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Top 3 National Parks In India for Amazing Tiger Watching

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The exotic wildlife of India is praised for providing an amazing adventurous experience to the wildlife lovers. In India, there are 89 national parks and about 400 wildlife sanctuaries. Months from April to June are ideal for wildlife lovers and photographers to visit the national parks and spot tigers in their natural habitat. Among the various species in the national parks, the wildlife lovers have a special attraction for the tigers. The walk of these predators reflects the royalty and provides an amazing sight for the adventure seekers. The statistics certainly make India the best destination in the world to spot this majestic species. Below mentioned are the Top 3 National Parks in India where tiger watching is an ultimate fun.

Ranthambore National Park:

Ranthambore National Park, situated in Rajasthan (India), is the preferred choice of the adventure seekers looking for opportunities to spot tigers. This national park was one of the first 9 Tiger Reserve in 1973 during the launch of the Project Tiger in India. This national park comprises of Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary. As per the survey in the 1997, the numbers of tigers in the national park were recorded to be 32. Ranthambore National Park sprawls over an area of 274.5 sq. km. As this park is considered ideal for spotting the royal predators, Tigers, the park is also praised for its rich flora and fauna that includes:

• Forest Trees: Dhok mixed with Khair, Raunj, Pipal, Vad, Gurjan, Goya, Amaltas, Gular, Siris Saintha, Chhela, Tendu, 
• Mammals: Sloth Bear, Ratel, Chital, Sambar, Wild Boar, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Common Fox, Chinkara, Leopard, Tiger, Blue Bull, Common Langur, Caracal, etc.

Bandhavgarh National Park:

Bandhavgarh National Park gets its name from the highest hill Bandhavgarh (807 m). This national park is nestled between the eastern flank of Satpura hill range and Vindhyan hill range, in the two districts of Madhya Pradesh, namely, Jabalpur and Shahdol. This national park is an exceptional habitat of tigers. Thus, Bandhavgarh National Park is praised for the highest numbers of tigers. With the huge numbers of tigers in the park, it was considered in the Project Tiger Network, in the year 1993. Thereafter, the adjacent Panpatha Sanctuary also makes a part of Bandhavgarh National Park. As per the survey in 1997, the total number of tigers was 49. In 1968, the area of the old National Park i.e., 105 sq. km. was notified. Later, in the year 1982, notification for the remaining 343.842 sq. km. for the national park was provided. Apart from the fast and furious tigers, the Bandhavgarh National Park is also praised for its exotic flora and fauna that includes:

• Forest Trees: Mango, Salai, Saja, Arjun, Dhaman, Sal, Khamer, Tendu, Bhirra, Bamboo, Pals, Jamun, Dhauda, Aonla, etc. 
• Mammals: Leopard, Chausinga (Four-Horned Antilope), Spotted Deer(Chital), Langur, Hyena, Wild Dog (Dhole), Sloth Bear, Wolf, Indian Gazel (Chinkara) Nilgai (Blue Bull), Barking Deer (Muntjac), Jackal, Rhesus Monkey, Sambar, Wild Boar, etc.
• Birds: Lesser Adjutant Stork, Peafowl, White Breasted Kingfisher, Red Jungle Fowl, Crested Serpent Eagle, Red Wattled Lapwing, Grey Hornbill, Common Teals, etc. There are almost 242 species of birds spotted in the Reserve. 
• Reptiles: Vipers Cobras, Python, and Kraits.

Corbett National Park:

Corbett National Park, synonymous with remarkable beauty, is proud of its distinction of being the initiator of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity serves as an attribute to various habitats found in this national park. Nestled in the foothills of the Central Himalayas, one can spot both peninsular as well as Himalayan flora & fauna in Corbett National Park. According to the survey of 1997, the tigers in the national park counted to 138. Erstwhile, in the year 1936, the national park was known as 'Hailey National Park'. Later in the year 1955, it was renamed as 'Ramganga National Park' and since 1956, this national park is known as 'Corbett National Park'. This is one of the oldest and amongst the 9 Tiger Reserves during the commencement of Project Tiger in 1973. The initial area of the park was 323.75 sq. km., and 197.07 sq. km. of area was added later. As buffer of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, 797.72 sq. km. of area was added in 1991 to the Corbett National Park. Therefore, the Corbett National Park covers the entire Kalagarh Forest Division and Ramnagar Forest Division.  Corbett National Park is undoubtedly the best in the world to spot Tigers performing their natural activities. Some of the other flora and fauna found the in the park are:

• Forest Trees: Pula, Khingan, Ber, Chbilla, Dhak, Rohini, Sal, Bakli, Sissoo, Khair, Semal, Kuthber, Bel, Kharpat, Bamboo, etc.
• Mammals: Leopard, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Elephant, Sambar, Rhesus Monkey, Barking Deer, Cheetal, Langoor, etc.
• Birds: Seagulls, Ducks, King Fishers, Doves, Storks, Teals, Orioles, Partridges, Laughing Thrush, Crow, Drongo, Parakeets, Cormorants, Peacock, Kaleej, Vulture, Woodpeckers, Jungle Fowl, etc.
• Reptile: Russel, King Cobra, Gharials, Common Krait, Cobra, Monitor Lizard,Indian Marsh Crocodiles (Mugger), Python, etc.
• Pisces: Kalimuchi, Mahaseer, Chilwa, Kalabasu, and Goonch.


Neelam Talreja

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