India has a vast network of national parks filled with unique wildlife that are more than enough to inspire the average wildlife lover. From Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Lions, to a wealth of bird species, this is the place to find nature with the wow-factor. Go on safari through some of India’s very best, and lesser known parks.
This quick itinerary, themed for those who love wildlife, features some of our wildlife highlights and gives you an idea of the places to visit in each destination:
These highlights have been specially picked for this themed itinerary:
Keoladeo National Park
This manmade wetlands, established 250 years ago, has become one of the world’s richest bird areas. Also a World Heritage Site, the vast mix of habitats, including grasslands and woodland swamps, attracts thousands of bird species, especially during the migration when they drop by to breed and spend the winter.
Gir Forest National Park
The sole home of the endangered Asiatic lions, Gir Forest National Park is one of the most important protected areas in the whole of Asia. Once a hunting ground, where the lions were hunted to the verge of extinction, it was declared protected in 1900 by the Maharaja – there are now around 523 lions living here.
Pench National Park
Located in an area where it is said that Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ was set, Pench National Park has been a tiger reserve since 1992. There are around 40 Bengal Tigers in the park but it is also rich in other wildlife including sloth bears, leopards, antelope and barking deer.
Tadoba National Park
One of India’s ‘Project Tiger’ parks, Taboda has about 80 resident big cats and is still relatively off-the-beaten-track, with much lower visitor numbers than reserves such as Ranthambore. The tigers roam through a habitat of cliffs, marshes and lakes and it is said that you have a reasonably high chance of seeing at least one.
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The world’s largest and most populous continent, Asia is a vibrant and rambunctious fusion of ethnicities, cultures and customs; an incomparably rich and turbulent history showcased by mindboggling feats of architecture and engineering; a geography that encompasses towering peaks, unfathomable gorges and paradisiacal beaches; and a biodiversity that is so abundant that you’ll be reaching for your wildlife guide.