Tadoba Andhari

TADOBA ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE

TADOBA ANDHARI TIGER RESERVE

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the largest national parks in Maharashtra. It is among one of India’s 47 tiger reserve projects. Its name ‘Tadoba’ is inspired from the name of a divine being “Tadoba” or “Taru” who is honored by the local tribal people, whereas “Andhari” is derived from name of Andhari River. It is believed that Taru was the village chief who was killed in a fierce battle with a Tiger and thus a shrine was made in the name of this divine man – Taru. The local tribal people still revere him. Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary together form the famous Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.

Along with the 50 tigers that are protected here, the Tadoba Andhari National Park is also a safe home for other wildlife animals like leopard, spotted deer, Sambar, Barking Deer etc., The park is also famous for the frequent sighting of leopard. Crocodile is another major attraction for the tourists. The park harbours reptiles like Indian Python, Indian Monitor and the Russel Viper etc. The park is a treasure trove for entomologists which also have 74 species of butterflies located here. Apart from butterflies, the National Park is home to 94 species of birds making it a lucrative destination for ornithologists. Hence, Tadoba Andhari National park is a hotspot of mega diversity.

The forest of this national park is covered with dry deciduous trees, teak being of prime importance. The national park is picturesque with beautiful lakes which act as water sources for the wildlife here. Among them Ira Lake is a famous tourist attraction. Tadoba National Park remains CLOSED for visitors on every Tuesday.

Location Chandrapur District (Maharashtra) 
Nearest AirportNagpur Airport: 140 km (3.5 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationChandrapur Station: 45 km (1.15 hr. drive)
Nagpur Station: 125 km (3 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsTiger, Indian Leopard, Leopard Cat, Asiatic Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Hyena, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Four-Horned Antelope, Indian Pangolin and Porcupine.
Total Area Covered623 sq. km.
Established in Year1955
VegetationSouthern tropical dry deciduous forests with grasslands.
Best Time to VisitTropical climate makes winter season the best time to visit Tadoba National Park. However, the best season to sight tigers would be the hotter months (March to May). Post monsoon is also a good time to visit Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary when the jungle becomes lush green and is filled with flowers.
ClimateWinters stretch from November to February and day temperatures is between 25°-30°C
Summers are too hot in Tadoba as the temperature increases to 47°C

TADOBA ANDHARI SAFARI TIMINGS

Season Date SessionEntry Timing Exit Time
Winter1 Jul-30 NovMorning6:00 – 8:00 am10:30 am
Evening2:30 – 4:30 pm6:30 pm
1 Dec-28/29 FebMorning6:30 – 8:30 am11:00 am
Evening2:00 – 4:00 pm6:00 pm
Summer1 Mar-30 AprMorning6:00 – 8:00 am10:30 am
Evening2:30 – 4:30 pm6:30 pm
1 May-30 JunMorning5:30 – 7:30 am10:00 am
Evening3:00 – 5:00 pm7:00 pm

TADOBA ANDHARI SAFARI ZONES

Safari Zones Gate No. 
Moharli (Mohurli) ZoneEntry into Moharli Zone can be made via Moharli Gate which is closer to the other two zones of Tadoba – Tadoba and Kholsa Zone
Tadoba ZoneEntry into Tadoba Zone can be made through four gates – Moharli, Navegaon, Kolara, and Kuswanda
Kholsa ZoneEntry into this zone can be made through – Moharli, Pangdi and Zari gates

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Sundarbans

SUNDARBANS NATIONAL PARK

SUNDARBANS NATIONAL PARK

Sundarbans National Park is a magnificent reserve and national park located in the largest delta of the world, namely the Sunderbans. The Sunderbans derived its name from the famous Sundari tree located here. It is a safe haven to the Royal Bengal Tigers. The park here is made up of 54 small islands and is crisscrossed by several distributaries of the Ganges. The average altitude of the park is about 7.5 m above sea level. The existing Sundarbans National Park was declared as the core area (under lawful protection and without being affected by human civilization) of the Sunderban Tiger Reserve in 1973 and was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1977. On 4 May 1984 it was recognized as a National Park.

