15 Wildlife Sanctuary Tours in India A Promising Adventure Like No Other

If you love wildlife, you must have visited several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. These places offer the best of wildlife and nature, bringing you closer to wild beasts than ever before. So, if you are planning a nature trip, these wildlife sanctuary safaris in India are a must. By Anouchka Goel

Wildlife sanctuaries in India for the ultimate adventure

Corbett National Park

The dense forests located in Uttarakhand are known for rare sightings of tigers. What makes it so special is the abundance of flora and fauna, including exotic trees and shrubs, waterfalls, dams and endangered animals.

Best time to visit: October to July

Bandhavgarh National Park

This wildlife sanctuary in India is located in Madhya Pradesh and is home to a splendid population of tigers. The rare white tigers can also be seen here, making for a magnificent sighting. With lots of forests, grasslands, wildlife and more, Bandhavgarh is a reserve that will bring you closer to nature and these beasts in a way you never thought possible!

Best time to visit: October to March

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore is one of the most famous tiger reserves in northern and western India. Located in Rajasthan, the wildlife sanctuary attracts thousands of tourists who come here with the promise of seeing the magnificent Royal Bengal Tigers, and they are rarely disappointed! With multiple areas and many creatures, a trip here promises fun and adventure.

Best time to visit: October to June

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

The only lion reserve in India, Sasan Gir is home to the Gir National Park. The place, located in Gujarat, allows for superb lion sightings. Gir is the only place where lions roam freely in the wild in India, and the destination attracts thousands of wildlife enthusiasts every year because of it.

Best time to visit: November to April

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Kanha National Park is another tiger reserve located in Madhya Pradesh. The place, being located in the central highlands of India, has a plethora of flora and fauna including local exotic trees and plants. Apart from tigers, what are also popular here are swamp deer and barasinghas, which allow for stunning sightings. The place is home to jackals, wild dogs, and sloth bears, as well as several birds, including black ibises, gray hornbills, bee-eaters, and cattle egrets, among others.

Best time to visit: October to June

Kaziranga National Park

Home to the one-horned rhinoceros, this wildlife sanctuary in India is a must visit for adventure seekers. You can spot elephants, rhinos, water buffaloes, swamp deer and more at Kaziranga National Park. In addition, the location and the ambient weather also make it an ideal place for birdwatching. Take a jeep safari or ride an elephant, or cruise the Brahmaputra River to spot even more amazing creatures.

Best time to visit: November to April

Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sundarbans are the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world and also home to a wildlife sanctuary, home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, a species found most in India. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is also part of the largest delta in the world and is home to several rare species of aquatic mammals, birds and reptiles. You can opt for boat safaris to explore the variety of foliage and wildlife found here and climb to the top of one of the many watchtowers.

Best time to visit: October to March

Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is among the many popular wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra and is also among the largest. Home to Bengal tigers, leopards, jungle cats and more, the place is home to both herbivorous and carnivorous beasts and is a beautiful place to visit. That’s not all – the exotic flora and fauna here include rare axle wood, which is fire resistant.

Best time to visit: October to March

The Great Himalayan National Park

Among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in northern India, the Great Himalayan National Park is a wildlife sanctuary located in Himachal Pradesh. The place has significant biodiversity conservation and is home to creatures such as the rare snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, serow, and musk deer. The place also has three endangered birds along with a few other animals, namely the western tragopan, koklass, and pheasant. Indulge in camping, trekking, and other experiences while soaking up the stunning views.

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Manas National Park

Located in the state of Assam, Manas is the only place to house both the Project Tiger Reserve and the Project Elephant Reserve. The wildlife sanctuary is also the only one to house the pygmy pig. Travelers can visit the park for bird watching and gain knowledge about tea plantations.

Best time to visit: November to April

Panna National Park

Located in northern Madhya Pradesh, the wildlife sanctuary in India stretches for 550 kilometers. The place is home to tigers, sloth bear pangolins, Indian wolves, four-horned antelope, leopards, rusty-spotted cats, Indian foxes, and many more species. It also has historic paintings dating back to the Neolithic era, which you can admire on a game drive. The place is also home to 200 species of birds, making it a wonderful time.

Best time to visit: November to March

Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled in the lush Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka is Bandipur National Park. The place is said to have the second largest population of tigers and is also home to Asian elephants. With them, observe magnificent creatures such as leopards, sambars, dholes, jackals, sloth bears, muggers and four-horned antelopes.

Best time to visit: march to may

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary

Nagarhole is an animal sanctuary in India which is among the most visited for its population of tigers. The place is home to exotic plants, animals, and more, and the destination is also a great place to spot beautiful birds.

Best time to visit: april and may

Keoladeo Ghana Wildlife Sanctuary

Keoladeo is also called Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary as it is one of the largest sites in the world for migratory birds. The place has about 230 species of birds, as well as 37 species of animals. Walk along the trails, get your cameras out and capture avian creatures such as green sandpipers, Siberian cranes, spotted ducks and many more!

Best time to visit: August to November for resident birds and October to February for migratory birds

Rajaji National Park

Another great destination for tigers to visit, as well as elephants (it has around 600 elephants!), is Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand. You can also spot leopards, over 400 species of birds and more.

Best time to visit: Winters

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