In the beginning, there was no concrete. Just trees and greenery that was where man dwelled. Amongst the animals and plants. Slowly he made a habitat conducive for himself and started to live there. There are times though that the jungle beckons. The primal habitat calls out to man and you have no choice but to pay heed to it.
India is blessed in terms of flora and fauna. Our subcontinent boasts of quite a few indigenous species of both and all efforts have been made to preserve them in their natural state. It is, therefore, an enriching experience to once in a while take the offbeat route and go for a safari.
There is so much to learn and so much to know about from these safari visits. Here are the top five spots one can visit in you are a wildlife
1. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, this park boasts of quite a few of these royalties. A hotspot for wildlife photographers, earlier it used to be a hunting ground for the Maharajas. Apart from their Tiger Trail, the park is known for its variety of birds as well as sloth bears, sambars and wild boars amongst others.
2. Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
The saying goes that you might not spot a tiger at the Sunderbans but a tiger will definitely spot you. Set in the largest mangrove forest in the world and extending into Bangladesh, this park is spread over 54 islands and you meander through on a steamer in pursuit of a sight. The park also boasts of crocodiles, dolphins, primates and a variety of snakes.
3. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Situated in the district of Nainital and as a part of the larger Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve. It was Asia’s first National Park and opened in 1936. The residents here are the Royal Bengal Tiger of course and Elephants, Deers,Fishing Cats, Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahr and much more. If you are lucky you might even spot a white tiger!
4. Gir National Park, Gujarat
A jewel in Gujarat’s tourism plan, the Gir Forest boasts as the home of the Asiatic Lion. Best explored on a jeep, this park is also home to leopards, jackals, hyena and the Indian fox amongst others.
5. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Home to the largest population of the one-hornedRhinoceros in the world. Elephants, panthers, bears and a variety of birds flourish here. Since this park is away from human inhabitation conservation projects have flourished and been successful.
These were my top five picks amongst so many others. Do let me know your hotspots.