Wildlife Sanctuaries to Visit in India in February

  • Ankur
  • Thursday | 20th February, 2020

India is a proud owner of 200 wildlife sanctuaries. And it has always been and will forever remain as one of the best biodiversity hotspots in the world.

This is one of the favorite months and for lots of reasons. This is an excellent time for tiger tracking in the National Parks, for spotting the very elusive snow leopards of the Himalayas, Overall wildlife sanctuaries in India act as a sensuous treat for people from all walks of life.

India is a proud owner of 200 wildlife sanctuaries. And it has always been and will forever remain as one of the best biodiversity hotspots in the world.

On the whole, India in February is nice and sunny, with the fog and mist from January clearing up. In the far north, snow leopards are descending from the mountains in search of prey, making this a good time to try spotting them on snow leopard safari.

February is a great time to visit wildlife sanctuaries if you want to avoid the heat. As the weather warms up, it can become quite unbearable in the tiger parks, making tracking hard work. 

Here is a list of few wildlife sanctuaries you can visit in February

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This biodiverse park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers, especially in the central Tala zone. Other animals include white tigers, leopards and deer. It has a high density of Bengal tigers and is home to as many as 45 species of animals and 250 species of birds.

Bandhavgarh National Park was a hunting ground for the Maharajas. The mix of tropical forest, Sal trees and grassland is home to scores of bird species, including eagles. To the south are the remains of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort. . Besides wildlife, Bandhavgarh National Park is also known to have connections with the great Hindu epic, Ramayana, and the Tigers.

Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Formerly famed as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, this national park is refuge to 364 species of birds. Keoladeo National Park is a vast bird sanctuary and former royal game reserve in the north Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; hence, it attracts tourists from across the world.

South of the ancient city of Bharatpur, the park’s woods and man-made wetlands protect over 350 species of migratory and resident birds, including herons, cormorants and eagles. To the southeast, Fatehpur Sikri is home to sandstone temples and a mosque, built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century.

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Established in the year 1936, the Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national of India. Jim Corbett National Park is a forested wildlife sanctuary in northern India’s Uttarakhand State. Rich in flora and fauna, it’s known for its Bengal tigers.

A total of 300 Wild elephants and 200 tigers roam around the national park with other rare species of animals and birds. Not only does it display a wide range of animals and birds, but it is also home to hidden leafy treasures boasting 488 species of plants.

Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan

With a perfect blend of untouched nature, rare wildlife, and history, Ranthambore National Park is an ideal place for wildlife photographers and history buffs. Ranthambhore wildlife sanctuary is known for its Bengal tigers and is a popular place in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The park`s deciduous forests are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in Central India. Other fauna include the Indian leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, striped hyena, sloth bear, southern plains gray langur, rhesus macaque, mugger crocodile.

Ranthambore National Park was once a hunting reserve of the Maharajas. Apart from its stunning sanctuary, it is also home to 10th century Ranthambore fort, ruins of Chhatris, and an archaic temple. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest banyan trees in India.

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

Bandipur National Park, an 874-sq.-km forested reserve in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, is known for its small population of tigers. Bandipur National Park is home to conventional along with rare exotic birds and animals. The River kabini acts as a water source for the wildlife.

Bandipur National Park is one of the most sought after wildlife sanctuaries, and a popular tourists place to visit in India.Once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, the park also harbors Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native species. The 14th-century Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple offers views from the park`s highest peak.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India and a proud owner of 2/3rd of the world`s population of the great one-horned Rhinoceros. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants also.

The Sanctuary was founded way back in the year 1905 and became a part of the Tiger Reserve in the year 2006. Ganges River dolphins swim in the park’s waters. It’s visited by many rare migratory birds, and gray pelicans roost near Kaziranga village.

Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sundarbans National Park, is a large coastal mangrove forest, shared by India and Bangladesh. The area is home to the Royal Bengal tiger, plus other endangered species such as the estuarine crocodile and Ganges River dolphin.

The tigers here are known to be man-eating tigers, but their allure pulls animal lovers from far- off lands. The national park is also rich in its flora, avifaunal, reptiles, and marine life treasures.

Gir National Park, Gujarat

Gir National Park is the only place where the endangered Asiatic lions and Ass are spotted. Gir Forest National Park is a wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat, western India. It was established to protect Asiatic lions, who frequent the fenced-off Devalia Safari Park, along with leopards and antelopes.

Counted as one of the top wildlife destinations to visit in India in winter, the park owns a rich animal treasure. Three hundred avifauna species, 38 species of mammals, 37 kinds of reptiles, and more than 2000 insect species dwell here. The Kamleshwar Dam has marsh crocodiles and birds, such as Indian skimmers and pelicans.

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