Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
The GIR Forest National Park is situated about 342 kilometres from the city of Ahmedabad and is a breeding area for the Asiatic Lion. The place was declared to be a protected area in 1990 by the Nawab of Junagadh. One can also expect to find panthers lurking about here. The park is also home to deers, peacocks, gazelles and nilgais. The borders of this forest reserve are home to some villages and hamlets inhabited by the Maldhari tribes. A tour of these villages will also one a glimpse into the lives they lead and their folk art. One needs to be attentive to the sounds here as the cry of a languor or monkeys could indicate that some jungle cat is on the prowl.
Ranthambore National Park
This is the main attraction of the Sawai Madhopur District and a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Tigers are the main attraction in this park and it is also a part of the Project Tiger. This is more of a forest covering a large area where tigers are left to roam around at their own will. There are instructions instead for tourists and not the animals at all. Forest safaris are the best thing you can enjoy here and the tigers hunting by themselves in full view looks like a rare view. The Ranthambore Fort is like a watch tower on top of a hill inside the national park anf you can do a lot of photography from here. There are other animals found here in this forest too.
Chidiya Tapu, well known for its rich collection of birds, white spotted deer and orchids, draws many visitors, and is a perfect place for nature lovers. It is worldwide famous for its thick, green vegetations, enchanting beaches, collections of corals, colorful butterflies and most importantly, the view of the sun setting in the wine red horizon. The place also offers excellent sites for snorkeling.
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park lies mostly in Golaghat District and somewhat in Nagaon District of Assam. It is the most established park in assam covers a range of 430 Sq kms along the stream Brahmaputra on the North and the Karbi Anglong slopes on the South. The National Highway 37 goes through the recreation center range and tea bequests, fixed by table-top tea shrubs. One can even see the rhinos and wild elephants straying close to the highway. The Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site is renowned for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, the scene of Kaziranga is of sheer backwoods, tall elephant grass, tough reeds, swamps and shallow pools. It has been pronounced as National Park in 1974. The Kaziranga National Park is one of the last regions in eastern India undisturbed by a human vicinity. It is possessed by the world's biggest populace of one-horned rhinoceroses, and in addition numerous well evolved creatures, including tigers, elephants, jaguars and bears, and a huge amout of flying creatures.
Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary
6. Sajjangarh:-Also called as Monsoon Palace situated in the hills of Aravalli. Its 11 Km. away from Udaipur. View of Udaipur from top is always blissful. You can also visit Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary to make things more exciting. Best time to visit:- anytime if weather is good
Periyar National Park
As we think about Kumily and Thekkady, the images and the beautiful scenes of spice and coffee plantations come to our minds. The lush greenery, rippling waterfalls and the scenes of wild animals, birds and reptiles run through our minds. The Periyar tiger Reserve and Wildlife sanctuary is one of the best forest sanctuaries of the country. The sanctuary is spread over the whole Idukki District and is a very popular tourist attraction. The tigers are the main animals found here and is also a part of the Project Tiger. On your visit to Kumily, a visit to this reserve is a must for everyone.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Only 60 km far from Guwahati is Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is mainstream for deers and rhinos. This Sanctuary is approximately a 2 hours drive from Guwahati. Pobitora or Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary which is arranged in the renowned Magical town of Mayong in the Marigaon locale of Assam in India. It has a thick populace of the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary covers 38.8 Sq. km. However, the aggregate informed territory of the recreation center is 38.80 square kilometers, just 16 square kilometers is the successful rhino living space. Pobitora was announced a saved backwoods in 1971 and a natural life haven in 1987. It covers level surge fields and a hillock (Raja Mayong). Pobitora is for the most part renowned for its incredible Indian one horned Rhinoceros. There are around 80 such Rhinoceros that can be seen effortlessly around. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is additionally home to more than 2000 transient feathered creatures and different reptiles.
