Wildlife and Nature Tours in India
Blessed with abundant natural forests and wildlife, India is one of the foremost destinations for nature tours. Few countries can boast of having 441 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 80 National Parks within its territory – this is why India stands out when it comes to nature tours. Nature lovers will find themselves delightfully irresolute as there are too many places to be explored. These places also provide excellent fishing and trekking opportunities.
Incredibly, according to government statistics over 60% of the world’s wild Tiger population is found in India, and the last of the Asiatic Lions can only be found here. The country is also home to 50% of the world’s remaining Asian Elephants and 80% of the One-horned Rhinoceros.
Some of the few National Parks that should not be missed are the Gir, Bharatput, Corbett, Kaziranga, Periyar and Ranthambore. Corbett has a huge tiger, elephant and bird population and protects the endangered Asian Elephant. Except for Africa, Gir boasts of being the only place where a lion can be seen in its natural habitat. It also has one of the largest leopard populations in any park in India. Kaziranga is a living picture of India’s wildlife diversity; about 15 species of India’s endangered mammals are still found here the most famous one being the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros. Plenty of wild buffaloes, elephants and tiger are also found here.
A boat ride at the Periyar sanctuary will let you spot tigers, and many more endangered species like the Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur and the Indian Spotted Chevrotain, the Flying Squirrel and Slender Loris. Try a park safari at Ranthambore, and spot tigers, elephants, lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur and the Indian Spotted Chevrotain.
The ‘World Heritage Site’ of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is teeming with 425 species of birds, the most commonly spotted are the Painted Stork, Purple Heron, White Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill and the largest bird in India, the Sarus Crane.
Angling is another activity that will interest nature lovers. The Ramganga Valley made famous by Jim Corbett is a popular spot for fishing. If lucky, you might even catch the Golden Mahseer, Giant Catfish; interestingly, there are around forty three fish species here. Also, the vast expanse of the Himalaya offers good trekking route in the north and eastern parts of the country, the Western Ghats too offers equally interesting routes for trekking in the south.