The National Park is a dream destination for every person who is passionate for observing wildlife. This national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Sunderbans forest is home to more than 400 tigers. The Royal Bengal Tigers here have developed a distinctive trait of swimming in the saline waters, and are famous for their man-hunting tendencies. Tigers can be seen on the river banks sunbathing between November and February.

Apart from tigers, Sunderbans is also famous for the sightings of crocodiles which can be seen basking along the muddy banks. There is a wide range of reptiles which can be spotted here including King Cobra and giants like Rock Python. The aqua fauna of the Sunderbans is also rich with hermit crabs and mudskippers.

Sunderbans is the largest prograding delta in the world, formed by the continuous deposition of sediments carried by the distributaries of Ganga, Brahmaputra and the Matla River. This unique topography has given birth to a completely new type of forest with diverse ecology. In April, the forest dazzles up with various kinds of flowers blooming like the red crab Kankara flowers and the yellow colored Khalsi flower. Hence, the Sunderbans National Park gives the most unique and magical experience to the tourist, which cannot be given in any other part of the globe.

Location South 24 Parganas Sunderban Delta (West Bengal) 
Nearest AirportKolkata Airport. Distance 115 km (3 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationCanning Station: 40 km (1 hr. 20 min. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsRoyal Bengal Tiger, Fishing Cats, Leopard Cats, Macaques, Wild Boar, Indian Grey Mongoose, Fox, Jungle Cat, Flying Fox, Pangolin, Chital, are also found in abundance in the Sundarbans
Total Area Covered2585 sq. km.
Established in Year1984
VegetationMangrove forests, brackish water forest and wet alluvial grass forest.
Best Time to VisitThe best time of the year to visit the Sunderbans National Park is October to March. Entry is usually restricted during late summer and monsoon season
ClimateSummer: Temperatures vary between a maximum of 47°C and minimum of 37°C 
Winter: Temperature during this period touches a maximum of 30°C and could touch the lowest of 9°C. Sunderbans is a very humid area, due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal.

SUNDARBANS SAFARI

The Sunderbans Tiger Reserve is accessible only by boat, using its winding rivers that flow through the impenetrable mangrove forests. One can use the local boats or vessels operated by private operators or those managed by the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation.

Apart from seeing the wildlife in the forest, tourists can also visit the Bhagatpur Crocodile Project, a crocodile breeding farm, Sagar Island, Various watchtowers such as Sudhanyakali or the Netidhopani watchtower, Fisherman’s Cove at Namkhana, Buriidabri Tiger Project, and the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary. Various cruise packages are available starting from 1-5 Days.

REACHING SUNDERBAN FROM KOLKATA

To reach the Sunderban Tiger Reserve from Kolkata, one has to break journeys.

  • Reach Godkhali Port: Godkhali is the gateway to Sunderbans and the journey from Kolkata to Godkhali will take approx. 3 hrs by road. It is the last approachable point by road in to the Sunderbans. From here one has to use boats to travel across islands
  • Godkhali to Gosaba Island: At Godkhali, take a boat from the boat jetty to the Gosaba Island. This island is the biggest and the last inhabited piece of land that you would come across as you move towards Sundarbans.
  • Gosaba Island to Jotirampur: To reach Sunderbans one has to cross the entire length of the Gosaba Island. Local transport options are available such as motorcycle or rickshaw which will take almost half an hour to get to the other side (Jotirampur).
  • Jotirampur to Satjelia: From Jotirampur once can board the cruise vessels to reach the base from where the Sunderban tour starts – Satjelia Village

 

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Satpura

SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

Satpura National Park is a brilliant, untouched and beautiful place located in the Satpura Ranges and named after it. Satpura is a Sanskrit word which means “seven mountains”. The diverse terrain of the Satpura National Park comprises of extreme altitudes. The park harbors Mt. Dhoopgarh as high as 1400 m and also the lowest plains of Churna. The undulating landscape of Satpura comprises of deep gorges, sparkling rivulets, sandstones, rocky mountains, ravines and thickets of forests. This complex assortment of various types of topography makes it the most suitable place for varied wildlife to thrive and flourish.

