Can anything be more exciting than spotting a tiger or a one horned rhino during a wildlife safari in Kaziranga or in Ranthambore National park? We all get thrilled at the thought of visiting the high altitude Hemis National Park to spot the most snowy leopard out there, right? If that interests you even mildly, then read on to know about India’s five best wildlife safaris.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Catching the amazing glimpses of wild creatures is simply incredible with safari opportunities in Bandhavgarh. Both jeep safari and elephant safari options are available here to make it an adventurous experience for you.
Safari Timings: Morning shift- 06:30 AM to 11:00 Am, Afternoon shift- 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
One of the largest national parks situated in Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district. Spanning over 1,334 square kilometers, the park is known for its rich biodiversity as you can not only spot tigers but also Sloth Bears, Wild Boars and Sambar among other creatures here.
Best time to visit: October to June
Safari timings: Morning- 7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M, Evening- 2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Established in 1936 as Hailey National Park, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, the park spans over an extent of 520 square kilometers. You can spot Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahr in this park besides tigers. Corbett is also known as birdwatcher’s paradise as the park is home to some 650 species of residents and migratory birds.
Best time to visit: November to June
Safari timings: Morning- 7:00 AM to 10 AM, Evening- 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Hemis National Park, Ladakh
Hemis National Park, located in eastern Ladakh, is world famous for being the best place to see the snow leopard in the wild. Spreading as vast as 4400 sq km, the park is bounded on the north by the banks of the Indus River. Located at a high altitude, Hemis National Park has the distinction of being the largest national park in entire South Asia.
The park is home to 16 species of mammals and 73 birds. It shelters formidable snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks and golden eagles to name a few. The 400-year-old Hemis Monastery is also located within the park.
Kajiranga National Park, Assam
The Park which hosts two-thirds of the world’s amazing one-horned rhinoceroses is located in the Nagaon district of the state of Assam. Kaziranga is home to the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world, and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Apart from rhinos, elephants, bears, panthers, wild water buffalo, swamp deer and various pretty birds inhabit the landscape of the park.
Best time to visit: November to April
Safari Timings: Morning- 7:30 to 9:30, Evening- 1:30 to 5:30 PM
Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu
Lieing in the foothils of Nilgiri mountains, this 321 sqm long national park depicts a classic South Indian landscape fringed with thin gangly trees and light breezy leaves sheltering grunting wild boars and dotted chital deer. However, its main highlight is the striped Royal Bengal Tiger.
With around 50 tigers lurking around, chances are that you might one of them if you are lucky and your timing is right. Other creatures that you may spot include peacocks, langurs, wild boars, wild elephants and deer. Visit this park during spring for best chances of spotting wildlife & birds as they approach watering holes to quench their thirst. It is also the best season for photography.
Best time to visit: February- June