Our wildlife experience started on the pinnacle of the experience someone can have on the planet, The Great Migration in Masai Mara. Since then we have traveled mostly around North India to explore the wild. But there is no limit to the experiences. The clock turns back when you enter the deep woods of Corbett National Park or explore on foot the birding paradise of Bharatpur. Wildlife is a great travel genre and must be experienced as soon as possible before more human encroachment makes things disappear.
JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
The only reason we keep returning to Jim Corbett National Park is the sheer beauty and wild nature. The jungle has a different feel altogether and the sheer fun of early morning and late evening safari in Dhikala is unrivaled anywhere in India. We sincerely recommend to stay in the forest rest houses in Dhikala or Bijrani Zone to enjoy nature. The day safari from outside the park are no where near the experience of staying in the jungle.
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RANTHAMBHORE NATIONAL PARK
The national park which made tiger tourism famous in India is probably Ranthambhore. Set in the laps of Aravalli with an imposing old fortress guarding the dry forest of Rajasthan, this is one of the best place to see a wild Royal Bengal Tiger. The ease of connectivity and multiple zones and chances of tiger sightings make this park famous.
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When we first visited the park, we had little idea that we would be lucky on first day with 3 sightings. The Zone 3 of the park is known to be a paradise and it truly turned out to be a gift for us.
The place to see the birds of winter which flock to India. This lake used to be a hunting ground in past but now with restoration, this is a bird watcher paradise. Best time to visit is November to February.
Delhi to Bharatpur is 4-5 hrs drive.
The best experience of wildlife is undoubtedly in Kenya and to top that is ‘The Great Migration’ in August. Make sure you spend atleast 3 days in the Mara and then explore out to Amboseli and Nakuru region. Kenya is our best experience till now.
Close to home in Delhi is a small lake Sultanpur which is a great place for birding and weekend visits. Practice your camera skills for the birding before heading out to greener pastures.
Sultanpur is 1 hr drive from Delhi Airport.
The Najafgarh Jheel near Dwarka or Delhi Airport is another place to see birds. This place is not frequently visited but there are nice opportunities. You can see flamingos here.
Nestled in the Himalayas, Pangot and Sattal are two destinations for bird lovers. This place is close to Nainital and beautiful birding opportunity exists here. It takes around 6-7 hrs to reach from Delhi.
At least plan for 2 nights each in Pangot and Sat Tal. The views of Himalaya from Pangot are beautiful and you can enjoy sunrise and sunset as well.
Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh, India – Known for Tigers and Rhino
Chopta, Uttarakhand, India – Birds (Monal) and Himalayan Thar
Singalila National Park, West Bengal – Red Panda