The park was once a military base of the British Army. Due to its dense forests and rugged terrain, British Officer Captain J. Forsyth found it a favourable location to lure and capture the famous Indian freedom fighter Tantia Tope. Satpura Tiger Reserve encompasses Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, Satpura National Park and Pachmarhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The park boasts of over 1,300 different species of plants. The park looks stunning with multitudinous flora that include trees like teak, sal; bamboos, grasses, bushes and medicinal plants.

Tucked away in the heart of the Central Highlands of India, Satpura National Park is the safest haven for wildlife. Tigers roam around here, unrestrained in their most natural habitat. The national park is the only one of its kind, which allows the visitors to explore the jungles by walking. Apart from the unique walking experience, Satpura National Park offers boat safari, Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari.

Location Hoshangabad District (Madhya Pradesh) 
Nearest AirportBhopal Airport: 190 km (4 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationSohagpur Station: 19 km (.5 hr. drive)
Hoshangabad Station: 50 km (1.20 hr. drive)
Itarsi Station: 75 km (2 hr. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsBlackbuck, Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Indian Wild Dog, Golden Jackal, Flying Fox, Indian Bison, Wild Boar, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Indian Marsh Crocodile, Pangolin, Ruddy Shell Duck, Pied Kingfisher, Oriental Darter, Crested Serpent Eagle and many more
Total Area Covered524 sq. km., The Satpura National Park is the designated core zone of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve which covers an area of 4926 sq. km. in central India protected for wildlife.
Established in Year1981
VegetationMoist and dry deciduous forests with grasslands and acacia scrub
Best Time to Visit1 October to 15 June. The park is closed for visitors during the remaining time of the year. The best time of the year to visit the National Park is between the months of October to April
ClimateDuring the summer the park experiences a temperature of 32° on average and during winter the temperature falls to 20° in average.

SATPURA SAFARI TIMINGS

Season Date Timing 
Winter1 Oct-31 OctMorning: 6:00 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
1 Nov-30 NovMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
1 Dec-31 DecMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
1 Jan-31 JanMorning: 6:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
Summer1 Feb-28 FebMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:15 pm
1 Mar-31 MarMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:30 pm
1 Apr-30 AprMorning: 5:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 6:45 pm
1 May-30 JunMorning: 5:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

SATPURA SAFARI ZONES

Safari Zones/Gates
Madhai Zone – There are three entrances to the Satpura National Park. One is near to the Panchmarhi hill station, Second and the most popular is through the Madhai Gate, and the Third is near to the Tawa Dam (this entrance is ideal for those who are staying at the MP Tourism managed resort – Tawa Resort

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Ranthambore

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in Northern India and is hugely popular for the preservation of tigers. It is the one of the first national parks where Project Tiger, a revival project for the dwindling population of Bengal tigers, was started in 1973. Any wildlife enthusiast can visit the national park to spot tigers in the broad daylight roaming around the vast stretches of the deciduous forest, predominantly present in this sprawling park. The park is also famous for Dhak, a species of tree which can withstand long spells of drought. The park is guarded by the Banas River in the north and the Chambal River in the south. The national park is named after the magnificent fortress Ranthambore, standing tall amidst the speckled greenery of the national park.

The national park stretches over a vast area of about 500 sq. kms., covered with large areas of dry deciduous forests, interrupted with grassy meadows and dotted with large lakes in between. The three of the largest lakes are Padam Tal, Raj Bagh Tal and Malik Tal. These lakes, being extensive in size, are good sources for wildlife animals to quench their thirsts and good spots for tourists to see these wild beauties in their natural habitat.

Bakaula region, being one of the thickly forested and coolest regions of the National Park has an abundance of wildlife. Apart from tigers, the national park is a beautiful place to experience other species of fauna as well as flora. The park is guaranteed to be an ultimate, cumulative experience of adventure, nature and history to its every single visitor.

Location Sawai Madhopur District (Rajasthan) 
Nearest AirportSanghaner Airport in Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur. Distance 180 km (3.5 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationSawai Madhopur Station: 10 km
Key Wildlife AttractionsTigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sambar Deer, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Indian Foxes, Yellow Bats, Macaques, Small Indian Mongoose, Black Bucks
Total Area Covered1334 sq. km. (Including the Core & Buffer Forest)
Established in Year1980
Best Time to Visit1st October to 30th June. Weather is moderate and pleasant until March. Post that, it becomes hotter. However, the best time to see tigers is during this period, as the sightings are better. The park is closed for visitors during the remaining time of the year. But occasionally Safari in zone 6 to zone 10 at Ranthambhore National Park is open for visitors during Monsoon season (August and September).
ClimateOctober – November: A good time to visit as the temperature is cooled down by the monsoon rains.
December – February: Cold months with an average temperature of 2°C.
March – June: Hottest period where average temperature shoots up to 48°C. The water holes dry up.

