jeep to choose its own route based on when wildlife is most likely to be spotted.

Gir is best visited as an overnight stop, taking one game drive in the early evening and another in the morning to experience the best of what the park has to offer. It truly is a unique park, and a must-see for wildlife enthusiasts visiting India.

Bandipur National Park

By Ketki Sharangpani from Dotted Globe

Bandipur National Park, located in Karnataka state, was established as a tiger reserve in 1974. The densely forested area has an interesting history, it was at one-time the preferred hunting grounds for the Maharajas of Mysore. Since its establishment as a National Park, Bandipur is popular for its rich wildlife including tigers, elephants, peacocks, deer, bison, and monkeys. We stopped at Bandipur for a couple of days on our way from Mysore to Ooty and had a great time exploring the reserve.

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On our first day at Bandipur, we took the bus safari and saw many animals and birds including deer, squirrels, tiger, and bison. After the bus safari, we also chose an elephant safari which took us on a different route and we were able to see a lot of peacocks and encountered an elephant herd crossing the road. The elephant safari was great fun and a unique way to explore the area at a leisurely pace.

On the recommendation of our elephant safari guide, we also booked an early morning Jeep safari for the next day to spend more time inside the reserve and increase our wildlife viewing opportunities. The morning safari in the Jeep was a definite highlight of our Bandipur experience. Our driver drove us around a couple of water holes and we saw many wild elephants, deer, bison, monkeys, and other animals at quite close quarters on this safari. Later that day we also climbed the ancient temple situated at the top of the hill in the sanctuary and were able to see great views of the area.

Kaziranga National Park

By Vishu and Saumya from Road To Taste

National Parks in India has always attracted tourists from around the world. Beyond the wildlife of these national parks their lies the calmness that is offered here. One of the best parks in India for wildlife is the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.

How to reach Kaziranga National Park – Located at a distance of almost 200kms from Guwahati, this national park can easily be reached from there in a 4 hours drive. The drive from Guwahati to Kaziranga is a beautiful one too. The nearest airport for Kaziranga is in Guwahati known as the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.

Different Zones in the National Park – The Kaziranga National park is divided into three zones namely central, eastern and western. The central zone and western zone are famous for jungle safari while the eastern zone is known for bird watching. The two different kinds of safaris offered in the Kaziranga National Park is the Jeep Safari in Western Zone and the Elephant Safari in Central Zone.

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Best time to visit Kaziranga – Kaziranga can be explored the best during winters. This is the time when you get to spot most of the wild animals and birds. The wild animals are out after the dry grass has been burnt and the season changes.

What to expect in Kaziranga – Kaziranga is a home to single horned rhinoceros amongst other wild animals. The rhinos can be easily found grazing around the park and are a treat to the eyes. You can also find a lot of deer, elephants, different species of birds and a tiger too (if you are lucky!). To read more about Kaziranga National Park click here.

Kanha National Park

By Nisha and Vasu from Lemonicks

When we talk about national parks of India, Kanha National park in Madhya Pradesh comes to my mind first. The national park is popular as a Tiger reserve and is being declared as one of the finest wildlife zones in the world. No points for guessing why the bamboo forests, dense vegetation dominated by trees, lush green meadows and ravines of Kanha inspired Rudyard Kipling for his famous book ‘Jungle Book’.

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The Kanha National Park is the ideal home for wide ranges of animals, from the daring tigers, jumping monkeys to the most populated Barasingha, to sambhar deer. Not to mention the countless species of plants, birds, reptiles, and insects. An encounter to all these species is really satisfying and worthwhile with elephant and jeep safaris. Safaris can take you closer to these wild animals and you can capture their actions in your cameras or quietly just watch them pass by.

We were lucky to get a tiger sighting in our first safari itself, but sometimes it takes a few more before you can spot them. I would suggest to keep calm and not blame the naturalist for this. It’s also good to maintain silence and not get excited or if you see an animal. After all, it’s us who are intruding their privacy.

Besides watching animals doing their chores, the best location within the Kanha National Park is Bamni Dadar, which is best known as Sunset Point that offers the best spectacular spot of the sunset against grazing Sambhars and Gaurs.

The nearest airport to Kanha is Jabalpur. There are flights connecting it from other cities of India. From Jabalpur airport to Kanha national park is around 1602 KMs. It is also well connected by road.

