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12 best national parks for jungle safari experience in india – love and conserve our wildlife.

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India has amazing National Parks and forest reserves for enjoying exciting wildlife safaris. The alluring and enchanting wilderness of India is very rich in floral and faunal species.  Nobody can miss the powerful influence of nature from one’s life. One always needs an escape from the chaotic world of city life and elevates their spirit amidst the healing ambiance of nature. Nature plays an amazing role in inhaling and rejuvenating the spirit of mankind and the best vistas of nature can only be found where there is abundance of greenery.

India has an abundance of green forest reserves teeming with exotic wildlife.  Tourists from all across the globe once in a while visit Forest reserves and national parks to enjoy amazing wildlife safaris. Not only it offers thrilling adventure activities but also it refreshes one’s mind, body and soul from tiredness.

Where are you going this year for your holidays? You can plan wonderful and thrilling Jungle safaris in India’s best National Parks and Tiger Reserves. Here is the list of top 12 best National Parks for Jungle Safari experience in India-

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Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambore Jeep Safari

Ranthambore National Park offers one of the top jungle safaris in India. Here you will feel the heaven of refreshment all around, lush carpet of greenery, exotic wild animals creating an enchanting spell to seduce the mind of tourists.

Ranthambore National Park offers exciting opportunities for tiger sightings. The lofty Aravalli and Vindhya ranges in the background makes the park visually very appealing. Tourists and wildlife enthusiasts from all across the globe come here for an amazing wildlife experience. It is one of the best tiger Jungle safari destinations in India.

  • Flora in Ranthambore National Park- Babul, Gurjan, Kadam, Khair, Khajur, Khakhera, Karel, Kikar, Mahua, Salar, Ronj, Tendu and Water Lilies etc.
  • Fauna in Ranthambore National Park- Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Jackal, Fox, Hyena, Indian Wolf, Chital, Sambar Deer, Blue Bull Antelope or Nilgai, Rhesus Macaque and Langur etc

Best Time to Visit for Jungle Safari – October to June

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  • Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park Ladakh

Hemis National Park is an enchanting wilderness to be healed and fine tune your spirit with the picturesque vistas of nature. Fresh tint of green trees, rivulets, wild calls of animals will definitely amaze your senses. You will completely forget yourself and embrace the wild heart of the jungle to sync with your inner soul’s adventurous nature. Here you will enjoy one of the most thrilling jungle safaris of India. There are around 70 mammal and 70 bird species in the park which will definitely blow your heart away with their wild calls and sweet chirpings.

  • Flora in Hemis National Park – Anemone, Veronica, Delphinium, Gentiana, Lloydia and Kobresia etc.
  • Fauna in Hemis National Park – Ladakh Urial, Tibetan Argali, Bharal, Tibetan Wild Ass and Dholes etc.

Best Time to Visit- May to October

Also Read: Wildlife Tourism in Leh Ladakh

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh Tiger

The beauty of Bandhavgarh National Park will never dull your moment and fail to rejuvenate your senses. There is nothing else in the universe that has the capacity to heal your spirit then the influence of nature. The exotic wild animals decorate this heavenly paradise with their calls and smiles.

Bandhavgarh National Park will show you enchanting vistas of Vindhya mountains and the exotic wildlife will seduce your soul with the best safari experiences in India.

  • Flora in Bandhavgarh Park – Dhauda, Sal forests, Tendu, Arjun, Palas, Gamar, Salai, Saja, Bhirra, Khair, Kusum, Haldu, Dhaman, Ambla, Arjun, Kapok, Amaltas, Mahua and Kalasiris etc.
  • Fauna in Bandhavgarh Park- Chital, Tiger, Sambar Deer, Wild Pig, Chausingha, Gaur, Wild Boar, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Chinkara, Dhole and Asiatic Jackal etc.

Best Time to Visit – October to June

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Gir National Park, Gujarat

Gir National Park Lion

Picturesque landscape of Gir National Park is very famous for Asiatic Wild Lions. Coming here for an amazing wildlife safari will make you rejoice like a child. From photographers to nature lovers, the beauty and habitat of Gir National Park will leave an amazing impression in your mind for a long time. The habitat of Gir National Park is entirely dry and deciduous which is best for Asiatic Lions. You will not find this species of lion anywhere in India. One more place where this species is found is the jungles of Africa. There are around 40 species of reptiles and amphibians and 200 species of avifauna. Wildlife lovers from all across the globe come here for the best wildlife tourism experience of India.

  • Flora in Gir National Park – Jambu, Karanj, Umro, Vad, Kalam, Charal, Sirus, Amli, Tendu, Dhak, Zizyphas and Jamun etc.
  • Fauna in Gir National Park- Sambar deer, Chousingha, Jackal, India Fox, Hyena, Four-Horned Antelope and Asiatic Lions etc.

Best Time to Visit- November to March

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Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

MP Kanha National Park Tiger

Listen to the music of nature, wild gaze of animals and soothing picturesque vistas will take you in the world of serenity and tranquillity. For a refreshing holiday experience, the wildlife Safari of Kanha National Park is one of the best jungle safari experiences in India. Match your heart beat with the rhythm of nature.

Kanha National Park is an enchanting wilderness for wildlife and nature lovers. It was used by famous novelist Rudyard Kipling as a background for his novel -Jungle Book. The verdant green vistas of the picturesque landscapes of this park will take your breath away.

  • Flora in Kanha National Park- Sal, Saja, Lendia, Dhawa, Tendu, Palas, Bija, Mahua, Aonla, Achar and Bamboo.
  • Fauna in Kanha National Park- Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Foxes, Jackals, Panther, Chital, Sambhar, Black Buck, Barking Deer, Barahsingha and Gaur etc.

Best Time to Visit- October to June

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Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga Jeep Safari

The enchanting world of wilderness in Kaziranga National Park , its Eden- like beauty, lush greenery- Stop and let it embrace your tired spirit with its healing touch and sing you a lullaby to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Spot amazing wild animals who roam freely will brace you up with vitality.

Kaziranga National Park Located in Nagao district of Assam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is very popular for One- horned Rhino sightings which is one of the most endangered rhino species in the world. The Brahmaputra River at the fringes, stunning grasslands, beautiful meadows and breath-taking migratory birds attracts lots of wildlife lovers every year.  It is one of the top jungle Safari destinations to visit in India for amazing wildlife adventures.

  • Flora in Kaziranga Park – Albizia procera, Duabanga Grandiflora, Lagerstroemia Speciosa, Crateva Unilocularis, Sterculia Urens, Grewia Serrulata, Mallotus Philippensis etc.
  • Fauna in Kaziranga Park – One-Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer etc.

Best Time to Visit- November to April

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Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Satpura National Park

When you come to contemplate the beauty of Satpura National Park ; in its picturesque landscape you will find the richness in its quality of ambiance. Wild animals roam freely here and will gaze at you with excitement and the thrill of Jungle Safari at every moment here will never make you feel dull for a moment.

Located in the south of river Narmada, the stunning ranges of Pachmarhi plateau, dense teak forests, exotic animals from Nilgiri areas will captivate your heart. It offers one of the best Jungle Safaris in India.

  • Flora in Satpura National Park- Sal, Teak, Tendu, Phyllanthus Emblica, Mahua, Bel, Bamboo, and Grasses etc.
  • Fauna in Satpura National Park- Giant Squirrel, Indian Skimmer, Black Bellied Tern, Leaf-nosed Bat, leopard, sloth Bear, tigers, Wild boar, Wild Dog and Black Buck etc.
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Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park

Visiting Pench National Park is like a doorway to a new world full of enchantment and thrill. It is one of the best National Parks for an amazing Wildlife Safari experience in India. Exotic wild creatures with their wild calls makes the entire habitat alive which gives thrill to the spirit in abundance.

Pench National Park is a treasure trove of amazing exotic wildlife species and floral species. Come here to admire the greenery all around and listen to the wild calls of animals to understand them better.

  • Flora in Pench National Park- Moyan, Mahua, Mokha, Skiras, Tendu, Bija, achar, Garari, Aonla, Ghont, Baranga, Aonla,Khair, Bhirra, Palas, Skiras and Khamali etc.
  • Fauna in Pench National Park- Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Fox, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat and Hyena etc.

Best Time to Visit- October to February

Also Read: Wildlife of Madhya Pradesh

Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Periyar National Park Kerala

Your Holidays will make you feel a lot better when you add thrill and excitement to it. What’s a better way than spending it in Periyar wildlife Sanctuary? It’s wonderful wildlife experience will make your holidays in India awesome.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best national parks for tiger jungle safaris in India. Located in Kerala, the beauty of this park will mesmerise your soul. You will witness alluring sights of wild elephants, deers and delightful birds. The natural vistas and soothing ambiance of calm nature will refresh your mind.

  • Flora in Periyar National Park- Teak, Rosewood, Tamarind, Mango, Jamun, Pipal, Gulmohar, Plumeria, Banyan, Sandalwood and Eucalyptus etc.
  • Fauna in Periyar National Park – Leopard, Sambar Deer, Indian Bison, Indian Wild Dog, Asian Elephant, and Barking Deer, Long-Tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque, and Nilgiri Langur etc
  • Birds in Periyar National Park- Malabar grey hornbill, Indian Pied Hornbill, White-Bellied Treepie and Malabar Trogon etc

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Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

Sunderban National Park

One must visit Sundarbans National Park once in a lifetime. It is a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Its awe-inspiring landscape will evoke the artist in you. Nature and the wild is a journey here to the most perfect kind of refreshment which you will not be able to get anywhere else.

It is the largest mangrove forest in the world which covers an area of 10, 00 sq. km. Various creeks and tributaries offer delightful wildlife sightings and nature vistas. It is one of the most popular wildlife destinations to visit in India. Wildlife lovers come here for awesome Royal Bengal Sightings and it also houses around 260 species of birds which makes it a best bird watching paradise in India.

  • Flora in Sunderban- Sundari Tree, Goran, Keora, Gewa, Dhundul, Kankra, Khagra and Spear Grass etc.
  • Fauna in Sunderban- Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Boars, Fishing Cats, Macaques, Common Grey Mongooses, Foxes, Jungle Cats, Flying Foxes, Pangolins, and Spotted Deer etc.

Best Time to Visit- October to March

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Tadoba Andhari National Park, Maharashtra

Tadoba Wildlife Tourism

Tadoba Andhari National Park’s landscapes will give you surprises each moment. It will enchant you with its amazing floral and faunal species. Sometimes decked in simplicity, sometimes with the vitality of the wild nature changes here every moment. It is one of the best places to enjoy Wildlife Safari.

Being the largest national parks for tiger sightings in Maharashtra it is very popular among wildlife lovers. The deep valleys and dense forests of the park are quite a scenic sight to behold for nature photography. Indeed, one must visit here for thrilling Jungle Safaris in India.

  • Flora in Tadoba Park- Teak, Bamboo, Hald, Salai, Semal, Beheda, Hirda, Karaya Gum, Mahua Madhuca, Lannea and Tendu
  • Fauna in Tadoba Park- Roya lBengal Tigers , Sloth Bears, Leopards, Gaurs, Nilgais, Civets, Striped Hyenas, Sambars, Barking Deers, Chitals and Wild Dogs etc.
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Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Corbett National Park Royal Bengal Tiger

Come here and get lost in its picturesque landscapes, refreshing vibes and soothing ambiance forever. Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most popular National Parks of India for tiger jungle safari.  It is a place where the first tiger project was launched in 1973. The boundless sides of the forests will reveal amazing floral and wildlife species which will make your soul blossom with thrill and joy.

Eye captivating grasslands, soulful migratory birds, alluring hills and stunning ravine belts offers mind boggling experience of wildlife holidays to the tourists.

  • Flora in Corbett Park- Trees, Shrubs, Narkul, Tiger Grass, Herbs, Bamboos, Grasses, Climbers, Bel, Kusum, Mahua, Bakli, Amla, Dhak, White Flowers, Big Red Blooms and Ferns etc.
  • Fauna in Corbett Park- Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Hog Deer, Walking Deer, Sambar, Sloth Beer, Yellow-throated marten, Otters and Asiatic Black Bear etc.

Best Time to Visit- October to Mid-June

Visiting all these enchanting National Parks is in itself a mind-boggling experience for a lifetime. Why are you still waiting for a perfect time?  Now that you have the best list, Plan an amazing wildlife vacation in India.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which are the top jungle safaris destinations in north india.

Top Jungle Safari destinations in North India are –

  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Jim Corbett National Park
  • Dachigam National Park
  • Dudhwa National Park
  • Great Himalayan National Park
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Sariska National Park
  • Kishtwar National Park
  • Salim Ali National Park

Which are the best jungle safaris destinations in South India?

Best jungle safaris destinations in South India are-

  • Bandipur National Park
  • Periyar National Park
  • Mudumalai National Park
  • Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Bannerghatta National Park
  • R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kudremukh National Park
  • Eravikulam National Park
  • Guindy National Park
  • Silent Valley National Park
  • Mukurthi National Park
  • Sri Venkateshwara National Park

Which are the best jungle safari places in Gujarat?

Best Jungle Safari Places in Gujarat are-

  • Marine National Park
  • Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary
  • Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mitiyala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pania Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Purna Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wild Ass Sanctuary
  • Nal Sarovar Birds Sanctuary
  • Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
  • Barda Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Rampara Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Balaram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Barda Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Which are the best national parks in India to explore Lions, Tigers, Leopards & Bears?

The best national parks in India to explore Lions, Tigers, Leopards & Bears are –

  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Gir National Park (For Lions)
  • Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
  • Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Panna Tiger Reserve
  • Jhalana Leopard Safari Park
  • Kanha Tiger Reserve
  • Sundarbans National Park
  • The Great Himalayan National Park
  • Dandeli wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pench National Park

Which is the best time to plan jungle safari holidays in India?

The best time to plan an awesome Jungle Safari in India between the months of October to Mid-June. If you want to explore nature and wildlife in amazing weather then plan your visit in Winter months but if you really want to catch the sight of wild tigers then summer time is the best for this. During summer Tigers and other wild creatures come near water bodies to quench their thirst and you can click their pictures at that time.

Published: 23 Apr, 2022

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13 Best Wildlife Safaris in India Every Animal Lover Needs To Take!

Man started living in a jungle, domesticating his way through life, only to make the modern cities a jungle. If you are the rare breed who would rather leave the city behind and live in the jungles again, a trip through the wildlife India has to offer might be the closest you get to that dream! Here’s taking a look at some of the best wildlife safaris in India.

1. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Spanning over 1,334 square kilometers, the Ranthambore National Park is a royal home to predators not short of royalty themselves – tigers. Being the main attraction, tigers capture the interest of wildlife photographers.  While you enjoy a safari in Ranthambore , the wild cats come out to enjoy the warmth of the desert.

Additionally, if you can’t spot these majestic cats, you won’t be disappointed as you will get to see other wildlings like Sloth Bears, Wild Boars, Sambar to name a few.

Best time to visit – October to June while tiger sightings happen between March and May.

2. Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Hemis National Park, Ladakh

If you’re one who likes the ultimate thrill of the high altitude, chilly winds and animals, the Hemis National Park is your paradise.  Spreading 4400 sq km, the park is home to 16 species of mammals and 73 of birds apart from the snow leopard. 

It is best known for Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles to name some. As many as 100 endangered snow leopards call this their home.

Best time to visit -  May to September is the best time to visit. In November due to heavy snowfall, the park closes the safari.

3. Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett is perhaps one of India’s best known wildlife parks, being Asia’s very first National Park. Residing in this park are the most furious member of the cat family – the Tigers. People from different nations visit Corbett just to get a glimpse of these wild cats. Besides tigers, there are Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahr among other fascinating wild species.

Best time to visit - Mid-November to June end with tigers best spotted from March to May.

4. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

If you want to see the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers then look no further than the Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh is counted among the best places for a wildlife safari in India, presently being a protected environment wherein different wild beings can live and prosper. The tiger population is one of the most densely populated in India. In the past, it also served as  haunting ground for the royals.

Best time to visit -  October to June and tigers are sighted sound March to May.

5. Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary , Gujarat

Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

Located on the western Gujarati peninsula, this park’s rugged scrubland and forests are best explored on a Jeep safari. King o the jungles, the lion makes its fearful presence felt here and this is the o nly place in the world where you can see Asiatic lions. Past from the lions and leopards, the Jackals, striped Hyenas, and India Fox are some of the smaller carnivores found here. Several birds and reptiles also find a home in the forests.

Best time to visit -  December to April; the park closes mid-June through monsoon season in mid-September.

6. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

6. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Spanning across 429.69 square kilometers, the Kaziranga National Park is home to largest population of One Horned Rhinoceros in the world . Being far away from the human inhabitance is perhaps the reason for the flourishing wildlife here. Apart from the rhinos, elephants, bears, panthers and various pretty birds traverse the landscape of the park. Kaziranga is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best time to visit -  November to April is the ideal time to visit.

7. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Popularised by Rudyard Kipling as the Mowgli land, Kanha is the place that inspired the classic – the Jungle Book. The Black Panther, Bears, Pythons, Elephants and even the Bengal Tiger , found their space in the classic. Around 125 tigers dot the scenery of the park and it’s a real treat for book and nature lovers alike!

Best time to visit -  October to mid-June with March to May being ideal to spot the tigers and panthers.

8. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala

This picturesque, 192,000-acre wildlife sanctuary located in the lap of the Western Ghats in Kerela, offers a lush environment for its inhabitants. There are plenty of tigers to see apart from birdwatchers who enjoy the park for its tropical species. One can also boat around the park to see the animals up real close like the elephants.

Best time to visit -  Open throughout the year, September to December is the best time to go here. 

9. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam

Manas wildlife sanctuary Assam

A Project Tiger Reserve, UNESCO World Heritage site, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the border of Assam and Bhutan, a four-hour drive from Kaziranga. There are jeep tours and elephant rides across the area as well as raft excursions on the water. It is home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, such as the tiger, pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros and Indian elephant.

