Winter is here! And so is the chill in the air. It is an amazing time to head out to some wildlife destination to get close to mother nature and its marvelous creations.
If you have unending wanderlust and a liking for adventure, then winter is just the perfect time to visit a wildlife destination. Ourtitbits bring you a list of 8 lesser known national parks from different parts of the country that you must visit this winter:
- Bandhavgarh National Park:
Located in Madhya Pradesh, this lesser-known national park has a surprisingly high density of Bengal tigers. Apart from tigers, the park boasts of nearly 40 species of mammals that include deer, wild boar, sambar, Indian bison, barking deer and langur, around 250 species of bird.
- Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand:
Spread over three districts of Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand, this one of the most fascinating lesser-known national parks with a seemingly unending flora and fauna. Although the park was earlier more popular for wild elephants, the park now also boasts of Bengal Tigers apart from leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, Himalayan black bears, jackals, barking deer, sambhars and another 315 species of birds!
- Pench National Park:
This park is said to be an inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s famous work, “The Jungle Book.” The park boasts of 25 tigers and 38 other species of mammals, 13 species of reptiles and three species of amphibians. Fox, jungle cat, spotted deer, striped hyena, four-horned antelope and Indian bison are some of the animals that you will definitely spot if you visit the place during winters.
- Bandipur National Park:
Spread over 880 sq km in Karnataka with its very own unmatched natural beauty, this place is home to a good number of tigers, majestic elephants, leopards, gaur (Indian bison), spotted deer, sloth bears, langurs, and sambars. A perfect haven for bird-watchers too, all thanks to its impressive 350-odd species of birds. Definitely one of the most thrilling lesser-known national parks of the country!
- Daroji Bear Sanctuary:
Located near Hampi in Karnataka, this place is home to Indian sloth bears. One can have a fun-filled satisfying day at the sanctuary’s watchtower from where one can enjoy watching bears in its natural surroundings along with leopards, hyena, jackals apart from 90 species of birds.
- Jim Corbett National Park:
Although not a lesser-known one, Jim Corbett National Park is still a treat for everyone. A place with a fine balance between dense vegetation and rolling grasslands, this place is the home of a wide range of animals including sloth bears, langurs, rhesus macaques, peacocks, otters, gharials and several species of deer apart from around 200 tigers and 300 wild elephants.
- Gir National Park:
Not a fan of cold temperature? Then head to Gir National Park in Gujarat, which is now the only place in India where you can catch a glimpse of the Asiatic lion. If not lions, then you will definitely catch the glimpse of leopards, striped hyenas, golden jackals, desert cats, cobras and four-horned antelopes apart from enjoying some warm pleasant sun.
- Kaziranga National Park:
This UNESCO World Heritage site should be one every traveler’s bucket list. Home to the two-thirds of world’s one-horned rhinoceros population, Kaziranga National Park is the perfect place to pay a visit in February and March.