India is home to many endangered and rare species of animals and birds in its national parks and sanctuaries and is well known for this all over the world. In India, there are more than ninety national parks, and four hundred eighty wildlife sanctuaries which are unique not only in richness and diversity but also these are home to rare birds and animals which you will not find in any other part of the world. Although India is well known for its tigers, but there are lions, elephants, rhinoceros and many rare species of birds. There are species of 350 mammals, 1263 birds and 32000 species of insects besides innumerable species of fish and reptiles.Wild life tours in India is one of most adventure tour because there can be no better place than India for wildlife enthusiasts and lovers who are interested in experiencing wild animals, birds and reptiles in natural habitat.
Indian National parks and sanctuaries are well-known all over the world and these have played major role in conservation of endangered species such as Asiatic Lion, Bengal Tiger, snow Leopards and One Horned Rhinoceros, Siberian Cranes and many other birds and mammals. This has been possible after India enacted the Wildlife Protection Act and Project Tiger in the year 1972 to safeguard the habitats of these rare species.
But only the Act and nominating a series of National Parks, would not have yielded the desired result. This has been possible because these have been backed by habitat improvement efforts and special projects to save these endangered species from extinction. In these national parks, the animals are not kept in cages or confined in a limited area but the animals wander here free in natural environment. National parks and sanctuaries in India are spread all over India.
The best way to enjoy wild life tours in india and jungle safari in these parks by State Express, specialist tour operators in India to explore jungle in an open jeep or on elephant back. These are called safaris and usually take place in the mornings and evenings. Many wildlife enthusiasts want to experience the real wild life during night which is a very different experience than roaming around these jungles during the day. State Express provides wildlife tours in India covering jungle safari all interesting national parks and sanctuaries in India.
The following are most interesting National Parks and sanctuaries in India.
CORBETT NATIONAL PARK ( NORTHERN INDIA)
Corbett National Park has been named after legendary hunter who had hunted down many tigers which had become man-eaters in early 20th century. Jim Corbett later became a conservationist and author of various books on his encounter with these big cats. Corbett National Park was selected as first National Park in India at the inauguration of “Save the Tigers” project in India.The park is located in beautiful Himalyan state of Uttarakhand. The park is spread over an area of 1288 sq.km and home to Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Leopards, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Jackal, Mongoose, and Crocodile.
BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL INDIA)
Bandhavgarh National Park is another wild life sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. The Park is known for the highest density of Tiger population as compared to any other wildlife National Park in India. Bandhavgarh is unique for white tigers which had not been spotted in last many years and it was here that these were sighted. Bandhavgarh like many other wildlife sanctuaries was once a hunting ground for royal family of Rewa and later declared as a National park in the year 1968. Besides Tigers, the park is home to Nilgai, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Fox, Jackals and many other species.
KANHA NATIONAL PARK (CENTRAL INDIA)
The Kanha National Park is located in the heart of India in state of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries as the Tiger reserve and is also known as one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries not only in India but all over the world. Spread across an area of 940 sq. km, the park has beautiful landscape with streams, meadows and dense forests to offer a rewarding experience to all its visitors and has been a source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling for his outstanding creation “The Jungle Book”. Apart from its beautiful landscape, the Park is home to not only majestic tigers but also has a big population of Barasingha and numerous species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects.
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK (NORTHERN INDIA)
Ranthambore National Park is located in the state of Rajasthan which is very popular among Indian and International tourists. The park is also one of the biggest in Northern India. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is ideally located as it is only130 km from Jaipur. Less than 300 km away from Agra, famous all over the world for “Taj Mahal” and not very far away from Delhi, Capital city of India and gateway for most of foreign tourists. This was famous as hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, but today, tourists hunt big cats and other creatures of the park with their camera.