National Parks in India

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The List of National Parks in India is as diverse as the terrain and traditions of India. WIth a count of 103 diverse National parks in India, India has the third highest number of national parks in Asia, after China and Thailand. Wildlife conservation in India through dedicated parks started with Jim Corbett National Park in 1936 and was brought to the centre of attention after the Wildlife Conservation Act in 1972. The national parks in India have a monopoly on some of the species including the Kashmir Stag having giant Antlers, The Greater One Horned Rhinos, the Gir Asiatic Lion, The Royal Bengal Tiger, the beautiful Indian bustard, the shy Snow Leopard and lion-tailed macaques. There is immense variation in the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India including Tiger Reserves, Desert Sanctuary, Bird Sanctuary, Marine Parks and even a Floating National park! For most of the national parks, the best time to visit is from October to March because Monsoon adversely affects accessibility and the summers can be very scorching in the wild. Let's take a look at the top national parks in India worthy of your attention.

1. Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

3.0

Known For : Jungle Safari | Corbett Waterfall | River Rafting

Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, houses a variety of flora and fauna including rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

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2. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

4.4

Home to two-thirds of the world's one horned rhinoceros population, this national park has been declared as a World Heritage Site.

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3. Kanha National park, Madhya Pradesh

3.8

A delightful town situated in the district of Mandla, Kanha National park is the haven of an exceptionally wide variety of wild animals, including the majestic creature tiger.

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4. Manas National Park, Assam

3.6

Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in Assam.

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5. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

3.4

Known For : Gopalaswamy Betta

Established as a tiger reserve in the year 1974, Bandipur National Park is well known for its breathtaking natural beauty.

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6. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

4.2

Known For : Ranthambhore Fort | Kacheeda Valley

This is one of the best tiger reserves of the country, known to have ""friendly"" tigers

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7. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

3.8

Formerly a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Rewa, this National Park is world-renowned as a tiger reserve.

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8. Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan

Sariska Tiger Reserve is well nestled in the Aravali Hills covering 800 sq km area divided into the grasslands, dry deciduous forests, sheer cliffs and rocky landscape. Whether one wants to have camel safaris, go out for shopping in the surrounding places, visit medieval palaces or wildlife watching Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is the best place.

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9. Gir National Park, Gujarat

3.8

Gir National Park is the only home for the Asiatic Lions but even if you miss out on spotting the lions, the national park has a lot more to offer.

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10. Periyar National Park, Kerala

Spread across an area of 300 square miles, Periyar National Park is covered by lush evergreen and deciduous forests serving as home to various animals such as deer, elephants, sambar, Nilgiri Langurs, etc.

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11. Sundarbans, West Bengal

3.5

Known for hosting the biggest mangrove forests in the world, Sundarbans provides the best mix for ecological balance right from 'Royal Bengal tigers' to roaring rivers and beautiful estuaries.

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12. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

4.3

Known For : Hemkund Sahib | Valley of Flowers National Park | Nanda Devi National Park

Valley of flowers, discovered in 1931 is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.

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13. Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, Ladakh

At an altitude ranging from 3,300 m to 6,000 m above sea level, this sanctuary is known to be the highest in the world as well as the largest park of South Asia. It is also a habitat to the rare Snow Leopards.

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14. Wandur Marine National Park, Andaman

Located in the south-western coast of the Andaman Islands, Wandur National Park is a marine life conservation area situated at a distance of 25 km from the capital city of Port Blair.

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15. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and comprises of rare as well as endangered species of both flora and fauna. It is surrounded by the protected areas of Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu as well as Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka.

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16. Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

4.2

Known For : Bharatpur National Park | Banke Bihari Temple | Lohagarh Fort

This city is best known for the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary where quite a few rare bird species flock to.

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17. Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

Popularly known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole National Park boasts of its rich wildlife including both flora and fauna. The place is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking solitude.

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18. Desert National Park, Jaisalmer

Desert National park is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km?_. It is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert and sand dunes form 20% of the entire park.

