Best National Parks in India 2019 [Updated]

National Parks in India

Visiting a national park in India is a great idea for a family vacation. The children not only get to see the wild animals and birds in their natural habitat and learn about them, but they also learn to respect them. Such a trip helps to instil the love of animals in children and adults alike.

National parks not only afford amazing sightings of birds and beasts but also lend you an opportunity to be one with nature. You can even go camping in some of the national parks. National parks are also built over diverse landscapes to accommodate the natural habitat of different species and conserve those as well. So a lesson in biology can be complemented with a sneaky lesson in Geography. 

India boasts of 80 national parks around the country. These are all diverse in sizes and offer a variety of flora and fauna. Visit one of these for the experience of a lifetime.  Among them, Hemis National Park located in Jammu and Kashmir is the largest national park in India. 

Here is a list of some of the best national parks in India

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK (MADHYA PRADESH)

It is present along the North-Eastern border of Madhya Pradesh. It is home for more than 50 Bengal tigers in the country and offers the best chance of spotting one of those in the country. It has relatively less area as compared to other national parks. This park also has other variety of animals like deer, leopards, Indian bison, sambar and many other species. Its geographical setting is spectacular. The terrain includes green valleys, rocky hills and is complete with an ancient fort. The special attraction of this park is the high concentration of tigers. 

Nearest major city— JABALPUR

Best time to visit — November to May

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK (RAJASTHAN)

It is one of the most important tourist places in Rajasthan. The amazing thing about Ranthambore national park is that it is very close to the urban area and still the population of the tiger is increasing. It encounters a very wide range of flora and fauna and has more than 50 tigers in present times. This national park also features a formidable fort (built in the tenth century). This park also makes it easy to spot tigers. It has one additional advantage that it is situated near Delhi.

Nearest major city — JAIPUR

Best time to visit —  October to June

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK (UTTARAKHAND)

It is the oldest national park in the country and established in 1936. It got its name from the famous tiger hunter Jim Corbett (1875-1955). This national park is home to nearly 200 tigers, about 300 wild elephants, sloth bears, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, peacocks, otters, gharials and several species of deer among other animals. The different landscape in the park i.e. – variations from dense vegetation to the rolling grasslands – is an added draw.

Nearest major city — NAINITAL

Best time to visit — November to May

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK

KANHA TIGER RESERVE (MADHYA PRADESH)

It is one of the largest national parks in India. This park is close to the cities of both Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The forests are very big and your chances of watching tigers are good. One can also enjoy Safari experience in this national park as many other animals are present here.

Kanha allows you to roam the forests at your own will and going the distance to spot a tiger rather than have the tiger come to you. This park has the honour of providing the setting of ‘The Jungle Book’. You can see firsthand what inspired Rudyard Kipling’s works.

Nearest major city — NAGPUR and JABALPUR

Best time to visit — November to May

KANHA TIGER RESERVE

TADOBA- ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE (MAHARASHTRA)

It is also called as ‘the jewel of Vidarbha’. It is the biggest national park in Maharashtra. It has many other species of animals also except tigers. Here you can get an experience of sighting a tiger with open gypsy or a special bus with a trained guard.

Nearest major city —NAGPUR

Best time to visit — September to March

TADOBA- ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE

SUNDERBANS NATIONAL PARK (WEST BENGAL)

It is the attraction of the coastal West Bengal area. Although an encounter with the famed Royal Bengal tiger is not sure because of the geographic location and number of tigers, a boat cruise on the muddy rivulets meandering through dense mangrove forests is sure to give you a memory for a lifetime.

The Sunderbans Tiger Reserve is a system of water streams and semi-submerged mangrove forests that collectively form the world’s largest river delta. It has around more than 300 tigers in present time.

Best time to visit — November to May

SUNDERBANS NATIONAL PARK

KAJIRANGA NATIONAL PARK (ASSAM)

You’ll get to experience rhino-mania at its peak in this national park. This national park caters to the largest population of a one-horned beast in India. It is home to more than around 1800 Rhinos which is not only the highest in India but also in the world. Kaziranga is known to house the highest density of tigers among all designated parks and sanctuaries around the world.

Best time to visit — November to May

KAJIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK (KARNATAKA)

Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve and is a very famous place in south India. It used to be the private hunting ground of the Maharaja of Mysore. It has an area of around 870 square km. It also attracts a lot of tourists as it is on the way from Mysore to Ooty. It mainly has deers and monkey however you can also get a chance of seeing tiger and elephant also in this national park.

Best time to visit — November to May

BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

It is the dream of many people to visit wild beasts and birds in their natural habitat and explore their habitat. India is pleased to have both an ample quantity of flora and fauna in its lush forests and also provide you with an opportunity to experience a safari in the forest.

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