Into the wild: National parks in India


India is one of the most ecologically diverse nations in the world, considering the various types of flora, fauna and terrain in the subcontinent. Environmental reserves are strewn across the country, and the larger ones have been named National Parks, to better the awareness and knowledge of nature conservation.

These national parks also have great potential in tourism, especially among nature lovers; as one can observe various types of fauna in their natural habitat.

Here is a look at some of the most beautiful national parks in India.

Ranthambore National Park

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One of the largest national parks in North India, Ranthambore is spread over 392 sq km in Rajasthan. The area has been part of Project Tiger and a refuge for the Royal Bengal Tigers since 1974. A popular tourist destination, the park also houses the Ranthambore Fort within its premises.

Apart from tigers, visitors can also spot animals like bears, leopards, jackals, hyenas and several types of deer on their excursion. Tigers in Ranthambore are different in that they do not fear humans, making them easy to spot. The closest major city is Delhi, and you can find several cabs in Delhi that can be rented for the trip.

Gir Forest National Park

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Located in Gujarat, Gir Forest National Park is one of the best places in India to spot wild Asiatic Lions, ambling in their natural habitat. The forest premises was actually used as a hunting reserve for the Nawabs of Junagadh, even as recently as 1990, before being converted into a protected area. At the start, the population of lions were as low as 12; but this number has grown to around 600 in recent years. The best time to visit this park is in between the months of December and March. The convenience of hiring cabs in Ahmedabad makes it easily accessible as well.

Jim Corbett National Park

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One of the inspirations behind Rudyard Kipling's unforgettable jungle stories, this sprawling National Park is located close to the cities of Nainital and Dehradun. It is an ideal destination for people looking to spot tigers, as highlighted by Kipling in his stories. Other animals in the park include leopards, red foxes, black bear, sloth bears and monkeys among many other species. The availability of cabs in Dehradun make it a convenient getaway.

Nagarhole National Park

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Nagarhole National Park is famous not only for its animal, but for the range of reptiles that call it home. The park is situated in Karnataka and was established in 1957. The closest major city is Bangalore, and cabs in Bangalore make your travel to the lap of nature a simple affair. Wildlife which can be spotted in the park include the four-horned antelope, civet, elephant, panther and even tigers. The reptiles that creep and crawl around here include cobras, mugger crocodiles, kraits, vipers and various types of lizards.

Kanha National Park

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Kanha National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the subcontinent and was one of the first tiger reserves to fall under Project Tiger. It is separated into two areas, Banjar and Hallon, named after the rivers that flow across them. The animals that can be spotted in the premises include black buck, elephants, jackals, leopards and of course, tigers. One can easily plan a trip here thanks to the availability of cabs in Nagpur, the closest city.

These are merely some of the more famous National Parks in India; every trip into the wilderness is an experience unto itself. So ignite the adventurer in you and start exploring!

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