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    Get ready for thrilling adventure in Gir Forest

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    On the edge of your seats, with bated breath, you wait for the king of the jungle to show up! National parks, wildlife sanctuaries and game reserves of India can claim to offer enthusiastic travelers a tryst with the wild, as well as the excitement of coming face to face with wild animals, and that too in their natural habitat. The list of national parks in India has about 400 such avenues in it, and each one of them has something unique to offer, be it the tiger or lion sightings, rhino or elephant spotting, or any of the other predators and prey animals!

    42 National Parks In India

    Since the enormous forest cover of India is spread unevenly across the country, it is sometimes difficult to distribute these national parks in India state-wise . But we have tried to list one from every major state. Take a look at this list of the best national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India before you decide to go on a wildlife watching spree. 

    • Jim Corbett National Park
    • Kaziranga National Park
    • Gir Forest National Park
    • Sundarban National Park
    • Satpura National Park
    • Eravikulam National Park
    • Pench National Park
    • Sariska National Park
    • Kanha National Park
    • Ranthambore National Park
    • Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
    • Bandipur National Park
    • Nagarhole National Park
    • Periyar National Park
    • Manas National Park
    • The Great Himalayan National Park
    • Sanjay Gandhi National Park
    • Rajaji National Park
    • Silent Valley National Park
    • Dudhwa National Park
    • Panna National Park
    • Van Vihar National Park
    • Bharatpur National Park
    • Bannerghatta National Park
    • Wandoor Marine National Park
    • Nameri National Park
    • Mudumalai National Park
    • Jaldapara National Park
    • Pin Valley National Park
    • Orang National Park
    • Gorumara National Park
    • Simlipal National Park
    • Desert National Park
    • Dachigam National Park
    • Mrugavani National Park
    • Hemis  National Park
    • Namdapha National Park
    • Khangchendzonga National Park
    • Inderkilla National Park
    • Mount Harriet National Park
    • Anshi National Park
    • Kishtwar National Park

    1. Jim Corbett National Park

    Bring on the adventure at Jim Corbett

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    Located close to Nainital, Jim Corbett National Park is a favorite destination for people looking to spot tigers, making it one of the important national parks in India. Other animals to be spotted here include several species of deer, leopards, jackals, red foxes, black bear, sloth bear, and monkeys. Tourists can book jeep safaris for early morning and afternoons. It is the first national park in India in case you didn’t know.

    The park is divided into four separate zones, known as Durgadevi, Dhikala, Jhirna, and Bijrani, sprawled across an area of 520 square kilometers. All four of these are ideal for spotting a tiger in its natural habitat.

    There is also an option for trekking around the park, albeit in the company of a guide.

    Best season to visit: November to June

    How to get there: Well connected by road and rail to Delhi, Nainital, Moradabad and others.

    Price: INR 4000 per jeep, maximum 6 people allowed in one jeep.

    Famous For: Red fox, black bear, jackal

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    2. Kaziranga National Park

    Tourists at Kaziranga National Park

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    Popularized as the home of the “Big Five”, Kaziranga National Park is the perfect place to spot a few wild animals such as Rhinoceros, Tiger, Elephant, Wild Buffalo and Swamp Deer. Unlike Hemis, which is the highest national park in India , this reserve houses some common hilly animal and bird species.

    Covering an area of 378 sq km, the park also offers shelter to bears, leopards, and several species of local and migratory birds, but the biggest attractions remains the one horned Rhino.

    UNESCO declared it to be a World Heritage Site, due to it residing in an Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot, making it one of the most diverse national parks of India. Tourists can opt to enjoy jeep safari in the early morning or afternoon; elephant safaris in the early morning are also available.

    Best season to visit: November to April

    How to get there: Well connected to Kohara, the closest town, by road.

    Price: Around 1200 INR for Indians, and 2000 INR for foreigners

    Famous For: UNESCO world heritage site

    3. Gir Forest National Park

    Get ready for thrilling adventure in Gir Forest

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    Located in Gujarat, the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places to spot wild Asiatic lions in their natural habitat. It used to be the hunting reserve for the Nawabs of Junagadh before it was turned into a sanctuary in the year 1990.

    When it was started, there were a mere 12 lions here, and the number has now grown to reach nearly 600. Other animals that one might spot here include sambar, chinkara, chital, porcupine, wild boar, black buck and others. Tourists can enjoy jeep safaris here, towards early mornings, afternoons and early evenings. This is one of the most famous national parks in India that you cannot miss out on!

    Best season to visit: December to March

    How to get there: Well connected by roads to Rajkot and other cities.

