India Wildlife Sanctuaries
A wildlife retreat, where history and nature meet, Bandhavgarh is not too
far away from Kanha. Set amidst the Vindhyan ranges, the Park has a series
of ridges running through it. Initially just 105.40 sq. km. in area, Bandhavgarh
with 25 resident tigers, was noted for its high density tiger population.
Today, it has been extended to an area of 437 sq. km.
Just 176 km. from Delhi is a very special wilderness - the Keoladeo Ghana
National Park, one of the finest water-bird sanctuaries in the world. The
28.73 sq. km. lake and wetland was artificially created by the Maharaja
of Bharatpur in the 19th century.
Nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Corbett National Park extends
over an area of 520.82sq.km. Varied topography and vegetation gives Corbett
a rich diversity in habitats and natural beauty. Flat valleys are interspersed
with hilly ridges and the Park's rolling grasslands known as the Chaurs
provide visitors with an excellent view of its inhabitants.
Located in the south west of the Saurashtra peninsula, the Gir National
Park is a haven to about 300 Asiatic lions. The 1,412.13 sq. km. Park has
a rugged terrain and the steep rocky hillsides are covered in mixed deciduous
forests. There are teak, ber, and flame of the forest and banyan trees.
Streams run through the deep ravines.
Lying along the mighty Brahmaputra River, the Kaziranga National Park covers
an area of about 430 sq. km. Its swamps and grasslands with tall thickets
of elephant grass and patches of evergreen forest, support the largest number
of rhino in the subcontinent. It was an alarming depletion in their numbers,
due to hunting and poaching that led to the conservation of this area in
Previously a hunting reserve of the Panna family, the area was declared
a national park in 1981.The main attraction of the parks are tiger, sloth
bear, wolf, chital, chinkara and samber.
The area is cut north-south by the pench river.Most of the park is mixed
desidous forest with open meadows in someof the valleys.Most areas are accessible.Tiger,
a few leopard, chital, sambar and gaur are seen.
Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in Kerala, is the Periyar National
Park and Tiger Reserve. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of
the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir
meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a perennial
source of water for the local wildlife.
Earlier the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Park at Ranthambore
was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its
tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic
predators in the wild.
The picturesque Siliserh Lake lies along the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve
and a charming hunting lodge overlooking it, is a marvelous place for visitors
The vast swampy delta of the two Great Indian rivers, the Brahmaputra and
the Ganga, extend over a vast area. Mangrove forests, swamps and forested
islands are interwoven with a network of small rivers and rivulets.