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Top 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Posted on 24 January 2013 by Mike Budhani

What Roars for the Top 3 Wildlife Destination in India
You mean besides Tigers? Lots, actually! Contrary to popular perception, tigers and lions are not the only sought-after animals on wildlife tours in India. India, with its rich and vivid wildlife, is home to 10000+ species of varied wildlife that has driven enthusiasts from far and wide to its rustic lands. However, tigers in India – Asian and Bengal – rule popularity curves. We researched and picked out the Top 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries in India. If you’re planning a Wildlife tour in India, this is a must read.

1-    Corbett National  Park

Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park

Do we even need to introduce the Corbett National Park? For the sake of formality, Corbett National Park is Asia’s first national and India’s most popular national park. It is so huge that it covers 2 districts – Nainital and Pauri and spans over a staggering 1288 sq. km. The Corbett has varied habitats for nurturing the immense variety of wildlife it inhabits. Although primarily popular for its Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Elephants, not many know that the Corbett National Park is home to 600+ species of avifauna.
When Should You Go – November to February
Safari Costs – 1800-2500 INR
Enquire About – Elephant Safaris, Individual stories of each tigers
Yes Factor – Highest probability of tiger spotting in India

2-    Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Madhya Pradesh, central India and is the home of the Asian tiger. The 448 sq. km reserve also has a small Bandhavgarh Hill, 811 meters high. The park is picturesquely developed around a castle, the 2000 year old Bandhavgarh Fort. Besides its 60 tigers, Bandhavgarh sanctuary shelters more than 250 species of birds and 22 species of mammals.
When Should You Go – November to February
Safari Costs – 4000-5000 INR (Indians); 4500-5500 (Foreigners)
Enquire About – Stuffed White Tiger “Mohan” in Maharaja’s palace
Yes Factor – 60+ Tigers in 450 sq. km area

3-    Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park

Created in 1955, Kanha National Park was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1974. Kanha is 160 kilometers from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh and spans across 1940 sq. km. Kanha National Park has led the  animal conservation campaigns in India for the past 40 years. Interestingly, Kanha provides for ideal living conditions for both the prey (deers, chital and gaur) and the predator (tigers). The Park is particularly famous for its Hard ground Barasingha (Swamp Deer).
When Should You Go – October- November or February-March
Safari Costs – 1000/1500+230 INR (Indians); 2000-3000+500 INR (Foreigners)
Enquire About – The Kanha Museum
Yes Factor – Watching a full bodied tiger attack and kill its prey
P.S. – Please have your reservations made prior to the actual travel. Last minute tickets to most Wildlife sanctuaries in India are a little tricky to get.

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