    Price: INR 4500 per jeep, maximum 6 people allowed in one jeep.

    Famous For: Sambhar, porcupine, black buck

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    4. Sundarban National Park

    Have a glimpse of tiger in close proximity

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    Located in West Bengal, the Sundarban National Park is a Tiger and Biosphere Reserve on the Ganges Delta. Its signature mangrove forest, is a particularly popular attraction here, making it one of the most visited national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India.

    One can spot Bengal tiger, saltwater crocodile, wild boars, foxes, leopard cats, huge turtles, Ganges river dolphins and several other varieties of mammals and reptiles, along with a huge variety of local and migratory birds.

    The only way to travel around and across the park is by boat; there are no jeep safari or walking tours available. Another unique aspect of this national park is that the tigers have developed the ability to swim in the saline waters here. With ease, one can spot tigers sunbathing on the river banks during November to February. It is surely among the best tiger national parks in India .

    Best season to visit: December to February, the park remains open from September to March

    How to get there: Gosaba is the nearest town from where it is connected by road. Tourists can also take the motor boat from Canning, which is the nearest railway station.

    Price: Entry for Indians is free, although hiring a boat will cost you between 1000 to 2000 INR for a day

    Famous For: Tigers


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    5. Satpura National Park

    Spot leopard at Satpura National Park

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    Covering an area of 524 sq km, Satpura National Park is home to a terrain most unique, with sandstone peaks, dense forests, narrow gorges and deep ravines. One can spot a large variety of wildlife here, including leopards, wild boar, bears, black buck, several kinds of deer, and a several species of birds. There have also been sightings of tigers and barasinghas.

    Tourists can book jeep or elephant safari, and even enjoy boating and walking tours. There are different routes for the jeep safari, with options to stay overnight at a camp on some of the routes.

    Best season to visit: October to April

    How to get there: The nearest town, Pachmarhi is well connected via road. The nearest railway station is Piparia, also well connected by road.

    Price: From INR 2750 to 7000, depending on which route you take.

    Famous For: Barasinghas

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    6. Eravikulam National Park

    Spot elephants at Eravikulam Park

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    Spread across an area of 97 sq km, Eravikulam National Park in Munnar offers protection to the endangered Nilgiri Thar. One of the most scenic national parks in south India, it is also home to elephants, deer, jackals, leopards, tiger, otters, mongoose, and a huge variety of birds and butterflies. The national park is also home to Anamudi Peak, the highest peak in South India.

    A unique aspect of this national park is the blooming of the Neelakurinji, a plant that blooms once every 12 years, and turns the entire forest a deep shade of blue. Tourists can enjoy the beauty of the rolling hills and wildlife on safari buses. Tourists can also enjoy early morning and evening treks.

    Best season to visit: September to November, and April to June

    How to get there: It is a mere 15 km from Munnar, and well connected by road

    Price: INR 100 for Indians, and INR 360 for foreigners

    Famous For: Neelakurinji plant

    7. Pench National Park

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    Another worth-a-visit national park in Madhya Pradesh is the Pench National Park, which is a haven for Royal Bengal Tigers. The park is also popular among adventure enthusiasts for rafting. It is also the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel “The Jungle Book”. Truly, one of the famous national parks in India.

    Although there are less than 50 tigers in the park currently, daily sightings are reported. Other wild animals that one might spot here include deer, elephant, wild boar, wolf, sloth bear, leopard, fox, striped hyena, and much more.

    Best time to visit: November to May

    How to get there: Seoni, the closest city, is well connected by road.

    Price: Under INR 100 for Indians with guide, INR 150 per vehicle for foreigners

    Famous For: Striped hyena, leopard, sloth bear

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    8. Sariska National Park

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    The Sariska National Park is a refuge for Royal Bengal Tigers, located in Rajasthan. It is sprawled across an area of 866 sq km and supports a rocky landscape. The scrub thorns in the forest make it easier for tourists to spot the elusive “king of the jungle”.

    Other animals that one might spot here include leopards, striped hyenas, wild boars, jackals, serpent eagles, monkeys, hares, as well as several varieties of deer. Jeep safaris are available for tourists to traverse the park. Visitors can also choose to book a “hide” overlooking a watering hole, for chances of spotting wildlife from us close.

    Best time to visit: October to June

    How to get there: Well connected by road to Hindaun, Jaipur, and Delhi.

