Wildlife Tours in India Travel Guide


India’s National Parks

Kaziranga National Park is in North East India along the banks of the Brahmaputra River. The protected area is over 430 square kilometres and famous for its population of one-horned rhinos. In addition to rhinos, Kaziranga has sloth bears, Himalayan griffons, leopards, jungle cats, raptors, buffalo, boars, gibbons and a host of other animals and birds. And you can see it all from the back of an Indian elephant.

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most famous parks in India because it is the place where the beautiful Bengal white tigers were first re-discovered. With the largest white tiger population in India, it is the spot where you are most likely to see one of these beauties. The 430 square kilometre park is populated with thick forests and wetlands where, in addition to tigers, visitors can see egrets, vultures and a variety of other animals and birds. See it all on elephant back or from a hired all-terrain vehicle.

The Khana National Park has some of the most varied wildlife of any park in India. In total, the park encompasses nearly 2,000 square kilometres. You'll see herds of deer, antelope, black bucks and barking deer. There are over 150 species of bird that call Khana National Park home. And big game is there too. With such dense animal populations, you're likely to spot tigers, leopards, mongooses, Indian bison, wild pigs and more.

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is the largest bird sanctuary in India. Over 300 species of birds call this 30 square kilometre park home. From August to November, migratory birds come from all over to enjoy the manmade wetlands that were once a hunting preserve. Visitors will see cranes, eagles, flycatchers, larks, geese, ducks and more.

Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary's unique beauty lies in the ancient Shivea temples, 17th century castle and temple ruins of Garh-Rajor from which you can spot much of the wildlife that the Sariska Sanctuary has to offer. See Egyptian vultures, woodpeckers, owls and eagles gliding through the air. Lower, visitors will see leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, jackals, tigers and a variety of other Indian wildlife.

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. This 100 square kilometre sanctuary is home to over 300 Asiatic lions making Gir one of the best places in India to spot them. These beautiful animals roam around a beautiful tree belt with a variety of Indian trees including banyan trees, teak, Jambu and other beautiful broadleaf trees. Visitors can also see several species of antelope, gazelle, monkey, jackal, hyena, spotted deer, eagles and many other Indian animals.

Wildlife Safaris

The heart of India's beauty is in the varied wildlife, terrains and climates it has to offer. The best way to get a holistic picture of India's beauty is to embark on a wildlife safari.

Package safaris allow you to enjoy the natural beauty on the move. Feel safe as you travel amongst lions, tigers and jungle cats from the comfort of a Jeep. If you're more adventurous at heart, see the beauty of India from a more intimate space. Many safaris are offered from the backs of pack animals such as horses and even elephants.

Travel the desert and see its flora and fauna from the back of a camel like explorers have done for thousands of years. Explore the jungle from the back of an Asian elephant that slowly lumbers over brush and under tree branches. Spot jaguars, monkeys, mongooses and tigers from the back of an animal that other wildlife won't dare to tangle with. Or, for a quicker trip through the flat lands and valleys, enjoy your safari on the back of a horse. Experienced horsemen can track down wildlife, get up-close and personal and enjoy animals in their natural habitat.

The Time to Go

India is a land of varying temperatures and regions. The best time to go on a wildlife tour largely depends on your destination. To see wildlife in the Himalayas, schedule your vacation between late May and mid-October. The weather is warm, but temperatures don't climb too high under the shadow of the mountains.

In the lower lands, India gets much hotter. Temperatures can climb to 40+ degrees Celsius in the summer. For a cooler time, schedule your trip for spring or fall.

Although India is beautiful any time of year, the rainy season descends between June and August. Avoid these dates if you don't want your outdoor activities to get rained out and many of the National Parks are closed during this time as the tracks become impassable.

Tips

No matter when you plan your holiday, check the forecasted weather for those months. A little bit of research will ensure that the climate is just right for your wildlife adventures.

Never go out on any wildlife tours in India without a local or experienced tour guide with your party. A guide knows the right places and times of day to see the best wildlife. They are also familiar enough with the landscape to help you avoid any potential danger or discomfort.

Himalayan treks often travel to high altitudes. Don't be afraid to ask to stop periodically to allow yourself time to acclimate to the thinner air. Make sure your itinerary is properly graded and not to rushed to prevent altitude sickness.

India has a wealth of beauty to offer. Some of the most popular wildlife destinations are listed here, but India has more to offer than will fit on a page or eve in one trip. The best wildlife tours are planned based on the areas or animals that visitors most like to see. If proximity, time and ability are taken into account, wildlife trekkers can enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna that abound in India.

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