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Wildlife tourism in india

India is home to a diverse range of flora and animals. Indeed, it would not be incorrect to refer to India as the biological capital of the planet. 

India is home to numerous animal conservation parks and sanctuaries, spanning from the massive mountain ranges in the North, the marshy areas in the East, to the southern point of Kanyakumari.

 India is among the best destinations in the world for wildlife tourism. It is a haven for nature lovers, a photographer’s dream come true, a haven for wildlife aficionados, and the new normal for honeymooners.

Travelers travel to India from all over the world to see its rich wildlife. Since the locals and the community are heavily interested in the preservation of wildlife, wildlife tourism in India offers visitors ample opportunity for introspection as well as insightful knowledge of the biodiversity and cultural aspects of the country.

A wildlife trip is a much-needed diversion from the bustle of city life, if you are traveling to experience India, in addition to the country’s top tourist destinations and historical monuments.

  • Total Bird Sanctuaries in India: 61
  • Total National Parks in India – 104
  • Total Tiger Reserves in India-52
  • Total Wildlife Sanctuaries in India – 566

Here is a list of Top 10 Indian destinations you should visit this year, if you want to see their amazing wildlife.

S No

National Park

Nearest Airport

Best Time to Visit

1

Jim Corbett National Park,Uttarakhand

Patnagar Airport

October to June

2

Gir National Park ,Gujarat

Keshod Airport

December to March

3

Ranthambore National Park,Rajasthan

Sanganer Airport

October to March

4

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Jorhat Airport

November to April

5

Bannerghatta Biological Park, Karnataka

Bengaluru International Airport

October to February

6

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Jabalpur Airport

October to March

7

Periyar National Park, Kerala

 

Madurai Airport

September to April

8

The Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh

Bhunter Airport

March to June

9

Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport

May to October

10

Tadoba, Maharashtra

Dr. Badasaheb Ambedkar International Airport

March to May

Best National Parks in India

1. Jim Corbett National Park,Uttarakhand

A wildlife safari in Indias Jim Corbett National Park is among the most thrilling experiences. Numerous Tigers can be seen at Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve and is located in the mountainous area of Nainital. With any luck, you might even catch a glimpse of a white tiger. One of the most well-liked wildlife attractions in India is this one.

  • Activities: Take a drive through the park to observe the wildlife, go fishing at the Kosi River, or see the Corbett Falls.
  • Opening and closing times: November 15 to June 15 is the best time to visit the park. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Park is open. For an Indian national, the Park charges Rs. 200; for a foreigner, the charges are Rs. 1000.
  • Accommodations: Aahana The Roar Resort, The Den Corbett, Le Roi Corbett, The River View Retreat, and The Corbett Wilderness
  • How to get there: The travel from Delhi to Jim Corbett takes about five hours
  • Cost of Jeep Safari: It Costs between INR 3500 and 4500 per Jeep (for 4-5 passengers)
  • Adventure Tip: Get a permit to enter the park and enjoy a quiet campfire night in the middle of nature.
  • Visibility of species: sambar deer, elephants, tigers, golden jackals, and spotted deer.

2. Gir National Park ,Gujarat

Asiatic lions are the main draw of Gujarat’s Gir National Forest. Gir Lions Tourism is closely associated with Gujarat. Go directly to Gir if you want to take part in an exhilarating safari and get a close-up look at the forest king.

  • Activities: Take a lion safari to get up close and personal with the king of the jungle; You can also go boating around Gir’s many Lakes. 
  • Species to see: Snakes, blackbucks, crocodiles, sloth bears, Asian lions, Indian leopards, jungle cats, and monitor lizards.
  • Hours of Operation: The Park is open from 16 October to 15 June annually. The hours in the morning are 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., after which the evening hours are from 3 to 6 p.m. Up to six Indian nationals traveling in a jeep are charged Rs. 4500 and Rs. 11,000 for a jeep carrying up to six foreign nationals.
  • Jeep Safari costs INR 3000–8000 each Jeep (for four to five persons).
  • Accommodation options include Gir Jungle Resort, Hotel Umang, Gir Lion’s Paw Resort, Anil Farm House, and The Gateway Hotel.
  • How to get there: Gir National Park is nearest to the city of Junagadh. There is a train station in Junagadh that links it to larger cities like Ahmedabad.
  • Adventure Tip: Go there first thing in the morning to make the most of your time there.

