India has a total of 104 renowned national parks that are effectively conserving its diverse range of ecosystems. These national parks are homes to some of the world’s most endangered species, and even a glimpse of these creatures is a breathtaking experience, to say the least.
While every single one of these national parks holds its own unique significance, covering them all in one, or a certain few, trip is a near-impossible task. But don’t you worry, nature lovers! If you’re just starting to explore the beauty of India’s wildlife, we have just the right list that we believe you should definitely check out.
Instead of covering a specific region or a single type of ecosystem, we have made this list keeping in mind that our readers can cover as much of India’s exquisite wildlife as possible by visiting these 5 nationals that are spread across the country. Before we go any further with the list, we just wanted to clear out one thing.
This is not a rank-wise list. In fact, as we’ve said before, every national park in India is special in its own way. We’re only providing you some of our favorite ones that we believe you must check out.
We’ll not keep you waiting any longer, and so, without further ado, let’s jump right into this list!
Let’s start with one of the most visited national parks in North India. A lot of the tourists coming to India club their Golden Triangle Tour With Ranthambore, and over the last few years, it has become a major tourist hub for being home to India’s pride, the rare Royal Bengal Tiger.
Situated in a small city of Sawaimadhopur in Rajasthan, about 200 km from the capital city of Jaipur, Ranthambore is the perfect getaway destination for everyone who loves spending time in deep jungles surrounded by rare, endangered creatures for hours. However, do keep in mind that this national park is closed from July to September every year, so make your plans accordingly. In our opinion, the best time to visit Ranthambore is during the winter season.
We now head east to witness a one-of-a-kind ecosystem that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Kaziranga National Park is located in the Kanchanjuri district of the North-Eastern state of Assam. One of the many reasons why Kaziranga makes it our list of top favorite national parks in India is that it has the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses.
But rhinos aren’t the only thing we love about Kaziranga. A perfect blend of deep forests, wetlands and open grasslands, extremely diverse flora and fauna, home to India’s majestic elephants, we could go on and on about it.
Situated on the banks of Ramganga Reservoir in Nainital, Uttrakhand, Jim-Corbett National Park is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve. If you’re totally into Royal Bengal Tigers, this magical place should be at the top of your list.
But again, tigers aren’t the only thing that makes Jim Corbett so special. In our experience, it’s mesmerizing location, surrounded by hills, is what makes it such a surreal and heavenly place for people who love exploring the beauty of nature.
Valley of Flowers
Whenever it comes to national parks, everyone is so focused on checking out the animals, especially beasts, that flora almost always has to take a backseat. Well, not when you explore the Valley of Flowers National Park situated, again, in the state of Uttarakhand. And trust us when we say this, the beauty of this place is indescribable in words.
This UNESCO World heritage valley exhibits plush meadows blossomed with endemic alpine flowers and an awe-inspiring range of fauna. And mind you, if you’re thinking of skipping this one just because it doesn’t have animals in it, you’ll be missing out on one of the finest national parks in India.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Bannerghatta biological park located about 22 km south of Bengaluru, which is famously known as the silicon valley of India. One of the numerous reasons why Bannerghatta makes it our list is due to the abundance of one of the rarest species on earth, the White Bengal Tiger.
While nothing could top the experience of witnessing a white tiger, there are numerous other safaris that you can enjoy when you’re here, including one each for elephants, lions, tigers and much more!
We hope you liked this list. What other national parks in India are your favorite? Let us know in the comments down below!