The real beauty of wildlife is pre-eminence in the jungle than in the caged. The safaris allow you to get close to theses rare breeds in their natural habitats displaying their raw emotions. India is blessed with rich landscapes which are the apparent homes of diversified wildlife. The sensational sanctuaries of India can fulfil the bucket list of best jungle safaris. While the iconic Royal Bengal Tiger is the top attraction for safari, the arrays of other wildlife will surely fascinate you. If you have the desire for the wildlife Safari trip to come across with the true beauty of nature then this post is for you. These are some of the best offbeat safaris which await you for the adventure, read on.

Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Assam

Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Assam

Pobitora sanctuary is heaven for the tourists seeking for the venture with distinct terrains having some of the rare species. It is spread in the forest, grassland and wetland habitats. The limelight of the sanctuary harbours the highest density of one-horned rhino after Kaziranga. This sanctuary is also home of other mammals such as Leopard, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Feral Buffalo, Chinese Pangolins etc. The wetland of Brahmaputra is the resident for many disappearing species of birds. It also attracts thousands of migratory birds during winter. 

Best Time To Visit: November to February. 

How to Reach?

The sanctuary is located in the Morigaon district of Assam. It is approximately 40km from Guwahati. You can book a cab or take the public bus to reach the place. The nearest railway station is Jagiroad that is well connected from Guwahati. 

Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh

Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh

Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is categorized as tropical deciduous forest, bewildered with the most varied flora and fauna. The park reveals its extraordinary beauty and biodiversity with the hilly corridor of Maikal range covered with dense lush green Sals and bamboos. It is home to the world’s largest cat, Bengal tiger, including other species as leopard, bison, flying squirrel, wild dog, hyena, sambar, chital, etc. Recently a rare black panther was also sighted in this park. It is also a perfect gateway for the bird watchers where more than 150 species of birds are spotted. 

Best Time To Visit: November to June. 

How to Reach?

The sanctuary is located in Bilaspur district of Chhattishgarh. It is approximately 60km from Bilaspur. You can book a cab or take the public bus to reach the place. The nearest railway station is Belgahna.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

The astounding location of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect place for nature’s bounty with scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. It is one of the most renowned sanctuaries of South India at the Western Ghat ranges. The reserve has been launched for the notable project- Project Tiger 1978, protecting the endangered tiger population, later it was also declared as Asiatic elephant reserve. The other species found are Wild Pigs, Sambar, Gaur, Mouse Deer, Dole or Barking Deer, Indian Wild Dog and rare primates such as Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Gee’s Golden Langur, etc. 

Best Time To Visit: October to June. 

How to Reach?

The sanctuary is a protected area in the Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala. It is approximately 200km from Kochi. You can book a cab or take the public bus to reach the place from Kottayam, Ernakulam or Madurai. The nearest railway station is Kottayam.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise renowned for dense forests, lakes, steep valleys and streams. A glorious wildlife scene with its rich flora and fauna makes it attractive to the travellers. It provides a refuge for many endangered species like the Asian Elephant, Sambhar, Monkeys, Bison, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Cheetal, Antelope, Crocodile, etc. to dwell in their natural habitat. It is one of the few places in the world where you can view the shadowy beauty of the melanistic leopard or Black Panther. The pristine riverine landscape is home to some of the frequently spotted birds. 

Best Time To Visit: September to May. 

How to Reach?

The sanctuary is located at Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 208km from Bangalore and 60km from Mysore. You can book a cab or take the public bus to reach the place. The nearest railway station and airport is at Mysore.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Islands

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Islands

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park allures tourist for its open sea, rare coral reefs and marine life. The park comprises 17 small untouched islands situated between South Andaman Island and Rutland Island. The towering tropical canopies, myriad lagoons, coral reefs, rainforests, and mangroves are home to protected marine life, especially sea turtles and corals. You can witness the breeding ground for turtles, encounter coral reefs from a boat, by scuba diving and snorkelling. Apart from marine life, tourists can also witness a variety of reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Best Time To Visit: October to February. 

