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Wildlife Sanctuaries For All You Wildlife Freaks!

India is home to several animals beginning from the mighty king of the Jungle to the tiniest colourful creatures each serving a different purpose in our eco system. The subcontinent has been endowed with distinguished landscapes and climate that gives rise to differences in the kinds of flora and fauna in our surroundings. Nature gives us these gifts which makes it our duty to preserve these valuable resources.

So, if wildlife is your thing and you are a dare devil of sorts, then these are your haven! Whats up life brings to you top 10 wildlife reserves from India that are scattered all over the country with this boon of life!

Bandhavgarh

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Bandhavgarh is one of the most popular national parks in the country. Located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh covers an area of 105 km2 The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. Apart from that the place is well known for leopards & deers. The first white tiger was spotted in Bhandavgarh in 1951 ever since which it is considered famous for different species of tigers and big cats.

How to get there:
By air: The nearest airport is in Jabalpur that is around 164 km away from Bandhavgarh. From the airport, you can rent a taxi to the park.
By train: The national park is easily connected to Jabalpur by road. Private and State-run buses and taxis are available between Umaria and Katni and from Satna as well as Rewa to Tala. Cabs are also available from Jabalpur, Bilaspur and Khajuraho.
By road: Some of the railway stations close to Bandhavgarh are Katni (102 km), Jabalpur (164 km), Satna (120 km) and Umaria (35 km).

 

Sariska Tiger Reserve

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Sariska Tiger Reserve is a national park and tiger reserve located in the Alwar district of the state of Rajasthan, India. The topography of the protected area comprises scrub-thorn arid forests, rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses and hilly cliffs.This area was a hunting preserve of the Alwar state and it was declared a wildlife reserve in 1955. It was given the status of a tiger reserve making it a part of India’s Project Tiger in 1978. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 866 km2 Best time to go to Sariska is between October to June.

How to get there:

By Air: The Jaipur Sanganer Airport is the nearest airport from Sariska and is located inSanganer, approximately 107 kilometers from the National Park. All major destinations are well-connected to the Jaipur Airport.
By Train: The nearest railway station is located at Alwar, 37 kilometers away from the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Road: Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is located off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road. Jaipur is located 107 kilometers away from the wildlife sanctuary and 200 kilometers from the country’s capital, New Delhi. Sariska is well-connected with Alwar, which is directly connected to NH-8.

 

Rajaji National Park

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Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park and tiger reserve[1] that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. The park is spread over 820 km2.,[2] and three districts of Uttarakhand : Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. In 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were merged into one. Best time to visit the park is between November & June.

How to get there:

By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 35km. Jolly Grant Airport which is only a few kilometers away from the Northern Boundary of the Park has a daily 55 minutes flight from Delhi.

By train: Nearest railhead is at Haridwar ( 24Km.), Dehradun (56Km.) and Rishikesh (18 Km).

By road: The National Park is 220 kms. from Delhi & from Lucknow it is at a distance of 510 km.Chilla is 8 Km. from Haridwar Railway Station which is well connected to major cities and 24 Km. from Rishikesh.

Corbett National Park

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Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative. Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 One of India’s largest National Park, is home to more than 488 species of fauna and 586 wildlife species that include bengal btigers, sloth bears, deers, hyenas, elephants, Himalayan goral. Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September. Best time to visit the park is between mid November to mid June.

How to get there:
By air: The nearest airport to Jim Corbett National Park is Delhi airport at a distance of 295 km.
By train: Ramnagar Railway junction, at a distance of 12 km to the National park, is the closest railways station.
By road: Jim Corbett National park is well connected by roads from all major neighboring locations including Ranikhet (112 km), Nanital (66 km), Delhi (260 km)and Lucknow (145 km).

Ranthambore

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Ranthambhore is the fortieth largest national park in northern India, covering 392 km. Ranthambhore wildlife sanctuary is known for its Bengal tigers,[1] and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The best times for tiger sightings at Ranthambhore National Park are in November and May. The park’s deciduous forests are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in Central India. Other fauna include the Indian leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, striped hyena, sloth bear, southern plains gray langur, rhesus macaque and  mugger crocodiles.

How to get there:
By air: The nearest airport from Ranthambore is Jaipur, which is about 160 km away.You can arrive in Jaipur by flights from all major cities in India.
By train: Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is nearest railway station located 11 km away from Ranthambore National Park .All major trains that links Sawai Madhopur cities like delhi, agra,jaipur etc.
By road: The closest city to this national park is Sawai Madhopur. A very good network of buses and taxis connect Sawai Madhopur from major cities of Rajasthan delhi(365),jaipur(160),agra(260).