    Price: Under INR 100 for Indians, INR 470 for foreigners

    Famous For: Serpent eagles, hare, boars

    9. Kanha National Park

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    Sprawled across more than 1,945 sq km, Kanha National Park is one of the first national park in India for tiger reserves to work for Project Tiger. Considered one of the national parks of India, it is also a refuge for the Barasingha and is known to be one of the most well maintained National Parks of Asia. It has been divided into two separate parts, Banjar and Hallon, named after the rivers that flow across it. There are separate zones here, including Kisli, Sarhi, Mukki and Kanha Zone.

    Tourists can hope to spot a wide variety of animals here, apart from the tiger, such as elephants, jackals, leopards, striped hyenas, monkeys, and several varieties of deer including black buck, swamp deer, chital, and sambhar. Jeep safaris are available for traversing the park.

    Best time to visit: November to June

    How to get there: Well connected by road from Nagpur and Jabalpur

    Price: From INR 1200 to 2400, depending upon zone

    Famous For: Black buck, jackals, leopards, sambhar

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    10. Ranthambore National Park

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    One of the largest national parks in North India, Ranthambore National Park covers an area of 392 sq km. It is a part of Project Tiger and has been a refuge of Royal Bengal Tigers since 1974. The national park also houses a fortress within the park premises, which is a popular attraction for visitors.

    Apart from tigers, visitors can also spot other animals such as bears, leopards, jackals, elephants, striped hyena, bison, monkeys and several types of deer. The park is also famed for being home to snakes of different varieties. A unique fact about the tigers of Ranthambore is that they lack fear of humans, and continue hunting even in their presence making it apt for spotting them.

    Best time to visit: October to May

    How to get there: Sawai Madhopur is the closest town and well connected via road

    Price: 510 INR for Indians (Canter), 1250 INR for Foreigner (Canter), 750 INR for Indian (Gypsy), 1350 INR for Foreigner (Gypsy)

    Famous For: Different species of snakes

    11. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

    Visit Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in India

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    Bandhavgarh is probably well renowned as the largest tiger reserve in India. Located in Madhya Pradesh inside a beautiful forest, this reserve is famous for having the highest number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. In fact, you’re sure to have more frequent sightings of these majestic beings here than in any other tiger reserve across the country, making this place a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. Other than 44-49 tigers (according to the latest record), this park is home to over 22 species of mammals as well as 250 species of birds. It’s among the best national parks in India and their famous animals include Asiatic jackals, sloth bears, foxes, gray mongoose, ratels, jungle cats, deer, wild boars, Chinkara, Nilgai, striped hyenas, and even leopards.

    Best time to visit: October – June

    How to get there: The nearest railhead is at Umaria 35 km away, while the nearest airport is at Khajuraho 270 km. You can take a cab from these two places.

    Price: INR 2,200 for Indians | INR 4,300 for foreign tourists (For a group of 6 people and inclusive of guide and vehicle)

    Famous For: Highest number of Royal Bengal tigers

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    12. Bandipur National Park

    Bandipur National Park View

    Located on the borders of Karnataka, the lush green Bandipur National Park is the gem of the Nilgiris and was established as a protected reserve in 1974. With a verdant canopy of deciduous forests that give shelter to a wide variety of wildlife and flora, this place has recently gained tremendous popularity on the national parks in India map. The park has taken several measures to ensure the safety of the animals here as well as to ensure that the park remains clean and thriving. Replete with teak and sandalwood trees, this happens to be the first ever Biosphere Reserve of India. Also called the Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu, the park is home to a large number of endangered species.

    Best time to visit: October – May

    How to get there: The nearest airport is the Bangalore Airport, while the nearest railway station is in Mysore 80 km away. One can take a bus from Bangalore or Mysore.

    Price: INR 300 per person for Indians | INR 1,100 per person for foreign tourists | INR 200 for camcorder. The entry charges are inclusive of safari.

    Famous For: Blissful atmosphere

    13. Nagarhole National Park

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    Located near Bandipur National Park, this enchanting national park in the Mysore district of Karnataka has rich wildlife including both flora and fauna. It is home to almost 250 varieties of birds as well as a variety of animals such as Elephant, Tiger, Jackal, Gaur, Panther, Sambar, Mongoose, Spotted deer, Sloth Bear, Civet cat and Hyena. The place offers lush green forests, shallow valleys and gentle slopes making it truly a heaven for all nature lovers and those seeking peace.

    Apart from this, the park also has beautiful plantation and vegetation along with tropical and deciduous forest land. It is also home to a number of majestic reptiles such as vine snake, Tortoise, King Cobra, Indian Rock Python, Krait, Russel’s Viper and Monitor Lizard.

    Best Time To Visit: April to May

    How To Get There: Tourists can take a taxi from Mysore or buses which ply from Mysore till HD Kote which lies at a distance of about 30 km from the park.