Best time to visit -  October to April with January to March being peak wildlife spotting time.

10. Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal

Sundarban National Park West Bengal

Travelling around the mangroves of the Sunderban National Park you will see sights like a tiger swimming in the water, a rarity found nowhere else! The Sundarbans area covers 4624 sq km incorporating a wide variety of birds and reptiles and including the salt-water crocodile. Apart from the Royal Bengal Tiger; Fishing Cats, Leopard Cats, Macaques, Wild Boar, Indian Grey Mongoose are also found in abundance here.

Best time to visit -  October to April

11. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

Tadoba wildlife sanctuary maharashtra

Tadoba is a wonderful place to enjoy wildlife in India, with a lake encircled by forests and hills. The stunning lake is among the main attractions of the place. The wildlife here includes Tigers, Barking Deer, Hyenas, Gaur, Leopards to name some.

Best time to visit -  October to June, tiger spotting happens in March to May.

12. Pench National Park , Madhya Pradesh

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Located almost at the border of Madhya Pradesh with Maharashtra, the Pench National Park is a tiger reserve spanning 464 sq kms . The topography supports a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist, sheltered valleys to open, dry forests. The Nilgai, Leopards, Wild Boars are just some of the fantastic beasts found here.

Best time to visit -  October to June

13. Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Almost every willing you can imagine can be spotted at the Satpura National Park. The rugged terrain along with the dense jungle makes it the perfect habitat for the wild animals to flourish and makes for a challenging safari through the park for the adventure lover in you!

Some of the animals you can spot here are the Spotted Dear, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Black Buck, Sambar, Four Horned Antelopes, Porcupine, Smooth Otter so make sure your camera has plenty of space to capture it all.

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Best safari parks in India

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Shivani Ashoka

Thursday January 12 2023, 17:00pm

Picture this: waking up in a treehouse surrounded by dense jungle, with the smoky tangerine sun rising in the distance, before heading off to spot a pack of majestic Bengal tigers prowling for breakfast on the perimeter. Such can be life, as the otherworldly beauty of India ’s national parks — teeming with rare wildlife, whether it’s the endangered Asiatic elephant or the elusive snow leopard — not only sets the stage for an utterly unforgettable safari, but gears you up for the adventure of a lifetime. Whether it’s bringing a scene to life from The Jungle Book , for which Kipling was said to have taken inspiration from Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh, or learning about conservation at a zero-impact luxury camp in Ranthambore, we’ve got you covered with our pick of India’s best safari parks.

Main photo: Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge

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SUJAN Sher Bagh is one of the best safari camps in India

1. Ranthambore National Park

Best for a quick trip Once the hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur (a three-hour drive away), today Ranthambore is one of the largest national parks in northern India and is arguably the country’s most famous. While its Royal Bengal tigers draw the biggest crowds to their reserve, make sure you keep your binoculars handy for other wild animals — anything from sloth bears to Indian wild boar — cooling off in the park’s numerous lakes and water bodies, as well as over 320 species of birds. Don’t miss sunset at Ranthambore Fort; as well as some of the best-preserved examples of Rajasthani architecture, you’ll get an unmissable panorama of the park itself.

Where to stay  SUJAN Sher Bagh; a zero-impact tented camp, on the border of the park, which balances luxury safaris with conservation.

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The Driftwood Ladakh hotel near Hemis National Park in India

2. Hemis National Park

Best for hikers The only Indian national park situated north of the Himalayas, this high-altitude protected area is believed to have the highest density of snow leopards of any in the world. Located in Ladakh on the banks of the Indus River, it takes its name from the Hemis Monastery — which houses an important collection of Buddhist books and artefacts — and is also home to the Tibetan wolf and blue sheep, as well as myriad birds of prey. Just pack hiking boots if you want to explore, as vehicles are only allowed to the park’s perimeter. Where to stay While there are no hotels in the park itself, the Driftwood Ladakh is an affordable bet with stupendous views of the snow-capped Himalayas, just an hour’s drive away.

Satpura National Park is one of the best safari parks in India

3. Satpura National Park

Best for adventure One of the benefits of visiting a park off the tourist trail, such as this hilly Central Indian gem in Madhya Pradesh, is that you’re distinctly unbothered by other people’s camera lenses. It also means that, while tiger sightings are less common, you’ll be able to see their habitat in a way others won’t: by canoe or kayak and in carefully calculated hideouts — as well as the usual Jeeps. Plus, the scenery here feels otherworldly; all craggy sandstone peaks and thick forest, lit up by the shimmering waters of the Tawa reservoir. Where to stay Don’t miss Reni Pani Jungle Lodge; as well as 12 air-conditioned cottages, made from indigenous materials, its four naturalists in residence help guests organise excellent safaris.

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Diphlu River Lodge is one of the best safari camps in India

4. Kaziranga National Park

Best for conservation This Unesco world heritage site in Assam is one of the most renowned wildlife and biodiversity spots in India. While also scattered with the breeding grounds of elephants, wild water buffalo, swamp deer and tigers, Kaziranga is most notably home to over 2,200 endangered one-horned rhinoceros, a number that has grown thanks to the park’s dedicated wildlife conservation efforts. Flora is abundant here, too, as well as varied, thanks to the difference in altitude between the eastern and western areas of the park. Where to stay Diphlu River Lodge is the best-located joint in Kaziranga; expect thatched cottages on stilts that blend into the environment, right on the border of the park.

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Pench Tree Lodge is one of the best safari camps in India

5. Pench National Park

Best for literary buffs If you’re familiar with The Jungle Book , this gorgeous spot in Madhya Pradesh will likely need little introduction. Home to Kipling’s beloved characters — including the sloth bear (Baloo), the Indian wolf (Akela), the female Indian wolf (Raksha) and Royal Bengal tiger (Shere Khan) — you’ll also see striped hyenas, four-horned antelopes, chittering monkeys and barking deer. Sure, it’s best known as a wildlife reserve, but it’s also one of the most quietly beautiful places in the country; all teak jungle, fast-flowing rivers and deciduous forest, shadowed by the undulating peaks of the Satpura Hills. Where to stay We love the offbeat Pench Tree Lodge, an eco-friendly spot in a quiet corner of the park. Its elegantly carved treehouses serve up truly show-stopping sunsets.

Jim's Jungle Retreat is one of the best safari camps in India

6. Jim Corbett National Park

Best for families Known for its abundant population of tigers, this national park — India’s oldest and arguably most prestigious — is the only one in the country which permits overnight stays inside. Located in Uttarakhand, visitors tend to explore the hills, grasslands and picturesque lake in Asia’s first conservation effort either by four-wheel drive or atop an elephant. There’s more to see beyond its famed tiger reserve, too; wildlife buffs can spot otters and rare fish-eating crocodiles. Where to stay Don’t miss the sustainable and family-owned resort, Jim’s Jungle Lodge, tucked away in the thick jungle; there’s everything from photography and conservation workshops to a chemical-free spa.

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the best safari parks in India

7. Bandhavgarh National Park

Best for tiger spotting One of the most popular national parks in India, Bandhavgarh is not only the best place to spot a Royal Bengal tiger — it has the highest density of them in the world — but, dating back over 2,000 years, is also said to be the origin of every white tiger on the planet. The protected area’s famed fort is well worth a visit (as are its inscripted caves) but keep an eye out for leopards, as well as more than 250 species of birds and 80 species of butterflies. You can also get a bird’s-eye view of the park’s restricted zones by way of a hot-air balloon. Where to stay Just 20 minutes from the park’s gate, the 12 luxury cottages at Mahua Kothi — named after the revered Mahua trees that dot the property — blend into 45 acres of forest.

Kanha National Park is one of the best safari parks in India

8. Kanha National Park

Best for birding The largest park in Madhya Pradesh may be ripe for tiger-spotting, but it’s main allure is to birders; there are over 350 species of birds and over a thousand species of flora. Conservation has long been high on the agenda here; the park is known for saving barasingha (large deer that now roam freely) from near extinction. It’s also home to the protected Baiga tribe, who offer workshops to visitors wanting to emulate their unique silver jewellery. Where to stay Each of the six exquisite tents at Shergarh Tented Camp is decked out with locally made furniture, as well as a pretty veranda. The real draw, though? The camp’s river and watering hole, which attracts various rare birds.

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The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge is one of the best safari camps in India

Best for tranquillity Maharashtra’s largest national park may be home to a tiger reserve, but it’s also densely populated with leopards, golden jackals and foxes, as well as nightjars, crested eagles and owls. It’s one of the country’s more peaceful protected areas; there’s comparatively little tourism here, so the animals are left to their natural habitat; roaming largely undisturbed in the area’s smooth meadows, deep valleys and dense teak forest. Just be aware that it’s closed on Tuesdays. Where to stay If you can bring yourself to leave the tranquil lake-facing villas at the Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, the resort provides night safaris of the park as well as quietly lavish wild picnics.

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Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge is one of the best safari camps in India

10. Bandipur National Park

Best for luxury Located on the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Bandipur is a key part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve; not only has it long been a cornerstone of India’s tiger conservation efforts, it’s also one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the Asiatic wild elephant. You’ll find other endangered species here, too, such as sloth bears, Indian rock pythons and the rare flying lizard — as well as over 200 species of birds. Plus, it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty; all bamboo forest, rolling hills and four sparkling rivers. Where to stay Few do it better than Evolve Back Kuruba Safari Lodge, which straddles both Bandipur and Nagerhole national parks; it’s one of the best camps in the country for animal lovers and bird-watchers alike.

Sasan Gir National Park in India

11. Sasan Gir National Park

Best for lion spotting Outside the African continent, Gujurat’s Gir National Park is the only other place in the world where you can spot rare Asiatic lions roaming freely. You’ll also find other hard-to-find wild animals and birds, such as chital deer, Gir foxes, the Egyptian vulture and the endangered Palla’s Fish Eagle. To reduce human interference, 30-minute safari tours run via minibus from the Gir Interpretation Zone at Devaliya — and get you as close to those elusive lions as safely possible. Where to stay Aramness, a hybrid of two Gujurati words, ‘aram’ (peace/rest) and ‘ness’ (village), is a quiet boutique hotel resort on the edge of the park, built according to the village culture; the area is inhabited by the semi-nomadic Maldhari tribe, which the property helps to support.

Mary Budden Estate

12. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Best for flora Over in Uttarakhand, this wildlife sanctuary in the Binsar forest looks so picture-perfect you’d be forgiven for assuming you’d stumbled into some kind of earthly utopia. The former summer capital of the region’s Chand royals, here you can see the forested peaks of Kedarnath, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi — and, if you’re lucky, the leopards, grey langur monkeys and chital that reside nearby, among a host of rare butterflies and birds. Don’t miss the Mayolikhan; arguably the most beautiful trail, where cedar and oak trees lead through a rocky waterfall into a quiet and seemingly hidden village. Where to stay While the colourful thatched cottages at Mary Budden Estate belong in the pages of an interiors magazine, it’s the relaxed hospitality that draws a repeat crowd; think picnics on the Mayolikhan and dinners under the stars. 

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Introduction to The Top 15 Jungle Safaris in India

  • Bhavya Singh
  • Updated January 11, 2024

Jungle Safaris in India

  • A List of Must-Visit Jungle Safaris in India
  • Enlisting Lesser-Known Wildlife Safari Gems of the Country
  • What to Prepare For Your Wildlife Safari Experience?
  • How to Ensure the Best Experience For You and Your Travel Companions During the Safari?

As experiential travel gains momentum as an emerging trend during the post-COVID times, the concept of experience-based travel is not a new one. Jungle Safari has been an evergreen travel choice for many travelers around the globe. In an abundantly environment-rich nation like India, there’s a plethora of options available to explore the jungles with the medium of safaris. Some of the earliest established jungle safari parks established in India date back to 1936. 

A country embedded with natural treasures from tip to toe has a wide-spread abundance of variety for wildlife safari opportunities dispersed in each state. Although mentioning safari parks from each state would be a hefty task, here’s still an attempt to curate a list of all the jungle safari you must add to your adventure bucket list today.

two tigers resting in an Indian national tiger reserve

A List of Must-Visit Jungle Safaris in India 

As the saying goes, India is an embodiment of all the cultures of the world. It is also evident that the country is brimming with thriving wildlife in every direction. To suffice up to par with this claim, here’s a list of the most famous and well-known wildlife sanctuaries in India.

  • Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand 

If there’s one true location that has immortalized the wildlife safari influence nationwide, it would be the OG, Jim Corbett National Park. Jim Corbett National Park is not only India’s safari gem and the best place to visit in May , but it also is the first Asian National Park. 

The name of the park originates from the famous hunter and explorer Jim Corbett, the man who hunted only man-eating tigers in the region. Jim Corbett consists of 4 zones open for visitation – Dhikala, Jhirna, Bijrani, and Durga Devi. Animals such as Bengal Tigers, chitals, deer, Asiatic elephants and black bears, otters, gharial, Golden oriole, and a number of species of birds can be easily spotted throughout the property. It is seemingly one of the places that entail many top hill stations in India .

Corbett Tiger Reserve, Jim Corbett

  • National Park is open for jungle safari
  • Best time to visit: March to May
  • Duration: Schedule at least 5 hours for the safari ride 
  • Jim Corbett safari price: Jeep safari charges – INR 4500 (Indians); INR 7500 (Foreigners); Canter safari charges – INR 1200 (Indians); INR 3000 (Foreigners); Elephant safari charges – INR 3500 (both Indian and Foreigners)
  • Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Following suit the trail of popularity amidst the most prominent jungle safaris in India to visit during October is the Ranthambore National Park, which is based in Rajasthan. This 1,300 square kilometers of land houses a dwindling population of tigers. The explorers of this park can easily spot these majestic beasts in their natural habitat.

Apart from tigers, Ranthambore also houses a wide range of wild animals, such as Sloth Bears, Wild Boards, Monitor lizards, Indian chameleons, Indian flying foxes, and Sambars. The national park is also famous amongst wildlife photography enthusiasts.

Ranthambhore National Park Entrance

  • Duration required for the Ranthambore safari: Approximately 3.5 hours, excluding pit stops for selfie sessions
  • Price of Ranthambore jungle safari: Ranthambore jeep safari – INR 1500 per person (Indians); INR 2900 per person (foreigners); Ranthambore Canter safari – INR 1200 per person (Indians); INR 2300 per person (foreigners); Special safari half-day: INR 46,000 (Indians); INR 56,000 (Foreigners); Special safari for full-day: INR 57,000 (Indians); INR 72,000 (Foreigners)
  • Gir National Park, Gujarat

The feeling of intruding into someone else’s territory upon entering Gir National Park is rather pronounced. This is the land of lions, crocodiles, hyenas, or leopards and is one of the most visited Indian places during December . The flora here is incredible, with half the park area covered by teak forest, amla, timru, and khair, among others. Of course, the Asiatic Lions are the lords here, and they are a spectacular sight.

Apart from them, the other highly sighted spotter animal in the park is the Chital or the Indian spotted deer. Striped hyenas and wild boars are other attractions. Here, one can also spot a fascinating variety of birds, such as the Malabar whistling thrush to the Paradise flycatcher. Like the King of the Jungle, Gir is the kind of Indian jungle safari tour.

Gir National Park, Gujarat

  • Best time to visit: December to March
  • Duration required for the Gir safari: 3 hours
  • Price of Gir jungle safari: For Indian residents for up to 6 people is Rs.800-1000. The extra Child Fee is Rs. 100 for normal days and Rs. 125 for festivals/Saturday/Sunday
  • For foreigners, the entry fee for up to 6 people for normal days is Rs. 5600 – 7000. The extra Child Fee is Rs. 1400 for normal days and Rs. 1750 for festivals/Saturday/Sunday.
  • Charges For Other Services
  • The vehicle fee at Gir Jungle Trail is Rs.1700 per jeep.
  • If you want to have a professional photo, then the charges per Camera are Rs.200 for Indians and Rs. 1400 for Foreigners.
  • The service for professional guides who will be responsible for providing you with all the information about every single species charge between Rs.400-700.
  • Up to 6 persons – Rs.3800 – 4800 (Indian resident)
  • Up to 6 persons – Rs.14500 – 17500 (Foreign resident)
  • Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Ever since the outstanding feature in ‘Mowgli,’ the Kanha National Park has garnered the attention of the world. As mentioned in the book and the movie, animals such as panthers, bears, pythons, and elephants can be spotted in this nature haven. The park is divided into four zones – Kanha, Sarahi, Kisli, and Mukki zone.

A visit to this park will have you reminiscing about one of your favorite childhood tales. Spot packs of tigers roam around the property, making it their habitat. This place is also renowned for housing one of the most unique and historical places in India , the Khajurao temple.

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

  • Best time to visit: October to mid-June
  • Duration of safari: 3 hours for jeep safari
  • Kanha Safari Charges for Regular Safari Ride:
  • For Full Vehicle Permit: Online booking charges for full vehicle: 6500
  • For Single Seat Permit:
  • Online booking charges for a single seat: Rs 250 + 10 online portal fees= Rs 260
  • Total charges per person- Rs 655 per safari per gypsy per person.
  • Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

The Bandhavgarh National Park once served as a hunting ground for royal families in Madhya Pradesh. The area has now been cloistered as a protected reserve for the Royal Bengal Tiger.

This majestic reserve is one of the most densely populated tiger sanctuaries in the country ever since the population has thrived in the park. Likewise, animals other than tigers, such as leopards, Neelghai, barking deer, Bengal foxes, striped hyenas, and others, are sheltered in this sanctuary.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

  • Best time to visit: October to June
  • Duration of safari: 3–4 hours
  • Safari charges in Bandhavgarh National Park: Jeep safari prices – INR 6500/jeep
  • Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh 

Encircling the outskirts of Madhya Pradesh is the Pench National Park is one of the best Indian places to visit in April . The serene park sprawls over 400 square kilometers and is mostly renowned for being a tiger reserve. However, apart from the tigers, the Pench is also home to nilgais, leopards, and wild boars.

