Wildlife Tourism in India

India Wildlife Tourism

India has a rich treasure of fauna and flora. In fact, it is not wrong to say that India is the biological capital of the Earth. A muse of the nature lover, fascinating haunt for photographers, love of wildlife enthusiasts and a new normal for honeymooners- India is in the top list for wildlife tourism in the world.

About India Wildlife Tourism

India Wildlife- Indian Elephant

India’s wildlife tourism is a story to show the world about man and animal’s strong friendship and their persistence to live in love and harmony.

Tourists from all over the world come to India to witness its wildlife treasure. Wildlife tourism in India gives the tourist a scope of plenty of self- introspection, useful insight on the biodiversity and cultural aspect, as local people and community are involved deeply in the preservation of Wildlife.

If you are travelling to explore India, apart from the best tourist attractions and heritage sites in India, a wildlife tour is a much-needed escape from the chaos of city life.

  • Total National Parks in India – 104
  • Total Tiger Reserves in India- 52
  • Total Bird Sanctuaries in India- 61
  • Total Wildlife Sanctuaries in India – 566
  • Popular National Parks in India- Corbett, Ranthambore, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Tadoba, Kaziranga, Sunderban

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Wildlife of India

Indian Bird

Nature based tours are becoming increasingly important in India due to the chaos of city life and their long-term detachment from nature. India is the storehouse of some of the best wildlife and bird Sanctuaries and Tiger Reserves.

Wild creatures of India enjoy privileged positions of protection and nourishment from the Indian government. This is why India has rich biodiversity.  About 1.33% of the geographical area of the country is covered with National Parks. To be precise, India has 104 national parks and 566 wildlife sanctuaries, 214 community reserves and 97 conservation reserves to lure wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world.

Wildlife Tourism: What’s in it for you?

Spotted Deers

  • Relaxation: If you are a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast or a toil weary soul who has lost connection with nature then Wildlife Tour is an absolute necessity to fine tune your spirit. There has been a significant raise in the number of tourists for wildlife tourism. Nowadays Wildlife sightseeing is also considered to be a great way of enjoying vacation. It refreshes your mind, body and soul and eliminates all the tensions of life. Wildlife tours in India are the best way of recreation and rejuvenation of your tired mind.
  • Nature’s Bliss and Thrills of Adventure: India has finest National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Tiger reserves to take you to the wild world of wild beasts where you can enjoy the enchanting pristine greenery of the forests, cascading waterfalls, picturesque mountain ranges and valleys along with the calls of wild creatures. Isn’t it amazing? But this is not enough, our adventurous hearts need to be satisfied to enjoy the best of wildlife tourism. For this, adventure seekers can also get the thrill of forest safari, river rafting, angling and fishing, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling and nature walk which is absolutely delightful for a nature and wildlife holiday.
  • Spot the Tigers: While you are on your wildlife exploration, Tiger spotting trips would elevate your experience to a new level. A chance to witness elusive tigers will be a once in a lifetime experience and what better way to watch these tigers while enjoying all the comforts and luxuries of Jungle lodges and resorts in protected wilderness areas? Dotted with lush green foliage these lodges are the best options to stay on your wildlife tour.

Some of the best Tiger reserves in India are Pench Tiger Reserve, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Kanha Tiger Reserve, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Kaziranga National Park, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, Sundarbans Tiger reserve Etc. The best time to spot tigers is the summer season when they visit the waterholes to quench their thirst.

UNESCO Wildlife World Heritage Sites

Rhino Kaziranga

India also has some National Parks and Reserves which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  There are total 7 UNESCO World Heritage National Parks and Sanctuaries-

  • Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area, Himachal Pradesh
  • Western Ghats
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Keoladeo National Park
  • Manas wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park
  • Sundarbans National Park

Only Tigers?

Jim Corbett Tiger

Not only Tigers have the right to give you a visual treat but there is also a plethora of other wild beasts that would be eagerly waiting for your attention. Sites like Kaziranga National Park are very famous for one -horned Rhinos. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam is a home to golden langur, Assam roofed turtle etc.

Nanda Devi and Valley of flowers National Park is a home to globally threatened Snow Leopard and Himalayan Musk deer and varieties of plant species. This is just the tip of an iceberg. Once you indulge yourself in wildlife exploration, you will see varieties of flora and fauna that you have never seen before.

Most Popular Wildlife Safari Destinations in India

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett Tiger Travel Blog

Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions and Tiger Reserve in India. It is a land where tigers are found in abundance. This prestigious national park is the place where the Project Tiger was first launched in 1973. It is the only national park to offer a stay inside the jungle. It is a best place for nature lovers as lush greenery, hills, waterfalls, riverine belts and marshy grasslands provide picture perfect scenery. Apart from tigers, rare species like Otters and endemic fish-eating crocodiles are found here.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambore Tiger Safari
Bengal Tiger Getting Photographed by Tourists in a Jeep Safari || Photo Credit – Flickr

Your Wildlife vacation will be the best one if you visit Ranthambore National Park. It houses the pride of the jungle, Royal Bengal Tiger. It’s one of the major wildlife tourist attractions in India.  You will see a myriad of mammals, birds and reptiles for wildlife exploration. Jungle Safari will give you the best views of wildlife and make your sightseeing in Ranthambore more fun.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park Rhino

Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a very popular wildlife tourist attraction for a great wildlife vacation. It is famed for its Great one horned Rhinoceros. The whole park resounds in the calls of Elephants, swamp deer, wild water buffalo, lesser adjutant etc. The presence of Brahmaputra River and lush greenery all around makes Kaziranga National Park the best place for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh Tiger

Situated in the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh Bandhavgarh National Park is a buffer area of 400 sq. km whose typography is so beautiful as it consists of forests, ridges and open meadows to lure the heart of solace seekers and wildlife lovers. It has the highest density of Tiger population in India. Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari are the best things to do in Bandhavgarh National Park.

Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Panna Tiger
Panna National Park Tiger | Photo Credit – Flickr

Panna National Park is a prime tiger located in Madhya Pradesh after Bandhavgarh National Park. Your eyes will be soothed by a variety of animals like Tigers, Leopards, wolf, hyaena, caracal, sloth bear, chital, Indian deers and 200 species of birds etc. For any wildlife enthusiasts this is a must visit place in Madhya Pradesh. Mesmerizing waterfalls, gorges, rivers and lush greenery will take you to the world of bliss.

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Kanha National Park & Tiger Reserve

Situated in the Maikal range of Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is declared as one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. It is one of the best wildlife tourist attractions in India. For nature lovers, pristine greenery of this enchanting wilderness, clear streams and dense jungles will be a thing of joy forever. It is said that Kanha National Park is the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. You will witness the most popular Barasingha apart from tigers and other reptiles and birds etc.

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park Travel Blog

Pench National Park is one of the most popular national parks in India. Spread over an area of 292.83 square kilometers on the borders of Seoni and Chhindwara districts, this national park is named after the Pench river that divides it into two parts. This river flows from the north to south direction of the park. Pench National Park, which holds the distinction of being the best Tiger Reserve of the country, was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1993.

Pench National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, due to which its name comes among the major national parks of India. The rich forest and calm environment according to wild animals make this national park a good tourist destination.
The park has an abundance of flora and fauna. Apart from panthers and tigers, Pench National Park is also home to animals like chital, black buck, black-naped rabbit, hyena, flying squirrel, sambar, fox, wild boar, porcupine, jackal, four-horned, nilgai etc. Many birds are also found in abundance in the park, including both native and migratory birds.

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

Bandipur National Park Travel Blog

Located in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park is one of the best national parks for wildlife vacation. This national park is rich in various wildlife and flora and remains a popular tourist attraction of Karnataka due to its deciduous forest. This national park is the country’s first biosphere reserve with a wide range of wildlife, teak and sandalwood trees. This enchanting wilderness is a home to many animals like hornbills, elephants, deer, sloth bears, pythons, panthers, etc., which can be seen roaming freely to capture the heart of the tourists. Bandipur National Park serves as a preserve of many rare and endangered species of India including Tiger. A good population of many endangered and vulnerable species like elephant, gaur, tiger, sloth bear, mugger, Indian rock python, four-horned antelope, jackal can be seen in this park. Apart from wildlife, different species of birds, snakes, and small insects are also present in Bandipur National Park.

Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

Tadoba National Park Tiger

Tadoba National Park is located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state. It is the most visited National Park in India. Known for its natural heritage, the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, spread over an area of about 625.4 sq. km, is one of the best protected tiger reserves in India and has the largest number of tiger reserves in the state.

Tadoba National Park is the perfect tourist destination for wildlife and nature lovers on the weekend, where tourists can see various rare species of flora and fauna. Along with natural beauty and wildlife, this park is also famous for Tadoba Lake, Irai Dam, Moharli and Khosla Village, which play an important role in the attraction of Tadoba National Park and attract lakhs of tourists every year.

The largest wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to Majestic Tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaurs, nilgai, dholes, striped hyenas, small Indian civets, wild cats, sambar, deer, barking deer, It is home to many other mammals such as the chital.

Along with the wildlife, about 195 species of birds, 74 species of butterflies can be seen in the park. Apart from these, the park is also home to a variety of reptiles including swamp crocodile, Indian python.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)
Q. What are the necessary guidelines to follow for wildlife tourism of India?

Following are the necessary measures to follow for wildlife exploration are –

  • Follow all the government Covid guidelines for your safety.
  • Do not disturb wild animals and do not try to feed them.
  • Book your tour and safari in advance, you will only get to enjoy the tour if you have done your bookings in advance. You will not get any slots later as they are limited in numbers.
  • Always hire a licensed tour guide for useful insights on wildlife tourism, without a guide you are not allowed to enter the park.
  • Wear covered clothes to protect yourself from insects.
  • Smoking, drinking and lighting are not allowed in the Parks.
  • Do not throw any waste in the Parks as it is our duty to maintain cleanliness in the park.
Q. What is the best time to explore the wildlife wealth of India?

October to June is the best time to explore the wildlife wealth of India. Summers, to be precise, are best for spotting tigers. Monsoons are not favorable for wildlife exploration as most of the sanctuaries remain closed at that time.

Q. What are the best National Parks to visit in North India?

Some of the best National Parks to visit in North India are –

  • Sariska National Park
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Jim Corbett National Park
  • Gangotri National Park
  • Ranthambore National Park
Q. What are the best National Parks and Sanctuaries to visit in South India?

Some of the best National Parks to visit in South India are –

  • Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mudumalai National Parkand Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chinnar wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nagarjunasagar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bandipur NationalPark
  • Periyar Wildlife sanctuary
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Eravikulam National Park
Q. What are the best National Parks and Sanctuaries to visit in West India?

Some of the best National Parks to visit in West India are –

  • Gir National Park
  • Tadoba -Andhari Tiger Reserve
  • Bhamragarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park
  • Vansda National Park
  • Marine National Park

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