Sariska National Park / Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

By Suruchi from All Gud Things

The Sariska National Park / Tiger Reserve, spread over 866 square kilometers is a hidden treasure of Rajasthan. It is a dry deciduous forest along with rocky landscapes. The shrubs and hilly cliffs in the Aravalli range, makes the whole topography look completely stunning. Although Sariska Forest is dry deciduous but is it equally rich with lakes and water bodies. The low lying forest is lined by Salai, Ber, Khair trees whereas the upper hills have a canopy of Dhok trees. It is a home to various wildlife species like Quail, Peacock, Peahen, Blur Bull, Spotted Deer, Rufous Treepie, Langurs, Wild Boars, Rhesus Monkeys, and Tigers.

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How to Reach Sariska National Park – Sariska lies 200 kilometers from Delhi, 120 kilometers from Jaipur and 35 kilometers from Alwar. The nearest airport is at Jaipur whereas the nearest railway station is at Alwar.

Best Season to Visit – The best season to visit Sariska Tiger Reserve is from November to April and it closes down in monsoon from July to September.

Timings and Cost for Jeep Safari – Safari takes place twice a day.
Summers: Morning Shift from 6:00 am to 9:30 AM and Evening Shift from 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Winters: Morning Shift from 7:00 am to 10:30 AM and Evening Shift from 2:30 pm -6:00 PM

The cost for Jeep Safari is Rs. 762/- per person and additional Rs. 600 /- for videography camera. whereas for canter it is Rs.400/-. (Prices as per 2018)

Our Experience – The Sariska Tiger Reserve is a perfect weekend getaway for wildlife & bird lovers and nature enthusiast. We personally feel it is more of a wildlife reserve than the Tiger Reserve. Go with the least expected to see the striped beast. We couldn’t see the Tiger during our visit but the overall experience was amazing.

Important Tips
Carry a shawl/ scarf, hat/ cap, and goggles as the trails are really dusty.
Do carry a water bottle
Do not feed birds and animals on the way
Do not get out of your vehicle without your guides permission
Follow the rules and guidelines mentioned in the pass
Click pictures without disturbing the animals in their habitat
If you find a wildlife animal crossing the trail on your way, stop your vehicle and give them the way first

And most important don’t litter in the Jungle. Please bring back your bottles and wrappers. This will be helpful for the animals as well environment

Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Nilgiri District of Coimbatore city in Indian state of Tamil Nadu. With a population of over 40 tigers, the park is one of the biggest tiger reserves in India.

The park is home to several endangered animal species like Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, gaur, Indian leopard and birds like Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture. Visitors can also spot a varied diversity of fauna which includes amphibians, fishes, reptiles, and mammals.

The sanctuary is divided into five ranges – Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi, and Nellakota. Masinagudi and Kargudi have accommodation options available if you are looking spend the night in the park.

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Also of interest is a Thepakadu Elephant Camp located inside the park where elephants are kept and looked after. One can watch the elephants being fed, bathed and the baby elephants frolicking.

The park safaris that last for an hour lets you explore the rich flora and fauna of park and spot the exotic wildlife. The safari timings are 6.00 AM to 8.00 AM and 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM. You can do either jeep, van or elephant safari.

The nearest airport to the park is the Coimbatore Airport which is 160 km away. The park is located about 40 km from Ooty which is a popular hill station in India and 100 km from the city of Mysore.

We are sure some of these have already made to your list of must visit place in India. How many have you already visited? Did you have some astounding wildlife experience? Do share with us in comments.

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4 thoughts on “20 Best National Parks in India You Must Add to Your Bucket List Now!

  • August 20, 2018 at 10:04 am
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    Great collective effort. Thanks for including mine.

    I have been to some of them but now, it’s time to go for some more national parks. 🙂

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    • mm
      August 20, 2018 at 11:57 am
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      Thanks for being part of the collab. We have been to only a couple of them and now after reading the contributions, we want to explore all of them.

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  • August 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm
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    Good to learn about so many national parks in India. I have to visit most of them. 🙂

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  • August 24, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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    The Sundarbans has been on my list since I was a kid watching nature shows in New Jersey. One place where man-eating seems more common from tigers. People think it could be folks are easier to hunt and kill there, tigers seeing humans as easy prey. Or maybe the salt water messes with their brains someone. Rocking list. Tweeted for you.

    Ryan

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