Diverse in topography, India is home to several species of animals and birds. A photographer’s dream, there are several rare creatures that are on the endangered list. To protect them and their habitat, India has many national parks. Whether you are an expert or novice photographer or someone who wishes to see nature in its raw and free glory, visiting a national park will make a perfect holiday. Here are some of the best national parks in India.
Jim Corbett National Park
India’s first national park, the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand was established in 1936. Named after Jim Corbett, a legendary tiger hunter and author, this is one of the best parks to catch a glimpse of India’s national animal – the majestic tiger. Apart from the tiger, the park is home to many species of deer, sloth bears, elephants, birds and gharials. Get a personal tour guide in India while you’re in Uttarakhand on the Odigos app to explore the religious, cultural and natural beauty of the state.
Gir Forest National Park
The best place to spot an Asiatic lion in India, Gir Forest National Park is located in Gujarat. This park is supposedly the only place in India where lions roam wild. Asiatic lions were almost extinct due to hunting, this park has provided a safe place for them to grow in numbers. Apart from the Asiatic lion Gir Forest is also home to leopards and the only four horned antelope called the Chowsingha. There are two species of deer, jackals, Hyenas and the Indian Fox.
Kaziranga National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga is a national park in Assam that is known for its biodiversity. Located in the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot, there are several wild animals that call this home. The most popular animal here is the one horned Rhino. It was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006 and you can also spot the Indian Elephant, a Hoolock Gibbon, leopards, wild water buffalos and swamp deer in the park. The Park is closed between the 1st of May and the 31st of October every year, so be sure to plan your trip between November and April. You’d have to travel to Guwahati to reach Kaziranga if you are visiting from out of state. While there make sure you book a certified tour guide in India on Odigos to explore the beautifully rich culture and heritage of Guwahati.