Beyond the city-scapes, monuments, and beaches an alternate way to experience India is to delve into its natural beauty within the country's national parks. These parks are treasure troves for nature lovers, containing a wide range of geographical and climatic diversity. Apart from soaring mountains lush rain forests, dense mangroves, and arid Desert, these diverse ecosystems are home to endangered animal species, birds and rare plants. With more than 500 wildlife sanctuaries, we’ve rounded up our favorite national parks for the ultimate exotic wildlife experiences showcasing everything from dolphins to dragonflies.
Ranthambhore National Park- an erstwhile hunting ground of the royals of Rajasthan is now the nations most coveted tiger sanctuary. The place is known to have "friendly" tigers and chances of sighting one here is reasonably fair. The park is like the cross-section of the country’s natural terrain dotted with lakes, grasslands, and hills. It doesn’t come as a surprise that so many incredible species apart from the tiger such as Sloth bears, Sambar deer, Indian fox, call Ranthambhore their home. The park has 10 zones in all. Zones 1-5 are in the core area, while the remaining 6-10 are in the surrounding buffer area. Taking a safari ride on a gypsy, driving in frenzy to spot the tiger based on the monkey and peacock calls is quite like an adrenaline pumping chase. The combination of Ranthambhore national park with the 10th century fort and temple of Lord Ganesh altogether make this place a traveler’s delight.
Location- 158 km from Jaipur in the Sawai Madhopur district of Southeastern Rajasthan.
Best time to visit- It is recommended to visit the park between October and June to enjoy at the fullest.