In a nation of a billion people you may sometimes wonder where there is room for things, but even still India has set aside locations for some stunning national parks. These parks have a combination of majestic scenery and varied scenery, opportunities for hiking, and the chance to see different wild animals. Below is a small cross section of some of the top national parks in India.
Corbett National Park
Corbet was the first national park established in India back in 1936 by the legendary tiger hunter Jim Corbett. The park is large and has five distinct zones. One of them, Jhirna, is open year round. The other zones close during the yearly monsoon season. The best opportunities for wild life viewing exist in the Dhikala zone where you may be able to see wild elephants and have safari trips organized for you.
Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park has the interesting honour of being the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel The Jungle Book. These preserve lands are rich in saal and bamboo forests, streams, open grasslands, and rivers. Kanha is very well regarded for the research and conservation programs that are run here for endangered species. There is an opportunity to see wild tigers here at Kanha as well as many varied bird species.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore has a great combination of nature and history. The park houses a once formidable fort that was built in the 10th century as a defensive post between north and central India. The park juxtaposes between rolling plains and steep cliffs. There is a rich collection of fauna and plant life in this park as well as around 30 tigers that are relatively easy to be led to during safari tours.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh, is known for both sterling settings as well as the highest concentration of tigers in any of India’s national parks. The park is set away from any urban locales because of its rocky terrain and dense green valleys. The remoteness of the park allows the tigers to congregate. There are arranged safaris for both tiger and elephant spotting. Be sure to also check out an ancient fort that is also inside the park a sheer 800 meter cliff top.
Sunderbans National Park
Sunderbans features a mangrove jungle that is the only one of its kind in the world. Sundarbans is only accessible by boat and includes 54 separate islands. Coming to this national park is a real experience that is not to be missed while in India.