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Set amidst the Vindhyan Mountain range in Madhya Pradesh, the
Bandhavgarh National Park is home to the famous White Tigers of Rewa. The prominent
ones captured in the Park include the legendary White Tiger called Mohan, who
supposedly fathered several offspring found in zoos the world over.
Bandipur National Park
The Bandipur National Park is one of the most intriguing wild-life locales.
Established in 1931 by the Mysore Maharajahs, this park is nestled in the foothills
of the Nilgiris. Stretching along the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, the park lies
on the Mysore-Ooty highway. It has an excellent internal network of roads through
its hilly, forested landscape, and the many water holes and salt licks that provide
wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Kanha National Park
The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided
inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel "The Jungle Book". Kanha National
Park located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955
and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger.
The Park's landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hardground Swamp
Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs
for the overall protection of the Park's fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the
most well maintained National Parks in Asia.
When Marco Polo first spotted the one-horned Rhino, he thought
it was the legendary Unicorn. With a population of over a thousand, Kaziranga
National Park has the largest concentration of the one-horned Rhino in the subcontinent,
saving it from near extinction.
Manas National Park
Situated in the foothills of the Bhutanese Himalayas,
is famous for its majestic tigers and the golden leaf monkey. Named after the
Manas river, which separates Bhutan from India, the park has dense deciduous forests
spread over an area of 2840 sq km which provide a sanctuary to twenty highly endangered
species of birds and animals, including the hispid hare, pygmy hog and the red
panda which can be seen occasionally at higher altitudes. The sanctuary is situated
in both India and Bhutan, the two parks, both named Manas, being contiguous.
The Nagarhaole National Park in Karnataka shares its boundaries
with the famous Bandipur National Park in Karanataka, which together form a part
of the Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wayanad Reserve in Kerala. About
643 kms in area, Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the tiger along with
the other wild life species and around 250 bird species. Located aside the river
Kabini, the dam and the reservoir of this mighty Kabini river acts as a natural
barrier separating the two wildlife sanctuaries - Bandipur and Nagarhole - in
Pench National Park
Pench National Park, situated on the southern fringes of Madhya Pradesh
is known for its fearless tigers. The area was declared a reserve forest in 1929
but hunting permits were available till 1970-71 when the government woke up to
the serious threat posed to the animal population and an area of 449.39 sq. km.
was notified as the Pench Wildlife Sanctuary in 1977. Further in 1983, it was
accorded the status of a national park and was made a part of the project tiger
Rajaji National Park
Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas in the abode of God's - Uttaranchal,
Rajaji National Park is situated at the conflux of three districts i.e. Haridwar,
Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. The park was formed in 1983 when three wildlife sanctuaries
of the area were combined into a single large area consisting of a myriad variety
of flora and fauna.
One of the most popular parks with tiger sightings at its best,
a photographers’ dream come true, dotted with lakes and ponds around which the
wildlife abounds. Welcome to Ranthambore where predators and prey enact their
day to day drama. Hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locales, it is located
near Sawai Madhopur township about 100 km south east of Ajmer in Rajasthan.
Sasangir National Park
Sasangir National Park was established in order to conserve the Asiatic
Lion, on 18th September 1965, as a Forest Reserve with an area of about 2,450
hectares. A principal part of the Junagadh District of Gujarat, it is 90 kms from
the Keshod Airport in the Kathiawar (Saurashtra) Peninsula. A small town named
Sasan with a forest rest house, is the headquarters of the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
Simlipal National Park
Simlipal Tiger Reserve, situated in the Mayurbhanj district of Orissa
is famed for its thriving tiger population which includes the famous Royal Bengal
Tiger. The area forms part of the Mahanadian Biogeographical region and the forests
come under the Chhotanagpur Plateau.
Sultanpur National Park located at a short distance from the
national capital Delhi, is a bird watchers paradise. Declared a water-bird reserve
in 1972 and upgraded to the status of national park in the year 1991, a visit
to the place during winter can be a rewarding experience, although migratory birds
begin to arrive as early as late July or the early days of August. Large flock
of birds in V shaped formations are a common sight as winter starts to set in.
The Sunderbans, extending over an area of 1,000,000 hectares,
is the world's largest delta, formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghana rivers.The
vast swampy delta extends over areas comprising of mangrove forests, swamps and
forest island, all interwoven in a network of small rivers and streams. The Sundarbans
National Park, home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the largest mangrove forest
in the world, form the core of this area. The Sundarban region has got its name
from Sundari trees, once found in abundance here.