The key attraction of this park entails its diverse vegetation. The flora is as important to this reserve as much as the fauna. The wide variety of plant life ranges from plants growing in moist areas to trees that grow in dry, arid regions. 

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

  • Safari duration: 3–5 hours; one in the morning and one in the evening;
  • Pench National Park safari charges: Approx INR 3000 per gypsy/jeep per safari, including guide fee of INR 300
  • Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India, it’s the only apt description to introduce the Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary with these remarkable renditions. This national park stands atop amidst the choices of places to visit for wildlife safari in India. Sunderbans partake in forming the world’s largest delta, formed by Rivers Ganga, the Brahmaputra, and the Meghna. 

A wildlife safari experience at this place acts as an opportunity for you to come across the fabled tiger alongside other forms of wildlife fauna, including the rhesus monkey and the chital deer. The Sunderbans National Park is also widely renowned for its Ridley Sea Turtles. 

Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal

  • Best time to visit: September to March
  • Duration of the Sundarbans Safari: Due to the unique landscape, Sundarbans National Park only offers boat safaris and no jeep safaris. The safari timings are usually between 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • The entry fee: The entry fee to visit Sundarbans National Park is INR 60 for Indians and INR 200 for International Tourists.
  • Periyar National reserve

The first South Indian wildlife reserve on this list is here. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush and beautiful reserve located in Kerala. The sanctuary is known for its picturesque scenic beauty, most of which comes from the western ghats enveloping it. 

This national reserve serves as a home to many tigers and elephants. Along with safaris, it also offers boat rides around the park.

Periyar National reserve

  • Best time to visit: September to January
  • Safari duration: 4–5 hours
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary safari charges: Jeep safari – INR 2000 per person
  • Kaziranga National Park, Assam

This North-Eastern gem of a place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Kaziranga National Park in Assam embodies an area of 420 square kilometers and houses the one-horned rhinoceros.

The population of species of rhinoceros present at this location is the largest in the world. Apart from the rhinos, animals such as elephants, bears, and panthers on your safari can also be found here.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

  • Best time to visit: November to April
  • Safari duration: 2 Hours
  • Safari charges at Kaziranga National Park: INR 3800-4500 per jeep

Enlisting Lesser-Known Wildlife Safari Gems of The Country 

  • Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka 

The Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Karnataka. It provides shelter to many species of animals like deer, cheetahs, elephants, panthers, leopards, and others. The sanctuary is also home to more than 250 species of birds, including migration birds.

Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

  • Best time to visit: October – February
  • Safari duration for Kabini jungle safari: Approximately 3 hours
  • Safari charges: The safari costs around Rs. 900 per person per safari
  • Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra 

Located in Maharashtra, the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is the nature’s museum for those who love wildlife. This enriching reserve offers a sanctuary to 34 species of mammals,166 species of birds, including migration birds, and many more animals. Needless to mention that this sanctuary is a renowned hub for bird spotting. Mostly sighted animals here are bison, tiger, deer, barking deer, wild dog, chital, Indian gaur, and others.

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra

  • Best time to visit: March to June
  • Safari duration for Nagzira jungle safari: Between 4 and 5 hours
  • Safari charges: Rs 50 onwards
  • Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam 

Dimwitted by the limelight of Kaziranga, Dibru Saikhowa National Park is another hidden gem of a sanctuary that beautifies Assam. This park is bountiful with rare species of animals and fishes. This is the place that provides a home to the rare white-winged wood duck. Animals such as capped langur, parrotbill, water buffalo, tiger, and others can also be spotted here.

Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam

  • Safari duration for Dibru Saikhowa Jungle safari: 
  • Safari charges: As this safari is brimming with adventurous tasks that come with different modes of safaris, it would be wise to check this website for your reference:

http://www.dibrusaikhowaecocamp.com/ds_tour_packages.php

  • Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located in Gujarat. It is well-known for more than 300 species of migratory birds during the season. This sanctuary is also known for its extraordinarily diverse landforms, such as marshlands, salt-water sources, freshwater lakes, dams, creeks, and many more.

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Safari duration for Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary safari: 2-3 hours
  • Safari charges as per the vehicle of choice: 
  • Car & Jeep (up to 6 persons): Rs. 400 for Indians & USD 40 for Foreigners.
  • Matador Car, Station Wagon, (4 up to 15 people): Rs. 1000 for Indians & USD 100 for Foreigners.
  • Heavy Motor Vehicles-Bus (4 up to 60 people): Rs. 3500 for Indians & USD 350 for Foreigners.
  • Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, Rajasthan 

The Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is famous for its blackbuck reservation. It is located in Rajasthan. This sanctuary beholds an exceptional biosystem in this desert region. This thorny-sand forest sanctuary is famous for numerous species of migratory birds that visit during September. Animals that can be spotted other than blackbuck are desert cats, and desert foxes, among many others.

Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, Rajasthan

  • Best time to visit: November to February
  • Safari duration for Tal Chhapar safari: Between 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Safari charges: Rs. 20 per person and Rs. 3500 per jeep safari trip
  • Dachigam National Park, Srinagar 

This national park engulfed in the valleys of Srinagar is created on the regions that were once a collection of ten villages. The Dachigam national park is known for its varying altitude and sloping grasslands ending with rocky cliffs. Dagwan River flows through the park and is enriched with varied types of species of fish. Other than that, animals to spot here are black bear, brown bear, leopard cat, stag, langur, jackal, hill fox, marten, and marmot, among many others.

Dachigam National Park, Srinagar

  • Best time to visit: April to August
  • Safari duration for Dachigam National Park safari: Invites visitors between 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Safari charges:
  • Entry Fee For Indians – per Person Rs.25/-.
  • Entry is free for Children less than 10 years of age
  • For Students and Teachers, Rs.2/-.
  • For Still Camera shooting Rs.100/- per camera.
  • For Foreigners – per person Rs.50/-.
  • For Students and Teachers, Rs.10/-.
  • For Still Camera shooting, Rs.200/- per camera.

What to Prepare For Your Wildlife Safari Experience? 

  • Make sure to avoid planning your adventurous expeditions during rainy seasons, as the chances of a landslide always increase during that time of the year. This is the reason why most wildlife reserves do not even open during the monsoon season.
  • Please check beforehand the allowed equipment by the safari organizers, in case you encapture your safari experience in photographs or videos.
  • Always keep an extra pair of clothing with you as the weather in the forest is always unpredictable, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. 
  • It is important for you to stay quiet and refrain from making any noises unless you want to have the wild animal’s attention on you.
  • Refrain from offering eatables to the animals unless the safari guide allows it.
  • Do not litter in the jungle while on a safari in India. The environment is precious; let’s keep it that way and practice the good habit of keeping our trash to ourselves before we can properly dispose of it.
  • Please do not smoke in the jungle. Even the slightest sparks of fire can lead to a major wildfire accident, causing harm to both the animals and the environment.

How to Ensure The Best Experience For You and Your Travel Companions During the Safari? 

  • Congratulations! You’re doing the first step already. Which is researching thoroughly about the destination and making your choice wisely.
  • Consider the desirable duration of your safari journey and decipher if your choice of safari provides the said duration of services.
  • Be careful and mindful while enjoying this expenditure.
  • Ask about the ways you can make contributions to the wildlife of the sanctuary and the local communities.
  • Share your experience with your community and generate awareness about how to make this planet a better place for wildlife creatures.

Although this one-step guide is an information tool for your reference, it is advisable to curate a list of deciding factors that are absolutely essential for you. After all, it will be most beneficial to make your experience as customized as possible. We sincerely hope you have the time of your life with experience. Adventure awaits you!

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Which One Comes Under The Best Safaris in India?

Ans: It is an undeniable fact that the Indian jungle safari diaspora is plentiful. This could be the reason behind getting the traveler confused about which one to pick for their next excursion. To help you choose the right options according to your requirements, there are plenty of lists in this article to guide you properly. 

Which is the best jungle safari?

Ans: It is a question that only you can answer yourself, as each person seeks a different experience based on their requirements and whereabouts. So, which is the best jungle safari for you?  

Which season is best for jungle safari?    

Ans: Between June and October, during the dry season of the year.

Which is the 1st safari park in India?

Ans: Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936.

Which jungle has the most tigers in India?

Ans: Again, Jim Corbett National Park.

Which city is known as a tiger city in India?

Ans: Nagpur

How much does jungle safari cost in India?

Ans: It depends on the location you choose for your next excursion.

What is a jungle safari short note?

Ans: It can be described as a forest trail that can be walked through, trekked upon, or explored with a jeep.

Which is the No 1 national park in India?

Ans: Kaziranga National Park.

Which district is famous for jungle safari?

Ans: Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

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Why India Should Be Your Next Safari Destination

The world’s second most populous country is a wildlife wonderland, home to some of the most endangered animals on the planet.

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Two hours into the first safari of my life, the hazy light of a fading Indian sun punctuates the inconvenient reality that time is not on our side. Bouncing along one dusty jungle road after the next, so far, we've come up empty in our search for Ranthambore National Park's iconic inhabitant: the elusive Bengal tiger, one of the rarest, most visually stunning animals to walk the earth. While I trust the Hindu gods of fate for an auspicious karmic conclusion — whomever they may be — the success of our evening game drive, and my knack for good luck, hangs in the balance of a 30-minute window. That's when the driver of our 4x4 Jeep kills the engine in the heart of the dense wilderness.

"We are just listening," my guide, Batti, says from the front seat. "No walkie talkies, but we do have monkeys."

Wrapped in a monastic silence, we wait and hope for the jungle to tip us off with the alarm call of a prey animal. At this point, anything will do. In the backseat, Sachin, the in-house naturalist from The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort , a five-star eco-camp on the fringe of the park in central India, studies the jungle floor for fresh tracks left behind by the colossal feline. This land, laden with temples and lakes and towering banyans, once served as the royal hunting ground for Jaipur's maharajas. Today, Ranthambore is a protected area and tiger reserve, home to an estimated 70 tigers in an area a hair smaller than Rhode Island. It teems with leopards, monkeys, wild boars, sloth bears, crocodiles, and a plethora of birds.

Honk! Somewhere in the bush, a distant peacock alerts the animal kingdom of an apex predator on the prowl. Honk! Two samba deer, a tiger's favorite meal, dart out of the thick canopy for safer ground. Honk! Hastily, our driver turns the ignition and beelines it around the corner towards the disturbance. Suddenly, a swarm of 10 safari vehicles envelope the scene, none of which we've seen in the park today. Word has it two tiger cubs were spotted in the vicinity before vanishing into the brush like phantom cats. Now, amidst a sea of camouflaged tourists and telephoto lenses, again, we wait.

Fifteen on-the-edge-of-your-seat minutes later, the magic happens and the cubs, Riddhi and Siddhi, emerge a football field's length away. At nine months old, they're much bigger than my mind imagined the cubs to be. Slowly, they traipse towards us — even stopping to pounce and play as if they're household kittens — before settling in about half the distance home plate is to first base. Yes, that close.

At one point, Siddhi stops entirely to gaze at her audience, stamping a transcendent imprint on my memory all while sending chills down my spine. "It gives the feel of the 'Jungle Book,'" Sachin says. It does — in fact, the jungles of India were the muse for Rudyard Kipling's famous 19th-century tome.

Unlike an African safari, though, where travelers are typically dropped straight into a private reserve, an Indian safari doesn't skip the sights and sounds and smells that make India, India. Children playing cricket in dirt fields. Honking tuk-tuks and morning prayers aired over loudspeakers. The aromas of cardamom and incense and marigolds at the local market. Here, wildlife rubs shoulders with the country's 1.3 billion-plus population, letting safari goers sample everyday life by traveling through the heartbeat of the subcontinent.

With 106 national parks and more than 500 designated wildlife sanctuaries, outfitters are aplenty, and travelers need one. For my safari, I traveled with Greaves Tours , a Travel + Leisure A-list operator providing door-to-door luxury service, from meals to transportation to booking park permits. "India is a complex land, and many of the parks require travel by road," says Shahrookh Cambata, CEO of Greaves Travel LLC . "Wildlife parks must be booked in advance and it is essential you work with a reputable company that focuses on drivers who can navigate you safely."

India even has its own "big five": the Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, one-horned rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, and Asiatic leopard. "India is the only country in the world where you can see tigers, lions, and leopards," says Cambata. It's also home to "some of the best hotels in the world, adding a unique feel to the experience," he adds.

Wild, Wild East

Dreaming of a safari? These can't-miss Indian destinations showcase a swath of unique wildlife.

Jhalana Leopard Reserve

Less than four miles from Jaipur International Airport, more than 30 leopards roam this 13-square-mile forest on the edge of Rajasthan's biggest city. With no competition for food, sightings of Jaipur's famous residents are frequent, with plenty of deer and boar and blue bulls to be eaten. We spot two leopards in the babool- and acacia-lined backwoods, watching a cub hunt and fail to capture a peacock, and an adult leopard dining on a mongoose. For bonus wildlife kicks, glamp with rescued elephants and camels at Dera Amer ( from $399) , a luxe conservation camp on the outskirts of Jaipur in the foothills of the Aravalli range.

Sasan Gir National Park

The only lions in the world outside of Africa, the Asiatic lion, live on Western India's Gujarat Peninsula near the Arabian Sea coast. Numbers have steadily increased since being on the brink of extinction at the turn of the century, with more than 600 of these majestic cats inhabiting the rugged hills and open savannas that lie across the Bay of Cambay from Mumbai. Due to its location, Sasan Gir is a less-visited park; to glimpse at the king of the jungle, visit between December and April for optimal viewing.

Corbett Tiger Reserve

Come for the tigers, stay for the wild elephants. India's oldest national park (founded in 1936) sits 200 miles north of New Delhi in the state of Uttarakhand. Often considered the country's best wildlife experience for being the first park to protect Bengal tigers, this idyllic Shangri-la in the Himalayan foothills is also home to hundreds of Indian elephants that can be seen combing its vast grasslands and crossing the Ramganga River.

Kaziranga National Park

In the far reaches of eastern India, four major rivers run through this undisturbed marshland deemed one of the finest wildlife refuges in the world. Wedged between Bhutan and Bangladesh in the state of Assam, Kaziranga is celebrated by UNESCO for its achievements in conservation — primarily for saving the one-horned rhinoceros, where two-thirds of the world's population lives (an estimated 2,500 rhinos inhabit the park). With an abundance of water, travelers can birdwatch too (think: grey-headed fish eagles) and if luck falls your way, spot the highly endangered Ganges river dolphin.

Family-owned operator Greaves Tours sets the standard for first-class service, offering tailor-made safaris throughout the Indian subcontinent. Their 15-night "Jungle Journey" itinerary goes through Ranthambore National Park, Pench National Park, and others, beginning in Delhi and ending in Mumbai.

andBeyond safaris 11-day tour of India includes both culture and wildlife with stops at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort to go along with visits to Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park, two of India's best safari experiences.

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Find the perfect Safari adventure in India. There are 277 India safaris to choose from, that range in length from 1 days up to 30 days. The most popular month for these tours is February.

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Golden Triangle with Tiger 7 Nights / 8 Days Tour

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"Highly recommended Great services and amazing staff Really enjoyed my trip with go my journey india -very friendly tourist guide -budget friendly -10/10"

Taj, Tigers & Lakes - Golden Triangle Delhi Agra Jaipur with Ranthambore & Udaipur Tour

Taj, Tigers & Lakes - Golden Triangle Delhi Agra Jaipur with Ranthambore & Udaipur

"Apart from hotels , car & guide , i want to give special applause to our tour manager. Arun was phenomenal in explaining which itinerary best suits us. Best part is their focus on customer’s comfortness like arranging guides across tour for non Hindi speaking clients and professional approach in handling clients."

For The Love of Taj & Tiger - Golden Triangle & Ranthambore with 3 Tiger Safaris Tour

For The Love of Taj & Tiger - Golden Triangle & Ranthambore with 3 Tiger Safaris

"Good tour, I would recommend it to friends. The guide in Delhi was very knowledgeable and helpful, and the itinerary is very well planned."
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10-Day Wildlife Safaris And Cultural Experiences In Central India Tour

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10-Day Wildlife Safaris And Cultural Experiences In Central India

"Very well planned and executed tour. The temples at Khajuraho are so amazing. So big cats during the safaris. The guides were knowledgeable. Enjoyed every moment. Highly recommended."

8 Days GOLDEN TRIANGLE EXCURSION WITH RANTHAMBORE WILDLIFE SAFARI Tour

8 Days GOLDEN TRIANGLE EXCURSION WITH RANTHAMBORE WILDLIFE SAFARI

"Our all tour experience was well organised.one of the best guide kasif in india.Taj Mahal & tigers Experience."

India Golden Triangle Tour with Tigers & Asiatic Lions Tour

India Golden Triangle Tour with Tigers & Asiatic Lions

"It was a wonderful tour. Hotels, driver and guides were very professional and knowledgeable"

Tiger Safari Tour Delhi-Agra- Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi Tour

Tiger Safari Tour Delhi-Agra- Ranthambore-Jaipur-Delhi

"The trip was excellent and our group leader Mohan Shukla did a great job in guiding us through the northern part of India. There is so much history, culture, and cuisine to enjoy in India. The small size of the group (16 of us) made for an intimate and enjoyable time. The trip was definitely worth it!"

