Top 20 Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks of Rajasthan
Are you looking forward to a jungle adventure this holiday? Are you confused where to head towards for your next vacation? Then let me suggest you to try the wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks of Rajasthan, India.
It is home to a large number of domestic and migratory birds as well as a number of wild animals which you would otherwise spotted in television! Come, experience the wilderness amidst the jungles and dense greenery in the desert land of Rajasthan.
To help you decide your ultimate destination, let me take you through the best 20 wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks in Rajasthan, as below:
1. Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
Situated in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan is the largest National Park in the nation, the Ranthambore National Park. This site is best known for housing the highest population of tigers in the wilderness of their natural habitat, about 34 tigers have been recorded to live here in 2008!
You will also find chitals, sloth bears, hyenas, sambars, wild boars, nilgai, and leopards amidst more than 500 different species of plants and green vegetation. Ideal time to visit is from October to June and the gates are open from 7 AM – 6 PM. Also, you may avail a 6 seater canter or a jeep safari for a bigger crowd.
2. Sariska National Park, Alwar
Another famous sanctuary and home to Royal Bengal Tigers which is spread over an area of about 866 square km, and 107 km from Jaipur is Sariska National Park in the borders of Aravalli mountains.
Sariska National park is one of the hunting grounds of the wild yellow and black striped angry mammal! It is also home to nilgai, sambhar, golden jackals, striped hyenas, caracal, jungle cats, Rhesus monkeys, Hanuman langurs, hares, wild boars, chousingha or the four horned antelope, chinkara and leopards.
In the bird species, you might come across tree pie, sand grouse, bush quail, grey partridge, the Great Indian Horned Owl, crested serpent eagle, golden backed woodpecker and peafowl. Best time for visit would be from October to June and it is open from 8 AM- 6.30 PM.
3. Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur
It is a natural home to a large number of migratory and domestic birds which makes it ideal for ornithologists! In Bharatpur, this sanctuary also provides grazing grounds for the cattle flock of the villagers. It houses about 379 floral species, 366 bird species and 230 avian species. Within the sanctuary is situated the Keoladeo Temple.
The Keoladeo Ghana Bird sanctuary was named after this temple and was initiated about 250 years ago. Since it is a favorite of the foreigners as well as domestic citizens, accommodation facilities have been arranged within the premises. Ideal time for visit at this UNESCO World Heritage Site would be from October to February and you may opt for a jeep or camel safari!
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4. Desert National Sanctuary, Jaisalmer
One of the largest National Parks of the country which is spread over an area of 3162 square km, this sanctuary is built amidst sand dunes unlike the rest! A perfect site of desert land comprising of age old rocks and dunes while housing a large population of migratory birds like Great Indian Bustard, sand grouse, kestrels, laggar falcons, spotted eagles, tawny eagles, short toed eagles, vultures, buzzards, falcons, harriers and eagles.
The alluring setup of the bird sanctuary amidst the desert wilderness attracts tourists from across the globe. Also, here you get to experience a great collection of age old, about 180 million years old animal and plant fossils! Ideal time to visit here would be from October to February and you may avail jeep or horse safari! Don’t forget to explore the Thar Desert and Sam Sand dunes nearby!
5. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh
Situated in the districts of Rajsamand which surrounds the Kumbhalgarh Fort is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary, Rajasthan spread across an area of 578 square km and at an elevation point 500 to 1300 m. This natural habitat boasts to be the home of endangered wildlife like hares, chinkaras, four horned antelopes, nilgai, sambhar, jungle cats, hyenas, sloth bears, leopards and wolves.
In the bird species you will find white breasted kingfisher, bulbuls, pigeons, golden oriole, grey jungle fowl, peacocks, doves and parakeets. Best time to visit here is October to March while you may avail jeep safari or trekking.
6. Darrah Sanctuary, Kota
Not only home to wildlife and birds it is known for the wonderful green scenic splendor set by the River Chandrabhaga and surrounding temples dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries! Ideal time to visit here will be October to March and you may avail jeep safari or trekking across the sanctuary.
7. Mount Abu Sanctuary, Mount Abu
It is situated on the hills of Aravalli and houses a large number of wildlife, green vegetation and birds. The greatest attraction here is the igneous rocks with huge cavities in them that sets a sight to delight and sets ground for aspiring photographers.
What draws tourists, especially ornithologists is the grey jungle fowl among lions, tigers, leopards, hedgehogs, porcupines, Indian hares, mongoose, pangolin, bears, wild boars, langurs, foxes, hyenas, jackals, small Indian civets, jungle cats, sambhars and about 250 species of humming birds. You have to avail trekking here to visit this sanctuary and ideal time is from April to June and November to February.
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8. Sita Mata Sanctuary, Prataogarh
A perfect scenery is set here at Sita Mata Sanctuary, Pratapgarh at the conjunction of the Aravalli, the Vindhyachal Hills and the Malwa Plateau along with The Rivers Tankiya, Budho, Sita Mata, Karmoi and Jakham flowing amidst the dense green vegetation.
Housing a great number of birds like cattle egret, little egret, tawny eagle, Indian darter, grey heron, little grebe, little cormorant, white eyed buzzard, and black winged stilt, it is rightly known as the Bird Paradise. Ideal time to visit here is October and March.
9. Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary, Karauli
It is actually an extension of the Ranthambore National Park. It is named after the Keladevi temple which is situated inside the sanctuary. You may expect a rich wildlife comprising of sambhar, wolves, hyenas, sloth bears, leopards, tigers, jackals, wild boars and chinkara,in jeep safaris from September to March.