    Price: Indian (Adult): INR 50, Foreigner: INR 150 and Still Camera: INR 50

    Famous For: King Cobra, Krait, Indian rock python

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    14. Periyar National Park

    Spot a relaxing Tiger at Periyar National Park, Kerala

    Spread over 257 square miles, the Periyar National Park in Thekkady, Kerala is the best-protected reserve area in India. You can find various species in the gorgeous park including the majestic elephants and royal tigers, apart from other fishes, reptiles and birds. The park is well-known for its stillness and greenery and is an amazing blend of adventure with beauty. It is probably the biggest national park in India.

    You can enjoy the boat cruises, jungle safaris, eco-tourism activities including options like Bamboo Rafting, Jungle Patrol, Bamboo Grove, Periyar Tiger Trail, Jungle camp, Border hiking, Jungle Inn and Bullock Cart discoveries. The wide range of activities attracts thousands of tourists every year.

    Best Time To Visit: November to February

    How To Get There: The nearest railhead is in Kottayam, 114 kms away while the nearest airports to the park is Madurai which is at a distance of 136 kms. You can take a cab from both these places.

    Price: Adult – INR 33, Child – INR 5, Foreigners: Adult – INR 450, Child – INR 155

    Famous For: Adventurous activties like bamboo rafting, safari, tiger trail

    15. Manas National Park

    Manas National Park

    A UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, Manas National Park is a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in Assam. This reserve is famous for the rare golden langur and the red panda and is recognized for its mesmerizing scenery, natural landscape and a rich biodiversity. You can easily spot tigers and rhinos while sitting on an elephant. The park is also famous for retaining the maximum number of endangered species from India as listed in the IUCN Red Book. FYI,  Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is the largest tiger reserve in India.

    Best Time To Visit: October to April

    How To Get There: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU) is located 91 kms away from the Park while the place is also accessible from Guwahati, Kaziranga, Darjeeling, Shillong and Siliguri.

    Price: INR 20 for Indians and INR 250 for foreign tourists

    Famous For: It is a UNESCO world heritage site

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    16. The Great Himalayan National Park

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    Located in Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, Great Himalayan National Park is home to diverse wildlife species. At present, it houses more than 375 species of fauna, 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds. It acquired the status of a national park in 1999. Some fairs are organized in this beautiful park in April, May, August, and September. The park offers an amazing place to relax to the tourists from the hustle-bustle of the city and is also a delight for the nature lovers.

    Best Time To Visit: April to June and December to February

    How To Get There: Well-connected by roadways, You can come to Joginder Nagar, which is connected to Pathankot. Take a cab or bus from here.

    Price: Indian Nationals: INR 50, Foreign Nationals: INR 200, Indian Students: INR 30, Foreign Students: INR 100

    Famous For: It is a UNESCO world heritage site

    17. Sanjay Gandhi National Park

    Sanjay Gandhi National Park

    The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, previously known as the Borivali National Park is an ideal spot for picnics and weekend getaways. Visitors from all over come here to spot Flying fox, Kingfisher, Leopards, Lions, Macaques, Boars, Sunbirds and a significant number of butterflies here. Kanheri caves are more than two thousand years old and are a major tourist attraction inside the park premises. The park houses more than hundred species of flora and more than five hundred species of fauna and is well-known for its bird population, evergreen dense forests, butterflies, and the small population of tigers.

    Best Time To Visit: During monsoon

    How To Get There: Take the local train in Mumbai to Borivali from Churchgate, which will take about an hour. You can take an autorickshaw right up to the park gate. The nearest railhead is the Borivali railway station.

    Price: INR 48 per adult and INR 25 for children above five.

    Famous For: Tigers, porcupine, hanuman langur 

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    18. Rajaji National Park

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    Encompassing the Shivalik mountain ranges, Rajaji National Park is abundantly rich in flora and fauna and proves a great holiday destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

    Rajaji National Park is famous for its wildlife, especially for tigers and elephants. It has recently received the recognition of a Tiger Reserve by the Government of India. The park is rich in flora and fauna and is a great holiday destination for all nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts wanting to spot Tiger and King Cobra, Asian Elephants, Panther, Bear, Python, Wild Boar, Kakar, Monitor Lizard, Chital, Sambar and Wild Cats. Spread over 3 districts of Uttarakhand including Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal, you can also spot many migratory birds especially after the monsoon.

    Best Time To Visit: Mid November to Mid June

    How To Get There: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun while railhead is at Rishikesh located at a distance of 35 km and 18 km respectively from the park.

