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India is home to a number of national parks that offer thrilling wildlife experiences. From a spine-chilling jungle safari to a serene natural respite amidst gorgeous scenery, these parks are idyllic tourist destinations. As you explore the wildlife treasures of India, here are some hotspots you shouldn't miss.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
One of the greatest wildlife emblems of the country, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park, is famed as a home to two-thirds of the world's population of the rare one-horned rhinoceros. With the mighty Brahmaputra river lapping at the fringes, the park encompasses wetlands, forests and grasslands, which shelter a sizeable population of tigers as well. Moreover, the park is an abode of world-famous snakes - the rock python, the reticulated python and the king cobra, the longest venomous snake.
While eastern swamp deer and wild water buffalo are common sights, if you're lucky, you can also spot a herd of elephants making their way grandly through the park. One of the key attractions of the park are the 4WD safaris that help you explore the park better.
Manas National Park, Assam
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, which give way to tropical forests and alluvial grasslands, the Manas National Park is teeming with diverse fauna. These include endangered species like Indian rhinoceros, Indian elephant, tiger and pygmy hog. Some of the other animals you can spot include golden langurs, bison, deer, red panda etc. The park offers amazing opportunities for birdwatching as well. You can spot avifauna like Bengal florican, great pied hornbill, wreathed hornbill, greater adjutant, and many more. Since the park is watered by the Manas river, aquatic life flourishes richly in it.
Nameri National Park, Assam
The Nameri National Park, along with the adjoining Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh, is spread over an area of 1,000 sq km. The landscape majorly comprises semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. The park lies around 35 km from Tezpur, in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. A paradise for birdwatchers, it boasts around 300 species of avifauna, including hornbills, black storks, ibisbills, babblers, plovers etc. You can also spot fauna like tigers, leopards, sambars, clouded leopards, gaurs, wild boars, sloth bears, Himalayan black bears as well as elephants. Set on a jungle safari and explore the teeming biodiversity of the park for an unforgettable experience of your life.
Orang National Park, Assam
Skirted by the mighty Brahmaputra river, this national park is home to faunae such as the great Indian rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, porcupines, civets, water buffaloes, leopards, etc. Besides, you can spot a variety of avifauna such as kingfishers, woodpeckers, white pelicans, etc.
Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam
Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can head to the Dibru Saikhowa National Park, which is one of the world's 19 biodiversity hotspots. Started with an aim to preserve the rare white-winged wood duck, the park is also famous as the habitat of some rare creatures like capped langurs and water buffaloes.
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett National Park is spread over an area of 520 sq km that comprises large lakes, grasslands, marshy depressions, hills and riverine belts. Renowned for sheltering the royal Bengal tigers of India, the park also houses more than 650 species of native and migratory birds, along with over 50 species of raptors, 33 species of reptiles, seven species of amphibians, seven species of fish and 36 species of dragonflies. Some rare species like the endemic fish-eating crocodiles and otters can also be spotted. A wildlife safari either in an open jeep or on the back of an elephant proves to be a memorable experience here. The park is one of the few places in the country that allows visitors to stay overnight.
Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand
Around 20 km from Rishikesh, situated along the hills and foothills of Shivalik ranges in the Himalayan foothills, is the Rajaji National Park. Spread over 820 km, it combines three sanctuaries, namely Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji. A special feature of the park is that it is the North-Western Limit of Asian elephants and has the highest number of elephants in Uttarakhand. It comprises several zones and forest types like riverine forests, sal forests, board, mixed forests, making it a good place for wildlife to flourish. Among the many faunae, one can spot here are leopards, deer, tigers and ghorals. The park is popular among birdwatchers as it is home to around 400 species of birds. Some of the famous birds one can spot here include gulls, mallards, pochards, teals, parakeets, thrushes, woodpeckers, kingfishers and shellducks. The Great Pied hornbill can also be found here.
