Homegrown’s Guide To Indian Tiger Safaris & National Parks

Homegrown’s Guide To Indian Tiger Safaris & National Parks

Man and his love for wilderness has always been an inherently romantic affair. From childhood re-reads of the Jungle Book to unmissable moments of serenity experienced in the laps of nature, the thrill of the wild kicks in every in a while; driving us out of concrete jungles and letting the spirit of wanderlust set in.

With pandemic restrictions easing, many of us have been busy making itineraries and planning our next getaway. If you’re a wilderness-seeking traveler looking for an escape from domestic life, a trip through the wildlife India has to offer would do you good!

Spread across a vast expanse of 43,716 km, there are around 106 existing national parks in India which makes up to be a solid 1.33% of the country’s geographical area. These parks are increasingly popular among nature enthusiasts looking to live it up a jungle(quite literally!).

Scenic cottages, wild safaris, interactive tour guides — here’s a look at the best wildlife safaris in India.

I. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

The Ranthambore National Park, which spans 1,334 square kilometres, is a royal haven for predators who are royalty in their own right — tigers. Wildlife photographers are drawn to tigers because they are a major attraction; with the wild cats frequently coming out to enjoy the warmth of the desert.

Additionally, if you are unable to witness these magnificent cats, you will be rewarded with sightings of other exotic animals such as sloth bears, wild boars, and sambar deer, to mention a few.

The best time to visit is from October to June, with tiger sightings occurring from March to May.

II. Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Considered to be the largest national park in India, The Hemis National Park is known for its snow-covered altitudes, dreamy parks and majestic snow leopards. The place is home to 16 species of animals and 73 species of birds, apart from being known as the snow leopard capital of India.

The high altitude reserve park offers naturalists an incredible glimpse of some of the rarest and endangered species like snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, ibex, blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, and golden eagles.

Given its unusual landscape and exotic ecosystem, we suggest you brush up your photography skills before hitting the safari trail. The best time to visit is from May to September. The park closes the safari in November because to severe snowfall.

3. Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

As Asia’s first National Park, Jim Corbett is undoubtedly one of India’s most well-known natural reserves for the most ferocious members of the cat family. Located at the foothills of Himalaya, the park is famous for being home to the largest number of tigers in India.

Tourists often flock here during the winters to soak in the picturesque landscapes of Pauri Garhwal, Almora, and Nainital along with the wild safari experience that the park provides. The jeep safari that takes you through the dense forests and animal trails is a thrilling experience for all the adventure-seekers. Noteworthy wild species to keep your eye out for include Serow, Goral, and Himalayan Tahr, in addition to tigers.

The optimum time to go visit is from mid-November to the end of June, with tigers being most visible from March to May.

4. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Catch the amazing glimpses of Royal tigers at The Bandhavgarh National Park on your next trip. Touted as the natural abode for lush green forests and safari opportunities, Bandhavgarh is a save haven for white tigers- a major worldwide attraction. Once known as the hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Reva, the park is a hotspot for tiger tours and wildlife resorts, beckoning you to experience serenity in the lap of nature.

The best time to go is from October to June, and tigers can be seen from March to May.

5. Sasan Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

The rough scrub-land and woodlands of this park finds itself situated on the western Gujarati peninsula, is best visited on a Jeep safari. Regarded as the last refuse of the Asiatic lion, taking a safari through the thick, inviting forests of the reserve is a blissful experience. The sanctuary harbors an abundant range of mammals include dainty Chital, Sambar, Nilgais , Chousinghas , Chinkaras and rare leopards along with an indigenous tribe of Maldhari(herders) that are committed to safekeeping the natural habitat.

The best time to visit is from December to April as the park closes from mid-June to mid-September due to monsoon season.

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