From Himalayan ranges in the north to the tip of Kanyakumari in the south and everywhere in between, India is home to vast and diverse swathes of landscape marked by rich and diverse wildlife, including endangered and rare species. Culture Trip throws the spotlight on some of the beautiful places visitors can find India’s incredible wildlife.
Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sundarbans National Park is one of the largest tiger reserves in India. With dense mangrove forest, marshy lands and over 400 tigers, this park attracts a great number of naturalists. The real draw to Sundarbans is the Royal Bengal Tiger. Other species include Leopard cats, Flying fox, Fishing cats and Jungle cat, as well as aquatic fauna, like horseshoe crab, sawfish, Gangetic dolphins and electric rays. The park is also a must-visit for bird lovers, as it is home to numerous birds, like openbill storks, black-headed ibis, black-capped kingfisher, pariah kites, herring gulls and white-bellied sea eagles, to name a few.
Best Time to Visit: September-May
Entry Fee: INR 15 for Indian and INR 150 ($2) for foreigners; Additional INR 300 ($5) for camera
Sundarbans National Park, Dayapur, Gosaba, West Bengal, India. +91 090079 95888
Best Time to Visit: November to May
Entry Fee: INR 100- Indian; INR 800 ($12) for foreigners; Gypsy Safari Fee: INR 244 per head for Indians, INR 984 ($15) for foreigners; Canter Safari Fee: INR 129 for Indian, INR 869 ($ 13) for foreigners; Additional guide fee: INR 83 for Gypsy Safari and INR 30 for Canter
Best Time to Visit: 16th October- 15th June
Entry Fee: INR 4,900 for up to six Indian nationals travelling in a Jeep Safari; INR 12,400 ($ 192) for up to six foreign nationals travelling in a Jeep Safari
Best Time to Visit: November 15- June 15
Entry Fee: INR 200 for Indian; INR 900 ($14) for foreign nationals
Best Time to Visit: November 1- April 30
Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indian; INR 500 ($8) for foreigners
Best Time to Visit: October 15- June 30
Entry Fee: INR 2000 for up to six Indian nationals travelling in a Jeep Safari; INR 4,000 ($62) for up to six foreign nationals travelling in a Jeep Safari
Best Time to Visit: October- April
Entry Fee: INR 25 for adult Indian, INR 5 for kids; INR 300 ($5) for adult foreigner, INR 105 ($2) for children
Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
Nestled in Gundlupet taluq of Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, the Bandipur National Park is one of the state’s popular and impressive national parks due to its wide variety of flora and fauna, and scenic natural beauty, which is a treat for your eyes. It is home to endangered species, like Indian elephants, sloth bears, tiger, gaurs, jackals and Indian-rock python, along with more than 200 bird species, including peafowl, grey junglefowl, drongos and crows. With several types of biomes, mainly dry deciduous forest, this park is a perfect spot for various flora and fauna to survive and thrive.
Best Time to Visit: July; September-November
Entry Fee: INR 300 for Indian; INr 1,500 ($23) for foreigners (Inclusive of Safari)
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Owing to its grassy meadows, bamboo forest and diverse, rich flora and fauna, the Kanha National Park is the most vivid and popular national park in India. Testament to its popularity is that the forest described in The Jungle Book, a famous novel by Rudyard Kipling is based on the jungles of this park. Best known for its tiger, barasingha (Swamp Deer), Indian leopards, Indian wild dog, 300 species of birds and over 1,000 species of flowering plants.
Best Time to Visit: mid-October to June
Entry Fee: INR 1530 for Indians; INR 3060 ($47) for foreigners
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. +91 076422 50760
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