Gir National Park, Gujarat
To find the majestic lions prowling around freely, Gir National Park is the only place in the world besides the jungles of Africa. The entire forest of the park is dry and deciduous and is thus the ideal habitat for the Asiatic lion. Lions and leopards are the main attraction of the park. Besides, one can also spot species like sambar deer, chowsingha (the world’s only four-horned antelope), jackal, India fox, hyena etc. Moreover, the park invites birdwatchers as well who come to view more than 200 species sheltered here. Some of the prominent ones are the endangered white-backed and long-billed vultures. The forest is also home to more than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. To spot Marsh crocodiles in large numbers, one can visit the Kamleshwar reservoir in the sanctuary. Some of the snakes that reside here are the king cobra, the saw-scaled viper, the krait and Russell's viper.
Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Located around 40 km from Khajuraho, Panna was the capital of Maharaja Chhatrasal’s kingdom in 17th century AD. The town, meaning emerald, is a diamond mining centre. It is also popular for the Panna National Park, one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries of India that is home to tigers and several other species of wildlife.With the meandering Ken river and spectacular waterfalls, the national park attracts both wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers. One can spot the gharial, a huge reptile of the crocodile family found only in the Indian subcontinent, and a variety of flora and fauna here. Spend a day or two here, and explore the park in a jeep or on the back of an elephant.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
The national park is a world-famous tiger reserve where India’s first white tiger was found. The tiger density here is also the highest known in India. Bandhavgarh is spread over the Vindhya mountain range and is home to more than 22 species of mammals, 250 species of birds and 70 species of butterflies. It also boasts a variety of vegetation and landscapes of tall grass and thick sal forests. This facilitates the survival of a large range of animals and birds in the park. Primate species like common langur and rhesus macaque can also be found here. The national park offers jeep safaris as well as elephant safaris to provide travellers with unique experiences.
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Home to the majestic royal Bengal tiger, the Kanha National Park is spread over an impressive area of 940 sq km. It is commonly believed that this park, with its lush green meadows and thick sal forests so enchanted the English author Rudyard Kipling that he used it as background for his iconic novel 'The Jungle Book'. The park also holds the distinction of bringing back the barasingha (swamp deer) from the brink of near extinction. The park is also home to other majestic animals like leopard and wild dogs. The award-winning National Geographic film, ‘Land of the Tigers’ was also shot here. The sprawling acres of lush verdant greens of the national park offer many incredible natural views. Head over to the popular Bamni Dadar, or the sunset point, which offers an amazing view of the landscape dotted with grazing sambars and gaurs. A safari through the park where one can sight animals in their natural habitat is indeed an unforgettable experience.
Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Home to wildlife species like bisons, tigers, panthers, wild bears, four-horned deer and blue bulls, along with a wide variety of avian species like paradise fly-catcher, honey buzzard and Malabar pied hornbill, the Satpura National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The flying squirrel and the rhesus monkey can also be found here. The Sanskrit name “Satpura” translates to seven hills and the park boasts a topography of ravines, waterfalls, rivulets, narrow gorges and dense forests.
Van Vihar, Madhya Pradesh
Perched atop a hill near the beautiful Upper Lake, Van Vihar is an open zoological park that houses huge enclosures where animals like lion, tiger, bear, panther and hyena are kept. The carnivores are kept safely away from humans, but herbivores like blackbuck and cheetal are allowed to freely move around. While birds fill the air with incessant chirping, you can spot crocodiles and tortoises basking in the sun. A major attraction in Van Vihar is the reptile unit, where you can find snakes like python, Russel's viper and cobra. There is a special section dedicated to a variety of insects and butterflies as well. Since the park lies in close proximity to the Upper Lake, it plays host to migratory birds in winters. Van Vihar is an idyllic place to experience wildlife at close quarters. The park is best explored in a car or on a bike, and both are available for hire.
Madhav National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Dotted with conifers, this national park shelters species like the Indian gazelle, nilgai, sambar, blackbuck, leopard, langur and chausingha or four-horned antelope. Birdwatchers can find a vivid variety of avifauna such as painted stork, pond heron, white-breasted kingfisher and purple-sunbird.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
The popular Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve was once the private game reserve of the royal family of Jaipur. Located 155 km from Jaipur, Ranthambore's diverse topography with a mix of rolling hills and crags, meadows, lakes and rivulets, offers some of the finest opportunities for sighting the magnificent tiger in the wild. Apart from the tiger, other wildlife in the park includes sloth bear, leopard, jackal, fox, hyena, Indian wolf, chital, sambar deer, blue bull antelope or nilgai, rhesus macaque, langur and an incredible variety of birds. The 10th century Ranthambore fort dominates the landscape of this dry-deciduous forest. The Bakula region is among the thickly forested areas of the sanctuary that has various waterholes and pools. Thus, an abundance of wildlife can be found here.
Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan
Recognised as one of the most important breeding and feeding ground for birds, Keoladeo National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It was formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Home to over 370 types of fauna and avifauna such as painted storks, nilgai, basking python, deer etc., it was once noted as the breeding centre for the rare Siberian crane. Well-defined treks weave through the park and offer amazing birdwatching opportunities.
Desert National Park, Rajasthan
One of the best spots to explore the Thar desert ecosystem and wildlife, the Desert National Park, in Jaisalmer, is an amalgamation of rolling sand dunes, jagged rocks and dense salt lakes. Lying in the midst of the remote Thar desert, Desert National Park provides a haven to thriving populations of blackbucks, chinkaras and desert foxes. During winter, migratory raptors such as Himalayan and Eurasian Griffon vultures, eastern imperial eagle and the saker falcon fly here to spend the season in warmer environs.
Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka
Nagarhole National Park is one of the premier tiger reserves along with the adjoining Bandipur Tiger Reserve and is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. With a healthy predator-prey ratio, the national park is home to tigers, leopards, chital, sambars, gaurs and Asiatic elephants. Nagarhole means snake stream in Kannada, named so after the serpentine river that runs through the jungle. Spread across an impressive 571 sq km, the park is home to 250 species of birds like the heron, stork, egret, duck, kite, eagle, falcon, partridge, peafowl, lapwing, wagtail, sandpiper, woodpecker, sunbird, warbler, babbler, owl and others. Some reptiles are also found here, such as the marsh crocodile, star tortoise, rat snake, Russell’ s viper and Indian python.
Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka
Located on the outskirts of Bengaluru, Bannerghatta National Park is one of the few places around the world where wilderness is situated in close proximity to a metro city. The best way to explore the park is by taking a jungle safari in a bus. The safari takes you through different zones that shelter animals like tigers, elephants and sloth bears. Watching white tigers relaxing in their natural habitat makes for a truly thrilling experience. The park is also known for housing the first-of-its-kind butterfly park in the country. While visitors can witness some beautiful butterfly species, the park also houses a museum that gives details about the life cycle of these beautiful creatures through pictures and video guides.
Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
Covering an area of about 874.20 sq km, the Bandipur National Park is home to tigers, wild dogs, wild boars, jackals, panthers, Malabar squirrels, sloth bears, black-knapped hare, porcupines, red-headed vultures, flowerpeckers, brown fish owls, bee-eaters, kingfishers, monitor lizards, Indian rock pythons, flying lizards, vipers, rat snakes and spectacled cobras. Along with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park to the north, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, it is one of the premier tiger reserves in the country, not to mention the biggest biosphere. These forests are collectively known as the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and are extremely well-protected against poachers and deforestation activities. For a true forest experience, visitors are advised to spend a few days in one of the many jungle lodges that dot the periphery of the reserve. These lodges offer comfortable rooms and other amenities that will make your stay pleasurable. Some of them organise jeep safaris into the forest, which allow guests to get close to the denizens of Bandipur and, if they’re lucky, also get a glimpse of the majestic and elusive tiger in all its glory. It is a must-visit place for wildlife enthusiasts.
Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka
Ringed by mountains, Kudremukh National Park shelters several endangered and endemic species of animals and plants. Some of the common sightings are those of tigers, leopards and wild dogs.