Bannerghatta National Park
The Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore was established in 1971. It is a very famous tourist destination with a zoo, a planted Aquarium, Snake House, Butterfly Enclosure and a small pet corner. The Bannerghatta National Park also has ancient temples which are still worshipped by the tourists coming to the park. The park is spread over a large area of 22 kilometers, which encloses six villages within its boundary. The very popular Suvarnamukhi stream runs through the park which is said to have magical curative properties in it. A part of the Bannerghatta National Park has been has been declared as a Biological Reserve for the conservation of rare species like Indian tigers and lions. The Bannerghatta National Park is the first biological park in India in which Elephants can roam around in an area of 122 acres without any chains, as because the whole forest has been fenced and has been designed by the elephant behavior expert Carol Buckley.
Yuksom Dzongri Trek is one the most mainstream short high elevation trekking destination in Sikkim. Dzongri trek is a shorter variant of the Goechala Trek. This specific trek begins from Yuksam and winds up at Yuksam in 5 days. Dzongri trek is extraordinarily suitable and intended for the trekkers who needed to investigate more in shorter duration of time. Indeed Dzongri and Dzongri La is the best spot for a mountains' perspective and its extents in the Sikkim Himalayas. Alongside Mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - The third most noteworthy mountains on the planet, the absolute beauty seen amid this trek from Dzongri, View Points from here are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabur north, Mt. Kabur south, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Simvo and many more. The best time to visit Dzongri is from mid March-April, and afterward from September to mid October, in order to maintain a strategic distance from snowfall and storm downpours.
Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve
This is one of the first Tiger Reserves of India which was established in the year 1931 by the Maharaja of Mysore. It was later declared a national park in 1974. This is a few kilometeres north of Mysore and shares boundaries with other sanctuaries and national parks of tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, etc. The national Park is one of the most popular in the country and the Kabini River is an added attraction here. There are about 70 tigers out here in this open area where the animals lead a free life with lots of space to roam about. The main animals here include leopards, chitahs, gaur, sloth bears, sambhars, mouse deer, wild dog, wild boar, barking deer, hyena and four horned antelope. The many species of birds include pompadour green pigeon, grey jungle fowl, honey buzzard, red headed vulture, owls and hawks.
Keoladeo National Park
Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, this is an UNESCO World Heritage Site which was once a hunting ground of the Maharajas. This place is a beautiful wetland and a land rich in the diversity of flora and fauna. Though the water supply is a standing problem but this has been compensated by many other advantages. This is also the only National Park which is surrounded by a wall which protects it from the fear of encroachment and any outside attacks. Spread over a large area, this place was legalised by the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and other necessary laws. This was earlier on an ordinary wildlife sanctuary but was later given the rating of a national park. Migratory birds from far- off countries and the gorgeous wild animals are worth seeing here. The animals are allowed to roam around freely within a given boundary and thus they also feel at home. Wildlife safaris are the best thing you can do over here apart from some peaceful hours of bird watching especially during the early hours of the day.
Our trip to Betab valley and Aru valley was a pleasant one, had enough time to relax and rejuvenate ourselves, putting the previous day's travails to bed. We left Pahalgam for Gulmarg after a few lazy and restful days. The sights of Afarwat peak and Pir Panjal range , views of Kongdoori valley from Gulmarg gondola (supposedly Asia's longest and highest cable car ride), took our breath away!
