The Ranthambore National Park great destination for adventure seekers
and lovers of the tiger. It is a tremendous replica of the success
of the ambitious Project Tiger's . It was established in 1955 as
a sanctuary, 1973 as a tiger reserve and 1981 as a national park.
The vegetation is dry deciduous and the impressive Ranthambore fort
is also located a one of the hill tops. Ranthambore National Park
boasts of one of the maximum population of tigers and they can be
easily spotted roaming with their majestically or hunting sambars,
normally across the lakes. Also, the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal,
has the second-largest banyan tree in India.
Best Time to Visit : October-June,
the best period being December-April
Fly to Jaipur (the closest airport) and drive to Ranthambore (165
By train : Ranthambore National Park is approx. 12 km from
the Sawai Madhopur railway station, that lies on the Delhi to Mumbai
Sariska National Park
Declared in 1979 as a Tiger Reserve, Sariska National Park is a wide
valley with two large plateaus that lies in the Aravalli hills. The
large Siliserh Lake is at the north-eastern corner. The forests are
dry deciduous, with trees of Dhak, Acacia, Ber and Salar. The Tigers
of Sariska are largely nocturnal and are not as easily seen as those
of Ranthambore. The park also has good populations of Nilgai, Sambar
and Chital. In the evenings, Indian Porcupine, Striped Hyena, Indian
Palm Civet and even Leopard are sometimes seen. The forests are lush
during and immediately following the monsoon. Its allows excellent
for bird watching and has a very large population of Indian Peafowl.
The Sariska National Park has many historical and religious places,
including the ruins of the Kankwari Fort, Neelkanth temples, the
Budha Hanumab Temple near Pandupol, the Bharthari Temple near the
park office, and the hot and cold springs of Taalvriksh.
Best Time to Visit : The best period
being November-April, especially March-April.
The nearest airport is at Jaipur (115 km 3 hours ) and the nearest
railway station is at Alwar (36 km). It is 5-6 hours drive from
Corbett National Park
: 1936 as a national park, India's first (named Hailey National Park;
In 1957 renamed Corbett National Park), 1973 as a tiger reserve.
The historical place of launch of Project Tiger in 1973, Jim Corbett
National Park has a very diverse flora and fauna. It is a delight
for the avid wildlife lovers across the world. This India's finest
National Parks covers an area of 52,082 hectares and has the Tiger,
Indian Elephant and Leopard as its major assets. The Ramganga river
drains the Corbett National Park , which is a large low valley in
itself. The river is rich in the magnificent mahaseer. Along the
high banks of Dhangarhi Gate and Dhikala, several Marsh Crocodile
and the Gharial Crocodile can also be seen. It also ideal for bird
watchers as more than 500 species of birds are recorded in this
Best Time to Visit : Mid November-Mid
June, the best period being February-April.
Corbett lies some 300 km to the North East of Delhi. From Delhi
drive to Corbett (6-7 hours). The nearest airport is Pantnagar (2.5
hours) and the nearest railway station is Ramnagar (2 hours from
Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park came into being as a part of the Project Tiger.
Made up of Sal forests, with dry deciduous vegetation, the Kanha National
Park has diverse flora and fauna. It boasts of 22 species of mammals
like this park is the gaur, sambar, and chausingha. Barasingha is
the real jewel of this national park and blackbucks can also be spotted
here. Nilgai antelope, the sloth bear, the dhole, or Indian wild dog,
and an occasional panther are also part of the wildlife. More than
200 species of birds also inhibit the park. The diverse flora and
fauna of the forest is simply impeccable. But foremost, the park is
known for its Tiger population. It is an excellent dwelling ground
for professional photographers, across the world.
Best Time to Visit
The park is closed from July 1 to October 31, because of the heavy
monsoon. The ideal time to visit Kanha would be the period between
February and June.
Khatia (3 km from Kisli) and Mukki are the two main entry points
to the Park. The nearest town is Mandla (65 km).
By air: Nearest airports are located at Jabalpur (170 km), Raipur
and Nagpur (270 km).
By rail: The closest railheads are at Jabalpur and Bilaspur.
By road: A daily bus service is available for Kisli and Mukki from
Jabalpur, and back. It is advisable to reach Kisli before sunset,
as vehicles are not allowed in the park after dark.
The Bharatpur National Park
Bharatpur National Park (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) or-as many
people prefer to call it-the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary lies between
two of India's most historic cities, Agra and Jaipur. This north Indian
sanctuary is situated in the country's northwestern state of Rajasthan,
about 190 km from the national capital of Delhi.
Flora and Fauna
'Ghana' means dense, referring to the thick forest, which used to
cover the area. Bharatpur hosts a variety of bird species from across
the globe. Close to 380 species of birds are found in this 29 sq km
stretch, approximately 10 sq km of which comprises of marshes and
bogs. Rest of the area comprises of scrublands, grasslands and more
than 44,000 trees that are used for nesting by birds each year. This
rather intriguing blend of marshes, woodland and flora found here
represents and, at the same time, substantiates the density and diversity
of the region's forest cover.
Main wildlife found are Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Boar, Migratory
Birds. The major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the
numerous migratory birds, who come from as far away as Siberia and
Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning
to their breeding grounds. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary
include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles,
Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers,
Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc.
Some 377 species have been spotted at Bharatpur Sanctuary, making
it one of the most inviting destinations in the world for ornithologists,
amateurs and nature lovers. Various species of indigenous water
birds, waterside birds, migratory water birds, land migratory birds,
and domestic land species are found here. There are approximately
56 different families of birds, of which the Passeriformes (156
species) and Charadriformes (56 species) dominate. One-third of
birds at Bharatpur are migrants, many of whom spend their winters
before returning to their breeding grounds in the Arctic and Central
The bird most popular among tourists and ornithologists is the
Siberian crane. According to field experts, this bird is known to
travel distances of up to 6,500 km migrating from the Ob River basin
region (Aral mountains, Siberia). Conservationists are working hard
to protect the Siberian crane species as they are on the verge of
extinction. Apart from Feredunkenar in Iran, Bharatpur Sanctuary
is the only place where the Siberian crane migrates. The cranes
arrive in December and stay until early March. According to ornithologists,
unlike its Indian counterpart the Siberian crane feeds on Cypress
Rotents grass (an underground aquatic root). The intriguing fact
is that Siberian cranes have a mixed diet of vegetation, fish and
other small creatures back home, but they adopt a vegetarian diet
during their stay in India.
Bharatpur national park is a bird watcher's paradise. Bird Watching
Trips are very exciting. The park, with its rich Bio-geographic
diversity, is home to more than 380 species of birds - about quarter
of the total species found in the entire Indian subcontinent! It
is Considered one of the true bird parks of the world. Migratory
birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes,
Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails,
Warblers, Wheat ears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc.
The numerous water bodies provide an ideal habitat for Ducks and
Waders which are migratory. The park forms a natural crossroad and
meeting ground for avian species from high altitude areas, plains
and eastern and western regions. Because of this unique location,
the bird population is Pretty high throughout the year, with winter
visitors, summer visitors, altitudinal migrants, passage migrants
and local migrants. The park is an avid bird watcher's destination.
Air - The nearest airport is situated at Agra, which is 56-kms
Rail - Regular rail services connect Bharatpur with all the
major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Agra. The
Bharatpur railway station is 6-kms from the park.
Road - An excellent network of roadway services connects
Bharatpur to all the major cities of the Rajasthan and its neighboring
states like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana. Bharatpur is well connected
by road from Agra (56-kms, 5 hours), Delhi (176-kms, 5 hours) and
Jaipur (176-kms, 6 hours), all of which have airport facilities
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