Periyar National Park, Kerala
Periyar is a kingdom of wilderness. It has majestic tigers roaming its grounds among the greens. Consider yourself lucky if you can catch sight of one relaxing and lazing about. The tigers with their grandeur and physique will leave you awestruck. Periyar is home to as many as 1,965 species of flowering plants; this includes 171 grass species and 143 orchid species. The Podocarpus wallichianus, one of the only South Indian conifers, also grows here. As for mammals, there are more 60 species found, including leopard, sambar deer, Indian bison, Indian wild dog, Asian elephant, and barking deer. You can also spot the smooth-coated otter if you take a boat ride in Periyar Lake. The endangered long-tailed macaque, bonnet macaque, and Nilgiri langur can be seen playing amongst the trees. The forest has 265 species of birds, some of which are the Malabar grey hornbill, Indian pied hornbill, white-bellied treepie, Malabar Trogon and more.
Eravikulam National Park, Kerala
A paradise full of rare varieties of flora and fauna, the Eravikulam National Park is home to Nilgiri tahr, a species of mountain goat currently listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Around one-third of the goat’s population in the entire world resides here. The other animals found are the Indian flying fox, Asiatic jackal, sloth bear, small Indian civet etc. The land is covered in shola forests, concentrated in the valleys of the jungle. Turner’s Valley, which sits about halfway into the park, is the deepest point. The Neelakurinji plant, which is again an uncommon sight, grows here once every 12 years.
Pin Valley National Park, Himachal Pradesh
This attraction, located in a cold desert, is only for those who are physically fit and have strong lungs. It lies on both sides of River Pin and is known for the breeding of Chaumurti horses, which are then sold at Rampur-Bushahar at the Lavi Fair and in Ladakh. The quality of grass here, along with the lovely climate, ensures that the horses bred are sure-footed and can easily negotiate heights. One can also spot herds of ibex and bharal here. While the entry of foreign tourists is banned, Indians need to take a permit from the Deputy Commissioner Shimla or the sub divisional magistrate, Rampur, to visit here.
Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Himalayan National Park is one of the most protected areas in the Himalayas. It is home to almost 350 species of flora and 800 species of fauna, some of which are endangered. The park shelters four of the world's threatened species of mammals (snow leopard, serow, the Himalayan tahr and musk deer) and three of the world's threatened bird species (Western tragopan, koklass, cheer pheasants). This park offers an ideal opportunity to experience camping and trekking through serene alpine pastures. The best time to visit the park is during summer and autumn.
Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
Home to the unique royal Bengal tiger, the Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed in 1987. One of the largest mangrove forests in the world, the Sundarbans forests cover an area of 10,000 sq km and lie on the delta of Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers in the Bay of Bengal. The mist-shrouded area is rife with a variety of flora and fauna, including 260 species of birds and other threatened species like the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python. A cluster of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal, spread across India and Bangladesh, make up the Sundarbans, which is among the largest active delta regions in the world.The Sundarbans got its name from a mangrove plant called 'sundari', which translated means a beautiful forest. The area is riddled with rivers and various creeks and tributaries criss-cross through it.
Jaldapara National Park, West Bengal
This lush national park is situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and has rich vegetation (primarily tall elephant grass) and a variety of wildlife. The only way to move about in the park is on elephant-back or in a 4x4 safari jeep.
Sprawling over 216 sq km, this forest is the home of the Asiatic one-horned rhino; given the endangered status of the animal, the park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1941. Today, the sanctuary holds the highest rhino population in the country after Kaziranga National Park.
Other animals that can be found here include tiger, bison, sambhar, barking deer, spotted deer, hog deer, wild pig etc. Birds found here include the Bengal florican, crested eagle, peafowl, partridge, and lesser pied hornbill etc. The park has eight species of turtles, in addition to reptiles like the cobra, gecko, python, monitor lizard etc.
Gorumara National Park, West Bengal
Lying along the banks of Raidak and Murti rivers, the park is spread over an area of 80 sq km. Comprising riverine grasslands and deciduous forests, the park is noted for being the shelter of the one-horned rhino. Other mammals you can sight here are royal Bengal tigers and Asian elephants. Some of the common wildlife in the park are wild boars, giant squirrels, pythons, cobras, deer, wild dogs, great Indian hornbill and woodpeckers.
