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5 Wildlife Sanctuaries in India

Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park
  1. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambore offers rich biodiversity and a unique ecosystem. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur.  At Ranthambore, one has the convenience not only to see the magnificent Tigers but many exotic animals that includes Leopard, Jackals, Indian Flying Fox, Black Bucks, Sloth Bears, Desert Cats, Mongoose, Rattles and Five-striped Palm Squirrels.

2. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. This park lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It spans over an extent of 520 square kilometres, its whole area comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands and a large lake. If you love bird watching then Corbett is a virtual haven for such tourists. Corbett and its adjoining area is a home to more than 650 species of residents and migratory birds. Particularly Dhikala is a fine place to look for birds of prey, more than over 50 species of raptors alone shows the healthy biodiversity of the area.

3. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

The Kaziranga National Park is located in the Golaghat and Nagaon district of Assam, India. The sanctuary, hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site. There are approximately 2500 rhinos in the park and they are easily spottable sometimes as many as 5 on a single plain. Kaziranga is one of those rare national parks in India, where you can see the big five mammals – Indian Rhinos, Asiatic Elephants, Royal Bengal Tigers, Swamp Deer and Water Buffalo and it takes pride of  478 species of birds. 

4. Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

The Sundarbans National Park is a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in West Bengal, India. It has a high density of tigers in the area so the land of Sundarbans Delta was declared as a tiger reserve in the year 1973. By 1977, due to the presence of various other wildlife species in abundance, it was declared as a protected wildlife sanctuary. It is having the largest mangrove forest in the world. This park has the majestic royal Bengal tigers with around 400 in number. Other than that there are leopards, fox, king cobra etc.

5. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also called as Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a sanctuary that offers security to faunal species. It hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a World Heritage Site. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.