3. Ranthambore National Park,Rajasthan

One of the largest and most well-known national parks in Northern India is Ranthambore National Park. Situated approximately 130 km away from Jaipur in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeast Rajasthan is the park.

The landscape of Ranthambore National Park, which was once thought to be one of the most renowned and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, is now a popular wildlife tourism destination that has captured the interest of many wildlife photographers and enthusiasts.

  • Hours of operation: October to June is when the Park is open. For the remaining months of the year, it is closed. The excursion leaves at 6.30 am and returns at 10 am. The journey takes place in the evening, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. The fees are approximately Rs. 131 for an Indian national traveling in a gypsy and Rs. 75 for an Indian national traveling in a canter. It costs Rs. 530 for a gypsy and Rs. 475 for a canter for international nationals.
  • Jeep Safari costs between INR 4000 and 8000 each Jeep (for 4-5 passengers).
  • Places to stay: Tiger Moon Resort, Sanctuary Resort, Tiger Den Resort, The Tiger Villa, Taj Sawai, Tree House Anuraga, Ankur Resort
  • Directions: The Park may be reached by car in three hours from Jaipur.
  • Adventure Tip: For some breathtaking views of the National Park, consider taking a hot air balloon ride far above the ground.

4. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park, one of the most popular wildlife holiday destinations in India. The park is dotted with elephant-grass meadows, swampy lagoons, and dense forests. 

The park, which was established in 1908 at Mary Curzon’s suggestion, is situated at the border of the Golaghat and Nagaon districts, two hotspots for biodiversity in the Eastern Himalayas. The Park was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985. 

Best Time to Visit

Every year, from May 1 to October 31, Kaziranga Park is closed to visitors. Thus, the ideal months to explore Kaziranga National Park are November to April.

  • Summer (April to May): During this season, there are animals around bodies of water; The weather is still windy and dry.
  • Monsoon (June to September): The area experiences a lot of rain during this time, about 2,220 millimeters (87 in), which keeps the temperature hot and muggy. Due to threats of flooding in the Brahmaputra River, the park is closed from May through October.
  • Winter (November to February): With its mild and dry weather, this is perhaps the ideal time to explore Kaziranga National Park. As the grass burns in the winter, there is a greater chance of seeing rhinos.
Safari Timings

An elephant and jeep safari trip is arranged by the Kaziranga Park authorities to encourage wildlife tourism in Assam.

  • Jeep Safari in the morning: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Jeep Safari in the Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Elephant Safari Timing
  • Morning: 05:30 AM to  06:30 AM
  • Morning: 06:30 AM to  07:30 AM
Zones/Safari Gate

Covering an area of 430 square kilometers, the park, also known as the hotspot of diversity, is divided into four sections, each with unique characteristics related to grasslands, the density of mammals and birds, landtopography and terrain.

The following are some locations on the pre-planned tourist routes, where the Jeep Safari is held.

  • Agaratoli in Eastern Range at Agaratoli
  • Bagori in Western Range at Bagori
  • Ghorakati in Burapahar Range at Ghorakhati
  • Mihimukh in Central Range at Kohora
Principal Attractions nearby the Park are as follows
  • Kakochang Fall (46 kms)
  • Addabarie Tea Estate
  • Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary
  • Deopahar (51 kms)
  • Orang National Park (114 kms)

5. Bannerghatta Biological Park, Karnataka

Situated in close proximity to Bangalore, Karnataka, Bannerghatta National Park is an Indian National Park. Established in 1970 and designated as a national park, a tiny section of the park was transformed into the Bannerghatta Biological Park, a zoological garden.

The park is a hiking and trekking attraction with historic temples for devotion. Six small rural settlements with three sizable enclosures for sheep and cattle farming are located within the national park region. 