Singalila National Park, West Bengal
This park is located at a height of 7000 ft above sea level in the Singalila Range and is among the highest national parks in the state. The park is noted for the prized sighting of red panda and Himalayan black bear. Trekking trails wind through the national park and offer a delightful experience to visitors.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra
This national park, on the periphery of Mumbai, is an ecological paradise rich in plant and animal life. Hosting over 254 species of birds, 40 species of mammals, 78 species of reptiles and amphibians, 150 species of butterflies and over 1,300 species of plants, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park holds many attractions for naturalists, birdwatchers and tourists across the globe. The best thing about the park is about 103 sq km of pure wilderness, right in the heart of a bustling city. The rich biodiversity of this park owes much to its lakes, which were constructed in the 19th century. Known as Vihar (1860) and Tulsi (1868), the lakes are home to many crocodiles and also invite migratory birds. Visitors to the park can opt for adventure activities like boating and safaris.
Pench National Park, Maharashtra
Located about 95 km from Nagpur, Pench National Park is located in the southern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. With a picturesque vista and a treasure of flora and fauna, the park is an ideal camping site for adventure and wildlife enthusiasts. Some of the fauna you can spot are the royal Bengal tiger, chital, wolf, Indian leopard, gaur, four-horned antelope, sloth bear etc. Furthermore, a great variety of birds like crow pheasant, peafowl, pintail, lesser whistling teal, Indian roller, wagtail, munia, waterfowl, blue kingfisher, crimson-breasted barbet, red-vented bulbul are also found here.
Tadoba Andhari National Park, Maharashtra
A haven for tiger lovers, Tadoba Andhari National Park is one of the largest in Maharashtra. Comprising patches of dense forests, pretty meadows and deep valleys, it is one of the few tiger reserves in India where tourists can easily spot the tiger in its natural habitat. Lined with teak trees, the best way to explore the national park is by taking a safari in a gypsy. Other common sightings in the park include sloth bears, leopards, gaurs, nilgais, civets, striped hyenas, sambars, barking deers, chitals and wild dogs. The national park is divided into three forest ranges known as the Tadoba north range, Kolsa south range and Morhurli range. The forest is also home to a wide variety of reptiles including pythons and cobras.
Vansda National Park, Maharashtra
Ensconced in the Sahyadri ranges, Vansda National Park boasts a thick canopy of trees and thus shelters a plethora of flora and fauna. Cut by River Ambika, the park can be explored via wildlife safaris.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
About 29 km west of Port Blair, lies the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, stretching over an area of 281.5 sq km. It comprises open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands. Tourists can view rare corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats and also go scuba diving and snorkelling. Private ferry operators give guided tours of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park from Wandoor.
Silent Valley National Park, Tamil Nadu
Located in the Western Ghats, in Kundali Hills, this national park is home to about 34 types of mammals, 300 species of birds, 30 kinds of reptiles and 500 varieties of moths and butterflies. The most common wildlife sighted here includes spotted deer, elephant, gaur, wild boar, barking deer, mouse deer, flying squirrel, leopard, lion-tailed macaque, etc.
Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu
Located on the banks of River Moyar, this park is home to wildlife like tigers, leopards, sloth bears, elephants, mouse deer, sambar, etc. Reptiles like crocodiles and snakes are found in abundance here. The park is a delight for birdwatchers who can spot endemic and migratory birds such as falcons, hawk eagles, black woodpecker, brown dove, king vultures, etc.
Dudhwa National Park, Uttar PradeshDudhwa National Park is one of the most protected areas in India, comprising two distinct zones – Bhabar, characterised by hills and rocky terrain, and Terai, distinguished by thick grasslands and clay-rich swamps. The latter is home to a large population of mammals and birds, and is thus listed among globally important eco-regions. This large ecosystem stretches from River Yamuna in the west to Valmiki Tiger Reserve (Bihar) in the east.
At present, certain endangered species like the Bengal florican and Hispid hare are protected at Dudhwa. Other than the tiger, 13 species of mammals, nine species of birds, and 11 species of reptiles and amphibians that are considered endangered are also found here. Other animals you are likely to spot at Dudhwa include birds like the painted stork, black and white-necked stork, crane, heron, drongo, owl, egret, duck, goose, hornbill, woodpecker, barbet, kingfisher, minivet, bee-eater etc.; and reptiles like python, monitor lizard and gharial.
