The Indian wild life is tenderly pledged with India's social fabric. Some
of animals like the elephant, lion, tiger, monkeys and the peacock have
found a seat of repute in the Indian mythology. It is absolutely bewildering
to perceive that the virulent King Cobra is so intimately allied with Lord
Siva and has received so much worship down the ages. The great Indian tiger
is a seat of Goddess Durga the most poignant of all.
The Great Wildlife Treasures of India
There are great wild life reserves in the valley of Uttranchal offering the
magnificent view of great Indian tigers in northern India, the great Indian
rhino is the habitat of the Northeast states of India along the river
Brahmaputra. The western part of India is the abode of the last remaining
Asiatic Lions. A swarm of great Indian elephants in the wild is an
awe-inspiring vision. All animals, including the royal tiger also respect
these colossal mammals. Indian Elephant is slightly smaller than its African
counterpart and normally the male elephant have tusks.
The thrill of being in an Indian wildlife park is ingenuously tantalizing
as one has close tryst with such magnificent animals. Viewing the Royal
Bengal Tiger, the great Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion and the gigantic Indian
Elephant are the lifetime experiences that prevail engraved in the
reminiscence of every wildlife enthusiast. Wildlife parks are the preserved
lands and are home to an enormously diverse number of flora and fauna. The
need for setting up wild life parks was initiated due to the regular
declining of the wildlife population and also some species were facing the
threat of extinction. Today India is a reputed home of 80 national parks.
The great Indian wildlife legacy do not cease in these evasive mammals but
it is an abounding repository of vertebrates, non-vertebrates and reptiles
that needs more then a life span for its voluminous exploration.
India's Most Prestigious Wild Life Reserves
Jim Corbett National Park
This wildlife park is located in the state of Uttaranchal in the foothills
of Himalayas and covers an area of 1200 sq. km. The park is the desired home
of the great Indian tiger, leopards and crocodiles. Corbett National Park
also facilitates excellent opportunities for elephant and jeep safari along
with comfortable accommodations.
Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga Wildlife Park is extended along the holy Brahmaputra River in
Assam covering an area of 430 sq. km. The park is the abode to the great
Indian Rhino, leopards and tigers. There are now over a 1000 unicorn in the
subcontinent. The single horn of the rhino is worth U.S $40,000 in 1995. The
other attractions of the park are massive wild buffalo, which can weigh upto
915kg. There are a rich variety of fresh waterfowls, over 450 species of
woodland and grassland birds. The gharial (fish eating crocodile) and
dolphins can also be traced in the blue lakes.
Ranthambore National Park
The park is situated near Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan covering an area of
392 sq. Km. Great wildlife species found in Ranthambore include tigers,
leopards and boars. In 1981 Ranthambore was awarded National Park status.
The park enjoys the pleasure of having a very high density of tiger
population. There are about 25 tigers and 40 leopards in the reserve.
Sundarbans National Park
West Bengal an elusive home of India's Royal Bengal Tiger covers an area of
1330.10 sq. km. Encountering this majestic beast on jeep safari in its
natural habitat is just magnificent and will leave one spellbound. The main
area of the Wildlife Park can only be approached by reverie waterways by
hiring a boat. Sunderbans mystic beauty also is a home of salt-water
crocodiles, chitals (spotted deer) wild boar, water birds, peacock, falcons
and shy jungle cats. Incredible varieties of reptiles are also found which
includes King Cobra, Python and water monitor.
Bandipur National Park
Famous for its great attractions of gigantic Indian elephant, the park is
situated near Ooty in Karntak. It is also called a paradise of south India.
Gir National Park
Gir wild Life Park is the only habitat of the great Asiatic Lion is located
in Gujarat. The vast Gir forest is also a requisite home to the wild animals
like chinkara, langoors, wild boar, porcupine and almost 200 variety of bird
species along with marsh crocodile that could be easily spotted in the lake
of the Kamaleshwar Dam. Apart from lion, Gir has considerable population of
leopard, upto 294.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary has
great reserves of the scarce arial life. Located in the state of Rajasthan
the area was once the shooting reserve for the royal family is a conceivably
the most fabulous water-bird wildlife sanctuary and also a World Heritage
Site in India.
Manas National Park
Situated at Assam in northeast India, the wild Life Park is the abode of
the Indian Rhino, Elephants and Tigers.
Kanha National Park
The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh covers an area of 1940 sq. Km.
The wildlife parks main habitats are great Indian tigers, bears and
leopards. The park also treasures other species like a jungle cat, hyena,
sambhar, and nilgai along with 175 variety of bird species. One can also
trace a rare Indian antelope (barasingha) in Kanha National Park.
Bandhavgarh National Park
This wildlife national park is situated in Madhya Pradesh and is famous for
its treasures of Tigers, Great Gaur, Indian Bison, and Leopards. The park is
spread over an area of 448 sq. km.
Adventure Through Safari
Almost all the wildlife national parks facilitate wildlife safari amidst
the dense woods of the wild. Some of these wildlife parks like Corbett,
Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore and Kaziranga provide excellent opportunities for
elephant safari, jeep safari and horse safari which allow the tourists to
have a closer look at the wild species. Besides viewing Royal Bengal Tiger,
Sunderban Wildlife Park also a great source of attraction due to its unique
boat safari, as the wild can only be accessed and can be explored through
The wildlife parks also provides excellent and comfortable accommodation in
the form of wildlife resorts. An accommodation often needs to be booked in
advance in the hotel, rest house through the local State TDC or the
controlling authority of the respective park. Brochures can also be obtained
for further information from Government of India Tourist Offices.