Trips from Delhi- National Parks & Wildlife Reserves
Delhi is not only the capital of India but also a starting point which makes it ideal place for starting your tour across India and for excursions especially towards the northern parts of India. Today, north India is considered as a treasure-trove with travellers visiting India, from Snow capped Mountains to Desert Palaces and from Urban cities like Jaipur and Agra to countryside villages, you can tour it all.
Following are few National Parks that can be visited from Delhi
Bharatpur Birds Sanctuary.
Distance: About 180 km from Delhi.
Spread over an area of 28.73 sq km, this sanctuary was created in 1956 by the efforts of Maharaja of Bharatpur. In the year 1981 it was declared as a national park. This sanctuary is also known as Keolodeo Ghana National Park, which means ‘temple of Keoladeo'(Shiv) and ‘Ghana’ which means dense, implying to the type of the vegetation. This park is an important international biosphere known for its large and varied avifauna, both local and migratory which is a delight for bird watchers coming from all over the world. There are over 300 species of birds found in this park, which is partly marshy while the rest of the park is shrub-land and grassland. An early morning boat ride is an amazing and unforgettable experience as you get a glimpse of rare species of birds chirping and flying around in large numbers. Every year during the winter season the arrival of the Siberian cranes and Indian Sarus add to the excitement of tourist visiting Bharatpur. Apart from birds, this sanctuary is also home to mammals like Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Golden Jackal, Fishing Cat, Nilgai, wild Boar, Sambar and Black-buck. During the cool winter months it is common to see large Indian Pythons warming themselves up in the open. This sanctuary is open to visitor’s all round the year.
Corbett National Park in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand
Distance: About 265 km from Delhi.
Corbett National park is the oldest and the first national park of India named after the fabled hunter ‘Jim Corbett’. It is famous for its wide variety of flora and fauna and above all it is beautifully located at the foothills of the Himalayan range along the Ramganga River. Spread over an area of 1318.54 sq. km. this park is well known for its varied wildlife, and as the venue for the launching of Project – Save the Tiger in India. The major wildlife found in this park include the Tiger, Elephants, variety of Deer’s, Bears, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Gharial, King Cobra, Hedgehog, Flying fox, Common musk shrew, Indian Pangolin and nearly 600 species of birds. Every year thousands of visitors visit this park and there is a variety of facilities available to lodge tourists within and outside the park. This park has 5 entry gates Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Durgadevi and Sitabani. While exploring this park the experience one gets is real and thrilling, since you get to see animals in their natural habitat and from close. Corbett National park also endorses Jeep safari, Elephant safari, Bird Safari, Horse safari, Fishing safari and Nature walks. This incredible park is a must visit for all adventure seekers, wildlife buffs, photographers and anglers to experience nature in its truest state.
Ranthambore National Park
Distance: About 365 km from Delhi.
Spread over an area of 392 sq km, Ranthambore National Park is famous for its tiger reserve and it is one of the best locations in India to see the royal predators in its natural habitat. Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries and parks the tigers can be easily spotted here during the day time busy hunting or taking care of their young cubs. Ranthambore is also considered as a heritage site because of its age old pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Undoubtedly, a visit to the National Park is a treat for every wildlife enthusiast and nature lover. The time spend on watching tiger’s freely roaming around, lush greenery, a variety of other species of chirping birds and animals is priceless and really worth being explored at least once in a life time. Today, it is a major tourist destination and offers wildlife safaris and jeep safaris to tour and watch wild animals in their natural habitat from a close range. Tourists can stay near the national park as the lodging facilities here are excellent. The park gates open half hour before sunrise and close half hour after sunset and the park timings are strictly followed with no exceptions to the rule.