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Places To Enjoy Wildlife Safari In India




 

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-Oldest park, was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.
-Currently, tiger population has reduced to around 160.
-It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett, wildlife story writer who played a key role in its establishment.
-Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands and a large lake.
-The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m).
-Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny.
-It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.
-Closest railway station is Ramnagar at 12 km & Phoolbagh domestic airport is 50 kms away whereas International Airport is Delhi at 295 Kms.
-Best time to visit from 15th November to 15th June.
-Every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and other countries.
 

 


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-The park hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses. -Largest wildlife sanctuaries & highly visited park of Northeast India.
-Kaziranga covers an area of 378 km2 (146 sq mi), with approximately 51.14 km2 (20 sq mi) lost to erosion in recent years.
-The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer.
-Located in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam.
-Kaziranga also boasts the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world, thus was declared as Tiger Reserve Forest in 2006.
-Nearest airport is Guwahati at 217 km, Furkating railway station at 75 km where as, Road is well connected at Kohora on NH-37.
-Best visiting time is November to April.
 

 

 


Bandipur National Park - Karnataka

-Famous park of South India, was established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger.
-It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.
-Park covering as area of 874 kilometers (337 sq mi).
-Located at 80 km away from Mysore and 215 km away from Bangalore.
-Natural home to Elephants and several other endangered species.
-Lush forest of the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats.
-Closest Domestic Airport is 70 km whereas, Bangalore International airport is 260 kms. Well connected road to Mysore city & Mysore railway station at 80 kms.
-Best time to visit between July to October.
 

 

 


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-Bandhavgarh was declared a national park in 1968, covering an area of 105 Sq km. -Located in Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh.
-Bandhavgarh is famous for highest density of Bengal tigers in the world; in 2012, about 44-49 numbers were recorded.
-Park has significant number of Leopards, Deer & White Tigers.
-It houses around 37 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, about 80 species of butterflies and a number of reptiles.
-Closet Airport is Jabalpur, which is 197 kilometres away & Umaria railway station is 37 kms.
-Best time to see tigers is from April to June (Closed 1 July-31 October).
 

 

 


Kanha National Park - Madhya Pradesh
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-Park was established on 1 June 1955, spreading over 940 Sq Kms.
-Located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla - Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh.
-Kanha National Park is famous for Swamp Deer 'Barasingha'.
-Park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog.
-Home to over 1000 species of flowering plants.
-It has sal and bamboo forests, plateaus, meadows and meandering streams.
-It has a sunset point called Bamni Dadar, from where the entire Park can be seen.
-It is 175 kilometres away from Jabalpur Town, which has an Airport facility.
-Best time to visit: April to June.


Gir National Park and Sasan Gir Sanctuary - Gujarat
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-It's a Forest & Wild Life Sanctuary in Junagadh district of Gujrat.
-Was established in 1965 with a total area of 1412 Sq. Kms.
-The forest area of Gir and its lions were declared as "protected" in the early 1900s by the Nawab of Junagadh.
-Mainly famous for Asiatic Lions, around 411 Lions are recorded at present.
-It has 2,375 distinct fauna species includes 38 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects whereas more than 507 plant species.
-It provides nearly 5 million kilograms of green grass by annual harvesting, valued approximately at Rs. 500 million (US$10 million) and provides nearly 123,000 metric tons worth of fuel wood annually.
-October to June is the ideal time to visit.
-It is connected with Keshod Airport at 38 kms & Sasan railway just a few meters away, well connected road to Junagadh (55 Km), Rajkot (160 Km) Ahmedabad (408 Km).

 


Keoladeo Ghana National Park - Bharatpur - Rajasthan
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-Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
-Located in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan covering an area of 29 sq. km(11 sq mi).
-The sanctuary was created 250 years ago and is named after a Keoladeo (Shiva) temple within its boundaries.
-It was declared as a protected sanctuary in 1971 and also declared as World Heritage Site.
-It has finest birding area, avifauna & migratory birds.
-It houses around 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.
-Primary center for ornithologists and other zoological studies.
-Bharatpur railway station is 6 Kms away & 176 Kms far from Delhi.
-Best Time To Visit: October to February.
 

 


Periyar National Park - Kerala
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-Located in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the southern Western Ghats, Kerala.
-Periyar is one of the Tiger & Elephant Reserve Forests, spreading over an area of 925 Sq km (357 sq mi).
-It was declared as the Periyar National Park in 1982.
-It has an artificial lake flowing through the forests and excellent boating spot for tourists.
-Park has 171 species of grass, 140 species of orchids, 265 species of birds, 45 species of reptiles, 40 species of fish & 160 butterfly taxa.
-It is 140 kms away from Madurai Airport & Kottayam Railway at 114 kms.
-Best season to visit is October to June.
 