Betla National Park, Jharkhand
One of the earliest tiger reserves in the country, Betla National Park is home to fauna like panthers, leopards, chital, sloths, wild bear, sambar, mouse deer and langurs. Spread over a hilly terrain of 250 sq km, the park is dotted with pristine waterfalls, natural hot springs and a smattering of monuments. The best way to explore the park is on an elephant ride, which generally starts at 5 am. The park remains open throughout the year but the ideal time to visit is between the months of November and March.
Hazaribagh National Park, Jharkhand
This national park is home to a wide variety of animal species. Some of the common sightings here include cheetal, sambar, wild boar, nilgai and sloth bear.
Dachigam National Park, Jammu and Kashmir
Situated around 20 km from Srinagar lies the Dachigam National Park. Spread over an area of 141 sq km, it is almost rectangular in shape and divided into two parts – Upper Dachigam and Lower Dachigam. The former extends over the higher reaches of the park and can be reached after a day’s trek from the nearest road. Meanwhile, Lower Dachigam comprises around a third of the total area of the national park, which is best known for the endangered species of Kashmir stag or hangul.
The best time to visit is between spring and autumn, when sightings of the Himalayan black bear can be availed. Other wildlife that can be spotted includes long-tailed marmots, leopards, common palm civets, jackals, red fox, yellow-throated marten, Himalayan weasel, monal pheasant, blue magpie and lammergeier.
Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir
Sprawled over an area of 400 sq km, this national park is home to about 15 species of mammals, including Himalayan black and brown bear and musk deer.
Hemis National Park, Ladakh
Named after the Hemis Monastery, Hemis National Park is spread across an area of 600 sq km. Comprising the catchments of Markha, Rumbak and Sumdah nalas, it is located on the west bank of the River Indus. The park has been identified as a snow leopard reserve and is also known for beasts that are usually found at such altitudes like the rare shapu, bharal, wolf, Pallas' cat, ibex, Tibetan argali and the Ladakh urial. Since the bharal and urial are found in large numbers here, it is easy to sight them. Over 30 species of avifauna have been spotted here, of which the most common are the Himalayan snowcock and the Chukar partridge.
Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur
The only floating national park of its kind in the world, Keibul Lamjao National Park is a singular wetland ecosystem located on the Loktak Lake. Home to brow-antlered deer or sangai, the state animal of Manipur, the national park is one of the state's most popular tourist stopovers. The rare sangai or dancing deer can be spotted here with relative ease. Besides, you can also see hog deer, wild boar, large Indian civet, jungle cat and otter, along with several migratory birds, which arrive here between the months of November and March.
Kanchenjunga National Park, Sikkim
This national park has been named after Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain peak in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a high altitude park that lies at an elevation of 8,586 m. The most popular species you can sight here include Himalayan tahr and snow leopard.
Balpakram National Park, Meghalaya
Perched at an elevation of 3,000 ft above sea level, Balpakram National Park is located near the Garo Hills. Some of the popular species you can find here include rare lesser panda, Indian bison and serow. The park is also noted for its deep canyons that invite visitors from all over the world.
Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha
Located near Cuttack, this national park is sprawled over an area of 650 sq km. Housing some of the world's rarest flora and fauna, the park is a must-visit for any wildlife enthusiast. The most popular sightings here include crocodiles, black ibris, darters, egrets, etc. The park is an idyllic spot for birdwatchers, who can spot up to 215 species of migratory birds. The major attraction here is a crocodile that can grow up to 23 ft.
Simlipal National Park, Odisha
Comprising dense forests, beautiful meadows, pristine waterfalls and gurgling rivers, Simlipal National Park is home to about 1,000 varieties of plants, of which there are 96 types of orchids. The best way to experience the park is via a jungle safari.
Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
Located at a varying altitude of 200 to 4,500 m, this park is a haven of biodiversity. Some of the common wildlife species you can spot here are snow leopards, tigers, clouded leopards, etc. This park lies in the lower Eastern Himalayas and offers breathtaking views of various high peaks. Birdwatchers can spot several endemic and migratory species here.