From the royal Bengal tiger to milkwort, from the Asiatic lion to Assam’s catkin yew, India offers a diverse variety of flora and fauna. Some of them are protected by the government by giving quite a few forests the status of a National Park or Wildlife Sanctuaries.
Following is a compilation of the best National Parks in this incredible country that one must visit -
1. Kaziranga National Park
Located in the Northeastern Indian state of Assam, Kaziranga National Park is the only National Park in the world where the endangered Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros can be found. In 2006, the government declared it as a Tiger Reserve Forest. Kaziranga National Park is also known for its elephants, wild water buffaloes, Serbian migratory birds, and a wide range of other animals and birds.
2. Jim Corbett National Park
Named after Jim Corbett, the Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936. Located in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand, the primary role of this oldest national park in India was (and is) to protect the endangered royal Bengal tiger. It also is a habitat for 488 different species of plants. The rich variety of flora coupled with the presence of royal Bengal tigers among other species of animals attracts more than 70 thousand visitors every year.
3. Ranthambore National Park
This national park is located in the Northwestern state of Rajasthan. It is one of the largest National Park in the country. It is a tiger reserve and one of the best places to witness the Bengal tiger. As of 2014, there were more than 60 Tigers in the National Park. The park is a home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna, including leopards, nilgais, and hyenas.
4. Gir National Park
Located in Gujarat, Gir National Park is the only National Park where Asiatic Lions reside. With more than 500 Asiatic lions living in this national park, Gir draws thousands of visitors every year. Unfortunately, even though the forest is protected, there have been instances of the Asiatic lions being poached.
5. Sundarbans National Park
One of the oldest and biggest National Parks in the country, Sundarbans National Park is renowned all over the world, for it is the original habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Not only that, it is home to the largest number of royal Bengal tigers with the last census counting more than 180 tigers. Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal. It is also one of the largest mangrove forests in the world.
By Mehul Manot