 


Sariska Tiger Reserve - Rajasthan
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-Located in Alwar District of Rajasthan in lap of Aravali hills.
-It got a status of wildlife reserve in year 1955 and in year 1978 it became Sariska Tiger Reserve.
-Area - 866 sq kms.
-Wild life found at Sariska are Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Caracal, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal, Chital, Sambhar, Blue Bull, Chinkara, Four Horned antelope, Wild Boar, Hare Langur and many birds and reptiles etc.
-Flora of Sariska includes Dhok tree, Salar, Kadaya, Dhak, Gol, Ber, Khair, Bargad, Arjun, Gugal, Bamboo etc.
-Sariska Tiger Reserve contains historical places like Kankarwadi fort, located in centre of Sariska Tiger Reserve.
-Best time to visit - October to June.
 

 


Satpura National Park - Madhya Pradesh
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-Location - Hoshangabad District, Madhya Pradesh
-Year of Establishment - 1981
-Area - 524 Sq. Km.
-Prime Attractions - Black Buck, Leopard, Wild Dogs, Indian Bison, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Crocodiles
-Best time to Visit - October to April
-Satpura National Park is very rich in biodiversity. The animals here are tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, Indian muntjac, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, Gaur, wild boar, wild dog, bear, black buck, fox, porcupine, flying squirrel, mouse deer, Indian giant squirrel, etc.
-There are a variety of birds. Hornbills and peafowl are common birds found here.
-The flora consists of mainly sal, teak, tendu, Phyllanthus emblica, mahua, bel, bamboo, and grasses and medicinal plants.


Hemis National Park - Ladakh
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-Known as the Snow leopard capital of World
-Has an altitude range of 3,300 to 6,000 m
-Established - 4th February 1981
-Located - Eastern Ladakh region
-Only national park in India north of the Himalayas.
-Largest notified protected area in India (and thus the largest national park of India).
-2nd largest contiguous protected area after the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and surrounding protected areas.
-The park is home to a number of species of endangered mammals including the snow leopard.
-The park is bounded on the north by the banks of the Indus River, and includes the cachements of Markha, Sumdah and Rumbak, and parts of the Zanskar Range.
-Main attraction - Shapu, Bharal, Snow Leopard, Asiatic ibex, Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and the red fox.
-The park boasts of 200 leopards and is the only habitat of Shapu or the Ladakhi Urial in India.
-For bird watchers, it's a dream destination. Besides golden eagle, Lammergeier vulture and the Himalayan griffon vulture, the park is home to Brown Accentor, Robin Accentor, Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Streaked Rosefinch, Tibetan Snowfinch, Chukar, Fork-tailed Swift, Red-billed Chough, Himalayan Snowcock, and the Fire-fronted Serin.
-Best time to visit - June to October

 


Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project - Maharashtra
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-Referred to as "The Jewel of Vidharba"
Located - Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.
-Maharashtra's oldest and largest National Park.
-One of India's 43 "Project Tiger" - Tiger reserves.
-Area - 1727.6 sq.km
-The lifeline of the park are the Andhari River, Erai Dam, Kolsa Lake, Junoria Lake and the Tadoba Lake.
-Aside from around 65 of the keystone species Bengal tiger, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to other mammals, including: Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaur, nilgai, dhole, striped hyena, small Indian civet, jungle cats, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, chital, and chausingha.
-Best time to visit - February to May

 


National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary
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-Located on the Chambal River near the tripoint of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
-Area - 5,400 sq km
-Established - 1979
-A riverine sanctuary along an approximately 425 km length of the Chambal River and its ravines stretching over 2-6 km wide along the river.
-It supports the critically endangered gharial (small crocodiles), the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges river dolphin.
-Best Time to Visit - November to March

 

 

 


Pench National Park - Madhya Pradesh
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-Located in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in India.
-It derives its name from the Pench River that flows through the National park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves- the well forested areas of Seoni and Chhindwara districts respectively.
-It was declared a sanctuary in 1977 but raised to the status of National park in 1983.
-Later it was established as Tiger Reserve area in 1992.
-Area - 758 sq kms
-Commonly seen wildlife is chital, sambhar, nilgai, wild boar, jackal, leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, porcupine, monkey, jungle cat, fox, striped hyena, gaur, chowsingha and barking deer.
-Best time to visit - November to February

 



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