National Parks in India


Bandhavgarh National Park Madhya Pradesh, India

Rocky, rugged hills and beautiful, narrow valleys of the Vindhyan Range form the essence of Bandhavgarh National Park. Grasslands, water holes and streams added among them make for an excellent habitat for tigers.
Once upon a time, Bandhavgarh used to be a Maharaj’s hunting ground and further back in history, there used to be a wartime citadel of the Maharajas of Rewa in the forest. There still exists a 2000 years old fort on top of a plateau in the middle of the park. The grandeur and antiquity of this fort adds a lovely dimension to the beauty of Bandhavgarh’s landscape.
Bandhavgarh is known for having one of the highest densities of tigers packed into a compact area of 105sq km. This, along with the fact that animals here got habituated to tourists quite early in time, formulate for the higher chances of game viewing. The tourism area is divided into four zones which can be explored during morning and evening safaris. The forest is dominated by Sal trees in the lower areas which gradually give way to a drier mixed forest in higher altitudes. There are stretches of lush bamboo forests too.
The park was recently a platform for the first ever successful relocation of a small population of 20 Gaurs (the largest wild cattle in the world) from Kanha NP. There used to be gaurs in this area earlier which got locally extinct, the reason still being a mystery. Another interesting fact about this area is that it was home to the only population of white tigers ever known and all the white tigers in the world today are offspring and generations of this population! Read more...


Corbett National ParkUttarakhand, India

Corbett National Park India's first and finest park spread over 520 sq. kms. along the banks of the Ramganga, Kosi and Sonanadi River, just 300 kms. northeast of Delhi in the foothills of the Himalayas Established initially as Hailey National Park on August 8, 1936, in honors of Sir Malcolm Hailey, then governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Corbett National Park in honour and memory of the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries. Corbett is regarded as one of the true bird parks of the world. Out of the 2,060 species and subspecies of birds recorded in the Indian subcontinent, over 600 species/subspecies of birds have been recorded from Corbett at one time or another.Read more...


Kanha National Park Madhya Pradesh, India

Nestled in the eastern part of the Satpura mountain range, Kanha is not just a place to visit but an experience to be had. It is the land of George Schaller’s ‘The Deer and The Tiger’.
Kanha is spectacular no matter what time of the year you are visiting. Driving on tracks mostly lined by tall Sal trees, the habitat occasionally changes into open meadows, bamboo clad slopes or patches of dense mixed forest. There are a significant number of water holes that are approachable and often full of activity, and every now and again you will cross a seasonal stream. The biggest thrill of this variety lies in the fact that a tiger can be anywhere- walking boldly on the main track, stalking a deer in the meadow or stealthily walking through a dry stream bed- just to mention a few.
Within an area of 940 sq km of core forest and 1009 sq km of buffer forest around it, Kanha has an estimated population of 50-60 adult tigers. This is a fairly healthy number since each tiger occupies quite a large territory. The tiger in Kanha co-exists with two other large predators- the leopard and the wild dogs which are an absolute treat to watch if sighted.
About 25% of the core area is open for tourism which gives you a lot to explore. Read more...


Ranthambore National Park Rajasthan, India

The Indian state of Rajasthan is known all over the world for its rich cultural heritage. Its history, customs, rituals, royalty, fairs and festivals are all so classic, rich and colourful. The same richness and antiquity can be seen and felt in its natural heritage- Ranthambore National Park.
Ranthambore lies in two of the oldest and greatest geographical formations of India- the Arravalis and the Vindhyan Range. The area in and around Ranthambore used to be the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. For many decades now, researchers, scientists, wildlife film makers and tourists have been visiting this park because it was easier to see tigers here than most other places in the world. This has made the tiger more accustomed to vehicles and the sightings have only become better. Because of the good sightings and consistent study, Ranthambore Tigers are very well known. This has made the tiger more accustomed to vehicles and the sightings have only become better. Because of the good sightings and consistent study, Ranthambore Tigers are very well known. There is actually a book available on sale where they have the lineage and relation of all tigers (with pictures) that live in Ranthambore just now! Read more...


Tadoba National ParkMaharashtra, India

The oldest protected forest of Maharashtra, Tadoba is a quaint little jungle with beautiful hilly terrain on its north and west side and the pristine, perennial Todoba Lake in the centre. It was a little known forest, occasionally visited by the few nature enthusiasts who wanted a wilderness experience off the beaten track. Then all of a sudden, quite recently, tiger numbers and sightings shot up the roof and Tadoba National Park has now made its place among the biggest names in the Tiger circuit. This explosion proved once again that the tiger is a prolific breeder and given the right conditions, it will live on successfully.
Tadoba is a dry deciduous forest with mostly Teak and bamboo and few grasslands and mixed dry forest. This type of vegetation is responsible for better visibility through the forest and hence good game viewing, especially during the dry months. Some man-made water holes in this dry area act like magnets for wildlife in the hot months too. The area of the National park is about a 116 sq km with the total area of the reserve being 625 sq km. About 60-70 Tigers live in this area. The tourism zone of the national park in divided into 3 zones: Kolsa, Mohuli and Tadoba.
Tadoba is contiguous with Andhari Wildlife sanctuary thus providing a larger area of protected land for wildlife. Besides Tigers, there are good chances of viewing the sloth bear, leopard and wild dogs among other animals. Another special thing about Tadoba is that it is open throughout the year and the monsoon specials can be enjoyed here while most other parks are closed. Also its close proximity to the city of Nagpur makes it easily approachable. Read more...