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19. Tadoba Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

3.4

Known For : Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve | Moharli | Khosla

Famous for its natural heritage, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is definitely one of India?s most exciting and best protected Tiger Reserve, with most visible tiger sightings in the state of Maharashtra

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20. Pin Valley National Park, Spiti

Set amidst semi-frozen rivers in the Pin Valley, this national park is home to the rare species of famous Himalayan snow leopards and their prey, the Ibex.

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21. Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

3.6

With the majestic Pench river flowing through the greens and a variety of wildlife to be spotted in the rocky terrains, Pench National Park served as an inspiration for the famous novel 'The Jungle Book'.

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22. Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Assam

3.2

Dibru Saikhowa National Park is a river island national park. It is one of the 19 biodiversity hotspots in the world. This National Park is situated 12 km north of Tinsukia in Assam. Of the seven parts of the park, one is a wetland and the rest is mainly covered with grasslands and dense forest.

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23. Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

2.9

Encompassing the Shivalik mountain ranges, Rajaji National Park is abundantly rich in flora and fauna and proves to be a great holiday destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

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24. The Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh India

Great Himalayan National Park, situated in Himachal Pradesh has four valleys named Sainj Valley, Tirthan Valley, Jiwa Nal Valley and Parvati Valley. They are all popular for their natural and scenic beauty. The park has exotic species of flora and fauna. The park was established in 1984.

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25. Silent Valley National Park, Tamil Nadu

The Silent Valley National Park, with its lush green forests and beautiful views of the rich flora, is a popular destination for nature and wildlife lovers in Kerala. With its long, detailed history and the unique status of a Rain Forest, this national park is truly a sight to visit. The well-planned Safari and the beautiful stop-overs around the park only make a trip to this part of Kerala more worthwhile.

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26. Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

It was established way back in 1940 and was the first national park of Southern India. You can expect to see a variety of animals here including tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, dholes, sloth bears, Asian elephants, and Golden Jackals.

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27. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal

3.5

Situated in the Eastern foothills of the Himalayas, the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary along with Gorumara National Park is famous for one horned rhinoceros, elephants and Bengal Tigers.

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28. Dudhwa National Park, Uttarakhand

2.7

Dudhwa National Park is all about wildlife, nature and diversity and is a perfect getaway for nature buffs and wildlife lovers.

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29. Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Panna National Park, situated in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh in central India, is located on the banks of River Ken. This National Park has been awarded as the best maintained tourist friendly national park of the country by the Ministry of Tourism of India.

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30. Dachigam National Park, Jammu & Kashmir

3.5

Dachigam National Park, Jammu & Kashmir is situated at a mere 22 kms from the main town of Srinagar.

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31. Balpakram National Park, Tura, Meghalaya

3.8

Known For : Tura Peak | Siju Caves | Balpakram National Park

Located in the West Garo hills, Tura provides a spellbinding as well as serene environment as it is quite an unexplored town.

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32. Orang National Park, Assam

3.5

One of the oldest game reserves of the state, The Orang National park located on the shores of river Brahmaputra, is home to various animals, birds, fishes and is one of the more popular tourist destinations of Assam.

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33. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

3.3

Known For : Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary | Bhoothathankettu Dam

Located near Kothamangalam in Ernakulam on the northern bank of the Periyar River, this bird sanctuary is also called Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and is famous for its rich and varied birdlife.

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34. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

3.5

Located in Wayanad, the Muthanga is a UNESCO marked heritage, home to various species of animals, birds and plants and famous for its safaris.

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35. Eravikulam National Park, Rajamalai

Located 45 min drive away from Munnar, the Eravikulam National Park houses a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Elephant, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, Atlas moth (largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, small-clawed otter and a rare tiger or leopard are some of the main animal species that can be spotted here. An endangered species of mountain goats called the Nilgiri Thar can also be seen here. The next bloom of Neelakurinji Flowers that bloom ever 12 years will be in 2018.

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