Top 10 Wildlife Safaris in India

Top 10 Wildlife Safaris in India


Animals are some of the best things on our planet. They teach us a lot just by being who they are. This is why safaris are so famous worldwide. When it comes to India and the amazing species you can find here, a safari is well worth the trip.Not only will you have garnered a desire to protect animal life all over the world, but you’ll have learned to have greater respect for these creatures that call Earth home just as much as you do. Their beauty, grace and uniqueness are all worth appreciating. Check out these top 10 wildlife safaris in India, conducted from inside National Parks, Reserves and/or Sanctuaries.

10. Kaziranga National Park

Instead of viewing elephants afar off, you ride them on this safari and one of the most abundant sights are the tall elephant grass, making for a very complimenting safari experience indeed.  Being a World Heritage Site has its advantages. It’s how the Kaziranga is able to display Great One-horned Rhinoceroses at two-thirds of their global population.More than the sheer variety of the animal life here, their conservation efforts are laudable. The perfection with which things are maintained and preservation efforts carried out make the Kaziranga takes up the number one position on our list.Watch swathes of Wild Asiatic Water Buffalo (57% of the global population) as they travel in their characteristic herds and the Eastern Swamp Deer which move in droves and sometimes in small groups. The swamps hereabouts are the best place to catch sight of several species interacting with each other.Birds aren’t out of the picture and predators and scavengers complete this natural ecosystem situated in Assam.

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9. Sundarbans National Park


Being the largest tidal mangrove forest in the world is a huge reputation to maintain for this Park situated in West Bengal. The interconnected waterway networks make for some for the most ideal ways to observe Nature.The thick overhead plant growth and green waters has a very Amazonian feel to it and adding to that image is the fact that this Park covers 10,000 sq. kms. of the Bay of Bengal delta. You can find the infamous but endangered Royal Bengal Tiger here, where a meager 500 of them find sustained life and security.With so much to see and so much land to cover, there’s just no way you’ll come out feeling dissatisfied. The time it takes to see everything here can be more than at Kaziranga, making this Park take second place on the list. Being so tropical in look and state, crocodiles and snakes aren’t far out of the picture. The extremely rare-to-see Gangetic River Dolphin lives here too.

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8. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary


Kerala is known for so many things that safaris aren’t farfetched. The famed Cardamom Hills host this Sanctuary, with the Periyar River coursing its way through the region and offering a natural water source for the animal life herein.Its standing all the way down south is one reason why Periyar takes third place on our list, because accessibility becomes an issue for some people. Other than that, the Park is finer than fine can get, what with so many species to check out.Its highly protected tiger and elephant reserves are worth appreciating. Watch from barges as wild elephants bathe in the river and spot the diverse and co-habitable herbivore species like Sambar, Barking and Mouse Deer, Gaur and Bison, Mongoose, the unique Lion-tailed Macaque and Nilgiri Langur. Foxes are here as well and Leopards take yet another predator’s throne after the Tigers.

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7. Hemis National Park


Jammu and Kashmir is where some of the rarest species live. This Park hosts them. In a place as geographically amazing as this, there’s camping, trekking and sightseeing to enjoy too. Situated to the north of the Himalayas, you’ll be glad to know there are 200 Snow Leopards, an endangered species, living safe and happy here.You go mostly on foot because of the difficult terrain. Trekking routes are open from mid-June to mid-October. The animals are not always open-space lovers and so are harder to spot. Next, the climate can get a bit too chilly sometimes, adding to the few reasons why Hemis occupies fourth place.Another endangered species, the Eurasian Brown Bear, calls this place home. Then there’s the Tibetan Wolf, the Red Fox, the Bharal, Shapu and Argali too. The regal Asiatic Ibex is hard to spot, but they’re here as well.

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6. Ranthambore National Park

Safaris in this Park are conducted using jeeps and open mini-buses. Rajasthan plays host to this amazing location where the spaces are wide open and quite thrilling to pass through. As for predators, you can find Hyenas, Leopards and stunning Tigers.Wild Boars, Sambar and Chital Deer make up the herbivores. Peacocks and other birds are present and endangered Sloth Bears too. As opposed to the Hemis National Park, the only thing that got the Ranthambore down to fifth place is the heat. It can get a bit discomfiting sometimes. Otherwise, the experience is a stunner.This Park is rumored to possess the country’s oldest and largest Banyan tree growing somewhere inside it. The land is one huge undulating space where the animal life is thriving and the sights are superb.

