1. Corbett National Park
Corbett is India’s first national park, which was established in 1936 and is named after Jim Corbett, a well-known naturalist and conservationist. The magnificent Jim Corbett National Park, located near the popular hill station of Nainital in the Himalayan foothills, is famous for being home to the highest number of tigers in India. Along with tigers, Corbett is also a famous bird-watching paradise with plenty of birds to watch around all through the season thereby making it to the top of must-visit parks for wildlife photographers in India.
The Durga Devi zone, with its hilly topography and wonderful natural surroundings, is like a heaven for environment enthusiasts. The zone is located on the northeastern outskirts of the Corbett forest and is home to a diverse range of flora and wildlife.
The Ramganga River and Mandal River streams enhance the water bodies of this zone and add to the splendor of this untamed woodland.
Apart from the majestic Tigers, the main attractions of this zone include leopards, wild elephants, and otters, which are mostly seen around the Domunda Bridge. The Mahsheer fish, a well-known fish, may be found in the river streams of this zone. This zone is also home to a diverse range of bird species, making for good birding experiences. This zone is home to a variety of bird species like Gray Headed Fishing Eagle, Maroon Orile, Black-chinned Yuhina, Long Tailed Broadbill, slaty blue flycatcher, bar-tailed treecreeper and plenty of others.
2. Kanha National Park
The second park in the list of must-visit parks for wildlife photographers in India is Kanha National Park. Kanha is the park where the critically endangered Barasingha deer was saved from extinction. Kanha is located in the central Indian highlands and is home to over half of the country’s woods. The Maikal Range, which forms the eastern base of the triangular Satpura Range, contains the Kanha Reserve.
For nature lovers, the sceneries and surrounding rich meadows, as well as the woody strands and dense maroons of forests, provide magnificent sightseeing opportunities. The crystal clear streams amidst the deep jungle purify the surroundings and make the fauna unrivaled, making the region more lovely and adorable. This vibrant area inspired Rudyard Kipling, a well-known author who is well known for his masterpiece “The Jungle Book.”
Kanha National Park’s forest is naturally separated between highland and lowland zones. Because of the differences in vegetation, the park attracts a broader variety of animals and avian species to photograph.
The two rivers that flow through the park, Banjar and Halon, are ideal locations for wildlife photographers in Kanha since they provide an excellent source of water for the animals and beautify the environment.
The best place to see the sunset is at Bammi Dadar, commonly known as Sunset Point.
Species found in Kanha are Barasingha, Barking Deer (Muntjak), Chital, Gaur, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Langur, Leopard, Sambar, Indian Tree Shrew, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Small Indian Civet, Common Palm Civet, Ruddy Mongoose, Indian Wolf, Common Mongoose, Indian Fox, Flying Squirrel, Nilgai and many more. Also, Kanha is home to more than 300 species of birds.
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3. Bandhavgarh National Park
In 1968, Bandhavgarh was designated as a National Park, and it is today one of India’s most popular destinations for Tiger Safaris, which include photographing and tracking tigers.
Although Bandhavgarh is a small park, it is famous among wildlife photographers due to the dense population of Tigers (with 60 tigers spread across 450 square kilometres) which prowl the mixed woodlands in quest of easy meal so there are good chances you will get pictures of the beast chasing, hunting its prey.
Bandhavgarh National Park consists of 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. The two exceedingly rare species are leopards and sloth bears, which are only sighted by chance. Samba, Langur, and Red-Faced Monkeys, Jungle Cats, Bengal Fox, Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Bandicoot Rat, Asiatic Jackal, Wild Boars, Nilgai, Chausingha, Chinkara, Indian Bison, and, of course, “domestic” elephants are among the other fauna.
Birds such as the curiously termed “Changeable Hawk Eagle” and storks can be seen in the vegetation around streams and morasses. Little grebe, egret, lesser teal, white-eyed buzzard, black kite, crested serpent eagles, Black Vulture, Egyptian vulture, common peafowl, red jungle fowl, dove, parakeet, kingfisher, Indian roller, and Indian peacock are some of the more frequent ones.
Along with wildlife, the park is dominated by the Bandhavgarh Fort. The Sesh Shaiya, a massive monolithic statue of a reclining Vishnu, is located halfway up the south face. A spring-fed pool may also be discovered in front of the colossal monument, which is said to be the source of the Charan Ganga stream. When visiting the Bandhavgarh fort, one may see towering water tanks carved out of the volcanic rock as well as historic ruins temples going back to the 11th century. The Bandhavgarh Fort also serves as a big turtle habitat.