Three Famous National Parks in India
The kaleidoscope of tourism in India mainly rests upon a number of mountain peaks, hill stations, sea beaches, monuments, forts, sanctuaries, national parks and other places. Flora and fauna of the sanctuaries and national parks of India attract a large number of tourists every year. At present, India has 99 national parks and more than 500 sanctuaries. Here you have some basic information about three famous national parks that a tourist must visit in India.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is situated in Madhya Pradesh and it was given the status of a national park in the year 1982. The total area of this national park is nearly 450 sq.km. and it is one of the tiger reserves of India. As the density of tiger is greater than any other national parks of India, the chance of having a glimpse of tiger is also greater. Besides tigers, there are abundant wild boars, deer and other wild animals and birds in Bandhavgarh. The best time to visit Bandhavgarh is summer. The nearest major railhead of Bandhavgarh is Katni which is 102 km away from Tala, the gateway to Bandhavgarh. Two domestic airports, Jabalpur and Khajuraho are well connected to this national park. There is the tourists’ lodge of M.P. Tourism Development Corporation for staying. Besides, there are also other private tourists’ lodges at Bandhavgarh.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park covers the area of 874.20 sq.km. and lies on the Nilgiri mountains situated on the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It was declared as the national park in the year 1973. The natural beauty of this national park is excellent and the number of wild animals is also great here. It is the natural habitat of tigers, elephants, gaurs, leopards, bears, wild dogs, deer and other animals. There are also birds like wood pecker, warbler, weaverbird, kingfisher, drongo, hornbill etc. Bandipur National Park is best to visit in winter and the park is open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the morning and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the afternoon. There are van, jeep and elephant safari available inside the forest area. The major railhead near Bandipur National Park is Mysore which is 80 km away and nearest major International airport, Bangalore is 220 km away. A few costly resorts and the cottages of the forest department are available here for staying.
Corbett National Park
In the foothills of the Uttarakhand Himalaya there lies the oldest and most famous national park of India. It was established in the year 1936 and was named as Hailey National Park. Then the name was changed to Ramganga National Park. Then finally it was named after a famous hunter, Jim Corbett as Corbett National Park. It has an area of about 520 sq.km. There are arrangements of jeep safari inside the forest and elephant safari from Dhikala and Bijrani zone. The river Ramganga flows through the forest. Tiger is the main attraction of this national park. Other than tigers, here the visitors have a chance to have a glimpse of elephants, leopards, langurs, Himalayan gorals, wild boars and other wild animals and birds. Though the forest remains open throughout the year, the best time to visit Corbett National Park is from November to May. Ramnagar, the nearest town to Corbett National Park is 280 km away from Delhi and 128 km from Nainitaal. Nearest railhead is Ramnagar. There are different lodges and guest houses inside the forest as well as the outside. There are also luxurious resorts near the forest.