A guide to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India.
Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is India's oldest and flagship National Park.
It is famous for its natural beauty, bird life, fishing (with permit) and some of the largest herds of wild elephants in North India.
Dibru Saikhowa National Park
Dibru Saikhowa National Park is a place of astonishing beauty and amazing diversity of wildlife.
The Famous Four animals of Dibru Saikhowa are the Feral Horses, Hoolock Gibbon, Gangetic River Dolphin and the Wild Buffalo.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best places to see a Tiger.
It is a small park but the density of tigers is high and the animals are used to the presence of humans in vehicles. Tigers can be seen at close range at Bandhavgarh.
Pobitora wildlife sanctuary
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a small sanctuary for the Rhino.
Rhino sighting is virtually assured and visitors will usually see 5-10 rhinos when going for jeep or elephant ride. It is possible to get very close to the rhinos when on elephant ride.
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park and World Heritage Site is a land of giants.
India's big 4 are all here – the Tiger, Elephant, Rhino and the Wild Buffalo. Some people refer to it as the land of the big 5. They include the rare Swamp Deer as well but the deer is hardly big although it is a beautiful golden deer.
Kaziranga is a land of superlatives. It has highest density of Tigers in India, it is one of Indias best managed national parks and is also one of the most scenic national parks of India.
Kaziranga is one of India's greatest conservation success stories.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to see a Tiger.
Tigers can be seen at very close range at Ranthambore.
Ranthambore is rich in natural history, human history and Tigers.
Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is one of India's largest National park and is very popular because of its association with Kiplings Jungle book.
The characters in the Jungle Book – Bhallo, Baghira, Sher Khan, Ka – are all here but not easy to see!
Dudhwa National Park
Dudhwa National Park is unlike any national park in India.
Dudhwa retains the feel of a wild place.
Historically, Dudhwa National Park was famous for herds of 1000+ swamp deer, seemingly infinite jungle with continuation to Nepal, and the Tiger and Leopard reintroduction project by Billy Arjan Singh.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur bird sanctuary)
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a man made bird sanctuary.
In contrast to most wild places in India, travelling to and inside Bharatpur is easy, cheap and uncomplicated!
Bharatpur has been on steep decline in the last few years. Because of decreasing rainfall, lack of political will and rising population around the park, Bharatpur is denied its fair share of water. Bharatpur has always been a man made oasis in a semi arid landscape. Without active and positive human intervention, it wont survive for long.
Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)
Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) protects a Himalayan ecosystem with rare plants and animals.
Himalayan black bear, brown bear, leopard, snow leopard and Himalayan tahr are found here but they are all very elusive. The colourful Himalayan Monal Pheasant and the Western Tragopan represent the birdlife.
Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) has well developed trekking infrastructure. There are camping grounds located at strategic places. There are no facilities on the way and all provisions, tents and sleeping bags have to be carried.
National Chambal Sanctuary
National Chambal Sanctuary protects an aquatic eco-system of one of the finest and least-polluted stretch of waterways in North India.
It is a haven for the key aquatic animals of North India – the Gharial(fish-eating crocodile), Mugger(fresh water crocodile) and the critically endangered Gangetic Dolphin. Soft and hard shell turtles are common. There is also a rich variety of birdlife specially in winter. Sarus Crane, Common Crane, Whistling Teal, Egyptian Vulture can be easily seen.
What is covered in the iBook for each wild place of India
Overview of the place
Pictures of the place
Things to see and do
How to get there
Best time to go
Where to stay
Interesting stories and anecdotes
About the author
Avneet Mangat completed his Masters in Software Engineering from University of Oxford, UK. He has been working for the last 12 years in London (UK), NY, Toronto (Canada), and Tampa (FL) as IT/software architect, Product development Director and consultant in various business domains - insurance, telecoms, publishing, manufacturing, tourism and health sector.
He is co-author of the large format photography book 'Return of the Tiger' (ISBN 978-0-9880771-4-0) on conservation success stories from the Land of the Tiger.