There is never a dull moment when it comes to wildlife tourism in India. Relatively each and every major state has its own charming wildlife park that provides an overwhelming forest tour to visitors. In this blog, we will talk about the top offbeat national parks in India for an unique wildlife experience. Keep reading!
Best Offbeat National Parks in India for an Unique Wildlife Experience
Hemis National Park, Ladakh
Hemis National Park is known for being one of the last bastions of the mythical snow leopard and it’s distinct scenic beauty. Hemis National Park is located in the eastern Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.
The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation operates regular Deluxe and Ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh via Kargil. Another approach road is from Manali to Leh which is open for traffic from around June to early October. Buses as well as taxis are available from Leh towards the Hemis National Park. The Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary were prominently featured in the award-winning documentary Riding Solo to the Top of the World which is one of popular tourist attraction here.
The park offers a number of routes for trekking from mid-June to mid-October. The best season for spotting snow leopards is in late winter. It is a must visit for nature wildlife enthusiasts as well as photography lovers.
Daily regular flights from Delhi to Leh are the most convenient and easy way to reach Ladakh. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Go Air, Spice Jet and Vistara Airlines operates flights at regular intervals from New Delhi to Leh. The nearest railway station is Jammu-Tawi in Jammu which is connected to the major cities of the country. Leh is well connected with all the major cities within the state.
While in Leh, you can stay at the majestic and royal The Grand Dragon Ladakh or choose from many of the other hotels and homestay options.
Manas National Park, Assam
Manas National Park is not only famous as a tiger and elephant reserve but it is also inscribed as UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve in Assam. Manas is a hotbed of biodiversity and home to the largest population of Bengal Florican birds in India and over 500 species of resident and migratory birds. It is also famous for its endemic wildlife species such as Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare and golden langue. It is a perfect destination with full of click worthy moments and adventure.
The nearest airport is Borjhar, Guwahati. The nearest railhead is situated at Barpeta road. Manas National Park is well connected by network of roads which connect the place with other cities and towns in the state. There are regular bus services operated by state transport as well as the private operators. Also taxis are available for the park from Guwahati.
Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand
Rajaji National park offers amazing opportunity to the nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy the beautiful landscape and wildlife. Rajaji, Chilla, and Motichur the three sanctuaries were merged in 1983 to form the present day Rajaji national park which is situated between the Shivalik ranges and Indo-Germanic plains. This national park is named after Sir Raja Gopalachari the first Indian Governor General, who was popularly known as Rajaji.
The dense jungle and varied topography of the national park are responsible for vivid animal life inhabited here. It is home to over 315 species of birds and Asiatic elephants. Besides ,it is also famous for its leopards, jungle cats, tigers, hog deer and sloth deers. The wildlife Safari at the national park is open between 15 th November to 15th June.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. Jolly Grant Airport which is only a few kilometers away from the Northern Boundary of the Park has a daily 55 minutes flight from Delhi. Nearest railhead is at Haridwar , Dehradun and Rishikesh.
Desert National Park, Rajasthan
Desert national park is distinct for its pristine beauty within the Thar dessert. It is located in Rajasthan North western state of India. Jaisalmer is the nearest railway station to the national park which is connected to the major cities of the country. The lakes that flow within the desert of Jaisalmer make it an ideal habitat for over migratory birds and resident birds. It is also known for some of the rarest species of birds like great Indian bustard and viper snakes. The Safari in a great opportunity to explore the national park within a short span of time.
Jaisalmer by train and then road transport. RSRTC also buses run regularly from Delhi to Rajasthan. Also Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport to National Park and connected to the major cities of India.
Eaglenest Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh
A paradise for nature lovers and birding enthusiasts, the wildlife of this park is blessed with over 450 species of birds, reptiles and butterflies. Eaglenest sanctuary is located in the Himalayan foothills of West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh. The sanctuary first gained worldwide recognition when the renowned birdwatcher Ramana Atherya discovered a new bird species named Bugun Liocichla. One of the major attraction here is the butterflies which include grey admiral, Bhutan fort, scarce red forests, tiger brown, dusky labyrinth and white owl. The best time to visit is during the cooler months of October to April.
Tezpur airport is the nearest airport to Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. Guwahati Airport is another renowned international airport from where you can get buses and taxis to reach the park. Taxis are available from outside the airport to reach the sanctuary. Bhalukpong is the nearest railhead to Eaglenest. Also public transport is available from railway station to the sanctuary. Tawang-Tezpur road connects the sanctuary with popular cities like Tawang, Tezpur and Bomdila by road.
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