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Adventures Ranthambore Wildlife Safari Tour from Delhi with Safari Rides Tour

Adventures Ranthambore Wildlife Safari Tour from Delhi with Safari Rides

"I had a great adventure in India by taking the Ranthambore national park safari tour. Everything was very good"

India\'s Golden Triangle with Ranthambore - Tigers and Tal Mahal Sunrise/Sunset Tour

India's Golden Triangle with Ranthambore - Tigers and Tal Mahal Sunrise/Sunset

"Excellent Travel Agency and Customized the Trip - Mannu We’ve just completed 8 days trip Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur through that was arranged by Wonderful Holidays. The package was fully customized and there was never any issue with this trip. The accommodation chosen on our behalf was also very fair to what we had paid. This is a very professional agency, with a rare customer service, a very high level of agents. We highly recommend this agency. Our main highlights were City Palace, Amber Fort in Jaipur, Taj Mahal In Agra, Outub Minar and lake side view in Udaipur. The Guides were good. All the trip was good. We fully satisfied with this trip."

Golden Triangle Tour with Tiger Safari in Ranthambore Tour

Golden Triangle Tour with Tiger Safari in Ranthambore

"It began with a nice chat on Cox and Queen Travel website. One of their representatives sent me a prompt email with details of the tour along with a flexible payment term. On agreement we finalized the date of arrival made a deposit in their bank account. I landed in New Delhi on 18th of March, quite before when temperature start rising in India. Next 3 days we spent in Delhi and Agra while sightseeing the most visited tourist destinations. TAJ MAHAL was fabulous and one could see it from a few miles also. The tour moved ahead and I was taken to the Tiger Reserve in Ranthambore which is a national park. It was an adventure trip and I had it twice in the day. They organize and schedule it for morning and evening time only. The adventure begins when you sit in jeap with few other peoples in the group and move inside the jungle with tall trees and many wild creatures living in it. I grew up watching those adventurous movies like Rambo etc. and this time I lived my dream. It was a nice experience travelling experience with Cox and Queen Travel. Everyone in their team was too good especially the guides and drivers. Thank you so much!!"

Bandhavgarh Kanha Pench Tour Tour

Bandhavgarh Kanha Pench Tour

"Our family had a customized tour that included all three national parks for tiger safaris as well as the traditional golden triangle tour. We had 2 different drivers during the tour that picked us up at the airport or drove us to the next location. The drivers were always early, extremely friendly and helpful, and the cars were immaculate. We stayed at six different hotels that were picked out for us. They were all very nice and I would stay at them again. The guides at each location were very knowledgeable and friendly. The company itself stayed in contact with me throughout the trip to make sure I did not need anything. I would highly recommend this company. This tour was much more flexible and convenient than participating in a group tour where everyone has to keep up with a group pace."

Golden Triangle Tour with Ranthambore - Taj Tigers & More 5 days Tour

Golden Triangle Tour with Ranthambore - Taj Tigers & More 5 days

"I had an amazing time in India thanks to Wonderful holidays! At the beginning I had a problem with my flight and i thought I was going to loose my tour but Shilpi my planner was very helpful and she was always in touch even in such odd hours making the arrangements so I could have a great experience. My driver Sandeep he is such a great guy, car was clean and he even had a basket full of treats so my time in the road was much comfortable . My last day Tour guide was the best!! He made my last day amazing. I wish I had more time in india but definitively I’ll come back and with no doubt I recommend Wonderful Holidays."

Mysore Kabini National Park Package from Bangalore (ALL INCLUSIVE) Tour

Mysore Kabini National Park Package from Bangalore (ALL INCLUSIVE)

"When we plan a trip we went on a weekend trip to Mysore Kabini National Park with a package from Bangalore and it was an unforgettable experience. The package was all inclusive and included transportation, accommodation, meals, and safari activities. Here is my review of the trip: Transportation: The transportation provided was comfortable and hassle-free. We were picked up from Bangalore in a spacious and air-conditioned vehicle. The driver was experienced and made sure we reached our destination safely. The journey was smooth and we were able to enjoy the scenic views along the way. Accommodation: We stayed at a beautiful jungle resort near Kabini River. The rooms were clean, spacious, and had all the necessary amenities. The best part was the view from our room, we could see the river and the lush green forest. It was a perfect blend of luxury and nature. Meals: The package included all meals and the food was delicious. We got to taste authentic South Indian cuisine along with some continental dishes. The staff was courteous and made sure we had a comfortable dining experience. Safari Activities: The highlight of the trip was the safari activities. We went on both a jeep safari and a boat safari. The jeep safari took us through the dense forests where we saw a variety of animals like elephants, deer, and even a tiger! The boat safari on the Kabini River was a serene experience, we got to see a lot of migratory birds and crocodiles. Overall, the Mysore Kabini National Park package from Bangalore was well-organized and exceeded my expectations. The tour guides were knowledgeable and shared interesting facts about the wildlife and the history of the place. I highly recommend this package for nature lovers and anyone looking for a relaxing weekend getaway. It was a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and I would definitely go back again."

Golden Triangle Delhi Agra Jaipur With Ranthambore National Park Tour

Golden Triangle Delhi Agra Jaipur With Ranthambore National Park

"We recently travelled on this tour with K K . It was a fabulous tour with good selection of hotels , guides, driver , everything . It went so flawless that we never felt any difficulty during the tour . I can strongly recommend them.."

Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari  With 4 Star Hotels Tour

Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari With 4 Star Hotels

"Our expectations were fairly high before we started, but we were blown away by the expertise, treatment and knowledge of our MTA GUIDE, Manish. Additionally, our driver Prakash was professional and very efficient. Nothing was too much trouble and we have come away with a feeling of genuinely having had a true 'Indian Experience'. Thank you, MTA!"

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"The Golden triangle tour is wonderful and I may suggest Manish as a perfect guide for english and italian speaking people. Il tour del Triangolo d'oro in India è eccezionale. Manish è una guida fantastica con una perfetta padronanza della lingua italiana"
"Overall a very enjoyable tour. Good, reliable and friendly drivers throughout. Hotels mostly good, only Jaipur hotel gave us a poor room which had damp up the walls and was dirty. However they gave us another room which was fine. Also breakfasts were very poor in Jaipur."
"Everything was made easy and managed the time and travelling well,guide made me feel comfortable and relaxed throughout please choose best tour company as i did for first time traveller"

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Where to go for Jungle Safari in India

Behind the thick bamboo bushes lurks the ferocious tiger, waiting patiently for its prey. The meditative trance of the skies above is disturbed occasionally by the screeching of an eagle. Somewhere, in the distance, a herd of deer visits the local water hole to quench their thirst, even as the sly crocodile remains lifeless, waiting for the perfect moment to launch its attack. These are some of the scenes which await you as you embark on a jungle safari in India to the dense forests of India.

This is a safari unlike any other, full of surprises and thrills. It’s nothing short of a privilege to see nature’s inhabitants in their natural habitat, displaying raw emotions. This blog is for you if you have ever nurtured a desire to experience wildlife. Here, we tell you where to go for a jungle safari in India and come across the best sights and sounds of Nature.

Here are the best Places to Go for Jungle Safari in India

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Corbett National Park, originally known as Hailey National Park, was established in 1936 and is India’s first national park. Visitors flock to this park to witness the tiger in all its majestic beauty. This park is also renowned for being home to various rare species of mammals, reptiles and birds. One can spot barking deer, spotted deer, sambar, and chinkara on a jungle safari in India to this national park. Crocodiles are another major attraction in Jim Corbett. But, its definitely the Royal Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat  that lure for safari holidays in India.

Best time to visit:  November to June

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One of the best places to experience a wildlife safari in India is Ranthambore Tiger Reserve . Although tiger spotting is the prime attraction here, one can also spot jackal, fox, leopard and mongoose. Embarking on a jungle safari to this tiger reserve lets you witness the nilgai, blue bull antelope, chital and sambar deer. Apart from the fauna, the flora too, is worth admiring here. The landscape is defined by rolling hills and crags, lakes and rivulets. Ranthambore offers the best forest tours in India to visit the Tigers. Explore best customized Golden Triangle Tour Package with Ranthambore .

Best time to visit:  October to June

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The feeling of intruding into someone else’s territory upon entering Gir National Park is rather pronounced. This is the land of the lions, crocodiles, hyenas and leopards. The flora here is incredible, with half the area of the park being covered by teak forest, amla, timru and khair, besides others. Of course, the Asiatic Lions are the lords here, and they are a spectacular sight.

Apart from them, the other highly sighted spotter animal in the park is the Chital, or the Indian spotted deer. Striped hyenas and wild boars are other attractions. Here, one can also spot a fascinating variety of birds such as the Malabar whistling thrush to the Paradise flycatcher. Like the King of the Jungle, Gir is the kind of Indian jungle safari tours.

Best time to visit:  December to March

Also Read: Amazing Tourist Attractions And Places To Visit In Gujarat

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Kanha National Park , spread across an area of 940sq. km, holds the distinction of being one of the largest national parks in Madhya Pradesh. This park is also respected globally for playing an important role in saving the Barasingha from extinction. A safari here gives you an opportunity for spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger, apart from the enormous Barasingha and wild dogs as well. This is also where National Geographic’s award winning “Land of the Tigers” was shot. In fact, a visit to Kanha ensures the best Tiger Safari in India.

Best time to visit: Mid-October to June end

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No wildlife safari in India is complete without visiting the Bandhavgarh National Park . This place dates back to 2000 yrs, and is renowned for having the highest density of Royal Bengal tigers in the world. Tourists here are treated to sights of fascinating animals like chital, nilgais, Indian bison, chinkara, jackals and wild boars. Besides, if you are lucky, you may even spot several species of birds like gray Malabar hornbills, green pigeons and browed fantails. Bandhavgarh is undoubtedly a must visit place for Indian safari holidays.

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The exploits of Mowgli and his friends in The Jungle Book fascinated us during our childhood. However, Rudyard Kipling based Mowgli’s adventures on this fascinating place. Located in the southern ranges of the Satpura range, it’s divided by Pendi River into two equal parts. A safari to this park lets you witness an exotic variety of wildlife including the Nilgai, Cheetal, Sambha and Gaur (Indian Bison). Another particular fascination of wildlife jungle safari in Pench is the four species of endangered vultures, namely the white-rumped, long billed vulture, white scavenger and king vulture.

Best time to visit: February to April

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Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary stands out among the places to go for wildlife safari in India . Sunderbans are part of the world’s largest delta, formed by the mighty Rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and the Meghna. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. The tiger is the legend here, and is the main subject of every conversation.

A wildlife safari here lets you come across the fabled tiger, apart from the other forms of wildlife including rhesus monkey and chital deer. However, Sunderbans National Park is also widely acknowledged for conservation of the Ridley Sea Turtle. In fact, it is totally correct to say that Sunderbans offers the most thrilling tiger safari in India.

Best time to visit:  September to March

Now you can plan your jungle safari in India with our exciting collection of wildlife holiday packages in India .

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Amazing wildlife safari in India with its deep forest and beautiful endangered animals. I would like to visit soon.

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Corbett and Pench are awesome for Tiger spotting. Interesting info for wildlife enthusiasts

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Catching a lion walking around is great whether you see it anywhere, so I feel all of the above Jungle safaris are a phenomenal option to Experience jungle safari. Though I’ve been to Corbett and I really liked the overall experience

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10 Best Jungle Safaris in India to Experience Incredible Wildlife

With more than 99 national parks, 40 tiger reserves and 450 wildlife sanctuaries, India has sheltered enchanting species of fauna and flora. Be it the mountains of Uttarakhand or the deserts of Rajasthan, every corner and gap of India embraces rich wildlife. Especially, if you are eager to get a sight of the big striped cats the tigers, India is the ultimate destination to visit.

Check out these Top destinations in India for experiencing wildlife.

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1) Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh:

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Bandhavgarh National Park being a dry deciduous and tropical land brings amazing dense forest trails where one can discover many glittering species of wild creatures amidst the lush surroundings. Surrounded by the Eastern Satpura range, Bandhavgarh National Park’s sal and bamboo forest provides shelter to the sambar, Indian wolf, python, and tiger.

Open Jeeps with groups of tourists, individuals accompanied by naturalist are allowed into the park at fixed timings. Wildlife safari timing in Bandhavgarh National Park is just like most parks in the country. Timings for entry into, and exit from, the park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier.

Nearest Airport: Bandhavgarh can be visited by flying into Jabalpur or Khajurao.

Nearest Railway Station: Closest stations would be Jabalpur(170kms), Katni(102kms), Satna (112kms), Umaria (35kms).

When: October to June

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2) Gir, Gujarat:

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In Gir, you touch the history of India before humanity itself. Gir National Park is a restricted area in Asia and is the habitat of the pure Asiatic Lions. The next most important animal of the locality is the Leopard. The park is situated in the south west of Gujarat, India. Climate in Gir remains soothing round the year for you to have a comfortable visit to the Gir National Park in Sasangir, Gujarat. This beautiful park is dotted with an abundance of flora and fauna.

Nearest Airport: Keshod

Nearest Railway: Junagadh Amreli

3) Pench, Madhya Pradesh:

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The inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s  The Jungle Book, nestling in the minor southern reaches of the Satpuda hills is named after Pench River, spread through the park from north to south. It is situated on the southern edge of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the states of Seoni and Chhindwara .In Pench, Sambar, Cheetal, Nilgai are usually seen grazing on the free land on roadsides and river banks & reservoir. Herds of gaur can be marked near streams and bamboo patches regularly in summer months. Sloth beer occupies hilly, stony out crops and Chinkara are rarely present and are mostly found near the open areas around Turia & Telia.

Pench Tiger Reserve is a nature's paradise. Visited it so many times and was always mesmerized by its serene beauty and calmness. It’s a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts.

Nearest Airport & Railway station: Nagpur and Jabalpur

When:  November to June

4) Ranthambore, Rajasthan:

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Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. 

Ranthambore is a Tiger reserve, which is located in the district of Sawai Madhopur that is in the south-eastern part of the state of Rajasthan. Ranthambore National park is mainly famous for the Tigers living within this national park. Moreover, it is one of the finest locations within India to capture the majestic predators in a natural habitat. These Tigers can be easily spotted during the day busy in their daily quest of hunting and taking legitimate care of their budding ones. Ranthambore is also being counted as one of the famous world heritage sites because of the photographic ruins and the Historical fort that compliments the natural wildlife park.

If you go in the summer when the vegetation is dried up the chances of seeing a tiger are higher. The backdrops are jaw dropping.  Certainly, a visit to Ranthambore National Park is a treat for every wildlife and nature lover. The time spend on watching tigers roaming around, verdant greenery, a gamut of other species of chirpy birds and animals is priceless and worth enough to be explored at least once in a life.

Nearest Airport : Jaipur

Nearest railway station: Sawai Madhopur

5) Tadoba, Maharashtra:

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Located in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra, India, it is one of the prominent and unique tiger reserves in India and is also one among India's Project Tiger Reserves. Tadoba National Park is an abode of flora and fauna. A must see for every wildlife buff. There is surprise waiting for you at every nook and corner. Tadoba is often referred to as the jewel of Vidharbha because of its rich flora and fauna. A great variety of wildlife abounds in the deep valleys, grassy meadows and winding river beds besides, many other perennial water resources.

And, you might even have a date with the royal one in his/her royal paradise. A dry deciduous forest with a beautiful topography, Tadoba offers some of the best sightings of tigers, wild dogs, leopards, and other fauna. The jungle and areas surrounding the Lodge are excellent terrains for birding and walking safaris.

Nearest Aiport: Nagpur

Nearest Railway station: Chandrapur

When: October to June 

6) Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand:

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The first recognised nature reserve in mainland Asia, Corbett National Park offers great sightings of Bengal tigers, bears and pythons. The Jim Corbett National Park is one of the most popular and travelled tourist spots of India. You can also enjoy the beautiful sound of birds at the Corbett. There are over 500 birds here and almost double the number migrate to the Jungles of Corbett every year. The Jim Corbett national park is a paradise for bird watchers. Right from the tiger’s roar that gives you goose bumps, to the chirping of the birds that is like music to the ears. Wildlife at its best can be found flourishing in Corbett. The wild beings not only reside here, they nurture here.

Nearest Airport: Phoolbagh in Pantnagar

Nearest Railway station: Ramnagar

When: November to June

7) Nagarhole, Karnataka:

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Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this is a famous wildlife sanctuary located in Coorg. A Tiger Reserve, the Nagarhole National Park is also a place to see wild elephants. Apart from tigers and elephants, this national park is home to wild dogs, gore and deer. The park is essentially a dense tropical forest. Through the jungle, there are streams that run through. Where you can spots wildlife activity.

The best season to visit the park is during the summer. Wild animals are seen resting beside water bodies. Tigers are almost always seen near water bodies. Visiting Nagarhole National Park during the rainy season is a damp experience. The rain creates muddy roads. And animals are not seen out in the open.

Nearest Airport : Bangalore

Nearest Railway station: Mysore

8) Sunderbans, West Bengal:

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Sunderbans National Park, the land where entire wildlife embroidered to the perfection, is situated in South 24 Parganas at the most charismatic location of Sunderban delta which is largest delta of the world. The Sunderbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Sundarban is a vast area covering 4262 square kms in India alone, with a larger portion in Bangladesh. 2585 sq. kms of the Indian Sundarban forms the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India.

The four Sunderbans national parks have been lumped together as they all share common features of the estuarine mangrove ecosystem. The main attractions of the Sunderbans are the Tiger, of which the delta harbour large reptiles like the Monitor Lizard, Estuarine Crocodile and the Olive Ridley Turtle, for which there is a conservation programme in the Indian park. The Leopard, Indian Rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer and Water Buffalo have all become locally extinct from the delta in recent decades.

Nearest Aiport:  Kolkatta

Nearest Railway station: Howrah

When: December to February

9) Kanha, Madhya Pradesh:

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Kanha National Park is one of the best national parks of India and stretched across Banjar and Halon valleys within the Mandla and Balaghat districts of state of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park offers great odds of a tiger sighting, as well as 300 species of bird, including crested serpent eagles.

