India has more than 100 national parks thus offering a great wildlife experience to the visitors. Watching various animal species in their natural habitat and clicking their pictures is really a great fun. Here is a list of some of the Indian national parks that every wildlife lover should visit.

1. Gir National Park, Gujarat:-

Situated in Gujarat, Gir National Park is a home to the Asiatic Lions. Here you can spot a wide range of fauna including 37 species of reptiles, 300 species of birds and 38 mammals. Animals that can be found at this place are jungle cat, porcupine, striped hyena, mongoose, blue bull, leopard and also the world’s only 4-horned antelope Chousingha. So, don’t miss wildlife safari whenever you visit Gujarat.

Best time to visit: October-June

2. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand:-

It is the India’s oldest national park established in 1936 in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after the Jim Corbett, a famous wildlife story writer. Jim Corbett National park is famous for its stripped tigers and wild elephants. Other animals that can be seen here are Indian pangolins, Himalayan black bears, sloth, sambar deer, leopard cat and golden jackal.

Best time to visit: November-June

3. Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh:-

It lies within the snow-capped mountainous regions of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh and is surrounded by coniferous forests. The list of commonly found animals in Great Himalayan National Park includes Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, Primates, Brown bear and snow leopard. This park is also a habitat of around 180 bird species thus a great place for bird watchers.

Best time to visit: March-June, September-November

4. Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh:-

It is one of the most popular national parks in Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National park has a huge variety of flora and fauna. It was established in 1955 with the objective of protecting almost extinct species of Barasingha or Swamp deer. You can spot Indian flying fox, Gaur, jungle cat, wild dog, porcupine, sloth bear, barking deer and many more.

Best time to visit: October-June

5. Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal:-

Bengal tigers and mangrove forests are the highlights of the Sunderbans National park located in the West Bengal. Apart from tiger, you can see many endangered species such as salt-water crocodile, Mangrove horseshoe crab, Olive ridley turtle, River Terrapin and Ganges River dolphin.

Best time to visit: September-May

6. Periyar National Park, Kerala:-

It is the only national park in India that boasts a man-made lake running through the forest. Periyar National Park is situated near Thekkady in Kerala. You can check out several animal species such as Nilgiri marten, Langurs, Nilgiri Tahrs, wild pigs, tiger, mouse deer, stripe-necked mongoose, deers and elephants while having a boat ride. In addition to this, you can watch more than 265 bird species at this park.

Best time to visit: October-June

7. Bandipur National Park, Karnataka:-

Bandipur National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the Southern India. With lush green forests and landscapes, it is a perfect destination for natural beauty lovers. There are many animals to see here like Indian bison, Chital, wild boar, Indian Giant Squirrel, Striped Hyena, Dhole and elephants.

Best time to visit: March-May

8. Hemis National Park, Jammu and Kashmir:-

It is a high-altitude national park situated nearly 3300-6000 M above sea level in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It houses many endangered species including the Eurasian brown bear, Tibetan wolf, the red fox, the Asiatic Ibex, the Himalayan marmot, mountain weasel and snow leopard.

Best time to visit: May-September

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