    Price: Indian Nationals: INR 750 per person, Foreign Nationals: INR 1500 per person

    Famous For: Panther, python, kakar, sambar

    19. Silent Valley National Park

    Ideal Duration Of A Trip To Silent Valley National Park

    Spread across an area of 89 square kilometres, the Silent Valley National Park offers beautiful views of the rich flora and fauna to its visitors from all across the globe. Though smaller in size, a visit to this national park holds significance for visitors as this site is the last remaining characteristic of tropical evergreen forests in India. The park is home to many endangered species residing peacefully and the ones most commonly found here are lion-tailed macaque, wild pig, panther, elephant, tiger and gaur.

    Best Time To Visit: December to April

    How To Get There: Well connected by road from Mannarghat located at a distance of 32 km from the park.

    Price: Entry Fee: INR 50, Still Camera: INR 25, Video Camera: INR 200

    Famous For: Gaur, panther, elephants

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    20. Dudhwa National Park

    Fauna Of Dudhwa National Park

    Dudhwa National Park is famous for its wildlife, nature and diversity and is a perfect spot for nature and wildlife lovers. One of the finest tiger reserves houses plethora of rare and endangered species including Hispid hare, Tiger, Swamp deer, Leopard and Bengal Florican. The place is also home to nearly 400 varied species of birds including several migratory birds like kingfishers, bulbuls, woodpeckers, owls, orioles, bee eaters and barbets.

    Best Time To Visit: December to April

    How To Get There: Nearest railheads to the National Park are Dudhwa, Palia and Mailani from where you can reach the park in hired cars or buses.

    Price: Indians: INR 50 and INR 300 for foreigners.

    Famous For: Hispid hare, swamp deer, florican

    21. Panna National Park

    Located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts, Pana National Park is well-known for its plentiful wildlife and avifauna. Covering an area of around 542.67 km square, this properly maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India received Award of Excellence in the year 2007. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds and is famous for its attractions like wild cats, including tigers as well as antelope and deer. Sometime you might get to spot unique animals like black buck, spotted deer or chital and the Indian gazelle or panthers.

    Best Time To Visit: November to April

    How To Get There: Nearest bus stand is in Panna town which is well- connected to Khajuraho, Satna and many other places in Madhya Pradesh.

    Price: Indians: INR 40, Foreigners: INR 500

    Famous For: Black buck, spotted deer, chital

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    22. Van Vihar National Park

    A shot of tigers relaxing at the Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal

    Van Vihar is a National Park and a Zoological Space located in the city of lakes, Bhopal. The place is a heaven for nature lovers where you can spot a vast variety of animals including Neelgai, panthers, leopards, cheetah as well as birds such as bulbuls, wagtails, kingfishers and some migratory species. Spreading over a vast area of 4.45 sq.km, this protected area has categorised animals in 2 categories, i.e., carnivores and herbivores. If you want to see the migratory birds, travel during the winter season.

    Best Time To Visit: July to September

    How To Get There: Van Vihar has two entrances, Chickoo Dwar and Ramu Dwar. The nearest Bus Stop to Cheeku Dwar is Kilok Park while the nearest point from Ramu Dwar is Bhadbhada Bridge.

    Price: Differs on the basis of the vehicles used, number of people, and purpose of visit

    Famous For: Neelgai, kingfishers, cheetah

    23. Bharatpur National Park

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    Also known as Kaleido National park, this place is home to exotic birds and animals. The park was listed on UNESCO in 1985. It is not just a haven for plants and animals but also a representation of Rajsthani culture and diversity. The park is located in the Braj region of Rajasthan whose mention has been done in numerous ballads and folklore. One will find 370 different species of plants and animals here. Tourists from all over the country come to visit this beautiful place.

    Best season to visit: November-February

    How to get there: Bharatpur Railway Junction is only 5 km away from the park. Jaipur Airport is the closest airport, 150 km away.

    Price: INR 50 per person

    Famous for: bird watching

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    24. Bannerghatta National Park

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    Bannerghatta is where you will find the first butterfly park in India. Lay your eyes on colorful variety of butterflies. Apart from that, there is also a Children’s Park, Snake Park, Crocodile Park, and an Aquarium Zoo. The park was founded in 1971 and is spread across an area of 100 sq km. Find leopards, jackal, fox, wild boar, sloth, India gazelle, spotted deer, porcupine, Asiatic Lion inside the park.

    Best season to visit: November-June

    How to get there: It is only 22 km away from Bangalore. You can take a private taxi from Bangalore to reach here.