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife is important aspect of Wayanad region. Wayanad Wildlife Sactuary is open to tourists who take safaris through thick forest areas which are homes for wild elephants, deer, tigers, leopard, mangoose and many bird species. We were lucky to catch a pair of elephants and few deer just on the side of road as it is said the animals generally come out in the night in search of prey of food.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
By eleven o’clock we were gathered near the entrance of the resort, waiting for the jeep. We were at the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. So far we have not seen any tigers or leopards or bears. The jeep came roaring at us and screeched to a halt. It swiftly reversed and shuddered to a standstill.The ladies decided to skip the trip and stay back. We kids and fathers clambered into the Mahindra Jeep. I got in last behind, hoping for the best view. The jeep rushed down the small hill and onto the forest road.The driver was a veteran of close encounters with the wild. He began regaling us with stories of so many sightings that we grew hopeful of catching a glimpse of a tiger. Tigers are very territorial and require a lot of individual space to hunt in. They marked their boundaries by urinating on their hunting grounds. Only 37 tigers were left in Parambikulam and the best time to go looking for them was at night.The forest was silent, except for the chirping of crickets. The night was cold. I rested my hand on the spare tyre and looked out at the road behind us, melting into darkness.Suddenly we stopped. The driver whipped out a torch and trained its powerful beam into the swallowing darkness beyond the line of trees. The light caught a pair of massive horns. It was a bison. The beast stared at us alerted. Its calf muscles were bursting from its shiny coat of brown skin.Eventually the beast disappeared from view and we continued on our journey. The driver was highly skilled in spotting animals. We would be thundering down the road when suddenly he will slam to a stop and sent a beam into a random section of the darkness. And inevitably, an animal would be crouching there, gazing surprised at our jeep. We saw an owl, deer, rabbit and a herd of bison. It was so dark beyond the darting beam of torchlight that I could not capture a single photograph properly.Just when things were getting routine, the driver slowed the jeep and in the headlights we saw a bison standing by the side of the road. The jeep slowed to a crawl and stopped near enough for us to reach out and pet it. It was standing on the passenger side and my Dad’s friend, who was in the front seat, was staring intently at the mountain of motionless muscle.Without warning the driver opened his door and closed it shut with a bang. All eyes turned swiftly from the door to the beast. The animal cocked its head, the pointy tips of its giant horns lining up with the head of Dad’s friend. It then proceeded to disappear into the forest. The driver nonchalantly started the vehicle and we were on our way again.After a while, the driver reversed the jeep and the return journey began. I was beginning to feel sleepy when the vehicle stopped again. The driver whispered one word: ‘bear’. Before anyone of us could comprehend, he hopped out and tiptoed to the side of the road. He flashed his torch into the bushes and motioned to us to join him.I swung a leg over the spare tire and hesitated. I was about to commit the cardinal sin of leaving the safety of the vehicle during a jungle safari. But the others behind me were egging me on. So I dropped down quickly and joined the driver.He whispered and gestured at me to follow the direction of his pointed finger. All I saw was an oddly shaped black object behind the branches of shrubs. But the threat of the bear was real. Scenes from the Revenant came to my mind and I quickly shushed the others who were excitedly joining me.We stared until the black shape melted into the shadows. I did not know whether I should be relieved at losing sight of the bear or fearful at wondering where he is right now. I knew bears had an incredible sense of smell.Just as I finished the previous sentence in my head, I heard the sound of trickling water to my right. It was my Dad’s friend, marking his territory with urine. He was going to literally ‘piss off’ a bear that was right in front of him!Luckily there was no sign of the bear anymore and we got back into the jeep and drove back to the resort. On the way back, the driver spoke of the many times he had gone on night safaris without catching a glimpse of the tiger. Then he told us about the times when he was returning from work and had seen the beast in full view in the jeep’s headlights. You never see it when you most expect it.
Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary
The Beel is a source of livelihood for several of the villages around it whose fishermen depend on it. Boats moving around the lake are a common sight here as the fishermen throw their net into the water hoping for a good catch of freshwater fish. What is heartening is that overfishing is never the case here and the local people are also well aware of the need to preserve this rich piece of wetland to sustain the ecosystem of the area. There have been serious cases of land cutting, waste water disposal and land grabbing in the vicinity that has raised serious concerns regarding the dangers faced by the Beel’s ecosystem. Hunting and trapping of birds happens occasionally and more manpower is needed for the authorities to look into these matters. Thankfully, the local people realise it and have been active with several groups and NGOs to counter these maladies and keep the Beel fit for all purposes.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
A very popular plae especially with bird- watchers and trekkers, this bird sanctuary is in the lap of the Sahyadri ranges and is a part of the Bombay- Goa Expressway. Earlier, this place was known to be just a rok climbing area but has now become even more important. The Karnala Fort and the trail known as the Funnel Path leading to ot also very popular. The Thumbs Up Point is famous as tourists can enoy some of the most beautiful views of the region from here. Also, this sanctuary is home to over 150 species of birds and animals. This includes both resident and migratory species. Three rare species which have been spotted here are the three- toed kingfisher, Ashy Minivet and the Malabar Trogon. Animals found here include langurs, rhesus monkeys and others. The best saesons to enjoy bird watching here are monsoons and the winters.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu Bird SanctuaryFrankly speaking, this requires a day and it should be in your must visit list just because of how beautiful this place is. It is the home of the Ranganathittu bird and you can see several migratory birds here. They have boating facilities too. There's food and accommodation too.
