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Everything you need to know about wildlife safari holiday destinations in India

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India is home to more than 100 national parks, 50 tiger reserves and 400+ wildlife sanctuaries, with protected and rich species of flora and fauna. It has an amazing mix of dramatic landscapes to explore the wildlife safari full of surprises and thrills. You can find tigers walking through the jungles, mischievous monkeys playing in the trees and snow leopards lurking in the mountains. India is a wildlife haven, especially for big ferocious cats and birds. Even though the national parks in India seem busier than their African counterparts, Indian safaris offer a unique experience to the tourists and adventure lovers that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

You might have seen movies based on luxurious safari vacation where a bunch of friends or families enjoy and spend memorable moments. If you want to live that moment, all you need to do is pack your bags and take a flight to these amazing wildlife safari holiday destinations in India. To all the adventure junkies out there, who would rather leave the city behind to experience the life in jungles, a trip to wildlife safari is the only thing to satisfy the thirst for self-discovery and adventurous life. Here’s everything you need to know about wildlife safari holidays in India.

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Established in 1936, Jim Corbett is Asia’s first national park where apart from the splendid flora and fauna, you can get a glimpse of the most brilliant and dangerous species of cats i.e. tigers stalking in their natural habitat. The park houses fishing cats, serow, goral, spotted deer, elephants, golden jackal, sambar deers, Himalayan tahr, Asian elephants and several other fascinating wild species. If you have watched the movie “KAAL” then you would know that it was shot here. Here you can enjoy your safari vacations with your loved ones.

There are plenty of things you can do to make your trip a memorable one. You can enjoy a bonfire, or share horror stories or other incidents with your friends in the wilderness. The perfectly dense settings of Jim Corbett national park are great to capture some candid shots to remember by. You can click pictures of wild animals and rare species of birds from March to May when these wild animals and birds are sighted the most.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

One of the most renowned national parks in northern India, Ranthambore is the home to royal predators dwelling behind the bushes and keeping eyes on its prey until it becomes food. You can witness these animals prancing freely and enjoying the warmth of the desert. Additionally, there are other wild creatures like sloth bears, wild boars, sambar deers, chital, hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, Indian foxes, leopards etc you can capture in your cameras.

While on a safari holiday to this place, you can also indulge in a tour to the fort situated atop the hill overlooking the park. The panoramic view from the top of the fort is enough to fall in love with this place. The ideal way to spot a tiger is through a Jeep Safari. If you are interested in catching panthers and bears lazily walk around, then a visit to Kachida valley is a must thing to do.

Ranthambore national park is the perfect place for clicking candid pictures of dangerous wild animals. There are many fun activities you can enjoy with your loved ones to get the best of your wildlife safari holiday. You can take a tour to the Raj Bagh that is an ancient ruined structure, with domes and arches or get lost in the beauty of Padam Talao Lake. Not only this, you could fly high in the sky in a hot air balloon for breathtaking views of the park. The ideal time to visit this spectacular place is between March and May.

Gir National Park, Gujarat

The pride of Gujarat, Gir national park is home to the king of the jungle i.e. Asiatic lion. The park is indeed the shiniest and sparkling jewel of Gujarat that inhabits more than 30 species of mammals, 300 birds and 20+ reptiles. It would be fair to conclude that Gir is bestowed with abundant biodiversity. You can easily take a jungle safari to capture these scruffy cats in action. While on a tour to this place, you can also catch a glimpse of wild animals like Indian leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, striped hyenas, snakes, blackbucks, crocodiles, monitor lizards among others. Gir is a wonderland for animal lovers especially to those who are fond of Asiatic lions. You can plan your safari holidays anytime between October and May to enjoy an adventurous trip to this astonishing place.

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

If you want to experience Mogli land, then Kanha national park is the only place in India that can make it happen. Known as a place that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s classic – The Jungle Book, this park indeed houses every character written in the storybook. Be it bagheera (black panther), baloo (bear), kaa (python), hathi (elephant) or sher khan (bengal tiger), all these wild creatures are the pride of Kanha national park that lures tourists from all over the world even today. The national park is the embodiment of rich and lively wild animals.  