    Price: INR 80 for Indians, INR 400 for foreign adults

    Famous for: fox, wild boar, sloth, India gazelle, spotted deer

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    25. Wandoor Marine National Park

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    Well, you can say that Wandoor Marine National Park is one of the most important national parks in India. Located 25 km from the capital of Andaman i.e. Port Blair, you will find a plethora of flora fauna here. Find the most exquisite marine life in this national park that is also known as Mahatma Gandhi National Park. the scenery of azure skies and white sandy shores is also pleasing to the eyes. You can also go snorkeling and diving in the park.

    Best season to visit: November-January

    How to get there: Boat transfer is available

    Price: INR 500 per person for boat transfer and snorkeling, INR 50 for entry

    Famous for: Marine life and water activities

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    26. Nameri National Park

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    If you adore elephants, then you should definitely visit Nameri National Park. Not just elephants, you will also find elephants, leopards, and tigers. The rich fauna-flora of this place and the activities here make it a must-visit. You will also find fish that are 3-5 feet long and are known as Tiger of the water. You can also go swimming in the river. It is a perfect place to get close to the nature making it one of the best national parks in India.

    Best season to visit: November to April

    How to get there: Guwahati is the nearest airport to the national aprk.

    Price: INR 20, INR 250 for foreign nationals

    Famous for: River rafting, wildlife safari

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    27. Mudumalai National Park

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    Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu has the status of both a national park and wildlife sanctuary. The lush green environs will invigorate your senses. In terms of wildlife, you can have a rendevouz with Asian elephants, golden jackals, striped hyenas, and leopards. This is an amazing place to get into nature’s lap.

    Best season to visit:

    How to get there: You can hire a cab either from the Coimbatore airport or railway station.

    Price: INR 15 per person for entry fee

    Famous for: Asian elephants, golden jackals, striped hyenas, and leopards

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    28. Jaldapara National Park

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    Jaldapara National park in West Bengal is where you will come across animals like deer, bison, rhinos, and wild pigs but it is mainly famous for elephants. You can enjoy an elephant safari in the park. You will also find the ruins of a fort inside the park. Another national park is just next to it that you can visit if you still haven’t had enough of nature.

    Best season to visit: September-May

    How to get there: Take a train from Birpara which is only 20 km away from the national park.

    Price: INR 100 for Indians, INR 500 for elephant safari

    Famous for: Elephant safari

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    29. Pin Valley National Park

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    Spiti is altogether a different world and Pin Valley National Park offers vistas like no other place. You won’t stop gazing at the lofty mountains and barren landscapes. This park is home to rare species like Snow Leopards. So, you may get lucky to spot one, although it is very rare that you will find one. The best time to spot snow leopards is in winter season. The park also offers trekking trails and you will find avid trekkers with their backpack exploring the wild in the best way possible.

    Best season to visit: May-September

    How to get there: The only way to reach here is by taking a shared taxi or a private car from Kaza

    Price: None

    Famous for: Snow Leopard, ravens, trekking

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    30. Orang National Park

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    Located on the shores of Brahmaputra River, Orang National Park is the oldest in Assam. Here you will find a huge variety of fauna and flora. The park is home to animals like Indian rhinos, porcupines, Bengal tigers, civets, water buffaloes. It is a paradise for bird watchers too. Get a glimpse of kingfishers, fishing eagles, woodpeckers, mallards, white pelicans. If you are wondering about floating national park in India, it is Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur.

    Best season to visit: November-April

    How to get there: The park is connected to major cities. You can easily take a car to reach here.

    Price: INR 20 for Indians, INR 250 for foreigners

    Famous for: wildlife safari

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    31. Gorumara National Park

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    Located in the eastern foothills of West Bengal, Gorumara National Park is where you will find a variety of animals and birds. The scenery in this park will simply take your breath away. Even though it is spread in an area of 80 sq km, the variety of flora and fauna is huge here. Meet the majestic Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, and hornbill at Gorumara National park. Just FYI, it is located right next to Jaldapara National Park in West Bengal.

    Best season to visit: October-May

    How to get there: Bagdogra Airport is only 80 km away from the park. You can hire a taxi to reach this place.

    Price: INR 2,000 for elephant safari

    Famous for: Giant Squirrels, Wild boars, deer, cobra, python

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    32. Simlipal National Park

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    It is one of the largest national parks in india and also the largest wildlife sanctuary. Not just animals, you will also find striking waterfalls, river streams, and verdant meadows inside the park. You will literally feel close to nature inside the park. You can enjoy a wildlife safari to amuse yourself and if you wish to spend a night in the wilderness, you can stay at one of the guest houses inside the park that are provided by the government.