A heightened attraction within the Park is Bamni Dadar, popularly known as Sunset Point that offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the sunset against grazing Sambhars and Gaurs, magnifying the natural splendour of the area. Aside from its diverse wildlife and bird population, the frequent sightings of Tigers roaming in the wild at Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary remain the most popular draw.

Nearest Airport and railway : Nagput and Jabalpur

10) Kaziranga, Assam

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Stretching along the edge of the Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga National Park is a World Heritage site and one of the last unspoiled wildernesses in eastern India. Kaziranga National Park a world heritage site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros. Kaziranga also boasts the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park and its environs have been designated a tiger reserve and a Birdlife International Important Bird Area. Explore the varied landscapes by elephant and venture through fields of elephant grass, marshlands, and dense forests to find tigers, greater one-horned rhinoceroses, Asian elephants, water buffalo, and more than 300 species of birds. Buffalo and more than 300 species of birds.

Nearest Airport: Jorhat

Nearest Railway: Guwahati

When: November to April

Please note (Park Timings): All national park operate from 6:30am - 9:30am, 1:30pm - 5:30pm. But it is best to confirm with the national park directly before planning your trip.

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The green lustrous Flora stretching out in the land. The unique varieties of fauna living in the dense forests and finding their way out to stay alive each day. This is how the ecosystem sustains in this earth. From the inception, Man has started living in the jungle, domesticating his way through all ways to life has now come up to modern civilized society. But the forests have their mystery, their sheer elegance, and peace. With the herd of deer visiting the pond in the middle of the forest to drink water and later on chased by a lion or tiger. The elephants with their tiny little ones try to break the bamboo to have their daily lunch. It is a different world altogether. Many couples visit these amazing safari by booking a couple friendly hotel nearby and enjoying some quality time with their partners. It is also a safe haven for all adventure and wildlife lovers who visit these places frequently and book hotels on an hourly basis to make their trip comfortable.

Sometimes, taking time out of their busy work schedule, many people with their partners or family members plan a vacation all these safaris or national parks to spend some time amidst the forest. Here are some of the top jungle safari in India where you can consider going this vacation.

1-Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

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Ranthambore national park is one of the best wildlife safaris in India. With an area of over 1334sq km, this National Park is a royal home to many predators like Tigers, Sloth, Bears, Wild Boars, Sambar, Chital, Blue bull antelope, etc. Tiger spotting is one of the main attractions here. It has a rich landscape filled with an excellent variety of fauna. You can book a couple friendly hotel in Jaipur and make concrete plans to visit this famous national park.

Best time to visit - March to May and then October to June

2-Hemis National Park, Ladakh

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Situated in Ladakh, Hemis National Park is best known for Snow Leopards, Tibetan Argali Sheep, Ibex, Blue Sheep, Chukar, snow cocks, golden eagles, etc. Spread over an area of 4400sq km, this park is also home to 16 species of mammals and 73 species of birds.

Best time to visit - May to September and then November

3-Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

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Jim Corbett National Park established in 1936 is one of the best National parks in the country. It is originally known as Hailey National Park. It is home to tigers, Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahir, etc. Besides that one can spot barking deer, spotted deer, sambar, and chinkara on a jungle safari in this national park. Crocodiles are another major attraction in Jim Corbett.

Best time to visit - November to June

4-Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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Being one of the best wildlife safaris in India, it is home to majestic Royal Bengal Tigers. They are kept in a protected environment where no hunting or poaching is allowed and they can live and prosper. Many tourists come here to see animals like chital, nilgais, Indian bison, chinkara, jackals and wild boars.

Best time to visit - October to June

5-Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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If you want to witness one-horned rhinoceros, then Kaziranga National Park is the place for you. Situated in the Northeast region of the country and with an area of around 420sq km, Kaziranga National Park is home to the largest population of one-horned Rhinoceros in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides Rhinoceros, it is also home to elephants, bears, panthers, and various pretty birds.

Best time to visit - November to April

6-Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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Kanha national park is the largest national park in Madhya Pradesh. With an area of around 940sq km, it plays an important role in saving the Barasingha from extinction. This is the place that has inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the classic- The Jungle Book. This park is house to Black Panthers, Bear, Pythons, Elephants, and also Bengal Tigers. This is also where National Geographic’s award-winning “Land of the Tigers” was shot.

Best time to visit - October to June  

7-Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

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Located in the God’s own country, Periyar Wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 192000 acres. It is one of the picturesque wildlife sanctuaries of the country. It is home to many tigers, elephants, and birds. Once we can also boat around the park to see the animals up real close. Many couples who chose Kerala as their honeymoon destination, make sure to book a couple friendly hotel at Kochi and visit this beautiful wildlife sanctuary which is just a distance 161km from Kochi.

Best time to visit - September to December

8-Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam

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Manas wildlife sanctuary located in the northeastern region of the country is a project tiger reserve as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located on the border of Assam and Bhutan. The safari consists of jeep tours and elephant rides. It is home to a good variety of wildlife such as tigers, pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros, and Indian elephant.

Best time to visit - October to April and January to march

9-Gir National Park, Gujarat

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Gir National Park is famous for lions, crocodiles, hyenas, and leopards. Located in the western Gujarati peninsula, this park is blessed with rugged scrubland and forest. Exploring the park through the jeep will be the best to get a good view of the Lions. This is the only place in the world where you can see Asiatic lions. You can book a hotel in Ahmedabad and then visit this famous park which is just a distance of 22km from the city.

Best time to visit - December to April

10-Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal

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Being a part of the world’s largest delta, Sunderbans national park is one of the most unique places to go for a wildlife safari in India. it is also A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering an area of over 4624sq km, it is home to some of the exotic animals such as saltwater crocodiles, royal Bengal tiger, fishing cats, leopard cats, macaques, wild boar, and Indian Grey Mongoose. Apart from that, it is also widely acknowledged for the conservation of the Ridley Sea Turtles. Many couples book couple friendly hotel in Kolkata and make plans to visit Sunderbans National Park to spend sometime amidst nature.

Best time to visit - September to March

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India Safaris

India is an incredibly diverse country for scenery and wildlife, containing steamy jungles and rain forests, large deserts, wide open plans and vast tracts of remote, unexplored mountains. In terms of safaris, India has a number of destinations that will give the enthusiastic wildlife spotter a lot to get excited about. Whilst India doesn’t have the density of large mammals on display that you can find in parts of Africa, it does have some unique species that you simply can’t see anywhere else in the world. Tourism is fairly well developed in India too, with a number of safari lodges and safari tour companies laying on “traditional” African style safari experiences, albeit with an Indian twist.

With over 360 species of mammals and 1,200 bird species, India has one of the richest biodiversity counts in the world. The signature species of India are tiger, leopard, elephant, rhino , bear, buffalo, monkey and antelope, all of which roam the central and southern plains. These animals are complemented by lions in a couple of Indian national parks in the east, where you can see lions, tigers and leopard coexisting if you’re particularly lucky on your safari! Further a field, if you fancy a mountain safari the Himalayas are home to the enigmatic snow leopard, yaks, blue sheep and the two humped camel. As such it’s no surprise that India as a wildlife spotting destination has really taken off in the past couple of decades, making it a credible alternative to a safari in Africa if you want to try something a bit different.

Despite such riches of wildlife, habitat destruction and conflict with humans is becoming an increasing problem, and one which the government is trying to tackle by creation of more protected areas and national parks. Existing national parks in India tend to be out of the way with poor infrastructure and roads to get there. Pubic transport is often not an option, though you can get to the nearest town and take a taxi or auto-rickshaw from there to the park. Most hotels near national parks will be able to arrange transfers to the park, where you’ll be able to organize a jeep tour (or elephant, boat, walking, camel etc.). Bear in mind that the price of a safari arranged at a national park are one of the few things in India that are non-negotiable, and are generally higher for non-Indian residents.

India Safari Highlights

  • Ride an elephant out into the Brahmaputra floodplains to get up close and personal with families of Indian one horned rhino in Kaziranga National Park, Assam.
  • Take a tiger safari to try and spot an elusive huge cat in one of India’s premier national parks – Bandhavgarh, Corbett, Ranthambore or Kahna.
  • Explore the swamps and wetlands of the Sundarbans National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site that’s home to the world’s largest tidal mangrove forest, a unique culture…and the Bengal tiger.

Best Time To Go On Safari In India

The best time to go on safari in India will vary according to where in the country you’re planning on going. Generally speaking India has three seasons – the hot, the monsoon and the cool, with the time each season starts and ends depending on how far north or south you are. The cool season is the most pleasant time to visit India, and starts once the monsoons finish, running from October to January. From February onward the heat starts to rise across the country, with temperatures in some places reaching 40 degrees by May. June is monsoon month, starting with high humidity and short electrical storms. These storms morph into intense daily rains with short breaks where the sun breaks through and steams the wet conditions into something akin to a turkish bath.

For safaris, the hot season offer the best wildlife viewing as water is scarce and animals congregate around water holes as vegetation dies down. The later in the hot season you can go, the better for wildlife spotting, but this needs to be balanced with the growing heat through the season.

A couple of other things to bear in mind when considering when to go on safari in India are holidays and festivals. Christmas and New Year are extremely busy times for tourism in India, with full national parks and hotels requiring reservations well in advance. And while festivals happen all the time across India, there are some – Diwali and Holi in particular – that can make for travel chaos nationwide, so do your research on which festivals are happening when and where , and plan ahead accordingly.

Safari Lodges in India

In many parts of the country India is heavily focused on tourists – both internal and inbound. Towns and villages around popular national parks tend to have the full host of safari accommodation – from$5 rooms to ulta-chic safari lodges that (occasionally) replicate the real thing in Africa. Most lodges have good restaurants on the premises, though you’ll only find decent standard western food at high-end accommodation, and even then it’s pot luck.

India Safari Tours

India caters to just about every type of tourist imaginable, and there’s a huge selection of safari tour companies that can arrange safaris locally, regionally, nationwide or even internationally (primarily into Nepal). It’s well worth shopping around and doing thorough research before committing to a particular safari tour company in India, as the quality of service varies dramatically. As a general rule you get what you pay for, and most prices can be bartered down at least 20%. Have a read of our  reviews of safari tour companies in India .

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Devalia safari or gir safari? What should I choose and why?

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The watered down version of Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary called Devalia is defined as follows on the Gir Online Permit Booking System website

"This Interpretation Zone comprises of 412 ha chain link fenced area which is regarded as ‘Gir in a nutshell’ covering all habitat types and wildlife of Gir. The basic aim of creating this facility is to provide an opportunity of viewing lions and other animals in their natural habitat within a short period of time at cheaper rates." doesn't sound attractive to me.

If the main park is badly managed by uniformed bureaucrats that ask for your passport in the middle of a visit at the center of the park, the idea of a "nutshell" version makes me expect even worse behavior in a smaller area. In other words you get what you pay for.

The Park management does not welcome photographers nor does it make visitors feel welcome.

The only thing the Park management and its staff does welcome is your money.

The Park management does not impose any kind of discipline on visitors (even if they claim to do so).

1) There is no age limit for visitors which means that screaming very young children, who probably would prefer being elsewhere, make themselves heard for miles.

2) Eating any kind of food is normal practice and leaving behind plastic bags that used to contain potato chips is frequent and normal.

3) Stopping for 25 minutes "for rest room" is more a ploy on the part of the drivers and the guides.

               

Try and find out who will be assigned to you as a guide.

Out of numerous useless individuals simply craving tips there are a few that know what they are doing.

Tipping because you have seen a lion is wrong.

In other parks tipping when you see a tiger makes sense.

Seeing a lion at Gir is no big deal.

You should see at least one lion for every outing.

Now whether that sighting will satisfy you depends on what your expectations are.

Don't be surprised if there are 10 jeeps surrounding the lions and blocking your view.

That too is normal at Gir.

I have made no mystery abut the fact that I did not appreciate my visits to Gir in terms of how the Park gets managed and its total lack of useful discipline.

Harassment in terms asking for passports is not discipline its just a bureaucrat pointing out to you that "he can ask".

Regardless the wildlife (when left in peace by throngs of screaming visitors) is marvelous.

I suggest you hurry because with the kind of management I saw that Park won't have much to offer in the not so distant future.

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If its only about lion viewing then Devaliya safari is more than enough, as you will surely comes across atleast 4-5 lion/lioness for sure. However, if you want to experience the ecosystem of Gir and understand the flora and fauna, then Gir Safari is a must. Hence, I would request you to think over as to what is it that you are looking for and accordingly decide on Devaliya/Gir Safari.

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Gir: 2.5 hours of jeep ride on well established path that they cannot stray from. 6-7am is best time. Will see pigs, deer, peacocks. Unlikely to see lion, forget about seeing national geographic style lion action. Nice jeep ride in open air even if you don't see animals. Worth the money? One jeep max 6 persons is I believe 2500? If less than 6, try to share with someone. If you don't have advance booking line up at 5am. Only 15 jeeps are sold. If you happen to be 16th bad luck. I see coup camera: over 5 mega pixel still is additional fars . I see couple of replies about bad management etc. Indians are Indians after all. Generally we have no regard for others. So do no not go because of that. On the day of my visit I did not see bad behavior on part of management but would no be surprised if it was.

Devalia: half hour drive in own vehicle or public bus (not Gir's). Same animals plus couple of tigers in fenced area. Tigers seen from about 200 yards. Saw a family of lions. 30 minute non ac large bus ride through the park. You have to be lucky to have the seat on the correct side. Caution: I missed my bus so did a family of 5, bathroom break. Ticketing officer would not adjust it. I had to buy new ticket, other person had to buy 5 more. No warning that your bus is about to leave, of course there is no set schedule.

WOULD I DO EITHER AGAIN IF I KNEW WHAT I KNOW NOW: NO. if you are going to that area for some other reason or you live not too far

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Devalia is just a sanctuary ( i.e it is just a fenced zone where few animals are kept u can also cl it a kind of a zoo) where as gir jungle trail is a real jungle where u might or might not able to see the lion depending upon there mood and ur luck.

I suggest you to go for gir national park and if u cant see lion for any reason u can go to devaliya park.you can get tickets for devaliya over the counter if its not a festival time.I read many comments about both of above and I have visited both places several times.every one is true in their opinion as they have faced that.tipping and not welcoming people are common things but we should not be bothered about that cos we r going to see the lions not smiley face of this people .I advise you to enjoy ur time to see nature and try to solve if any issues with some bucks.just promise guide and driver that make our day and will make urs.hahahaha.this is what we r facing every where in country so why to spoil our holiday time for few bucks.enjoy the trip

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I agree with what Milan, Italy has to say. There is no age limit and screaming children and unruly teenagers spoil the fun. Indians are Indians and will never learn good manners nor hygine and they throw trash and plastic packaging and tetrapak juice containers from their jeep. We have collect quite a few on way to clean what ever, our responsible guide could do. Actually all food items and plastic containers should be banned 100%. To avoid such nuisance and if you are really interested in seeing and enjoying the wild I advice you that do not travel on weekends when most of these families travel for weekend getaways. Also visit during summer April & May when these pests will not be there and wild life viewing will be good. Seeing Lions in the wild is better than in the Devalia as it is a fenced area with presence of all wild animals that exists in the Sasan Gir NP. It has been created to show lions 100% for those who have no time or could not get permit to enter the NP. They allow limited number of vehicles but when we were there in Dec due to heavy rush they issued few extra permits also. Take the early morning or the evening safari the 9AM safari is waste of time. If you have time visit the main NP and if you are in a hurry and want to see a lion and other wild life visit Devalia which is more like a zoofary except that the area is little larger. It all depends on your interest as you will see more birds in the NP than at Devalia. You can even do both as visiting Devalia is not as expensive as visiting the NP. If you have young children I would advice you better visit Devalia. The tour inside Devalia is by buss with large windows.

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Appreciate your sharing thank you

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Devalia national park is open in July or not? We are planning to go for Jungle safari

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One should look at Devaliya as an "Open Zoo" or "Inverse Zoo"; where animals are allowed to roam freely around in a restricted area under supervision, and people are allowed to watch them from a bus or a jeep.

For the trill of a jungle ride, Gir Jungle Trail is the one to opt for. If you want to see a lion and a hyena and deers and fox and leapord in kind of "Open Enclosure", go for Devaliya.

The time frame for the two says a lot about it... Devaliya takes 45mins max where as Jungle Trail would take atleast 45mins.

Gir. No doubt about it. Enjoy.

Obviously Sasan gir safari, it's a real safari experience. on other side devaliya safari looks like an arrangement of some lions on some predefined spots. in Sasan gir you have to find lions in jungle which is real safari experiance.

Gir. Devalia is a poor imitation.

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Hi, you must go for Gir Safari because Devalia Safari is just about half hour ride in bus, whereas the Gir Safari is done in open Jeeps. Obviously, for that reason Gir Safari is the 'real' thing, thrilling, we could see a family of 4-5 lions, two cubs at a distance of not more than 30 feet. So go for the Gir safari and that too for the first safari at 6:00 in the morning, because in summers, the lions do not venture out in the open due to heat. They remain under shades of trees. Wishing you happy and memorable time at Gir.

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i am also of the same opinion,you should prefer gir over devaliya safari.

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To enjoy a real safari adventure, it has to be GIR SAFARI. You need to have patience to stand long queue very early morning (or early online booking) to get the permit. Spotting lion or leopard has also element of chance. Besides, its cost is also more. Devalia is a a "zoo" in its basic sense, where the animals roam around in a fenced large size open park. Spotting animals is almost certain.

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My suggestion will be Gir Safari. But it also depends upon the time you have in hand. Devaliya Safari takes less time, to see Lions. However, in Gir Safari, you will see more lions, and other wild life animals, like bear, fox, zebra etc. if you are lucky.

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If you Dont have time and want to see Lions for sure, then you should visit Devalia.