Capturing these animals in action is a dream come true for every wildlife enthusiast out there. This action can easily be seized on a camera when you take a safari tour through the national park. Interestingly, Kanha national park is the place where National Geographic’s award-winning “Land of the Tigers” was shot. Not only this, the park is also respected globally for its role in saving the Barasingha from extinction. The ideal time to take a wildlife safari vacation in this place is any time between March and May, which is the peak season when the royal cats come in plain sight.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga national park can be called the crown of Assam inhabiting the most exotic species of animal- the one-horned rhinoceros. It is the only place with the largest population of one-horned rhinos in the world. These pre-historic looking animals are a sight to behold. The park also has the largest population of the wild water buffalo accounting for about 57% of the world population. Considering the immensely vivid wild species of flora and fauna, Kaziranga no doubt deserves to be included in the list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

Apart from rhinos and water buffaloes, you can also discover elephants, bears, panthers and various pretty birds dwelling in the park. While exploring the wilderness of the park, you can also check out the tea plantations nearby or watch the complete view of the park from the watchtowers. If you’re looking for more thrills, then exploring wildlife while sailing on the glinting waters of the river Brahmaputra will surely meet your adventure goals. You can visit explore the greatness of this park from November to the end of April.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Notably popular for the presence of royal Bengal tigers and other exotic species of fauna, Bandhavgarh no doubt is one of the top wildlife safari holiday destination preferred by the tourists all over the world. The place was once a hunting ground for the royalties and now turned into a protected area where wild animals can live peacefully. The place has so much to offer to the tourists, you can try jeep safari and catch a glimpse of leopards, langurs, sloth bears, wild boars, nilgais, jackals and spotted deer among other fascinating creatures.

You must not forget to visit baghel museum, bandhavgarh fort, and the jwalamukhi temple, Khajuraho temples when you are touring the place. If you are lucky, you can even spot several endangered species of birds like gray malabar hornbills, green pigeons and browed fantails. To make the most of your holiday, you should visit the place any time between March and May.

Sunderban National Park, West Bengal

Sunderban is a naturalist’s paradise that has earned fame for its marshy land, dense mangroves and royal Bengal tigers. If you have never seen a tiger swimming in the water then you can capture this moment in your camera only in Sunderban. When visiting this place, all you will hear from the locals is about the tigers. Royal Bengal tigers are treated like royalty in the place. The tiger is the main subject of every conversation in here.

Sunderban boasts of a tiger populace that has adopted an amphibious lifestyle. It is also been tagged as an important UNESCO’s world heritage site. For more fun and leisure activities, you can book a leisure cruise and observe wildlife like crocodiles, bull sharks, snakes and dolphins in action. The view from sudhanyakhali watchtower is something to cherish. Sunderban national park is also famous for its contribution in conserving ridley sea turtles. The best time to see these amphibians is October to April.

Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Located in the high altitude of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir, Hemis national park is a paradise to the adventure junkies and thrill-seekers. If you love chilly winds, high altitude and animals, then hemis is the place where you can work on your adrenaline rush. Housing more than 16 species of mammals and 70+ bird species apart from the endangered snow leopard, the park is bound to give to bring out the naturalist in you. Capturing the varied fauna in your camera is a bit of a difficult task.

However, with some help, you can easily overcome the challenges and capture these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. The abundance of flora and fauna is another factor making it the place for avid wildlife photographers. Here are some rare animals you can spot in the park- Tibetan argali sheep, ibex, blue sheep, chukhar, Tibetan wolf, snow cocks, and golden eagles among others. The best time to visit this park is from May to September during which you can click pictures of these creatures easily.

India is home to numerous wildlife conservation parks and sanctuaries offering some of the best wildlife experiences to its visitors. These are also the places where families can enjoy a luxury safari vacation. From Jeep safari to yoga sessions, canoeing to parasailing, camping in wild to partying, it has all the recreational activities for a perfect break. If you are also interested in enjoying your vacation into the wild or have nurtured a desire to experience wildlife, all you need to do is book your flight tickets and you’ll be on your way for an exciting journey.