Wildlife Tour in India A Treat of Thrill And Adventure The wildlife in India is as diverse as its culture and people. From the dry forests of Ranthambore to the rainy jungles of Periyar, the country is home to the mighty Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Asiatic Elephant, the Indian Wolf, crocodiles, foxes, species of deer and antelope, Indian wild dog (Dhole), rhinoceros, monkeys, reptiles, the Indian Bison and a countless variety of birds. Catering from the generalist adventurer to an avid bird watcher, the flora and fauna of the country attracts visitors from far and beyond; people of varying interests have a plethora of options while choosing the wildlife tours to India.

Popular National parks and wildlife sanctuaries for tours in India are spread over the length and breadth. From Binsar in hilly Uttarakhand; Ranthambore in Rajasthan; Gir in Gujarat to Kaziranga in Assam, every single wild destination in India is enriches with the beautiful and some of the rarest creation of Mother Nature. Whether it’s the Asiatic lions in Gir or the big five (tiger, elephant, rhinoceros, wild buffalo and the Indian bison) in Kaziranga, every Indian wildlife tour will give you a chance to witness these majestic jungle inhabitants in their natural habitat. Where some national parks in India are famous for valorous animals, others are best known for bird watching too.

Majority of the jungles are closed in July, August and September. The best time to visit is in the months of October to March. Jungles in south India are thicker, greener and some are open to visitors even during rainy months. At Periyar in Kerela, if one is lucky enough to watch elephants swimming across the huge man made reservoir, the experience is like no other. The same is true if tourists are able to spot a tiger swimming in Sunderbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. The common deer and monkeys which frolic about in almost every forest in India keep entertaining the visitors during their quest for bigger game.

Accommodation near most of the jungles is catered by luxurious hotels and resorts operated by some of the big players in the hospitality industry that includes The Taj group of Hotels, The Oberoi, and The Claridges to name a few. These hotels and resorts provide an unforgettable experience to the adventure enthusiasts. Jungle safaris are conducted in private vehicles which are comfortable and cushioned for a bumpy ride in the jungles, but be ready for a little dust as the roads in the jungle are not paved. Accompanied with a well versed naturalist, who helps identify and spot the animals where the inexperienced eye fails to. After the safaris, nature lovers can rest their tired bones as the hotels pamper the guests with their inexhaustible options of Ayurveda, Yoga and Spa facilities.

As the country is dotted with forests in every region, interested travelers can mix wildlife tours with other destinations to enrich the experience. While having a tour to north India, guests can combine holiday with The Taj Mahal in Agra, whilst travelers visiting south Indian terrain can opt for beach rest or Ayurveda after the tour. Guests interested in visiting the north-east portion of the country after Kaziranga or Manas National Park will be experiencing a culturally and traditionally different India compared to rest of the country. A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife photographers, the diverse woody landscape of the country make the wildlife tours in India a post card perfect moment to be treasured in the casket of memories.

By pauline