 

Kaziranga National Park

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Kaziranga national park is situated in the in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. The sanctuary, which hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. Kaziranga is also home to the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world, and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer.[3] Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for conservation of avifaunal species.

How to get there:

By air: Guwahati is the nearest airport; located at a distance of 235 km. Taxis, auto rickshaws and buses are available to carry tourists from the airport to the national park.

By train: Furkating, at a distance of 80 km, is the nearest railway station to reach the national park. Means of transportation such as taxis, auto-rickshaws and buses are available to reach the park.

By road: Due to proper road connectivity, thereafter reaching Assam, you can take a bus from Guwahati Bus stop (217 km), Jorhat Bus stand (96 km) or from Nawgaon, Dibrugarh and Tezpur bus stand (75 km). The fare for the bus varies Government service and private service.

 

Sundarbans National Park

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The Sundarbans National Park is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve in West Bengal, India. It is part of the Sundarbans on the Ganges Delta, and adjacent to the Sundarban Reserve Forest in Bangladesh. The delta is densely covered by mangrove forests, and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. It is also home to a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate species, including the salt-water crocodile. The present Sundarban National Park was declared as the core area of Sundarban Tiger Reserve in 1973 and a wildlife sanctuary in 1977. On 4 May 1984 it was declared a National Park. It is a UNESCO world heritage site inscripted in 1987
How to get there:
By air: The nearest airport is Kolkata International Airport (Netaji Subhash Chandra Airport), at a distance of 140 km.
By train: The nearest airport is Kolkata International Airport (Netaji Subhash Chandra Airport), at a distance of 140 km.
By road: Major nearby cities include Godkhali Port (82 km), Koikhali (83 km), Namkhana (117 km), Canning (45 km)

 

Gir Forest Reserve

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Gir Forest National Park is a forest and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. Established in 1965, with a total area of 1,412 km2 Little over a 100 years ago, there were only 12 asiatic lions left in the world all in the territory of Nawabs of Junagarh. It was then realised that the lions were less in number and hence, in 1965 Gir National Park became a protected area. Apart from Asiatic lions, you may find leopards, jackals and antelopes. Best time to visit Gir National Park is between October to June.
How to get there:
By Air: The nearest airport to the protected forests is Keshod Airport at a distance of 38 km
By Train: Sasan railway junction is the closes railway station to the famous Gir forests just a few meters away.
By Road: Gir forests can be reached easily by roads through buses, cars or taxis from Diu (110 Km), Junagadh (55 Km), Rajkot (160 Km), Veraval (40 Km) and Ahmedabad (408 Km).

 

Kanha Tiger Reserve

Kanha Tiger Reserve, also called Kanha National Park, is one of the tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh, state in the heart of India. Kanha National Park is one of the world famous tiger reserves located in Madhya Pradesh in the districts of Balaghat and Mandla. The word ‘Kanha’ has been derived from the ‘Kankar’ which is used to refer the clayey soil of the valley. The park has a significant population of Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog.
By air: The airport which is in the closest proximity to Kanha National Park is Nagpur airport, at a distance of 266 km.
By train: The closest railway station to Kanha National Airport is Jabalpur Railway Station at a distance of 169 km.
By road: The National Park is well connected by roads, and can be easily reached by buses from Raipur (219 km), Jabalpur (169) and Mukki (25 km).

 

Periyar National Park

wildlife reserves

Periyar National Park s a protected area near Thekkady in the districts of Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta in Kerala, India. It is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve. The protected area covers an area of 925 km2 Best time to visit the park is between November to February.
How to get there:
By air: Madurai Airport at a distance of 140 km is the closest airport to the protected forests.
By train: Kottayam Railway Station, located at a distance of 114 km from Periyar National Park, is closest in proximity.
By road: Periyar National Park can be reached easily by road from major cities including Kottayam 100 km), Madurai (110 km), Kochi (120 km) and Kumily (4 km).

 

Pench National Park

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Pench National Park is in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in India. It derives its name from the Pench River that flows through the park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves . The best time to visit the Pench National Park is between the month’s of November to June. The wildlife park is very popular for its deer and leopards.

How to get there:
By air: Sonegaon Airport is the nearest airport to Pench National Park which is located at a distance of 132 km. Regular flights to Pune and Mumbai are available from the airport.
By train: Located at a distance of 30 km, Seoni station is the nearest railway station to Pench National Park.
By road: Seoni bus junction is the nearest bus stop to Pench National Park and is located at a distance of 30 km.

CONTRIBUTED BY MANNAT BAKSHI

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