10. National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Kota
Situated at the conjunction of 3 states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and at the banks of River Chambal, this sanctuary is home to endangered gharials, the red crowned roof turtle and river dolphin of the Ganges.
It also houses the Indian Wolf, striped hyena, smooth coated otter, mugger crocodiles, eight species of turtles, Palm Squirrels, Indian Gazelle, Blackbucks, nilgai, sambar, wild boar, jungle cats, Indian grey mongoose, Indian small mongoose, hedgehog, flying fox, hares, porcupines and palm civet. Accommodation is available within the sanctuary premises while ideal time to visit here would be September to June.
11. Machiya Safari Park, Jodhour
Situated in Jodhpur and on your way to Jaisalmer you come across this most visited tiger reserves of Rajasthan. It is also home to deer, desert fox, monitor lizard, blue bulls, rabbits, wild cats, mongoose, monkeys and migratory birds. Ideal time to visit here is from October to February while you may avail jeep safari.
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12. Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary, Bundi
About 45 km from Bundi at Nainwa road, is situated the Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary, founded in 1982, housing several trees like Khair, Salar, Khirni, Ber, Babool, Mango and Dhok. You may avail jeep or go trekking here while best time to visit is September to May.
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13. Mukundara Tiger Reserve, Kota
It houses about 50 tigers in an area of 759 square km and is the third largest tiger home in the country. Jeep safari is the only option here and ideal time to visit this dense vegetation habitat in Kota is January to March.
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14. Baretha Wildlife Sanctuary, Bharatpur
Situated about 45 km from Bharatpur is the Baretha Wildlife sanctuary which is surrounded by uneven pathways and water, making the site quite adventurous! It is spread across an area of about 200 square km.
It houses Wolf, Sambar, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Hyena, Fox, Leopard, and migratory birds like Geese, Ducks, and Swans among the many. Ideal time to visit Baretha is February to November while you may avail to explore the forest in a jeep for that extra tinge of adventure.
15. Jaisamand Sanctuary, Udaipur
Yet another tiger home at about 51 km and towards the south-east of Udaipur, which is spread cross a smaller area of 160 square km. Jaisamand houses sloth bear, panther, chital, chinkara, wild hog, darter open bill stork, lake heron, little cormorant and Indian Shag. It is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Also, if you are already in Jaipur and you love to drive, it is just a 9 KM drive to the south east which forms a perfect combination of romance and adventure for both of you! Ideal time to visit Jaisamand is from November to April.
16. Tal Chhapar Sanctuary, Shekhawati
Yet another favorite spots for international tourists and wildlife lovers is Tal Chhapar sanctuary, situated in the Chiru area of northwestern Rajasthan and close to Thar Desert. It is known to be the home to about 2000 dark bucks! If you opt for a flight the nearest is Jaipur airport and and then 215 km away as Tal Chhapar.
Ideal time to visit is from September to March while you may explore the wildlife amidst green dense forest in a jeep safari.
17. Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
A comparatively small habitat spread across an area of 50 square km is Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary in the historical district of Chittorgarh, on the western range of the Vindhya. It is home to wild boar, mongoose, hyena, jackal, four horned antelope and panther along with humming migratory birds. The major attraction here among the rich green trees of Dhok, Churel, Salar and Butea are the Sarna Height and the flowing river with its tranquil waters.
Most importantly, it charges a very reasonable fee of 10 INR and 2 INR for Indian residents and students respectively while 80 INR for foreigners. Ideal time for visit at the Bassi is from October to March, especially during the winter. Since, it is quite a small area you can explore it in about 2 to 3 hours.
18. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary
It is a protected natural habitat to wild fowls, nilgais, deer, antelopes, black bucks, desert foxes, chinkaras, and wild boars at a distance of about 32 km from Bikaner. The major attraction is a lake within the sanctuary which stands as an abode to all the travelling and migratory wildlife. A relishing sight for all travelers and photographers!
Ideal time for visit is the winter season from November to March while the entry fee is also quite reasonable at 100 INR per person.
19. Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary
A dreamy location is one of the biggest attractions of the Sajjangarh Wildlife sanctuary. It is situated such that it encompasses the famous Udaipur fort and the Bansdara Hills are visible from this natural habitat housing sambars, chitals, wild boars, hyenas, blue bulls, panthers, hares, jackals and other humming migratory birds.
The artificial Tiger Lake built by the former ruler of Mewar, Maharana Raj Singh makes it a popular travel destination in the desert land. The entry fee is also reasonable here at 100 INR for Indian nationals and 300 INR for foreigners.
20. Todgarh Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary
About 105 km from Ajmer is the Todgarh Wildlife Sanctuary which covers Pali, Ajmer and Rajsamand districts. It is not a much explored sanctuary unlike the popular ones but it is always adventurous and exciting to explore the virgin dense forests with rich wildlife, flora and fauna.
The deciduous forest here is home to leopard, sloth bears, wild boar, common langur and chinkara Indian wolf among many. Ideal time to visit the Todgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is during winters of November to March.
So now that you have a list of 20 of the best Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in the historic and desert land of Rajasthan, it is now your turn to book the tickets in Palace on Wheels , plan your stay and start packing your luggage. Don’t forget to carry a technologically advanced camera so that you don’t miss out any live hunting tiger or those amazingly colorful birds! Also, make sure you carry enough sunscreen as most of the forest tour is during the morning and daytime.
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