RANTHAMBORE SAFARI TIMINGS

Season Timing 
Winter (October to February)Morning: 7:00 – 10:30 am
Evening: 2:00 – 5:30 pm
Summer (March to June)Morning: 6:30 – 10:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:30 pm

RANTHAMBORE SAFARI ZONES

There are 10 designated safari zones at the Ranthambore National Park

Safari Zones
Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6 (Kundal)
Zone 7 (Chidikho)
Zone 8 (Balas)
Zone 9 (Qual Ji)
Zone 10 (Aantri)

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SAFARI AT RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK

There are two ways to book your safaris at Ranthambore National Park:

  • Online Bookings
  • Current Bookings

Online bookings can be made through the Ranthambore National Park official website i.e. Rajasthan Forest Department. Allocation of Zone and Guide is done sequentially and one has no control over it. Current bookings are made at the Ranthambore safari booking office at Sawai Madhopur. They can be booked an hour prior to each safari. But the current bookings are confirmed only if you are a group of 6 people. If you are less than 6 then you’ll to wait for other people to join you, unless you are willing for pay for the entire jeep (i.e. for 6 people)

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Pench

PENCH TIGER RESERVE

PENCH TIGER RESERVE

Pench Tiger Reserve is situated in the southern reaches of the Satpura Ranges. It is named after the Pench River which is the lifeline of the National Park. In 1992, it was established as a tiger reserve (19th Project Tiger Reserve). In 2011 the park won the “Best Management Award”. The undulating terrain of the Pench Tiger Reserve is mostly covered with moist deciduous forest at some places and dry deciduous forest in other areas. Scrubs, grasslands and acacias are abundant throughout the park. Many of the hills here are flat topped and serve as awesome places for bird’s eye view of the forest. Kalapahar is the famous one with an altitude of 650 mts. The Pench River dries up in April but a number of water holes are present throughout the forests which act as water sources for animals.

The national park is the main source of inspiration for the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The park also serves as a backdrop for the famous book Ain–I–Akbari of the Mughal dynasty. The park is famous for rafting.

Location Seoni and Chindwara Districts (Madhya Pradesh) 
Nearest AirportNagpur Airport: 100 km (2.5 hrs. drive)
Jabalpur Airport: 195 km (4.5 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationNagpur Station: 105 km (2.5 hr. drive)
Jabalpur Station: 200 km (4.5 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsBengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Wild Dog, Gaur, Wolf, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Nilgai, Wild Pig, Chausingha, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Jackal, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Stripped Hyena, Porcupine, Langurs, Spotted Deer, Indian Fox, Common Mongoose, Common Giant Flying Squirrel, Striped Hyena.
Total Area Covered758 sq. km., out of which 299 sq. km. forms the core zone, the Pench National Park core area and Mowgli Pench Sanctuary. The remaining 464 sq. kms form the buffer zone.
Established in Year1983
VegetationMoist and dry deciduous forests with grasslands and acacia scrub
Best Time to Visit16 October to 30 June. The park is closed for visitors during the remaining time of the year
ClimateIt experiences tropical climate with hot summers and cold winters. The ideal time to visit the park is between November and February while it is during March to June that the chances of spotting a tiger are more when they come close to the water holes for a drink.

PENCH SAFARI TIMINGS

Season Date Timing 
Winter1 Oct-31 OctMorning: 6:00 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
1 Nov-30 NovMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
1 Dec-31 DecMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
1 Jan-31 JanMorning: 6:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
Summer1 Feb-28 FebMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:15 pm
1 Mar-31 MarMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:30 pm
1 Apr-30 AprMorning: 5:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 6:45 pm
1 May-30 JunMorning: 5:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

PENCH SAFARI ZONES

Safari Zones/Gates
Jhamtara Zone
Karmajhiri Zone
Turia Zone

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Nagarhole

NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park is a beautiful national park situated at the foothills of the Western Ghats, extending towards Kerala. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The park is bordered by Kabini River in the north and Bandipur National Park in the south. The Nagarhole River runs along the eastern boundary of the park. The Park was once a hunting ground of the Mysore rulers of the Wodeyar Dynasty.

