Best Wildlife Safari In India

The chance to see a lion on its own turf or to watch hundreds of elephants amble past you with majestic indifference; these are some overwhelming sights indeed. Such experiences will leave you with goose bumps at the incredibility of what you just witnessed.

With more than 99 national parks, 40 tiger reserves and 450 wildlife sanctuaries, India has cosseted enthralling species of fauna and flora. Be it the mountains of Uttarakhand or the deserts of Rajasthan, every nook and cranny of India embraces rich wildlife. Especially, if you are eager to get a sight of the big striped cats – the tigers, India is the ultimate destination to visit. In case all this has made you excited and you are thinking to spend some time amidst the wilderness of the respective nation, you are at the right place. 

A wildlife safari is worth every penny spent. Phenomenal wildlife, an amazing variety of mammals and birds and close encounters with leopards, buffaloes and gazelles is what's on our list today for the best wildlife safaris in the world.

Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh, India)

Our own wildlife safaris at Bandhavgarh and Kanha are no less adventurous. Spread across the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is home to more than 50 tigers, the highest density of tigers in India. The vegetation of Bandhavgarh ranges from thick forests to tall grasslands, making it perfect for the habitation of a great variety of animals and birds. The terrain is rocky with steep ridges, dense vegetation and open meadows. Bandhavgarh is reputed to be the first place in India where the majestic white tigers were found. Historically, Bandhavgarh National Park was formerly the hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Stretched across 1,334 square kilometers, the Ranthambore National Park is a home to the royal predators dwelling in the royal land of Rajasthan. Tigers being the main attraction of the park easily fetch the interest of wildlife photographers. 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.

Hemis National Park, Ladakh

If you’re one who likes the ultimate thrill of the high altitude, chilly winds and animals, the Hemis National Park is your paradise. Spreading 4400 sq km, the park is home to 16 species of mammals and 73 of birds apart from the snow leopard. 
It is best known for Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles to name some. As many as 100 endangered snow leopards call this their home.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki

If ever you are touring Kerala, make it a point to visit Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary, a sanctuary noted for its rich ecosystem with an impressive collection of flora and fauna, including star tortoise, grizzled giant squirrel and spotted deer. The ethnic diversity of the sanctuary can be attributed to its location; it is located in the rain shadows region of the Western Ghats. The large repository of medicinal herbs and plants is another speciality of the region.You can enjoy night safaris, stay in tree-top houses, enjoy sumptuous meals sourced from organic ingredients and breathe in the fresh air.

Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh, India)

The Kanha National Park, also in Madhya Pradesh, was made famous by Rudyard Kipling’s phenomenally successful novel Jungle Book. Kanha is one of the most well preserved National Parks in Asia, famous for its Tiger Reserve and the conservation of the rare Barasingha. The park sports a diverse wildlife and bird population. The highlight of a wildlife safari at Kanha is the sunset at Bamni Dadar. Set against a lush landscape dotted with grazing sambhars, gaurs and herds of elephants, the sunset here is truly magnificent.
There is something magical about being on a wildlife safari, away from the distractions of city life. The chance to be adventurous, riding on a horseback amongst a herd of zebras or walking out on the plains with a Masai guide, a night spent camping by the river or taking a hot air balloon ride over thousands of migrating animals, that is the true meaning of travel and adventure. The best part of a safari is the chance it gives you to slow down and move with the rhythm of the true world, the world of nature and its prized occupants.

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

The journey of the Jim Corbett began in 1936, when it was announced as Asia’s very first National Park. Thereafter, in 1974 it was established as the first Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger, and since then the saga hasn’t seen a full stop. Residing in this oldest established national park is the most furious member of the cat family, the Tigers. People from different parts of the world visit Corbett just to get a glimpse of these brilliantly dangerous cats. Besides tigers, Jim Corbett National Park is a habitat of Fishing Cats, Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahr and several other fascinating wild species.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

The Kaziranga National Park in Assam is one of the most sought after wildlife destinations in the country, and is well-known for its one horned rhinoceros . One-horned rhinoceros are found not just in Jurassic park, but here in India too. It is believed that the park houses 2200 one-horned rhinoceros within its premises, and it comprises of about 2/3rd of the one-horned rhinoceros population.

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