    Best season to visit: November-June

    How to get there: Baripada is the nearest entry point to the park. The most convenient way is to hire a private taxi.

    Price: INR 100 for entry fee

    Famous for: 96 species of orchids and 1000 species of plants

    33. Desert National Park

    Animal running In Ground

    One of the largest national parks in the country, the Desert National Park is located in Jaisalmer and is spread across a sprawling 3162 square kilometers. Want to know an interesting fact? Well, this national park extends all the way from Jaisalmer to the India-Pakistan border and despite the fact that it is right in the middle of a desert, this national park offers a great opportunity to spot animaals like Bengal Fox, chinkara, Black Buck, and desert cat.

    Best season to visit: October-March

    How to get there: Baripada is the nearest entry point to the park. The most convenient way is to hire a private taxi.

    Price: INR 100 for entry fee

    Famous for: Home to Great Indian Bustard and Falcons

    34. Dachigam National Park

    most beautiful national parks

    Looking for national parks in Kashmir? Well, we got a suggestion! Dachigam National Park.  Located at a distance of 22 kilometers from Srinagar, this national park is home to some exotic species and some of the animals you can sight here are jackal, marmot, Himalayan black bear, leopard and Hangul (Kashmir Stag).

    Best season to visit: November-June

    How to get there: Srinagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station and is 15 km away and Srinagar airport is 22 km away. 

    Price: Nil

    Famous for: Home to Hangul or the Kashmir Stag.

    35. Mrugavani National Park

    deer

    If you were looking for a national park in Hyedrabad because you are bored of the forts and palaces in the ‘City Of Nawabs’ then the Mrugavani National Park comes to your rescue. Tucked away from the hustle bustle of routine in a beautiful district named Chilkur, this national park housescivet caat, monitor lizards, jackals, foxes, and a lot more.

    Best season to visit: October-March

    How to get there: Hyderabad Decan is the nearest railway station and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at a distance of 31 km. 

    Price: INR 10 for entry fee

    Famous for: 600 species of plants and 100 species of local birds and animals

    36. Hemis  National Park

    enormous paradise also houses the world famous Hemis Monastery

    If you feel the hills are calling then they might really be! And if you really wanna go to the hills, what better than Srinagar? The Hemis National Park is located in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir the Hemis National park is believed to house the highest number of snow leapords in the entire world and honestly if that is not exciting we don’t know what is!

    Best season to visit: April-October

    How to get there: Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest railway station and Leh Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 47 km. 

    Price: INR 20 (Indian nationals); INR 100 (Foreigners)

    Famous for: Being home to the highest number of Snow Leapords in the world.

    37. Namdapha National Park

    elephant safari

    This national park is a blessing in disguise and we are not joking! Spanning across a sprawling 1808 square kilometers, the Namdapha National Park is a biodiversity hotspot and if you want to be close to nature then this is the place to do so. It also happens to be the third largest national park in India and here you can indulge in various activities apart from wildlife spotting.

    Best season to visit: October-March

    How to get there: Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest railway station and Leh Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 47 km. 

    Price: INR 20 (Indian nationals); INR 100 (Foreigners)

    Famous for: Being home to the highest number of Snow Leapords in the world.

    38. Khangchendzonga National Park

    Khangchendzonga National Park

    The name is suggestive enough, isn’t it? Well, this national park is nestled in the lap of the Himalayas and is named after the third highest mountain peak in in the world. The Khangchendzonga National Park has recently been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritaage sites and is located at a whooping 8586 meters. It also is the first “Mixed Heritage” site in India and offers breathtaking views. As for the animals you would find here, they include Tibetan Snowcock, Himalayan Griffon, Tragopan Pheasant, and Green Pigeon.

    Best season to visit: March-May and September-December

    How to get there: Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest railway station and Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 122 km. 

    Price: INR 350/- per head for the first 7 days.
    INR 40/- per head-per day for additional days (For Indian nationals); INR 560/- per head for the first 7 days.
    INR 80/- per head -per day for additional days (For Foreigners); INR 80/- per head for the first 7 days
    INR 20/- per head -per day for additional days (For Students)

    Famous for: Being a UNESCO Heritage Site and being home to over 500 species of birds.

    39. Inderkilla National Park

    Inderkilla National Park

    Established in 2010, the Inderkilla National Park is spread across an area of 104 square kilometers and is located in Kullu district. The views are gorgeous and you can find a wide range of exotic species here. What’s more is that you can also find a wide range of plants and many of them have medicinal and healing properties. It is one of the least explored national parks in Himachal Pradesh but a beautiful one!

