Trip to India is not limited to the great classics such as the Taj Mahal , the Amber Fort, the Palace of the Winds… It is only the showcase of the country. It has many other surprises in store for those who set foot there . When we talk about India , we often tend to highlight its cultural richness. However, this country remains an exceptional playground for nature lovers . It is one of the richest regions in biodiversity in the world, with more than a hundred national parks. Precisely, find below some that will delight good walkers.
Jim Corbett National Park
If you like hiking in the great outdoors, Jim Corbett National Park will have you covered. It is the oldest national park in India. It is located in the northern part of the country, in the state of Uttarakhand, in the city of Nainital. This natural reserve of nearly 500 km² is home to an incredible diversity of fauna and flora. If you have always dreamed of observing wild animals living freely in their natural habitat up close, do not hesitate to include it in your itinerary during your trip to India.
Jim Corbett National Park is made famous for the famous “Project Tiger”, a project to protect Bengal tigers in danger of extinction. Today, it is the second site that is home to the largest population of tigers in the world. There are also other species of animals such as crocodiles, leopards, king cobras, Asian elephants, antelopes… More than 600 different species of birds have also found refuge in this site.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the country’s most popular natural sites. It is located in Madhya Pradesh, in the hills of Vindhya. This natural site covers an area of nearly 450 km². If you haven’t yet experienced an Indian safari, be sure to venture into Banchavgarh Park. It is home to a large number of wild animals. The best time to view the park’s wildlife is spring, January through March to be exact.
Bandhavgarh National Park is a real sanctuary for white tigers. There are a large number of this predator. A hike on this site also allows you to observe other animals, such as sloth bears, Asian jackal, Bengal fox, wild cat, leopard, wild pigs, bison, honey badger, deer. … Ornithology enthusiasts will not be left out either. The park provides shelter to some 250 different bird species.
Gir National Park
If you are venturing into the state of Gujarat, consider taking a trip to the famous Gir National Park, located a few kilometers from the city of Junagadh. It is a real wildlife sanctuary. You will be able to make incredible encounters with rare species. Gir National Park is one of the most important in India. It is one of the few places in the world where you can still see lions outside of Africa. Take advantage of your visit to the country to visit this site.
Gir Park is also a perfect playground for observing hyenas, Gir foxes, woodpecker pygmies, Indian leopard, chowsingha (four-horned antelope), brown owl … It is also a real little corner of paradise for bird watchers. There are Bonelli’s eagles, Sarus’s crane.
Bannerghatta National Park
In the state of Karnataka, the Bannerghatta National Park is located a few kilometers from the city of Bangalore. It is especially famous among tourists for its famous white tigers. But you can also observe other types of animals by participating in safaris. Like gaur, leopard, fox, etc. Other animal species can still be observed there, since the park also has a zoo. In addition, it also houses ancient temples that can be discovered by participating in activities such as trekking for example.
National Park of Bandipur
Karnataka is one of the many states in southern India that has tourist attractions. Indeed, apart from its temples and other monuments that attract tourists, two national parks are also located there. There is in particular the National Park of Bandipur which is famous for its membership in the “Project tiger”, but especially for the exceptional biodiversity which it shelters. Moreover, part of the park is included in India’s first biosphere reserve: the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The park is located in Chamarajanagar district about 80 kilometers from Mysore.
Great Himalayan National Park
Himachal Pradesh is one of the most visited Indian states for tourists not only for its cultural and architectural heritage, but also for its natural heritage. Indeed, theGreat Himalayan National Park which is located in this state more precisely in the district of Kullu attracts nature enthusiasts, especially trekking enthusiasts. In addition, the park is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is home not only to more than 370 animal species, but also different species of plants typical of high altitudes.
Kanha National Park
Kanha Tiger Reserve , or more accurately Kanha National Park , is one of India’s 50 Tiger Reserves , even considered to be Madhya Pradesh’s largest national park with an area of over 1,940 km2. The Kanha area was divided into two shrines in the 1930s, Hallon of 250 km² and Banjar of 300 km². Here is our Travel Guide to Visit Kanha National Park.
Kanha National Park joins the neighboring park of Phen Sanctuary which has an area of 110 km 2 and thus forming the largest national park in central India.
The park is home to a large population of Royal Bengal tigers, sloth bears, leopards, Indian wild dogs and marsh deer: the Barasingha, the pride of the park.