Thol Bird Sanctuary
Why: A scenic man-made freshwater wetland in Mehsana, this sanctuary has the world’s tallest bird, Sarus crane and more than 100 species of other transitory or migratory water birds. Visit Thol early in the morning after monsoon and witness daybreak at the banks. There are quaint corners where you can spend time leisurely with your family and spot a lot of rare species of birds!Where: Thol Bird Sanctuary Rd, Thol, Gujarat - 29 km from Ahmedabad
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
From the balcony of my room I had a view of four magnificent waterfalls and absolute dense green jungle. In the campsite there are numerous snakes and all other creatures which live in perfect harmony with the guests. We actually saw a Vine snake on a tree about 3 meters from my room. We had an orientation session first. Niramal Kulkarni explained about the ventures and activities of MRS. The lunch was a stunning one. An amalgamation of rustic Kokani cuisine with a hint of French cooking. Chicken, fish, mutton curies in coconut gravy, fried fish, rice bhkaries, local red rice and sol-kadhi. Who doesn’t have an appetite for such a delicious food after night long journey! Our trails taught us a lot about the current scenarios (political) that hinder the conservation and also many technical aspects of wildlife research. MRS has a beautiful collection of data charts that give practically all details about the rich wild heritage of the region. The interns working there are very enthusiastic and open a treasure of knowledge both during the slide shows and on field. The first trail took us to the chief highland plateau where MRS is currently working on snakes and caecilians. A moderate trek for half hour takes you to this place from the MRS. We were warned to carry dry bags and raincoats with us, to good reason also. Just upon reaching the top we were lashed with torrential rainfall which drenched us to the bone. We actually could feel the force the rain drops had as the battered down on all our gear and selves. After this ten minutes standstill and suffer affair the weather opened up to a beautiful sunny afternoon. Scourging the plateau we spotted an amazing collection of small animals. Bright coloured fresh water crab, a pied bellied shieldtail (snake), a caterpillar trying to save its eggs from ants, a scorpion and millipedes were the show stealers. Motherly love exsists even in the small creatures. MRS also runs the Pit Viper Expedition every year to study the behavioural and habitat patterns of pit vipers (snake). On coming back to MRS along with some hot tea we had a session on the use of various field record equipments used in wildlife research. it was mesmerising to see the dedication of the MRS team to fight all odds and work tirelessely towards conservation. They have successfully stopped mining in the region. The night trail on the first day was also a rewarding experience. We saw two colour morphs of Malabar Pit Vipers, a Bronze Backed Tree snake, Dobson’s Burrowing Frog, dozens of Malabar Gliding Frogs, Prashad’s Gecko and my favourite a Cicada with its molt amongst many others. the serenity of the jungles here and the melody of thousands of insects, nightjars and the pure dark black night make you rethink your definition of peace. The starry sky (if there is no overcast) gives you a feeling of truly being a small part of this giant universe. It is a sight to behold and remember for all the days that you spend in the busy and bright night life of cities. The night definitely gives you all the rest that you need without any disturbance from the other small world that we dwell in. This is such a remote and beautiful place which has no mobile connectivity. That means no emails from the office to throw deadlines and no calls to remind about the overdue and pending tasks. It is a bliss that only a fortunate few will experience. And I am one of those few.
Mudumalai National Park
Forming a part of the Nilgiri Forest Reserve, this park is at the meeting point of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This was just a simple game reserve before it eas declared a national park in the year 1940. The Mudumalai National Park has the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary to the North and the Wynad National Park to the West of it. The park has rich flora and fauna out of which most of the plants and wildlife species are of the local origin. The most important flowers found here are the bamboo, teak, rosewood, mathi, Vengai and others. The main animal species are of the butterflies, rock python, Indian Gaur, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri Langur.
Okhla Bird Sanctuary
December1. OKHLA BIRD SANCTURYOkhla Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary at the Okhla barrage over Yamuna River. It is situated in Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar district, on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border and known as a haven for over 300 bird species, especially waterbirds.