The terrain of the National Park consists of low laying valleys interrupted with moist swamps. This kind of topography is favourable for the growth of deciduous trees interspersed with abundant growth of grass throughout the year. In the southern part of the park teak and rosewood are the predominant trees. In the eastern part dry deciduous trees like Pala Indigo are found.

The National Park is famous all over the world for wild elephant and Bison. Apart from these animals, the park is a safe haven for Tiger, Leopard, Dhole, Sambar etc., The tourists can see crocodiles basking lazily along the banks of the Kabini River. Smooth Coated otters are often spotted peeking from the muddy surface of lakes here.

The Nagarhole National Park is also considered as an important reserve for birdlife. Over 270 species of birds are recorded here, amongst which most of them have been saved from the brink of extinction. The Oriental white backed Vulture and the Malabar Grey Hill are few of many endangered species that roam freely here. In winter Ospreys are a common sight for tourists. Thus, Nagarhole National Park leaves an unforgettable impression to its visitors, with its wide range of flora and fauna.

Location Kodagu and Mysore Districts (Karnataka) 
Nearest AirportBangalore Airport: 275 km (5.5 hrs. drive)
Mysore Airport: 90 km (02 hrs. drive)
Kozhikode Airport: 210 km (04 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationMysore Station: 90 km (02 hr. drive)
Bangalore Station: 245 km (05 hrs. drive)
Kozhikode Station: 180 km (04 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsLeopard, Tiger, Wild Dog, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Four-horned antelope, Wild Pig, Asian Elephant, Indian Porcupine, Bonnet Macaque.
Total Area Covered644 sq. km.
Established in Year1974
VegetationMoist and dry deciduous forests.
Best Time to VisitThe best time to visit Nagarahole is between September and May. During the monsoon months (June – August) the forest is lush and verdant and the park is open for visitors, but the roads are rain-soaked and muddy.
ClimateSummer extends from February to May when maximum temperature touches 35 °C
Winters extend from November to February, when minimum temperature may reach to 14°C
Monsoon washes through the jungle between June and September when between 1300 mm. to 1800 mm. of rain falls.

NAGARHOLE SAFARI TIMINGS

SeasonTiming 
Winter / Summer Morning: 6:00 – 8:30 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

NAGARHOLE SAFARI ZONES

The Nagarhole National Park has two entrance gates — Kabini (Karapura) to the south, and Veerana Hosahalli near Hunsur to the north. Tourists can take a one-hour mini-bus safari from the Veeranahosahalli side of the park. For Jeep safaris, one will have to use the gate at Kabini (Karapura), a 45 mins drive. There are two zones that jeep safaris take you into: Zone A – passing through forest area; Zone B: passing near the Kabini backwaters observing the wildlife that come close to these water bodies.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SAFARI AT NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK

To arrange for your online safari booking at Kabini, one has to approach the Karnataka Forest Department. All safaris at Nagarhole National Park are arranged by Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR) (A Government of Karnataka Undertaking). If you have booked your stay at the JLR Kabini River Lodge, the tariff of the resort also includes Jeep Safari charges on per person basis. One can opt for Jeep safari / Boat safari at the Nagarhole National Park. In order to book your Nagarhole National Park accommodation stay with safaris, you may Contact Us.

Note: You do not have an option to book an exclusive Jeep Safari at Nagarhole National Park. A jeep can accommodate 6-8 people depending on the occupancy levels at the resorts in Nagarhole.

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Kaziranga

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

Kaziranga National Park is one of the famous national parks of India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is world renowned for the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros which can be found roaming around in the wild beauty, but it also has the highest density of tigers. Unlike the rhino, the Royal Bengal tiger may be hard to spot in the thick grass. A four-hour drive from Guwahati will take you to the Kaziranga National Park, 200 kilometres away. The National Highway 37 crosses through the middle of the national park and your game/safari rides set-off even before you check-in to your resort. The park is one of the most protected areas of North – East India and is located along the bank of the Brahmaputra River. The fertile alluvial soils deposited by this magnificent river form the characteristic flat terrain of the national park. Other notable rivers in the national park are the Diphlu and Mora Dhansiri. Beels are the riverine flood formed lakes here which are predominantly formed everywhere. Chapories are the elevated regions which provide shelter to animals during floods.

Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalayas, Kaziranga National Park is the hotspot of bio diversity. According to a recent population census (2015) coordinated by the Kaziranga National Park authorities, it was revealed that the rhino population at Kaziranga National Park (India) was estimated to be 2,401 rhinos within the park. The world rhino population is estimated to be over 2700 rhinos.

Location Golaghat and Nagaon Districts (Assam) 
Nearest AirportGuwahati Airport: 250 km (05 hrs. drive)
Jorhat Airport: 105 km (02 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationGuwahati Station: 210 km (04 hr. drive)
Tezpur Station: 90 km (02 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsOne Horned Rhinoceros, Wild Buffalo, Indian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Wild Boar, Eastern Mole, Pangolin, Indian Gaur, Swamp Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, White Browed Gibbon, Hog Deer
Total Area Covered882 sq. km. (When established it covered an area of 430 sq. km., with the addition of the adjoining Panbari RF and Kukurakata RF, each with an area of 7.65 sq km & 15.93 sq km respectively, the total area of the Kaziranga National Park has now become 882 sq km.)
Established in Year1974
VegetationTall Elephant grass, tropical moist forests.
Best Time to Visit01 October to 30 April. The park is closed for visitors during the rest of the year.
ClimateNovember – February: Mild and dry, with a mean high of 25 °C and low of 5 °C. During this season, beels and nallahs (water channels) dry up.
March – May: Hot, with temperatures reaching a high of 37 °C. During this season, animals usually are found near water bodies.
June – September: responsible for most of Kaziranga's annual rainfall of 2,220 mm (87 in). During the peak months of July and August, three-fourths of the western region of the park is submerged, due to the rising water level of the Brahmaputra.

KAZIRANGA SAFARI TIMINGS

Type of Safari Timing 
Jeep SafariMorning: 7:00 – 10:00 am
Evening: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Elephant SafariMorning 1st Shift: 5:30 – 6:30 am
Morning 2nd Shift: 6:30 – 7:30 am

KAZIRANGA SAFARI ZONES

Safari Zones
Eastern Range
Kaziranga Range
Western Range
Burapahar Range

HOW TO BOOK YOUR KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

Safaris can be booked only after payment is made in advance at the respective Range Office/Ticket Counters. Currently, there is no option available to book your jeep safaris / elephant safaris online. Visit the Kaziranga National Park official website for more details.

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KANHA NATIONAL PARK

KANHA NATIONAL PARK

Kanha National Park, also known as the Kanha Tiger Reserve is the largest national park of Central India. It is located in the Maikal Range of the Central Higlands of India. Kanha National Park is spread across two main valleys, Halon in the east and Banjar in the west. The deciduous trees are predominant in nature, Sal being the main tree. Thick clumps of tall bamboo trees are spread across the park. In the higher altitude the vegetation becomes denser. In 1968, the Government of India relocated the Baiga tribe from 28 villages of Kanha in order to preserve the tigers and the wildlife ecosystem of this region. Kanha National Park is famous for its vast stretches of grasslands interspersed with forests of Sal and bamboo.

Kanha National Park is not only a major attraction for tiger sighting in India but is also the only natural habitat for the highly endangered – Barasingha. The park has numerous small streams running all across acting as the main source of life for the wild animals. The magnanimous park was a source of inspiration to the famous author Rudyard Kipling for writing his best seller “Jungle Book”. The restaurant of Baghira Log Hut, Kisli is located in the middle of the jungle and is a surprising treat to the visitors.

