India is home to a number of wildlife conservations and sanctuaries. And summer is the best season to see them closely. When the scorching sun dries up all the water sources in the forests, animals are forced to come out from their den to quench their thirst. This creates an ideal condition for observing wildlife with a very high chance of sightings. Along with that, the sparse and dry vegetation during summers is conducive for a clear glimpse into the heart of the forest.
We have made a list of national parks you can visit this summer.
1. Jim Corbett National Park: Located in Uttarakhand, this park is home to large numbers of tigers including white tigers. Drive around the park to catch a glimpse of the wildlife. Wildlife lover can see tigers, spotted deer, elephants, golden jackal, sambar deers.
Best to visit the park is from 15th November to 15th June. The Park is open from 6 am to 10 am and then from 2 pm to 6 pm. The Park charges are Rs. 200 for an Indian national and Rs. 1000 for a foreigner.
How to get there: Nainital is around five hours drive from Delhi.
2. Ranthambore National Park: It is one of the biggest and most renowned national park. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, it is considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is a major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.
The Park is open from October to June. The morning trip is from 6.30 am to 10 am. And the evening trip is from 2.30 pm to 6 pm. The charges are around Rs. 75 for an Indian national in a canter and Rs. 131 for an Indian national in a gypsy. For foreign nationals it is Rs. 475 in a canter and Rs. 530 in a gypsy.
The park is three hours drive away from Jaipur.
3. Sundarbans National Park: Here tiger makes his round with unmatched stealth and grace. It is a paradise for travelers. Tourists out on a boat ride are given their money’s worth while crossing them. Even though you are unaware, the big cat and saltwater crocodile observe you at all times, watching every step you make. You can also visit it in the summer season, or the months from April to July.
4. Gir National Park: The entire forest area of the Gir National Park is dry and deciduous which provides the best habitat for Asiatic Lions. The entire Saurashtra Region is inhabited by 523 Lions and more than 300 Leopards. Apart from these two animals, the park is home to two different species of Deer. The Sambar is counted largest Indian Deer. The Gir forest is also known for the Chowsingha – the world’s only four-horned antelope. The Jackal, Striped Hyena, and India Fox are some of the smaller carnivores found in Gir Forest.
The Sanctuary is open for tourism from 16th October to 15th June every year. Junagadh is the closest city to Gir National Park. Junagadh has a railway station that connects it to bigger cities like Ahmedabad
5. Panna National Park: The wildlife and nature lovers enjoy exploring the dense surroundings of the park. This is a great place for bird watching. You can see Tiger, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, nilgai
Opening/Closing times: 6 am – 10 am / 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
6. Bhitarkanika National Park: The park is located in Odisha. This place is a dense mangrove forest with salt-tolerant trees. Tourist can go boat cruising, angling or beaching at the Pentha Sea Beach. The park is 3 hours drive away from Bhubaneshwar airport.
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