Sariska National Park
There is a news of declining number of tigers everyday and the Sariska National Park is trying to stop this tragedy as much as it can. This national park nestled in the lap of the Aravalli Range is mostly known for its contribution to the 'Project Tiger'. In the year 1958, this park was declared as National park as well as a wildlife sanctuary as before this, the whole area was just a place where animals used to live. The most attractive part about this national park is that you het tp see a variety of tigers here. There are other animals as well and the flora includes a number of medicinal herbs and plants other than many other species. Also good to see is the love with which the animals are kept here. There is no trapping them like most conventional zoos. They are all set free and let to roam around like they would have done in a forest but with the safety of not being poached for fun and entertainment. The kankwari Fort is another attraction which forms a part of this National Park.
Bikaner Camel Safari Day Tours
Many agencies and tour operators in Bikaner offer camel safaris in the desert, which usually range from one to a few days. You can also opt for an overnight safari, where you halt at a camp in a village in the desert. A safari will cost you anywhere between Rs. 1500 to 2000 per day, per person. This will include the camel ride, stay, food and entertainment. A common itinerary consists of a short jeep ride to the camels, a camel expedition to the camp (along the way you will encounter majestic palaces and ancient temples) and an overnight halt with good food and some folk music. Click here for more information.
Little Rann of Kutch
Being avid birders, winter is the season we look forward to. When Wild India announced the birding trip to Little Rann of Kutch and Thol, we registered instantly as we couldn’t have asked for better company to do birding with. The Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) is famous for the Indian Wild Ass (Khur) and hence a majority of LRK areas are declared as the Wild Ass Sanctuary. There's more information on the LRK and Indian Wild Ass at the end of the report.Coming back to our trip, me and Shraddha arrived in Ahmedabad early at around 6:30 AM. Our friends were already waiting for us and after some chit-chat and breakfast, we finally started our journey to LRK. Wild India had arranged a stay at Royal Safari Camp which is a fantastic property. We relaxed for a while, had a sumptuous lunch (again, the food was really good) and were ready for our 1st Safari by 2:30 PM. The Safari Camp had organized 2 Jeeps for the Safari and Bajana was the first area in LRK to be explored. After registering at the gate of the Wild Ass Sanctuary; we entered the Sanctuary and were greeted with a couple of White-eared Bulbuls, Common Babblers, Isaballine Shrikes and Desert Wheatears.Moving ahead we saw quite a number of Common Cranes; which soon became a very common sight. We could see them everywhere. Soon we were able to see the huge open lands with water cover in patches; very typical of Kutch deserts. And these water patches had a lot of pink spots in them which were nothing else but the beautiful Lesser Flamingoes. We also came across the endemic and endangered Indian Wild Asses. Our driver cum guide (Bura Bhai) soon took the vehicle around some bushes where we were on the lookout for the Short-Eared Owl. It wasn’t long when Bura Bhai helped us see not one but 3 Short-Eared Owls which surely seemed to be a family. After clicking some snaps, we explored the area more to see a variety of birds that included the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Pallas Gulls, Steppe Eagle, Common Kestrel, Montagu’s Harrier, Black Drongo and so on.We enjoyed a pleasant sunset and were back to the resort by 7 PM. We spent a lovely evening catching up with old buddies (Bhavesh, Sunil, Rupali, Suru) and meeting new like-minded folks (Subhash Sir, Mallikarjun Sir, Arvind, Rahul, Mihir and Basant) with a born-fire set up. A quick check on the number of bird species sighted during the day was 46; with 10 lifers for me.
Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal
This building was built by ferozeshah Tughlaq as an inn or a hunting lodge for the royal parties. The design and architecture of the place which is now in ruins is much better for a building not so important. This shows the kings tastes and keen interest towards development and modernization. The ruins are still a symbol of the grandeur of those days given the huge arch and twin gateways on almost all sides. The name was actually Bhulli Bhatti which became bhuli Bhatiyari. The forest surrounding it is now not so dense as it is said to have been in the past. It is also a Heritage site and under the observation of the Archeological Survey of India.