In case you are spending two days there, then definitely visit Gir Forest to be able to enjoy the forest. Next day you can visit Devalia if you miss lion in the forest.

Devalia is smaller zone. We did not stay in Gir and had limited time. Since we did not want to miss lions so that kids could enjoy, so we visited Devalia

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Gir Safari obviously............but do advance online booking from girlion.in

Devalia is a kind of zoo, where you can see lions and other animals............

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In Devalia Safari there are quite a good chance to see Lions/ Leopards being Devalia is smaller in area. You can take booking of around 3.30pm for Devalia Safari

Gir National park Safari is also to be taken so that you can see Lions in open jeep in very natural atmosphere, also Jungle ride of around 2 hours is very pleasent. Take booking for 6.30am for Gir National Park Safari.

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Devaliya safari is a small area which is cordon with few lions so that tourists which don't have time for gir safari can experience and see lions. The original jungle safari is gir safari. The only problem is tickets do on-line booking.

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Gir is absolutely a must since you will see Lions & Lionesses 7 cubs in natural habitat. Devalia is like an open Zoo where the Lazy lions are fed on food & they lie in difinate spots. Sure to Lions in Devalia.

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Only Gir is some thing you shd go, best is book at least 3 safari in gir at three different zones to make best out there the big cat lion.

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If you just want to see lions then Devaliya safari is enough but if you want to enjoy lion as well as Glorious ecosystem of sasan gir forest you must go with sasan gir jeep safari.

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What timing should you choose for visiting Gir Safari - 6 to 9 am or 8:30 - 11:30 am or evening 3-6 pm. Note I am going in November when day light starts at around 6:30. Please advise.

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India is blessed with diverse nature and a rich landscape. Many communities and cultures live here. This diversity is also seen in wildlife around the country. A jungle safari is the closest way of experiencing the wildlife of India. So, if you are looking for an adventure trip, read on to know the best places to experience Jungle Safari.

1. Ranthambore National Park

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The Ranthambore National Park is stretched for about 13,000 square kilometers which is home to many tigers. You can see the majestic beasts living in their natural habitat making this national park regal and royal. The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is from March to May as you can easily find jungle safaris. For a particular safari, 3-4 hours will cost you from Rs. 1500 (Jeep Safari) to Rs. 57,000/- (Special Safari for the entire day). People come from all over the world to see the tigers. Apart from the tigers, you can also witness Sloth Bears, Wild Boars, Monitor Lizards, Flying Foxes, Sambars, etc. Plan this adventurous trip now.

2. Hemis National Park

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Snow Leopards! Sounds Great! Right? The Hemis National Park located in Ladakh is one of the highest altitude wildlife safaris of all time. The chilly weather and massive snowfall will make you fall in love with nature and wildlife. Here you will find primarily snow leopards , along with Ibex, Blue Sheep, Tibetan Argali Sheep, and Snowcocks. Well, the park remains closed during November due to the heavy rainfall in the area. The best time to visit this national park is from May to September. The entry fee is Rs. 20/- for Indians and Rs. 100/- for foreigners.

3. Jim Corbett

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This is one of the most visited national parks of all time. Jim Corbett National Park is Asia’s first national park to be named after a tiger hunter and explorer, Jim Corbett, who hunted man-eating tigers at that point in time. To protect tigers from getting extinct, Jim Corbett National Park was made wherein there are four areas to visit, i.e., Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, and Durga Devi. Here you can see Bengal Tigers, Chital, Deer, Asiatic Elephants, Gharial, Black Bear, and much more. Plan this trip between March and May to get an amazing experience.

4. Bandhavgarh National Park

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Being a hunting ground for Royal Families for many years, the ground in Madhya Pradesh has now become a protected reserve for the Royal Bengal Tiger. Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the densely populated tiger reserves in India. The officials conduct guided safaris where you can see and learn about these majestic beasts. You can see leopards, barking deers, nilgai , Bengal fox, Striped Hyena, etc. The best time to visit this place is in October. A four-hour jungle safari costs you Rs. 6500/-.

5. Kanha National Park

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Featured in children’s famous book ‘Mowgli’, this park has gained a lot of population. Staying true to the book, you can spot panthers, bears, elephants, pythons, and many other animals. The park is divided into four sections, namely Kanha, Kisli, Sarahi, and Mukki Zone. A visit to this park will have you reminiscing about your favorite tales. Plant this trip between October and mid-June. The three-hour jeep safari will cost you Rs. 6500/-.

6. Pench National Park

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Located on the borders of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, this national park stretches up to 400 square kilometers and is known as a protected reserve for tigers. The key feature of this reserve is the diverse vegetation that grows here. You can find the trees and plants growing in moist, dry, and arid regions. Apart from the tigers, you can also find Nilgais, Leopards, Wild Boars, etc. The 3-5 hours of safari costs you Rs. 3000/-. The best time to visit the Pench National Park is from October to June.

7. Satpura National Park

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Satpura National Park is located in Madhya Pradesh and is known for its distinguished topography. The lush green forests make it a perfect breeding ground for various species of animals. If you are enthusiastic about wildlife, adventures, and animals, then Satpura National Park is your go-to place. Species like Spotted Deer, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Blackbucks, Antelopes, and many others can be found here. Plan your trip in months like October, December, and May for the best safari experience. The four-hour safari costs you Rs. 2750 – 6700/- per person.

8. Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary

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Located in the Western Region of Gujarat, the Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary has rough scrublands and dry forests. The sanctuary is home to Asiatic Lions, Leopards, Jackals, Indian Foxes, etc. Asiatic Lions can only be found in this sanctuary. Plan a jungle safari in December as it is a very exciting and exhilarating experience. The duration of the safari is four hours that will cost you Rs. 4300/- (Indians) and Rs. 13,800/- (Foreigners).

9. Tadoba National Park

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If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then this place is for you. Located in Maharashtra, the Tadoba National Park is surrounded by massive hills, a lake, and beautiful forests. The attractive point about this national park is that the lake is a watering hole for all the animals there. It is a famous safari spot. You can see Barking Deers, Hyenas, and many other animals here. Visit this park from October to June and book a jungle safari for Rs. 750/- on weekdays and Rs. 1000/- on weekends.

10. Kaziranga National Park

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Situated in the beautiful valleys of Assam, the Kaziranga National Park has a surface area of about 420 square kilometers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a home for One-Horned Rhinoceros. The largest number of Rhinoceros reside here. Apart from them, Elephants, Bears, and Panthers can also be seen here. November to April are the best months for visiting their national park. The two-hour jungle safari costs you 3800/-.

11. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

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Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this sanctuary is also located upon the borders of Assam and Bhutan. You can find Pygmy Hog and Indian Elephant here. Guided safari tours are conducted to spot these animals. Rafting excursions and wildlife camps can also be done here. October to April are the best months to visit this sanctuary. The fee charged for jungle safari is Rs. 120/-.

12. Sundarbans National Park

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The Sundarbans National Park is a marshy swampland located in West Bengal. The 4000 square kilometers stretched national park is home to Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopard Cats, Macaques, Wild Boars, etc. The best time to visit this national park is from October to April. The duration of jungle safari ranges from four to eight hours. The fee for tourism here is Rs. 2600/- per person.

13. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Located in the beautiful landscape of Kerala, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has scenic beauty which comes from the Western Ghats. The sanctuary stretches out to the length of 192,000 acres of land having lush green forests and dense vegetation. Tigers and Elephants are majorly seen here. Along with wildlife safaris, you can also experience boat rides for the best experience. The months from September to January are the best months to visit this place. The four-hour jungle safari costs you Rs. 2000/- per person.

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How to Visit Jim Corbett National Park: Planning a Safari That Doesn’t Suck

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I felt cheated. Here I was surrounded by tigers, elephants, bears, and more…but the loud clanking motor of the canter safari kept all nearby animals safely concealed in the thick jungle. Not only was this a poor safari experience for me— it can’t be good for the animals. Having shelled out $200 for this little adventure, I had much higher hopes for the ethics and overall feel of the tiger safari. But there is a way to spot wild tigers in Jim Corbett ethically. 

India has more than 3,200 wild tigers lurking in its national parks. This is more than 75% of the world’s wild tiger population. But not all of India’s tiger safaris are created equal. And since this attraction tops most travelers’ India bucketlist — it’s important to find a way to do it ethically. If you want to plan a tiger safari that doesn’t suck in Jim Corbett National Park here are my tips for an ethical & enjoyable experience. 

You can also spot wild lions in India’s Gir National Park on an ethical safari. Read my guide for more info! 

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Your Guide to Jim Corbett National Park

Fun fact: Jim Corbett was an Indian-born Brit who was most well-known as a master tiger hunter. Not exactly what we would call conservation today. But back in the early 1900s Jim Corbett tracked man-eating tigers expertly and protected the small villages of Uttar Pradesh. Despite his dubious conservation techniques (at the time there were MANY more tigers in Indian jungles), he was responsible for establishing India’s very first national park (this one) to protect the unique species inside it. 

Is Jim Corbett the BEST National Park to Spot Wild Tigers 

Truthfully, it’s a toss-up. 

We went on two group safaris in Jim Corbett and didn’t see a single tiger. We did however see wild elephants, jackals, and lots of Chital & Sambar deer. 

I think *if* you can plan ahead and organize a private safari with an overnight stay inside the park (as I describe below) this IS the best park to visit to see tigers. 

Otherwise— you might as well join a more convenient group safari in Ranthambore National Park. It might not be perfect as far as conditions for the tigers go, but the money goes to protect the tiger’s habitat and the number of visitors per day is limited to try and reduce our impact. They are doing their best. 

The Pros of Visiting Jim Corbett National Park

  • Largest # of tigers per square km.
  • Fewer tourists than other national parks.
  • Near (ish) popular tourist destinations like Rishikesh + Delhi.

Technically speaking, Jim Corbett NP has the highest density of wild tigers in all of India. And therefore the world. This means you have a great chance of seeing one of you plan your safari right. If done correctly, this park also offers an ethical way to see tigers in the wild. Due to its proximity to Delhi, Ranthambore is the most popular national park and therefore has LOTS of tourists that visit. This isn’t great for the tigers. JC offers a great lesser visited alternative. 

The Cons of Visiting Jim Corbett National Park

  • Must plan super far in advance if you want a true safari.
  • Questionable elephant ethics in the areas within and around the park.

There were definitely some things I didn’t like about Jim Corbett National Park. For starters, the price is pretty astronomical when compared to other tiger parks across India. Secondly, I felt that the animals were NOT the focus of the group safaris. They were simply driving a route and if you happened to see an animal that was incidental.

Another thing I really disliked about Jim Corbett is that the national park staff have several captive elephants that they use for work within the park boundaries. Apparently even riding them to get around and access exceptionally bushy areas. Elephant rides and safaris are also quite prominent just outside the park too which is a bummer.

Scroll down to read the type of Jim Corbett NP safari that I DO recommend. Hint: it’s NOT a canter. 

What Animals Are You Most Likely to See in Jim Corbett?

Even if you don’t see tigers inside Jim Corbett you will probably see wild elephants because the park has a huge population. And they are relatively easy to spot since they like to follow the park trails for easier movement. You’ll also probably see tropical birds, chital deer, sambar deer, jackal, mongoose, grey langurs, rhesus macaques, and barking deer. 

A langur feeding in the grass alongside some deer at Jim Corbett National Park

You *could* also see leopards, Asiatic black bears, Indian pangolins, fishing cats, and Himalayan black bears. It’s unlikely, but they are all technically found within the park. 

How to Plan the Best Jim Corbett National Park Safari 

Alright, so this is the situation. There are three kinds of safaris inside Jim Corbett National Park. The park itself is divided into 8 ecotourism zones with different safari options available in each zone. 

1. The Canter Safari. 

This is only available in the Dhikala zone. A canter is a large 20-person open-air bus and the most popular type of safari in the park. Dhikala is the deepest center region of the national park and the most popular zone because of the high likelihood of spotting a tiger.

A large bus about half full of tourists ready for their safari

2. The private jeep safari.

This is available in all zones of the park except for Dhikala . One jeep fits up to 8 people and is reserved in advance for your group. These safari leave 2-3 times per day depending on the zone and only allow 30 vehicles inside each zone at any given time period.

3. The overnight safari. 

This is the only private jeep option available in the Dhikala zone. It’s the same as above BUT you’ll sleep overnight at the ranger station within Jim Corbett to maximize your time in the park. You need to reserve this FAR in advance. It’s the first to sell out and for good reason. This is the kind of safari I recommend to those who want a good chance at spotting a tiger in an ethical way.

Which Zone of Jim Corbett National Park is Best? 

Dhikala is the best zone for seeing both tigers and wild elephants. Therefore it is the best zone in the park. Bijrani is the next best option if you want to book two safaris or are unable to secure a coveted overnight safari spot. 

Map of Jim Corbett National Park Zones

What Safari NOT to do in Jim Corbett

Whatever you do, do not do the canter safari in Dhikala Zone. Canter safaris suck. They scare away all the animals. The assigned guides didn’t even bother looking for a single animal. And the people on board our canter were loud and seemed to not care about scaring away the wild animals we came to see. I think that local tourists (who get safaris for far cheaper) were more interested in just getting out and enjoying nature rather than spotting wildlife. They actually insisted we leave slightly early just to get some chai. Not ideal for those of us who had to shell out over $100 for the safari.

The Dhikala Zone is deep within the park and takes 2 hours just to reach it. Therefore, by the time the canter reaches the zone you have to turn right back around and drive the same way you came. Basically, the way the safari is set up is awful and not designed for optimal animal viewing. It’s just a waste of time. 

The Best Safari in Jim Corbett 

The overnight private jeep safari in the Dhikala zone is the ONLY way to go. 

This is the most expensive option BUT you are *almost* guaranteed to see tigers. You’ll get an early morning safari as you enter the park, get to chill at the scenic ranger station during the mid-day heat, take an optional afternoon safari (for a small extra fee), sleep at the ranger station, and then take one more morning safari on your way out of the park. This is without a doubt the best bang for your buck and gives you a much less crowded experience. 

Hot Tip: You must book your overnight stay 60 days in advance. This is what got us. We never plan this far ahead and by the time we thought to book it — it was full weeks in advance. It’s worth it to plan your trip around this experience if you want to see some wildlife.

How to Book Your Safari 

Booking a safari in India as a foreigner is not super straightforward. You can’t use the online booking portal without an Indian bank card. We had these same problems with Gir National Park . That means you’ll have to contact Jim Corbett National Park via WhatsApp. 

WhatsApp Phone: +91 99712 68452

A view of a river cutting through yellow grasslands with a mountain behind it.

Cost Breakdown of Jim Corbett National Park Safari

We chose to do 2 safaris within the park when we realized that the overnight stay in Dhikala was sold out. We thought this would maximize our time within the park and we would see more animals. That isn’t really how it worked out and honestly, I recommend skipping the park if you can’t do the overnight stay.

The cost of an overnight stay for two people in a double bed in Dhikala is 20,000 rupees or $243. 

The cost of the canter safari in Dhikala is 4200 rupees ($51) per person and the private safari in Bijrani is 10,000 rupees ($121) per jeep. The other safari zones within the park have comparable private jeep prices. This can be an affordable option if you have a large group to split the cost with.

Best Time to Visit Jim Corbett National Park 

November – June the park is open for visitors. During the monsoon season, the park is closed. 

The best time to visit is December – March when the weather is cool. This is good for spotting animals in the early morning as well as comfortable for you as a visitor. By June temperatures are soaring and it makes a mid-day safari really unenjoyable.

Getting to Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett NP is not in the most convenient location. It’s not super close to any major tourist destination but it’s also not ridiculously far away when you consider the scale of India and other tiger reserves in the country. The two most likely destinations you’ll be coming from are Delhi and Rishikesh. 

This park is far more easily accessible if you have your own mode of transport. But assuming you don’t— these are your options. 

Getting to Jim Corbett from Rishikesh

There’s no quick and easy overnight bus between these destinations. There are two common routes. 

Taxi: You can take a 5-6 hour taxi for 6,000 rupees ($73). An alright option if you have people to split the ride with.

Series of buses: You can take a local bus from Rishikesh to Haridwar. Then from Haridwar to Ramradar. This is the closest town to Jim Corbett. From here you’ll have to take a rickshaw to your accommodation. The price of these two buses is around 370 rupees ($3.80) per person in total. This journey takes around 6-8 hours but it’s the route I recommend. 

Getting to Jim Corbett from Delhi 

You have lots of options from Delhi. You can take a direct bus booked from  12.go.Asia  or take a train/bus combination via the Ramnagar Rail Station. 

Where to Stay Near Jim Corbett National Park 

You’re going to need a place to stay before your overnight safari. We stayed at Camp Hornbill for a lot of reasons. It’s a lovely eco-conscious stay in the middle of the wilderness whose proceeds go to support the local community. It’s actually owned by a resident of the teeny village in the area. 

Camp Hornbill 

Small orange mud hut cabin at Camp Hornbill

If you’re going to make the effort to stay here I recommend giving yourself 2 days outside the safari. You’ll have a chance to chill in the river, lounge in your luxury mud-style huts, eat delish local food, and explore the area with their on-site naturalist to spot some exotic bird life. 

It’s a rare example of peace and quiet in nature in India. 

Be warned: Getting to and from the property will cost you about 1,000 rupees in rickshaw fare unless you’re a good haggler. It’s not the most budget-friendly stay but it’s renowned across India for being a model of local sustainable tourism and I highly recommend it. Another excellent stay if you’re willing to splurge while in India is Dera Amer in Jaipur.

Overall, we could have better planned our own visit to Jim Corbett National Park. We don’t want you to make the same mistake. It’s definitely the best place to spot India’s wild tigers if the proper preparation and planning are done. Our favorite part of the experience was our lovely stay at Camp Hornbill. But follow these tips and you can have the best of both worlds. 