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5. Kanha National Park


Apart from the Sal and Bamboo forests that grow in abundance here in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha possesses these and also ravines and grassy meadows, making for an ideal animal sanctuary. Rudyard Kipling based his ‘Jungle Book’ on this place.As a side-note you’ll find several varieties of grass species here. This is the main reason how an herbivore like the Barasingha, with its proud antlers, thrives. Panthers, Hyenas and Bengal Tigers comprise the dominant carnivore ranks. You’ll also find Sloths, Peacocks, Langurs, Mongoose and Jungle Fowl here too.The location has a somewhat rural appeal and that’s known to contradict the beauty of the Park itself, making the Kanha take up space only here on our list. Many a village was evacuated to make room for the animals who deserve to live in their home just as much as anyone or anything else does in a place they can call their own.

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4. Bandhavgarh National Park

Another Park you can find while you’re in Madhya Pradesh is this one, with its magnificent residence among the Vindhyas. The Maharajas of those times used this as a hunting park, now it’s a refuge for animals to live and grow.Some of the animals here are nocturnal, especially the big cats, meaning you may not always get to see what you came here to. Well, that’s Nature, but if you’re lucky you can spot all of them and more. The country’s highest tiger density finds its source here. Panthers co-exist with them.As for the herbivore species, keep your eyes alert for herds of Nilgai and Spotted Deer. They can be quite subtle when they want to. Safaris in open jeeps are conducted and they begin at dawn, an ideal time to spot many species waking up to a new day.

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3. Jim Corbett National Park

Named after the infamous explorer and hunter, all 1318 of this Park at the Himalayan foothills is an animal lover’s dream come true. The Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant are the stars of the Park.There are plenty of elements to the Park that find similarity in anothers, cementing the reason why we felt the eighth position best for Corbett. Be on your guard lest you miss other species like the Rhesus Macaque and Langur Monkey, the Peacock and Wild Elephant, and Deer species like the Chital, Hog, Barking and Sambar.Crocodiles and Gahrials occupy their niche here too. Monitor lizards, wild Boars and Jackals are present as well. Panthers are relatively rarer to spot, but they’re around the place. Over 600 species of birds nest here.

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2. Govind Wildlife Sanctuary

Another location to gain access to and observe cold-region Indian species is in this Sanctuary in Uttarakhand. About 953 sq.kms hold thick forest cover for animal life to dwell in and snow-covered peaks surround the place.The climate is chilly, the sights are awesome and the animal life is superbly varied. There’s more of Nature to see than actual fauna. This is because most of the species here come out at different times and sometimes prefer to be left alone.You can also find yourself trekking or picnicking here. The highly endangered and world famous Snow Leopard calls this place home. Then there’s the Himalayan Serow and Himalayan Monal, the Musk Deer and Trogopan and the Himalayan Black Bear, all species that are indigenous to the region and a handful of other locations around the nation.

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1. Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Although it’s the last on the list, it’s actually the best saved for last. Lions once roamed India in plenty, but Indian royalty seemed to have liked them better in their palaces stuffed than alive.This Park is home to the rare Asian Lion where it thrives in its natural habitat. The meager 411 Asiatic Lions present here are highly protected and seem quite happy staying that way.At over 1412 sq.kms you can be certain to find this species and others, like Golden Jackals, Striped Hyenas and Sloth Bears. Leopards and Crocodiles aren’t far out of the way and Nilgai and four-horned Antelopes make up the herbivore chain, the rare Blackbuck being the cream of that crop. Woodpeckers, Quails, Owls and Eagles call this place home too.There you have it… The top 10 wildlife safaris in India. Enjoy the variety of animal life in a country known for diversity almost everywhere you turn.

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Animals are an integral part of life on Earth and the perfect balance Nature has placed them in varied ecosystems around the globe will testify to how perfectly Earth has evolved and how much we as human beings can learn from such balance.


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