    Best season to visit: March-June and October-December

    How to get there: Kullu Manali Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 46 km. 

    Price: NA

    Famous for: Housing a wide range of exotic species of birds and plants.

    40. Mount Harriet National Park

    Beautiful Butterfly

    Mount Harriet National Park is considered to be one of the most popular national parks in not just Andaman but India. Spread across an area of 46 square kilometers the Mount Harriet National Park is home to wild pigs, turtles, robber crabs and some other species that will definitely rouse your interest. There is even a Forest Guest House here that you can plan a stay at if you wish to be close to nature.

    Best season to visit: November to June

    How to get there: Port Blair Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 46 km. 

    Price: NA

    Famous for: For its Forest Guesthouse and being home to robber crabs.

    41. visit Anshi National Park in dandeli

     

    Also known as the Kali Tiger Reserve, the Anshi National Park is located in the Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka and is located in close proximity to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere. You will be surrounded by lush greenery and taking a walk here would be sheer bliss! You will find rare species of flora and fauna here.

    Best season to visit: November-May

    How to get there: DharwadAirport is the nearest airport at a distance of 106 km. 

    Price: NA

    Famous for: For its rich flora and fauna.

    42. Kishtwar National Park

    himalayan black bear

    Founded with an aim to preserve the endangered snow leapords, the Kishtwar National Park has a vast range of fauna and avifauna. Kishtwar National Park allows you to be in close contact with nature and if you are drawn towards that then this is the place for you. Surrounded by the snowy Himalayan Range, the Kishtwar National Park is gorgeous!

    Best season to visit: November-June

    How to get there: Jammu Railway Station is the nearest railway station and is 248 km away and Jammu airport is 250 km away. 

    Price: Nil

    Famous for: For being home to Himalayaan Jungle Crow, Paradise Flycatcher, and Griffon Vulture.

    Further Read: Gir National Park: Your Complete Guide To The Royal Kingdom Of Asiatic Lions

    For a rendezvous with wildlife at its best, visit any of these wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India.While you make a long list of places to meet these wild beasts, take a look at the various customized tours by TravelTriangle to experience an adventure amidst the wildlife.

    Frequently Asked Questions About National Parks In India

     

    Still confused? See if these following common questions help you decide:

    Q. Which is the oldest national park in India?

    A. Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. It was established in 1936 under the name of Hailey National Park. The objective of the park was to protect tigers from being poached.

    Q. Which national park is named after a river?

    A. Manas National Park in Assam is named after the Manas river.

    Q. Which national parks in India for tigers?

    A. Jim Corbett, Sariska National park, Kanha tiger reserve, Nagarhole National park, Kaziranga National park are some of the famous national parks for tigers.

    Q. Which are famous national parks in north east India?

    A. Kaziranga national park, Namdapha national park, Orang National Park, Nameri National Park are some of the famous national parks in North-east India.

    Q. How many national parks are in India?

    A. According to the National Wildlife Database of May 2019, there are 104 national parks in India. They cover an area of 40501.13 square kilometres. This area is 1.23% of the geographical area of the entire nation.

    Q. Which state in India has no national park?

    A. There is no such state in India without a national park.

    Q. Which is the smallest national park of India?

    A. The South Button Island National Park of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the smallest national park of India. It has an area of 0.03 square kilometres. It appears as a rock emerging out of the surrounding waters.

    Q. Which is India’s biggest national park?

    A. Hemis National Park in Jammu and Kashmir is the biggest Indian national park. It covers around 3350 square kilometres of area. You will find an array of animals like elephants and deers there.

    Q. Which is the biggest tiger national park in India?

    A. Kanha Tiger Reserve is the largest national park in India. It is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. It was declared a national park by the year 1986 to save the endangered species of Bengal Tiger.

    Q. Which state of India has the maximum number of national parks?

    A. Madhya Pradesh in India has the maximum number of national parks. It has 96 national parks and 510 wildlife sanctuaries. You will find an array of animals like the striped hyena, Indian fox, jungle cat, and the golden jackal.

    Q. Which national park is famous for elephants?

    A. Bandhavgarh National Park is famous for Indian elephants. Situated 197 kilometres northeast of Jabalpur, it also offers incredible elephant safari options.

    Q. Which are the top 10 national parks in India?

    A. The top 10 national parks in India are:
    1. Kaziranga National Park
    2. Manas National Park
    3. The Great Himalayan National Park
    4. Bharatpur National Park
    5. Khangchendzonga National Park
    6. Corbett National Park
    7. Ranthambore National Park
    8. Periyar National Park
    9. Kanha National Park
    10. Sundarbans National Park


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