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Nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris, Bandipur may not pop up on your radar as often as other wildlife sanctuaries, but it does offer an impressive array of sightings, ranging from wild elephants to sloth bears, sambal, chital, leopards and over 200 species of birds. Tigers, of course, are the big draw—the park has the second largest population of the big cat in India. This national park is also your best bet to spot large herds of wild elephants traversing across forests and grasslands. Now isn't that a sight for sore eyes?

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Jungle Lodges, Bandipur Safari Lodge

On the tiger trail Bandipur Safari Lodge

On the tiger trail, Bandipur Safari Lodge

Looking to be at the heart of the action? Bandipur Safari Lodge is an apt base from which to kick off your expedition in the wild, as it is just adjacent to the park's boundaries. Twenty-two contemporary cottages make up the accommodation here. You don't have modern comforts like air conditioning and televisions, but who's complaining when you have stunning vistas for company? Jeep safaris into the park are available twice-daily and guided treks are also offered. Cap off the day with dinner around a bonfire or curling up with a book on the local wildlife. Doubles from Rs8,850. Website

The Serai, Bandipur

The Serai Bandipur

The Serai Bandipur

Nestled along the fringes of the forest reserve, The Serai encourages you to slow down with its tranquil surroundings. The accommodation is a mix of tastefully done up cottages and rustic log huts that are raised on stilts. Wooden rafters and stone-tiled floors make for charming accents, and the private verandas are great for gazing out at warm sunsets. The bar, Moyar's Edge, with its tall glass windows and unhindered views of the Nilgiris, is the perfect way to unwind after a day of wildlife spotting. The resort is a short drive from the base of the tiger reserve, so it's easy to hop on to a jungle safari. They also offer mountain bike trails. Meals are a leisurely affair already but if you're looking for something more special, opt for an alfresco dinner set to the sounds of nature. Doubles from Rs14,500. Website

Dhole's Den

Lush green views from Dhole's Den

Lush green views from Dhole's Den

This boutique safari lodge also doubles up a homestay, as it's the residence of Kartik and Ingrid Davey, both self-confessed dog lovers and passionate about local wildlife and conservation. Rest assured, they'll fix you up with the best experiences while you're here. Dhole's Den is inspired by the Asiatic wild dog, typically found in this region. The eco-friendly property has varied styles of accommodation—from rooms to garden mansions—and if you're a larger group, there is even a semi-detached ‘mansion', complete with a private sun deck, overlooking the property's rain water pond. Apart from safaris, nature walks and bird watching are some of the other activities you can indulge in, but we also suggest going for their tea drive in an open 4x4 jeep. You'll wind your way through quaint village roads and narrow jungle tracks, before arriving at a picturesque location to enjoy a simple tea-time spread of sandwiches, hot tea and snacks. Doubles from Rs14,000. Website

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Located on the edge of the jungle on a quiet seven-acre fruit orchard (lush with mango trees), and situated just a few kilometers away from Bandipur National Park, Mangifera is the epitome of seclusion in the wild. The colonial-style farmstead offers just 5 spacious rooms with rustic design elements, each opening up to the lawn with bucolic views for company. When you're not in pursuit of spotting the big cat, you can while away afternoons by the pool, shaded by coconut palms, or have a leisurely meal at the farm's restaurant located on the upper deck. If you fancy something more casual, request the staff to set up a table for you by the pool. Meals are a homely affair using organic, local ingredients. Doubles from Rs4,200. Website

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We’re sure you are already aware, but we live in the land of one of the most famous books in the world: The Jungle Book. This epic tale, that has kept children and adults entertained and dreaming of life in the jungle for decades, was inspired by the beautiful creatures of the wild that also call India home. We think it would be a scandal for any Indian not to try and venture out into the wild and see some of these incredible creatures that feature in this book at least once!

There are approximately only 3,200 tigers left in the world; 100 years ago there were 100,000. 70% of that tiger population resides in India and we’re privileged to be part of a generation who can still see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, so we urge you to go out and do so if you can (or go again if you have been already)!

It’s not all lions, tigers and bears at these safari parks; you’ll get to see other incredible (and endangered) creatures such as elephants, rhinos, Asian lions and many others too. So, to help you out and kick-start your safari planning, we’ve listed some of the greatest National Parks in the world, that just so happen to be in India!

Bandavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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This safari park has one of the densest Bengal tiger populations in India making it very popular with travellers and animal lovers.

Best time to visit: March-May will give you your best chance of seeing a tiger in its natural habitat.

What else to do? Explore this beautiful state, there are many incredible places to visit and sights to see such as the Gwalior Temple or Taj-ul-Masajid.

Kanha Safari, Madhya Pradesh

For the truest Jungle Book experience, head to Kanha; this luscious green territory is the real-life inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s epic adventure. This rich environment will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on edge as you navigate your way through the jungle, like the explorers of days gone by.

Best Time to Visit : March to May to see the big cats and the park is closed from July to mid-October during monsoon season.

What else to do? Besides Bandavgarh National Park and Kanha there are other sights to see in Madhya Pradesh; it is densely populated with beautiful temples including Birla Mandir high in the hilltops.

Sunderbans, West Bengal

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Spread over West Bengal and Bangladesh, over 200 Bengal tigers call this park home. The diverse and somewhat dangerous terrain means you’ll have a real adventure to look forward to. This safari also comes with a twist: don’t think you’ll be bouncing around in a 4×4 looking for these secretive creatures; you’ll be in canoes gliding down swampy waters through mangroves.

Best time to visit: November to March gives your best chance of seeing a tiger sun-bathing on the marshy banks of the swamps.

What else to do? Belur Math and the Victoria Memorial are two incredible structures that you can visit whilst in West Bengal, or if you want to take your travels further why not hop over to Bangladesh and explore another beautiful country.

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

This is India’s oldest tiger park, having opened in 1936 this reserve takes a lot of care in really preserving the natural habitat of its tigers. This does mean that your chances of seeing a tiger are less as none of the tigers will be tracker or baited. But don’t let that deter you, if you do see a tiger you will be part of an exclusive group and if you don’t see one, then you’re guaranteed to see some of the giant grey wild elephants that also call this park home!

Best Time to Visit : The best time to spot a tiger is March to May, but the park is open from November to June.

What else to do? Whilst in Uttarakhand why not take advantage of the amazing hikes that are available to you in the Northern region of India.

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

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You will find no tigers at the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, but don’t be disappointed as this wildlife park is home to wild lions! We recommend staying at least two days to make sure you see all the animals, including hyenas, black bucks and many more.

Best Time to Visit: Whilst December to March is considered to be the best time to visit Gir because of the agreeable climate, it is well-known that your best views of the wildlife will be from April to May (although it will be very hot!).

What else to do? Gujarat is a wildly diverse destination with so many things to do, find out more here in our Gujarat Tourism Guide , as well as more information about Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

This safari is great for seeing tigers, but in the warm desert climate you’ll also be able to see an array of different animals basking in the sun. Sloth bear and wild boars (amongst others) reside in this park that has been so popular to wildlife photographers from around the world for years.

Best Time to Visit: To see a tiger we recommend going between April and June, but remember this is also the hottest time of the year!

What else to do? Whilst you’re in Rajasthan, why not extend your trip and take in the incredible sights of the city of Jaipur.

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Best Zones in Satpura | Gates in Satpura National Park | Madhai

Satpura National Park is the largest tiger reserve of Central India and is divided into 10 different ranges. The core-Kamti, Bori, Churna, East Pachmarhi, West Pachmarhi, and Matkuli. The buffer is divided into Bagda, Pipariya, Denwa, and Tawa. Out of which Kamti range has the Madhai gate where Denwa Backwater Escape is situated and maximum tourism activities can be done. Madhai Gate is named after the relocated village that used to be nestled inside the core area before.

Just like all the national parks of Central India, Satpura is also divided into core and buffer. Denwa, Sonbhadra, and Nagdwari rivers barricade the core of Madhai naturally and have 3 different zones/routes – Lagadha, Jhinjhini Mehel, and Chutkidev. All these routes originate from Madhai and jeeps can be booked accordingly for the route.

1) Lagadha in Satpura:

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Lagadha is situated on the foothills of mountains. Sonbhadra flows right next to it. On the bank of the river, there are large boulders that serve as a platform to have breakfast with a view. Whilst you enjoy your hot cuppa and delicious breakfast, you might as well observe crocodiles swimming at a distance, Malabar Whistling Thrush melodiously whistling away or you may never know, a leopard might just come by to enjoy the sun-kissed rocks.

2) Jhin Jhini Mehel:

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The forest also has a history of it. Hidden deep inside the forest, is an ancient tribal temple. Something that is straight out of Jungle Book. According to locals, this temple was built in the era of king ‘Bahutsingh’. The architecture of this temple is very interesting. These temples are made up of massive rocks that are placed one above another without using any concrete. Which makes it a unique structure. There are some idols of God that gives cultural value to this area.

3) Chutkidev at Satpura: 

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This is the highest you can go to Madhai. From here, when you gaze upon the grandness of Satpura, everything that the light touches are part of the tiger reserve. It’s one of the longest mountain ranges and gets blurred as you try to see near the horizon. From here you can see both the rivers, Denwa and Sonbhadra which are the lifelines for the ecosystem. Sonbhadra practically originates from here. 

Denwa Backwater Escape

Denwa Backwater Escape is located overlooking the mesmerizing backwaters of a dam built on Denwa River in Satpura National Park , the area is popularly known as Madhai. It is built on 10 acres of forested land along the river largely using local materials like stone, and baked tiles but the design is contemporary safari style. The rooms are done up in style with unique leather safari furniture, crisp cotton upholstery, linen, and local crafts. The main building and the pool are done up with vintage iron furniture and hand-crafted wooden furniture, the wood for which is sourced from old furniture and sleeper wood.

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Churna Trip in Satpura:

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To go to Churna, you need to combine two permits for morning and evening from Madhai. Lesser vehicle numbers, a drive-through lavish green forest, hot served food cooked on Chulha, a walk along a stream, and a power nap on a swing inside a core area would surely make your trip unforgettable. During the afternoon when the park is closed one can rest at Churna Forest Rest House. One can also plan an overnight trip to Churna for which booking is to be done with the forest department.

Panarpani Gate and Butterfly Park in Satpura:

Panarpani Gate comes under the Pachmarhi biosphere of the Satpura Tiger Reserve . Pachmarhi is one of the popular hill stations of Madhya Pradesh. Here you can take a walk inside a butterfly garden that is home to around 125 species of butterflies throughout the year. This route goes down to Nimgham, a scenic route running down the legendary Forsyth trail.

This gate is between Matkuli and Pachmarhi town. Most of the guests staying in Pachmarhi use this gate for jeep for tiger safari .

Coming on to the buffers of Satpura. The buffers here are as rich as the core area. Supporting an entire plethora of wild animals and differing from the core area, does allow you to explore the forest at night and look for all the night crawlers and flyers.

1) Parsapani buffer: 

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This area is full of unique terrain as it holds rich vegetation in an undulating habitat. These patches are niched in with many ponds, streams, grasslands, riverbanks, forests, etc. 

2) Sehra buffer: 

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Something totally different from Parsapani, Sehra is closer to Denwa and is full of lush green meadows where the gentle giants, Gaur, peacefully graze. An old shrine that used to be a regular pilgrim place for the locals. The last couple of seasons shows how exactly just a little bit of protection can do to a forest. These few years were some of the best times to spot a female sloth bear with her two cubs in this area as she was very particular to visit a dam every day at exact same time. Leopards and wild dogs also roam free in this newly regenerating forest.

In both of these buffers are watchtowers overlooking a massive expanse of valleys.

Having tea here with the sunset is an experience in itself. Camping is allowed inside these two buffer areas. In Parsapani we can stay in the Forest Guard’s camp which earlier used to be a school in a village, whereas in Sehra camping is done under the open sky with tents.

The buffers are also the only ways to get lucky and see some of the rarest creatures on the planet like the Satpura Leopard Gecko, Rusty Spotted Cat, Mouse Deer, Indian Crested Porcupine, and many more.

Contributed by Mugdha Desai, Naturalist at Denwa Backwater Escape, Satpura

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A Guide for Visiting National Parks in India – Dos and Don’ts

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A re you curious about visiting a National Park in India? Visiting national parks when you travel is a great way to connect with nature, learn about the local environment, stay healthy, and see unique species in the wild you might not see back home. It’s important to be respectful and prepared when visiting national parks in different countries for your safety and to protect nature. While there are some general guidelines to visiting national parks that can be applied anywhere, it’s important to learn regional and local guidelines and safety tips because they might be different than what you’re used to. Guest author Ketki from Explore with Ecokats is an ecologist from India and she’s going to share with you some of the essential do’s and don’ts when visiting a National Park in India. Make sure you stick around to the end to learn more about Ketki and ways you can connect with her. Let’s give her a warm welcome. [no_toc]

Guide for Visiting India National Parks Do's and Don'ts

WHAT WE’RE COVERING

Intro to Indian National Parks

General Do’s and Don’ts

Safari Behavior Do’s and Don’ts

Clothing Do’s and Don’ts

Equipment Do’s and Don’ts

Discuss, Share, Engage

  • India has 105 National Parks
  • India has rich biodiversity and many species are protected in the parks
  • Learning the Do’s and Don’t protects you and the environment

Introduction to India’s National Parks

As popular as India is for its vibrant destinations, architectural wonders, and delicious food, it is equally enthralling for its nature and wildlife. Thanks to the varied landscape and climatic conditions, many ecosystems exist which serve as the perfect habitat for many mammals, reptiles, and birds. Most of these species are protected under Wildlife Sanctuaries or National Parks and have seen many generations in the Indian forests. India is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to many unique species which exist only in India – the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Asiatic Lion, the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros, the White-footed Fox, and the Asiatic Elephant amongst others.

A Greater One-horned Rhinoceros in an National Park in India

With over a hundred national parks to choose from, a wildlife sojourn in India is a bucket-list item. It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling to the north, south, east, or west of India, each state in India has a national park or a wildlife sanctuary which must be included in your itinerary. A vacation in Indian forests could be one of the most cherished experiences for visitors.

Since national parks are protected areas, open as sustainable eco-tourism hotspots for tourists, it is important to have certain rules for the welfare and safety of animals as well as visitors. Although each national park has its own set of rules, most of them are common across all protected areas. While these are the suggested rules, they are not as strict as punishable which makes the visitors ignore and flaunt them. But it is highly recommended to follow these rules. This blog is the perfect guide to a national park in India with the do’s and don’ts to follow for a memorable trip.

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General Do’s and Don’t for India’s National Parks

  • Do carry the original photo ID that has been used to make an online reservation as you will not be allowed entry without a valid photo ID.
  • Do use the washrooms in the hotel, or near the park entry gate before the safari starts as there is no provision inside the park in most parks. Avoid drinking a lot of water before the safari to avoid a visit to the washroom. 
  • Do bring a face mask. Face masks are now compulsory in the national park since the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Do book a tour. Most safaris are in an open jeep and not in a private vehicle. However private vehicles are allowed in certain parks such as Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar. Some parks allow walking safari such as in Eravikulam National Park.
  • Do look beyond the big cats and enjoy sighting smaller mammals, reptiles, birds and even trees.

Bright blue and teal bird found in India's National Parks perched on a dead tree

Don’ts

  • Do not approach any animal too closely. Keep a respectful distance of around 20 meters to respect their privacy.
  • Avoid taking babies, small children or pets on the safari as the duration may take a toll on them. They may start crying and distract the wild animal.
  • Do not play music or make noises to get a reaction from animals.
  • Do not use mobile phones in the parks except while clicking photos. 
  • Do not talk unless necessary. If you must speak, simply whisper.
  • Do not collect any plants, rocks, soil or animals as souvenirs. They belong to the forest.
  • Do not get disappointed in case of no sighting and do not blame the driver/guide for it. Remember it is not a zoo. Instead, interact with them to learn about different forest stories . 
  • Do not carry firearms, cigarettes, lighters or any items which may start a fire in the forest.
  • Do not feed the animals in the jungle.
  • Do keep the movement within the vehicle to the minimum, especially when you sight an animal as this can scare the animals and birds. 
  • Do stay in the vehicle. Getting down from the vehicle is not permitted, except at certain specified places which will be indicated by the guide and driver.
  • Do hold on to the iron bar in front or side of your seat to prevent falling or hurting yourself. 
  • Do not keep your mobile phone in the side pockets of the pants. The undulating forest terrain may bump the phone from the pocket onto the road.
  • Do not stand in the vehicle unless permitted by the guide/driver.
  • Do not point towards birds. Raptors may notice smaller birds or their nests and attack them for food.
  • Do not dispose of polythene bags, tetra packs or food in the national park during the safari. Take them back with you and dispose of them at the entry gates or in hotel trash bins.
  • Do not deviate from the allotted routes or leave the road.
  • Do not enter forest premises without permits.
  • Do not enter before sunrise or stay after sunset. It is important to maintain the decorum of the park.
  • Do not encourage your driver to break the national park rules such as regarding the speed of the vehicle, the route to be followed, the distance to be kept from other vehicles and wild animals.

Jeep drives down a dirty road at dusk in a National Park in India

Clothing and Hygiene Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do carry a mask/stole to cover your face as the roads in the park are mostly dry and dusty.
  • Do wear sunscreen. The safari vehicle is open, so you are exposed to direct sun, hence carry or apply a sunscreen lotion if you get tanned too soon.
  • Do come prepared for the forest weather. Mornings are chilly in the forests and afternoon safaris especially in summers can get extremely hot. Carry a jacket and hat/cap respectively. Wear clothes that are comfortable in summer.
  • Do read my post on packing tips for Gir National Park Safari to give you an idea of some additional things to pack.
  • Do not wear perfumes or deodorants during the safari. Animals have a strong sense of smell and this can distract the animals.
  • Do not wear bright colours during the safari. Instead choose earth colours such as greens, grey, and brown. Shades of red, yellow and blue are a strict no-no.
  • Do carry binoculars and cameras to enhance the experience of the national park. In some national parks, binoculars are available for rent from the entry gate.
  • Do carry camera bags to protect the equipment from sudden brakes and weather – rain or dust.
  • Do pay the extra camera ticket if carrying a DSLR with a telephoto lens.