  • Activities: Visit the Butterfly Park, have a tiger safari, go boating, and observe the following animals: tigers, leopards, elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, butterflies, and snakes.
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesdays are closed throughout the Park. The park is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Adults must pay Rs. 30 to enter the Butterfly Park, while children must pay Rs. 20. For adults, the Grand Safari costs Rs. 260, while children’s tickets cost Rs. 130.
  • Accommodation: Options include Lords Plaza Bengaluru, Ibis Bengaluru Hosur Road, Confido Inn and Suites, and Svenska Design Hotels.
  • Jeep Safari: Costs between INR 3500 and 10000 each Jeep (for 4-5 people).
  • How to get there: Bengaluru City is 22 Kilometers away from the Park.

6. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh. The 105 sq km core area of the national park is surrounded by a buffer zone that is roughly 400 sq km in size. 

The terrain of the entire area is varied, containing high mountains, undulating forests, and wide meadows. At Bandhavgarh National Park, the Royal Bengal Tigers are the main draw. 

Bandhavgarh has the densest known tiger population in both India and the world. The national park was once the hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa, but today it is a well-known spot, where White Tigers congregate naturally. Not far from here in Rewa, the first white tigers were discovered, and today they are a common sight in zoos all over the world. 

  • Activities: To see the greatest wildlife, take a jeep safari or a birding excursion. Don’t forget to view the Khajuraho temples when you’re there. Check out the Bandhavgarh Fort as well.
  • There are a lot of birds, reptiles, elephants, deers, monkeys and Bengal tigers among the species to be seen.
  • Hours of Operation: The Park is open from 15th of October to 30th of June. For a jeep carrying up to six persons, the entrance cost is Rs. 2000 for Indian citizens and Rs. 4000 for foreigners.
  • Jeep Safari costs between INR 2500 and 8500 each Jeep (for 4-5 passengers).
  • Where to stay: Tiger Lagoon Resort, Nature Heritage Resort, Bundela Jungle Lodge, and Kings Lodge Bandhavgarh

7. Periyar National Park, Kerala

Thekkady’s Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, with its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife, is the ideal illustration of nature’s abundance. The Periyar National Park is regarded as the best protected sanctuary for tigers and elephants in this amazing part of Kerala.

Southern India’s Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife preserve located in the center of the Kerala state. The sanctuary is well-known for its herds of Asian elephants, which can occasionally number fifty.

  • Activities: See the animal sanctuary, go on a boat trip on Periyar Lake, and hike the wildlife route are all highly suggested.
  • Views of the following species: reptiles, snakes, deers, tigers, leopards, and elephants
  • Hours of operation: The Park is open from six a.m. to six p.m. every day of the week. For adults in India, the entrance charge is Rs. 25, whereas for children in India, it is Rs. 5. Moreover, a foreign adult must pay Rs. 300, while a foreign youngster must pay Rs. 105.
  • Jeep Safari costs INR 3500–8500 each Jeep (for four to five persons).
  • Places to stay: Spice Village, Aranya Nivas KTDC, Springdale Heritage, and the elephant Thekkady
  • How to get there: Kochi is three hours’ drive from Periyar National Park. Kochi has an airport and is a well-connected city.
  • Adventure Tip: Go bamboo rafting along the river to observe the diversity of flora and fauna for an unrivaled wildlife experience in one of Indias most lush states.

8. The Great Himalayan National Park, HP

The Great Himalayan National Park is well-known for its rich biodiversity. The park is home to a staggering array of different plants and animals. More than 375 different kinds of wildlife  The park is an excellent location for birdwatchers, as it is home to over 300 different species of birds.

The Indian Wildlife Act protects the majority of the Himalayan wildlife, which includes the musk deer, serow (a goat-like antelope), Himalayan brown bear, common leopard, snow leopard, and bharal (blue sheep).

  • Activities: include hiking through the forest, taking a boat trip on the Tirthan River, taking a stroll amid the clouds, and breathing in clean, unpolluted air. Additionally, set up camp beneath the stars.
  • Hours of operation: The Park is open all year round. For Indian citizens, the entrance price is Rs. 50; For international nationals, it is Rs. 200.
  • Jeep Safari costs INR 4500–8500 each Jeep, for four to five people.
  • Accommodations: Forest House Saipora, which has a library, dorms, and biodiversity trails
  • How to get there: Kullu Valley is where the park begins. Roads connect Kullu to most important cities.

9. Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Renowned for its diverse birdlife and large number of snow leopards, Hemis National Park is a popular wildlife destination in Ladakh. 

Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is the largest continuous protected area in India, with this one coming in second. 

The 3,350 square kilometer park is a must-visit for anyone interested in wildlife as well as photography and trekking, with plenty of chances for both.

  • Activities: Go on an exciting hike to Hemis; Animals to see include blue sheep, snow leopards, red foxes, Asiatic ibexes, Tibetan wolves, and Himalayan marmots.
  • Hours of operation: The Park is open every day. The cost of admission is Rs. 100 for foreigners and Rs. 20 for Indian citizens.
  • Jeep Safari’s price: NA
  • Where to Stay: The Hemis National Park is not close to any Hotels. There are homestay options in a few of the villages surrounding the park. Additionally, the Hemis monastery offers lodging for guests.
  • How to travel there: The closest train station is in Haryana, at Kalka. The park can be accessed via the Leh-Manali route and is located 5 kilometers from the Leh district.

10. Tadoba, Maharashtra

The “Tadoba National Park“, often referred to as the “Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve“, is notably the oldest and largest national park in Maharashtra. It is one of the 47 planned tiger reserves in India. 

It is around 150 kilometers from Nagpur City and is located in the Chandrapur district of the state of Maharashtra. The native tribal people of this region praise the God “Tadoba“ or “Taru“, from whence the word “Tadoba“ originates. 

  • Activities: Take a tiger safari and explore the trails for bird watching.
  • See species at the Andhari refuge and the Chimur Hills.
  • Hours of operation: The park is open from 15th October to 30th June. Tuesdays are closed; The Park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Adult entry costs are Rs. 10, while children’s admission costs are Rs. 5.
  • Jeep Safari costs between INR 2400 and 6000 each Jeep (for 4-5 passengers).
  • Accommodations: Tuli Tiger Resort, The Wildflower Resort, Svasara Jungle Lodge and Resorts
  • How to get there: Nagpur is a short distance from the park. Chandrapur is the nearest train station if traveling by rail.

FAQ On Wildlife Tourism in India

What is Wildlife-Tourism?

Visiting protected areas or natural habitats to watch and enjoy wildlife in its native habitat is known as wildlife tourism. It includes things like nature hikes, birding, safaris, and eco-tours.

A wide range of animals, including Asian elephants, rhinoceroses, Bengal tigers and several bird species, can be found in Indias various environments. 

Photographers and lovers of animals will find special opportunity in its national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Some popular wildlife destinations in India include:

  • Jim Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand)
  • Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan)
  • Kaziranga National Park (Assam)
  • Sunderbans National Park (West Bengal)
  • Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala)

The region and the species you wish to see will determine the ideal time to go. In most of India, the winter months of November to February are the best for wildlife safaris because of the scant foliage and mild weather, which make it easier to view animals.

Near animal reserves, there are a variety of lodging options, from opulent resorts to affordable lodges and environmentally conscious campsites Within the reserve, many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries have forest resthouses or hotels, managed by the government.

A wide variety of animal species can be found in India, such as Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers, Indian elephants, Indian rhinoceroses, leopards, deer, monkeys, birds, and reptiles.

Wildlife tourism in India is generally safe, as long as safety protocols are followed and appropriate safeguards are taken. Visitors should always heed the advice of park officials and certified guides, though, and be mindful of potential hazards like coming in contact with wild animals.

Indeed, a lot of wildlife reserves and conservation groups have volunteer programs with an emphasis on community involvement, wildlife monitoring, and habitat restoration. These programs offer chances to support conservation efforts and obtain practical knowledge of managing animals.

Conclusion

To sum up, wildlife tourism in India provides a unique chance to discover various ecosystems and witness an abundance of species in their own environment. 

Nature lovers will have an unforgettable time exploring India’s national parks and sanctuaries, home to everything from secretive Asiatic lions to majestic Bengal tigers. 

Prioritizing responsible tourism behaviors, showing respect for wildlife, and making contributions to conservation initiatives are essential when taking in these activities. 

By doing this, tourists may contribute to the preservation of India’s priceless natural heritage in addition to making lifelong memories.

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