1. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Ranthambore National Park is home to one of the world’s dominant predators – tigers. They are the main interest of multiple specialists and photographers who come here from around the globe. Tigers are also the principal attraction for tourists. While you enjoy a safari in Ranthambore, the wild cats come out to enjoy the warmth of the desert.
The National Park spreads across 1,334 square kilometers and is home to the royal predators in the royal land of Rajasthan. While enjoying a safari in Ranthambore, you will be enthralled by the sight of these cats prancing freely and absorbing the warmth of the desert. In addition to the tigers, there are various other wild beings like Sloth Bears, Wild Boars, Sambar, and so on that lure tourists.
Best time to visit – the ideal time to sight tigers is March through May.
2. Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
One of India’s best known wildlife parks, Jim Corbett is Asia’s very first National Park. Its history began in 1936, the year when it achieved the status of Asia’s very first National Park. In 1974 it was set up as the first Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger.
This park is famous for the most furious residents of the cat family – tigers. People from different nations visit Corbett just to get a glimpse of these wild cats. Besides tigers, Jim Corbett National Park is home to Fishing Cats, Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahr and several other amazing wild species.
Best time to visit is from March to May.
3. Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat
Located on the western Gujarati peninsula, this park is one of the most popular among tourists. The lush environment and verdant forests are perfect for exploring on a Jeep safari. In the park, you can see the king of the jungle – lions. Moreover, this park earns its praise for the famous Asiatic lions, which you can find nowhere but in Sasan-Gir. In addition to lions – leopards, jackals, striped hyenas, and India fox dwell here. Several birds and reptiles also find habitats in these forests.
Best time to visit – December to April
4. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Kanha was the inspiration place for the famous Jungle Book. The Black Panther, Bears, Pythons, Elephants and even the Bengal Tiger, find their home here. Around 125 tigers dot the scenery of the park, and it is a real treat for book and nature lovers alike!
Known worldwide as Mogli land, Kanha is the place that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s best ever classic – the Jungle Book. It is open from mid-October to June; the peak time is March to May, as you get to see the royal cats. Be it Bagheera (Black Panther), Baloo (Bear), Kaa (Python), Hathi (Elephant) or Sher Khan (Bengal Tiger), every character of that best seller emanated from real inhabitants of Kanha National Park. Thus, it would not be wrong to state that the wonderful terrain of Kanha is among the perfect places that boast of rich and vivid wild creatures.
Best time to visit is October to mid-June.
5. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
A Project Tiger Reserve and 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 has a rich variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, such as the tiger, pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros and Indian elephant.
Tigers, water buffalo, rhinos, (wild) elephants, golden langur (a rare orange-furred monkey), Bengal florican (an endangered two-foot-tall bird)
Best time to visit – October to April
6. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra
Tadoba is a fascinating place to enjoy wildlife in India, with a lake surrounded by forests and hills. The stunning lake is among the principal attractions of the place. The wildlife here includes Tigers, Barking Deer, Hyenas, Gaur, Leopards to name some.
In 2014, sixty five tigers were spotted in Tadoba. This national park, located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, is 625 sq kms in terms of area. The perfect time to spot tigers in Tadoba is during the summer, when they spend time in Tadoba Lake and waterholes like Pandharpauni and Panchadhara. Tadoba is recognized as the largest national park in Maharashtra and has such mammals as tiger, leopard, sloth bear, gaur, striped hyena, nilgai, dhole, small Indian civet, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, jungle cat, chital, and antelope.
Best time to visit – March to May
13. Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Satpura National Park is a famous habitat for a wide variety of mammals. The uneven terrain along with the impenetrable jungle make it the perfect habitat for the wild animals to thrive and makes for a challenging safari through the park for the adventure lover in you!
Satpura National Park keeps a relatively low profile among the national parks of India.
The park is reasonably new, founded in 1981, and less busy with tourists. Only 12 vehicles are allowed in the park at a time.
The park is habitat to tigers, hyena, leopards, gaur, sambar, chital, barking deer, chin Kara, mouse deer, wild boars, wild dogs, bears, black bucks, foxes, porcupines and flying squirrel.
Some of the animals you can see here are the Spotted Dear, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Black Buck, Sambar, Four Horned Antelopes, Porcupine, Smooth Otter.
Best time to visit – October to April.