Small deer like animal native to India's National Parks

  • Do not use a flash. Flash photography is prohibited.

Conclusions, Discuss, Share

While it is important to appreciate the fresh air, unique wildlife and nature at its best, it is important to be attentive and sensitive towards the rules laid down by the Forest department. Hope that this guide to the do’s and don’ts in Indian National Parks gave you a fair idea of planning a wildlife trip to India and how to be best prepared. Make sure you leave a comment and save to Pinterest so you can have this guide ready to go for your next sustainable eco-tour to one of India’s National Parks.  

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  • Have you been to a National Park in India? What was something you learned that you can pass along to other readers?
  • What is one thing you will make sure to do – or not to do when visiting your next National Park in India?

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These are helpful tips for visiting the National Parks. It is truly a different experience.

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What a helpful guide and beautiful national parks! The wildlife here is so incredible :)

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These are some really great tips. We haven’t visited any of the national parks yet but we are planning to visit atleast one next winter.

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I hope you’re able to visit one this winter and find this guide handy. Do you have an Indian National Park in mind?

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That is such a useful guide! Hoping to make it to India one day!

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It’s very helpful to learn in advance about the best behavior at the place you plan to visit. Thanks for the great tips and useful advice.

It really is, many people think there is a universal guideline, but it’s so important to learn regional and local guidelines for visiting National Parks as well.

I haven’t travelled to India yet so all of these tips are going to be extremely useful when I plan my trip there!

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Hey there! Nice post… I am sure you must have enjoyed visiting these places in India. India has so many ancient and medieval monuments which narrate the story of their glorious past. Some of them have an entry ticket while some are free to visit. Thanks for sharing this awesome guide with us.

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7 Best Tiger Reserves in South India

India is a wildlife haven. Owing to its diverse terrain, India houses an array of animal species and brims with verdure. South India is a classic example of topographical differences; it has mountains, valleys, plains, riverbeds and is a host to a variety of flora and fauna.

Being the hearth of the Tropical Rainforest it is bestowed with dense green forests and rivers which makes an ideal habitat for wildlife.

The sprawling Western Ghats, one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots of the world brims with lush greenery and is the main reason for the natural beauty of South India.

Tiger Reserves in South India

The South Indian states are the best places in India to quench your thirst for spotting a Tiger in the wild.

India, known as the land of tigers, accommodates almost 70% of the tiger population in the world . The government of India launched the ‘Project Tiger’ in the year 1973 to save and protect the endangered species of this glorious national animal of our country.

The Tiger reserves in India are sanctums for these mighty beasts, away from anything that threatens to destroy their peace and being.

These reserves are an ideal place to conserve their population in their natural habitat.

The southern states of India house the most beautiful tiger reserves amongst the many in India.

What makes them so?

It is a mystery that we will unravel as we go forward.

Here is the list of 7 Best tiger reserves in South India for every wildlife lover

Periyar Tiger Reserve

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Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the most famous tigers and elephant reserves in India. Nestled high in the laps of the South Western Ghats of Thekkady, Kerala this reserve is a boastful home to tigers and elephants and other rare animals.

Spanning an area of over 777 sq. km. with enchanting surroundings and vibrant biodiversity, The Periyar Tiger Reserve is the perfect example of nature’s creation.

There are about 35 Bengal tigers , that roam around freely in their own natural habitat.

The Reserve is zealously guarded and efficiently managed. The Wildlife Safari here is an unforgettable adventure with activities like trekking and tiger viewing.

Get stunned by the exhilarating beauty of this region.

Best time to visit Periyar Tiger Reserve 

The Reserve is open throughout the year. But the best time to visit is during the winter months of November and February as the weather remains pleasant. The fog and the cool breeze make it seem like a dream!

If you are travelling by flight then Madurai Airport is just a distance of 140 km.

If a train journey is what you prefer then Kottayam Railway Station is 114 km away from the reserve.

Located in the Kodagu and Mysore districts of Karnataka, Nagarhole is the storehouse of fascinating flora and fauna.

This reserve is home to 48 royal tigers. Nagarhole Reserve forms the largest protected area in Southern India with the adjoining Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad National Park.

Situated on the foothills of the Western Ghats, this reserve covers an area of 643 sq km.

Conserving and protecting the majestic cat species this reserve is also a haunt for other striking animals like the Asiatic Elephants and the Indian Bisons.

The deep and thick forest cover is a perfect shelter for the Tigers who thrive peacefully in here. Dominated by its splendid display of nature’s offerings, Nagarhole provides you with a complete tourist experience. The Jeep Safari is perfect for spotting the big cats and other animals.

Nagarhole Tiger Reserve is also famous for the rare Black Panther sighting in India. If you are lucky, You may also spot a Black Panther in the bushes of Nagarhole and other reserves of South India.

You can witness your breath being taken away by the waterfalls in the area during monsoon.

Best time to visit Nagarhole Tiger Reserve

The best time to visit is from October to May. It is easy to spot animals and travel easily through the park during this period.

The closest airports are in Mysore and Bengaluru.

The nearest railway station is just 80km away from the park.

Bandipur Tiger Reserve located in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka spans an area of 874 sq km. It was one of the first wildlife reserves to adopt Project Tiger in 1974 and is also a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Bandipur boasts a tremendous count of wildlife species and a wide variety of flora. It is home to a sizable number of tigers, sloth bears, jackals, dholes and Indian elephants.

Located between the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats, Bandipur Tiger Reserve has an alluring scenery to offer.

Considered as one of the best-managed parks of India, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve has a warm and comfortable climate. You can enjoy camping in the area and it also offers safari and bicycle tours.

Tusker trails and Tigers viewing trails are one of the most enjoyable activities.

Best time to visit Bandipur tiger reserve

If you’re looking forward to visiting this reserve then October to May is the right time to do so. Winter is the peak season.

Coimbatore airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 84 km. And Mysore railway station is the nearest for train travel to Bandipur.

The Dandeli-Anshi (Kali) Tiger Reserve stretches over 875 sq. km. in the Western Ghats in the Uttar Kannada district.

The streams, whistling bamboos, diverse wildlife and innumerable trekking trails make it a dream destination.

The reserve is an abode of the Tiger, Leopard and Black Panthers among the big cat species. The reserve is full of trails to follow and enchanting safari rides to catch a glimpse of the animals around and savour the enthralling view.

Camping and tours form a part of the attraction.

Best time to visit Dandi Anshi (Kali) Tiger reserve

The winter climate is the most suitable to visit the reserve and hence the months of October to May are the best options for a visit.

If you’re flying to your destination the Dharwad airport is 106 km away from the reserve but connectivity to this airport can be an issue,

For Train Travel, Karwar Railway Station is 55 km away from Kali Tiger Reserve.

Bhadra Tiger Reserve is a protected area and a tiger reserve as part of Project Tiger, in the Chikkamagaluru and Shivmogga districts of Karnataka.

Bhadra Tiger Reserve has a wide range of flora and fauna and is a popular place for day outings. It is spread over an area of 572 sq. km. You can just let the breeze ruffle your hair as you enjoy the magnificent view of the mountains circling you!

Spotting tigers is the cherry on the cake. A fun and pristine place to visit.

The closest airport is at Mangalore at 185 km. And the nearest railway station is at Kadur, 40 km away from Bhadra Tiger Reserve.

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species including the Royal Bengal tigers.  There are 48 tigers in the Nilgiri reserve across, which are free to roam in the surroundings.

The suitable time to visit the reserve is from February to June.

Coimbatore airport is located 160 km away from the reserve and the nearest railway station is in Ooty, 64 km away.

Anamalai Tiger Reserve

Anamalai Tiger Reserve is located in the Anamalai hills in Tamil Nadu. Covering an area of about 958 sq. km. the reserve is a unique ecological tract in the Western Ghats.

This tiger reserve is home to all kind of exotic wildlife, much of it rare and endangered- including leopards and 30 elusive tigers.

The amazing climate makes it a great place to unwind. A thrilling place to see some of the wild animals at close quarters. Safaris and trekking make an unforgettable experience.

This place is open all year round- May, June and October to February are the favourable time to visit the reserve.

The nearest airport is at Coimbatore which is 75 km away. The railway station is at Pollachi, 35 km away.

All these reserves offer a plethora of wildlife viewing opportunities and have affable temperature all year around. It will be a visit like never before, the memories always vivid in your mind. 

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Emily Nagoski sits on her living room floor wearing flower-patterned pajamas and pink slippers.

The Great Read

She Wrote a Best Seller on Women’s Sex Lives. Then Her Own Fell Apart.

The sex educator Emily Nagoski’s new book on maintaining intimacy in long-term relationships began at home.

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By Catherine Pearson

  • Published Jan. 18, 2024 Updated Jan. 23, 2024

A decade ago, as the sex educator Emily Nagoski was researching and writing her first book, “Come as You Are” — a soon-to-be best seller exploring the science of women’s sexuality — she and her husband stopped having sex.

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Nagoski began appearing everywhere, reassuring women that their sexuality was not a problem that needed to be solved or treated . She talked to the author Glennon Doyle and her wife, the soccer player Abby Wambach, about body image and shame on their podcast. She published a workbook to help women better understand their sexual temperament and sexual cues. Her TED Talks have been viewed millions of times.

But at home, she and her husband, Rich Stevens — a cartoonist whom she met on the dating site OkCupid in 2011 — were cycling in and out of monthslong sexual dry spells stemming from work stress and health problems. When I spoke to Nagoski at her cozy house in Easthampton, Mass., in the fall, and then again over the phone in January, she declined to offer specifics on just how long their droughts lasted. (She did not want people to compare themselves.) But she did not hold back about how they made her feel.

“Stressed. Depressed. Anxious. Lonely. Self-critical,” Nagoski, 46, said. “Like, how can I be an ‘expert’ — and I say that with heavy, heavy air quotes — and still be struggling in this way?”

After all, Nagoski had written the book on women and desire. She popularized the metaphor of the sexual response system as a car with an accelerator (that notices erotic stimuli) and brakes (that notice all of the reasons not to have sex. Like chores. Or a new baby. Or, just, patriarchy). When women struggle with arousal and pleasure, she explained in “Come as You Are,” it isn’t because the accelerator isn’t being stimulated; it’s usually because the brakes are being pushed too hard. Her talent was not for producing original research — this dual control model of sexual response, for instance, is not her idea — but she had a knack for sifting through the science to uncover what she believed to be most relevant to women’s day-to-day lives, and finding simple ways to describe it.

“She often reminds people that they are whole, they are not broken,” said Debby Herbenick, the director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Indiana University School of Public Health, who went to graduate school with Nagoski.

However, Nagoski’s own fractured sex life left her full of self-doubt.

“I did my best to do what I tell other people to do, which is to turn toward what was happening with kindness and compassion,” she said, recognizing how cloying that advice can sound. “I tried to give myself permission to allow these things to be true. To recognize they would not always be true. And that I would move through this spell with more ease if I did not beat myself up.”

Like a true self-proclaimed “sex nerd,” Nagoski also dug into the science of what great sex looks like in a long-term relationship and how to cope when problems arise, which became the backbone of her new book, “Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections,” out later this month. At nearly 300 pages, with two appendices and 22 pages of notes and scientific references, it’s the product of an academic who loves data. But Nagoski, who earned a doctorate in health behavior and a master’s degree in counseling from Indiana University, is happy to give up what she thinks are the three secrets of partners with happy sex lives in the book’s introduction: 1. They are friends. 2. They prioritize sex. 3. They ignore outside opinions about what sex should look like and do what works for them.

“When I got done,” she said, “I had this whole book’s worth of advice we used to fight our way back to each other.”

Emily Nagoski sits on a yellow sofa in flower pajamas. Her husband and dog sit on a blue rug next to her.

‘Pleasure is the measure’

Nagoski believes that most people are hung up on the wrong metrics when it comes to sex. It isn’t about novelty or orgasms, nor is it about frequency. “People always want to know: How often does a typical couple have sex?” she said, sitting on her living room couch next to Stevens, 47, while one of their two rescue dogs, Thunder, napped between them. “Which is not a question that I answer, because it’s impossible to hear a number and not compare yourself to it.” (Also, she added, people seldom talk about the quality of said sex.)

Most of us are too fixated on libido — or on wanting to want to have sex — she said, which has caused a lot of unnecessary stress and insecurity. “Desire is the No. 1 reason people of all gender combinations seek sex therapy,” she said. “Even I need to be reminded that it’s not about desire. It’s about pleasure.”

It’s a somewhat surprising take from someone who has spent a lot of the past decade helping women better understand how desire actually works, banging the drum about the difference between spontaneous desire (the feeling of wanting sex out of the blue) and responsive desire (which arises in response to erotic stimuli). In other words, there’s nothing unsexy about planning or scheduling sex.

Nagoski has been a sex educator since the mid-90s. She worked for eight years as the director of wellness education at Smith College, before making the switch to writing and speaking full time in 2016. She has also built a brand that now includes a podcast, a newsletter with more than 30,000 subscribers and a growing social media presence, where she sometimes posts with a look-alike puppet named Nagoggles.

Much of what Nagoski preaches, she said, is a transformation of how most of us have been taught sex is supposed to work — that it is always pleasurable and easy.

“Pleasure only happens under really specific circumstances, and the 21st-century, postindustrial world doesn’t naturally create those circumstances very often,” she said. “We are all overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed. Like, of course you have to put effort into transitioning out of your everyday state of mind into a sexy state of mind.”

But in “Come Together,” Nagoski is arguing that desire is almost beside the point. “Center pleasure, because great sex over the long term is not about how much you want sex,” she writes, “it’s about how much you like the sex you’re having.”

Put more succinctly: “Pleasure is the measure.”

This concept may seem obvious to some, and Nagoski isn’t saying anything sex researchers don’t know. But Rosalyn Dischiavo, president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, who described Nagoski as both “delightfully geeky” and a “rock star” in the field, called it a “radical truth.”

“As sex educators, one of the most beautiful parts of our job — and one of the most frustrating parts of our job — is to ring that bell over and over and over again to wake people up and say, ‘Pleasure is good,’” she said. “‘Pleasure is healing.’”

Taking her own advice

Nagoski knows that telling couples to “just access pleasure together” is easier said than done. For most people, herself included, a long list of things can hit their sexual brakes. In the past several years, she has dealt with perimenopause, a back injury, and then long Covid, which has caused severe vascular problems. For months, Nagoski could barely walk to her mailbox. And she is still healing.

In 2021, Nagoski was diagnosed with autism, after her therapist noted she was unusually relieved not to have to see or talk to others during the height of the pandemic. Around that time, she watched the Pixar short “Loop,” in which two teens, one of whom has autism and is nonverbal, learn to communicate on a canoe ride. “It’s just this six-minute, animated thing,” she said, as she teared up. Watching it, she realized, “I’m autistic.”

The diagnosis, Nagoski said, was an “enormous relief.” People on the autism spectrum are sometimes blunt and unfiltered, and the diagnosis helped to explain why she might be so good at what she does. “I think one of the reasons talking about sex is so easy for me is that I have not absorbed the same ‘shoulds’ in the same way,” she said.

“Come Together” is the first time Nagoski has publicly opened up about her sex life, a decision she initially felt ambivalent about. “Before I wrote the book, I wondered if revealing, like, ‘I, too, have struggled with desire in a long-term relationship’ would undercut my expertise.”

When asked what she and her partner did to move through their dry spells, Nagoski distilled it to this: First, she spent a lot of time talking to her therapist (whom she has seen for years) about how to speak to her husband about their issues in a way that felt loving and not accusatory. Next, before they tried initiating anything physical, the couple spent a lot of time talking about sex. Nagoski realized it was important to let Stevens be silly about their situation, she said. (Their inside jokes about his genitals can’t be repeated here.) It brought some levity to their conversations and helped them to realize how important playfulness is to their dynamic in the bedroom.

Last, she asked her husband to be more affectionate with her outside of sexual situations. Their sex life is hardly perfect now, though if she were not recovering from long Covid, Nagoski said, she would describe it as better than it has ever been.

They made small changes, too. The couple began closing the bedroom door so their dogs — who “want to be up on the bed with us,” Nagoski said — couldn’t interrupt sex. They also moved any intimate supplies they needed closer to the bed. The two were trying to eliminate every possible barrier and inconvenience.

But there are risks, Nagoski acknowledged, when couples start having conversations about what is not working in their sex lives. “None of us want to hurt our partner’s feelings,” she said. If a couple cannot navigate those talks on their own, or even bring themselves to start them, then, “yeah, therapy,” she said.

“It’s hard work,” she said of keeping sex going in a long-term relationship. “And you have to care. It isn’t necessary for survival. It’s not even necessary to have a spectacular life. I don’t require anyone on Earth to make any kind of change to their sex life if they don’t want to.”

But Nagoski said for her, “it’s a priority.” The couple now sees sex as a “project” they work on together, making time for it in their calendar.

“We talk about it more than we talk about what we’re going to have for dinner. I alter my schedule so that I don’t have anything that’s going to wipe me out so much that on our calendar day, I’m not going to have any energy left,” Nagoski said. She tries to give herself grace when it does not happen, like when she recently canceled a scheduled sex date because of a migraine.

“What matters,” she said, “is that you’re cocreating a context that makes it easy to access pleasure.”

Audio produced by Tally Abecassis .

Catherine Pearson is a Times reporter who writes about families and relationships. More about Catherine Pearson

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