Location Mandla and Balaghat Districts (Madhya Pradesh) 
Nearest AirportJabalpur Airport: 205 km (3.5 hrs. drive)
Nagpur Airport: 305 km (06 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationGondia Station: 120 km (2.5 hr. drive)
Jabalpur Station: 185 km (04 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsBengal Tiger, Barasingha or Swamp Deer, Asiatic Leopard, Indian Bison or Gaur, Indian Wild DogStriped Palm Squirrel, Common Langur, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Asian Palm Civet, Indian Hare, Honey Badger, Nilgai, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear
Total Area Covered1949 sq. km (940 sq. km of core area and 1009 sq. km. of buffer area)
Established in Year1955
VegetationDry deciduous forest with bamboo
Best Time to Visit16 October to 30 June. The park is closed for visitors during the rest of the year.
ClimateDecember-February: Weather is cold and frost covers the meadows with minimum temperature touching 3°C
March-June: It gets hot during this period with temperature soaring up to 45°C. For Tiger photography, March to May are better months, as the Tigers can be seen relaxing around the water holes

KANHA SAFARI TIMINGS

Season Date Timing 
Winter1 Oct-31 OctMorning: 6:00 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
1 Nov-30 NovMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
1 Dec-31 DecMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
1 Jan-31 JanMorning: 6:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 5:45 pm
Summer1 Feb-28 FebMorning: 6:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:15 pm
1 Mar-31 MarMorning: 6:15 – 11:00 am
Evening: 3:00 – 6:30 pm
1 Apr-30 AprMorning: 5:45 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 6:45 pm
1 May-30 JunMorning: 5:30 – 11:00 am
Evening: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

KANHA SAFARI ZONES

Safari Zones/Gates
Kanha Zone
Kisli Zone
Mukki Zone
Sarhai Zone
Phen Zone
Khatia Zone
Khapa Zone
Sijora Zone

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Gir

GIR NATIONAL PARK

GIR NATIONAL PARK

Gir National Park is one of the famous national parks of North India, which is the sole home for the pure Asiatic lions. It is a forest and a wildlife sanctuary. It is one of the most protected areas in India due to the cumulative efforts of the Government, Forest Department, wildlife activists and NGOs. The national park was the hunting ground for the Nawabs of Junagadh. Due to the rampant hunting, when the population of lions started declining,  Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi declared Gir as a “protected” area in 1900. The national park is situated in the south east of the Saurashtra Peninsula of Gujarat. The sprawling national park is predominant with semi-arid and deciduous forests, scrub jungles, grasslands, and rocky hills. The seven major perennial rivers namely Hiran, Saraswati, Datardi, Shingoda, Machhundri, Ghodavadi and Raval comprise a system which is the lifeline for the forest lions. The national park also houses many water bodies like Kamleshwar dam.

Gir National Park is the only natural habitat for the pure Asiatic Lions and it is famous for saving this species from the verge of extinction. Besides Lions, Gir is also famous for other types of wild animals, birds, and reptiles. The Sambar, counted as the largest Indian Deer can be found here. The Gir forest is also well-renowned for the world’s only four horned antelope – the Chowsingha, the Jackal, Striped Hyena and Indian Fox (also known as the Bengal Fox) are some of the smaller carnivores found in this reserve. The Kankai Mata temple and Tulishyam Hot Springs are also very beautiful places to visit in the national park.

Location Junagadh and Amreli Districts (Gujarat) 
Nearest AirportDiu Airport: 105 km (03 hrs. drive)
Rajkot Airport: 160 km (4 hrs. drive). Rajkot is the second best alternative for tourists who want to travel by air.
Nearest Railway StationMalia Station: 30 km (1 hr. drive)
Veraval Station: 40 km (1.15 hrs. drive)
Junagadh Station: 60 km (1.45 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsAsiatic Lions, Indian Leopard, Sloth Bear, Chousingha, Nilgiri, Indian Porcupine, Chinkara or the Indian Gazelle, Golden Jackals, Desert Cat, Black bucks, Pale Hedgehog, Indian Mongoose etc.
Total Area Covered1412 sq. km.
Established in Year1965
VegetationSemi – arid and dry deciduous forests with grasslands and acacia scrub.
Best Time to Visit16th October to 15th June. The park is closed for visitors during the remaining time of the year.
ClimateOctober – February: The average temperature during day remains around 29°C (84°F) and in the nights it reaches 12°C (54°F). Winter is the best season to visit Gir National Park
March – June: Usually the summers are considered as quite hot and dry with daytime temperatures which are around 41°C and in the midnight the temperature falls to around 29°C.

