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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Wildlife Sanctuaries In India

Gir National Park & Sanctuary in Sasangir Gujarat is the last remaining home of Asiatic lion and is spread over an area of 11,412 sq km, which is a hilly tract of mixed dry deciduous and teak forests. In addition to Asiatic lions, it is one of the parks to spot leopards, chital, sambar, nilgai, chausingha, grey langur, hyena, painted sand grouse, peacocks and paradise flycatcherson an early morning drive. Kamleshwar dam reservoir is the habitat to heaviest mugger crocodile population in India. This park is considered to be the best area to drive through and see maximum wildlife including blackbucks, chinkara, wild boars, jackals and magnificent lions.

Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Keoladeo National Park, formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan is a famous avi fauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during winters. There are over 230 species of birds nesting in this sanctuary and it is also a major tourist centre, as numerous ornithologists arrive here in hibernal season. The Park was declared a protected sanctuary and a World Heritage Site in 1971. It is not just a man-made and man-managed wetland, but it also protects Bharatpur from frequent floods along with providing grazing grounds for village cattle.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala�

Periyar Tiger Reserve is a perfect example of nature�s bounty with enough of scenic charm, gorgeous bio diversity and most importantly, it provides veritable visitor satisfaction. Spread over an area of 777 sq .km, Periyar is one of the 27th tiger reserves in India that attract visitors all around the globe. The efficiently managed and ardently guarded reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. Additionally, it also forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, Pamba and Periyar.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of most enchanting wild life sanctuaries in Indiasituated 197 km away north-east of Jabalpur. This park derived its name from an ancient fort and belongs to Vindhyan mountain ranges of central India. Not just this, it boasts to have good density of tiger population ranging to about 46 to 52 tigers. Forests of Bandhavgarh are actually the white tiger jungles of yesteryears. However, no white tigers have been reported since last 50 years and it is believed that less than a dozen have been seen in India in about a hundred years. Yet some of the white tigers were spotted here.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga is one of the best National Parks to conserve One Horned Indian Rhinoceros and other wild lives in North East India. It is a significant natural habitat for in situ conservation of biological biodiversity of universal value. Criteria and values facilitated Kaziranga National Park to get inscribed in World Heritage Site List. The park area is spread over 429.93 Sq.Km. with an additional area of 429.40 Sq.Km. Moreover, it is situated in two districts of Assam, Nagaon and Golaghat, out of which 175 Sq.Km. of the total area falls within Nagaon. And, 135 Sq.Km. falls under Bagori Forest Range office and 40 Sq.Km. falls within Ghorakati Forest Range office.

Pench National Park, Maharashtra

 Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve is spread over an area of 257 sq. km. in the lower southern reaches of Satpura hill ranges. The park was declared National by the Government of Maharashtra in 1975 and it also received the official status of �Tiger Reserve of India� in February 1999. It got its name from Pench River that meanders through the park, dividing it down the center. Apart from, beautiful hills, valleys and occasional precipitous slope, there is an important ecosystem supporting an abundance of flora and fauna, including a rich variety of aquatic life, as well.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park is one of the most renowned parks in India that is located in Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan. Located 130 kilometres from Jaipur, it is famous as the hunting grounds of Maharajas of Jaipur. These days, it is considered as major wildlife tourist attraction spot and best destination for wildlife photographers.

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