There is enough evidence to show that dense forests once covered India. Though even today, India still has no scarcity of some of the most beautiful ecosystems to step into and some of these exotic destinations are a part of the innumerable national parks, tiger reserves, mangrove forests, bird sanctuaries, and eco-reserves. Many of them have made it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and fall in protected areas of the world. Here are some of the most enthralling nature and wildlife havens from different diverse regions of India that you must explore, even more so if you are a wildlife enthusiast.
Is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Home to around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species, Jim Corbett has been a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and naturalists.
Is one of the most famous tiger reserves in India and has a significant population of Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel Jungle Book.
Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty with great scenic charm, rich biodiversity Periyar is one of the 48 tiger reserves in India and also includes the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba.
Is a national park of India located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above sea level, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The park is a camper’s delight as it is largely free of vicious animals and snakes, making it the most popular camping destination in the Eastern Himalayas.
The sole home of the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) in the wilderness, Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia. It also inhibits includes about 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2,000 species of insects.
Hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses and is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area for the conservation of avifaunal species.
Is located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear. The Valley of Flowers has many different colourful flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progresses.
Is a natural region abutting West Bengal in India and southern part of Bangladesh. It is the largest mangrove forest in the world. The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the Indian state of West Bengal.
A part of Loktak Lake in Manipur is the only floating park in the world. The park is also a natural refuge for the endangered Manipur Eld’s deer or brow-antlered deer.
Or Keoladeo Ghana National Park is formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season.