GIR SAFARI TIMINGS

Season Timing 
Winter/SummerMorning: 6:00 – 9:00 am
Morning: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Evening: 3:00 – 6:00 pm

GIR SAFARI ZONES

Entry to the Gir National Park is through the Sasan Gate. Permit to visit the park has to be obtained online while Guide/Camera/Vehicle fee will have to be paid at the reception centre at the Sinh Sadan Guest House.

The Devalia Safari Park, which was established as an eco-tourism zone provides the entire wildlife experience of the Gir in a miniature safe fenced habitat. The park is spread across 412 hectares. There are good chances of spotting a lion on this safari tour but it might lack the thrill of being in a forest. Duration of the safari here is approximately 30 min which is done in a bus.

Note: Devalia Safari Park is closed on Wednesday. Safari timings are 8:00 – 11:00 am and 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Safari Duration: 30 mins

 

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Bandipur

BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK

Bandipur National Park is a picturesque and well managed park located in the Southern State of India. It was established in 1974 as a Tiger Reserve Project. The national park is located strategically at the juncture of the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats, making it a favourable refuge to ubiquitous wildlife. The northern end of the park faces the Kabini River and the Moyar River flows by the south. The Nugu River runs through the park. Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta Hill, houses a Hindu temple at its summit and is the highest point in the park. The temple attracts pilgrims throughout the year. The undulating and diverse landscape of the National Park is covered with dry deciduous, moist deciduous forests and shrub lands. The most predominant trees found here are Teak, Sandalwood, and Indian Laurel etc.

Earlier the Bandipur National Park was a private hunting ground for the Maharajas of the Mysore Kingdom. In order to save the depleting number of animals due to hunting, it was declared as a protected reserve in 1973. Today, along with the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarhole National Park, it forms the biggest biosphere of India known as the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

The Mysore – Ooty Highway crisscrosses through the Bandipur National Park. This has largely increased the connectivity to the park and has made it very popular among the tourists. However on the downside, the speeding vehicles have been a major concern for fatal accidents of innocent animals that cross the highway.

Location Mysore District (Karnataka) 
Nearest AirportBengaluru/Bangalore International Airport: 260 km (06 hrs. drive)
Coimbatore International Airport: 170 km (04 hrs. drive)
Nearest Railway StationMysore Railway Station: 80 km (02 hrs. drive)
Key Wildlife AttractionsTiger, Asiatic Elephant, Sambhar, Chital, Mouse Deer, Four-Horned Antelope, Asiatic Wild Dogs or Dhole, Wild Boar, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Panthar, Malabar Squirrel, Porcupines and the Black-Knapped Hare. Over 230 species of birds have been identified here like the Jungle Fowl and Green Pigeon are also found here
Total Area Covered874 sq. km.
Established in Year1974
VegetationMoist and dry deciduous forests with scrub-lands
Best Time to VisitThe best time of the year to visit the Bandipur National Park is between the months of November to May
ClimateMarch-May: Summer Season. Temperatures during this period may vary between 32-38°C. It is good time to go on game drives to observe the Wildlife in the park.
July-September: Monsoon. The park is open for visitors during monsoon and is ideal for those who would like to have a relaxed stay. Wildlife sighting during this period is low.
October-February: Winter Season. Mornings and Evening are misty with temperatures going down to 15°C

BANDIPUR SAFARI TIMINGS

There are three safari options available at the Bandipur Tiger Reserve: Bus / Jeep / Elephant

Type of Safari Timing 
BusMorning: 6:30 – 7:30 am
Morning: 7:30 – 8:30 am
Morning: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Evening: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Evening: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Evening: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
JeepMorning: 6:30 – 8:00 am
Morning: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Evening: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Evening: 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Elephant Safari is available on request and is arranged by the forest department.

BANDIPUR SAFARI ZONES

There are no zone system at the Bandipur National Park

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SAFARI AT BANDIPUR TIGER RESERVE

To make your Bandipur safari bookings online, do visit the official website. Bookings may be done 30 days in advance or at least a day prior to your visit.  Alternatively, you may opt for a Bandipur Safari package through us which includes your accommodation and safari arrangements made by us.

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