There are over 80
national parks and 500 wildlife sanctuaries in India,
which reflect the importance that the country places on
nature and wildlife conservation. The variety of wildlife
in India is incredibly diverse and being able to view
these animals and birds in their natural habitat is an
experience of a lifetime. Many vistors come to India
wanting to see the infamous tiger. The chance of spotting
a tiger greatly depends on the size of the national park
and the number of tigers, and is higher at some parks than
Here are five of the best national parks to see tigers and
other wildlife in India.
1. Sunderbans National Park
Sunderbans is a magnificent tangle of mangrove jungle
thatís the only one of its kind in the world. Itís spread
over 54 islands and extends into neighboring Bangladesh.
The Sundarbans is only accessible by boat and exploring it
this way is a thrilling experience that shouldnít be
missed. Donít be hopeful of seeing any tigers though.
Theyíre very shy and usually remain well hidden in the
2. Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh is best known for its spectacular setting, as
well as having the highest concentration of tigers in any
park in India. The park features dense green valleys and
rocky hill terrain, with an ancient fort built on 800
meter (2,624 ft) high cliffs. Although it's relatively
difficult to reach, this park offers the best chance of
seeing tigers. Elephants are also available for tiger
tracking in the morning and treks in the evening.
3. Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park has the honor of providing the setting
for Rudyard Kiplingís classic novel, The Jungle Book. Itís
rich in lush saal and bamboo forests, lakes, streams and
open grasslands. This large park is well regarded for its
research and conservation programs, and many endangered
species have been saved there. As well as tigers, the park
abounds with barasingha (swamp deer) and an extensive
variety of other animals and birds.
4. Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole gains its name from the snake like river that
winds its way through it. The park is a place of unspoilt
wilderness, with serene forest, bubbling streams, and a
tranquil lake. Nagarhole can be explored by jeep, elephant
back and boat. Visitors can also go trekking. The park
offers the opportunity to see elephants close up in their
natural habitat, and itís not unusual to see herds of
elephants on the river bank. However, the likelihood of
seeing a tiger here is quite rare compared to parks such
as Bandhavgarh in the north.
5. Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore is a fascinating blend of history and nature.
Inside the park is a formidable fort that was built in the
10th century and coveted by many rulers due to its
strategic position between north and central India. The
park itself is characterized by rocky plains and steep
cliffs. It supports a diverse range of flora and fauna,
including around 30 tigers. This park is very popular due
to its proximity to Delhi and the fact that tigers are
relatively easy to spot here.
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