India is a safari lover’s dream. The opportunity to see a vast number of animals, including Tigers, Leopard, Elephants and a huge variety of birdlife in their natural habitat is not to be missed.
Situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh (often referred to as the ‘Heart of India’), it boasts the highest density of tiger population in the whole of India. Bandhavgarh is famous for having once been a favourite spot for the royals to hunt, and is also the location of the famous discovery of the white tigers of Rewa. Jeep safaris also take place from early morning until evening, with visitors always accompanied by a guide to ensure they get the most out of their day.
Madhya Pradesh also hosts the exquisite Kanha National Park. Famous for being the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’, Kanha National Park has saved many endangered species including the nearly extinct Swamp Deer. They also take pride in being a big part of “Project Tiger” and have a good community of Tigers in the park. The breath-taking open meadows and grassland make for perfect conditions for both predator and prey. The best time of year to visit is from March to June, it is summer and dry with the monsoon season starting in July.
Satpura National Park will similarly leave you in awe. This Park offers something different with its deep gorges and hilly terrains, and sightings of leopards, sloth bears, and gaurs (or Indian Bison). It is also unique in offering its visitors the chance to spot crocodiles! The best time to visit is from November to April with the park closed from 1st July to 16th October each year
Making the short journey to Pench National Park is well worth it. The park actually takes its name from the Pench river which runs right through it from north to south. Tiger, Panther and leopard sightings are good at Pench, with the Park also housing over 285 species of resident and migratory birds!
In fact, bird-watching at Pench National Park is a must, with the four endangered vultures – white-rumped, long-billed, white scavenger, and king vulture – all present in good number. The best way to reach the park is by train to Ramtek and then by bus, 35km to the park.
Yet India has still much more on offer! A change of scene to the gorgeous state of Rajasthan in north-west India not only offers wonderful tourism opportunity with its vast history, but also houses the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Thousands of rare and highly-endangered birds have made the Park their home, making the sanctuary one of the best possible places to witness the magnificence of these rare birds. The Siberian Crane species is just one of a number of endangered species, which makes its way to the Park in the winter. Such is the Park’s importance; it has been declared a World Heritage Site.
India offers all of this and more! If you love seeing animals on safari, you will definitely love India!
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