How to Reach:?

The National Park is a part of Wandoor in Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is easily accessible by road via buses and taxis from all the major cities of Andaman and Nicobar islands. You can also access the Department of Information and Publicity for transport to reach the park.

Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

The unique ecosystem of Tadoba National Park indicates a great conservation value of the area. The Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Teak Forests has an important role in the Central Plateau Biotic province. It is the oldest and largest project tiger reserves of India. Aside from the significant increase of tigers, it is home to other mammals, like Indian Leopards, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Small Indian Civet, Chausingha, etc. Tadoba lake sustains a wide diversity of water birds and raptors that include the endangered Indian python and the common Indian monitor.

Best Time To Visit:  October to June and remains fully closed on Tuesday. 

How to Reach?

The National Park is located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. Chandrapur is the nearest railway station which is well connected to other major cities of India. Buses and taxis are easily available from Chandrapur to reach the park. The nearest international airport is Nagpur with a distance of 140 km.  

Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Hemis National Park is a picturesque holiday destination with the unspoilt and exotic landscape. The park has the distinction of being a high altitude among the largest contiguous protected region with snowcapped mountains, barren slopes and lakes. The park is bounded by five villages- Shingo, Chillinga, Yurutse, Rumbak and Sku-Kaya. The main attraction of the park is the flourishing habitat of snow leopards and Shapu or the Ladakhi Urial. It is also home to some of the rare species like Himalayan marmots, mountain weasel and Himalayan mouse hare. For bird watchers, it’s a dream destination with a pollution-free environment and noise-free surroundings.

Best Time To Visit:  May to early October.

How to Reach?

The National Park is located in the eastern Ladakh Union Territory. You can fly to Leh which is the base station to reach Hemis. You can go by road on rented conveyance and bus which are available daily. If you are looking for adventure then you can trek from L your way to reach the park.

Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh 

Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Satpura National Park is among the priceless gems of inimitable nature’s creation. The rugged landscapes with sandstone peaks, narrow gorge and dense forests are enticing for wildlife lovers. The hilly terrains with roaming wild habitat make a unique central Indian highland ecosystem. The park accommodates three safari rides- jeep safari, elephant safari and boat safari. Some of the special attractions of the park are Indian Bison, Leopards, Tiger, Porcupine, Four Horned antelopes, Wild boar, Wild dog (locally called Dholes), Sloth bear, Crocodile, Malabar squirrels, Langurs, etc.

Best Time To Visit:  October to June.

How to Reach?

The National Park is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. The nearest railway station is Pipariya, approx 50km from the park. You can travel by road which is well connected to several cities including Bhopal, Jabalpur, Chindwara, and Nagpur. The nearest airport is Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal.

Khangchendzonga, Sikkim

Khangchendzonga, Sikkim

Khangchendzonga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on mixed criteria, is an ultimate escape into the lap of mother nature. The park runs across unique biodiversity of plains, rivers, valleys, lakes and gorgeous snow-capped mountains covered by ancient forests. One of the criteria cited by UNESCO was sacred mountains representing the core sacred region that has been integrated with Buddhist beliefs and constitutes the basis for Sikkimese identity. The park is home to exotic species such as Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Jungle Cat, Golden Cat, Great Tibetan Sheep, Bharal, Musk deer, etc. 

Best Time To Visit:  April and May.

How to Reach?

The National Park is located in the North and West Sikkim districts. The nearest railway stations are Jalpaiguri and Siliguri approx 120km from the park. You can go by road which is well connected to several cities by National Highway 31A. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport in Darjeeling, West Bengal.

Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

Rajaji National Park is encompassed between the Shivalik ranges and the Indo-Gangetic plains. The foothills of the Himalayas with the picturesque beauty and rich biodiversity of the park serves its major attractions for both nature lovers as well as wildlife enthusiasts. The dense jungles with diverse forest ranging from semi-evergreen to deciduous, mixed broad-leaved to terai grassland form the range of flora for this park. It is inhabited by vivacious wildlife like elephants, panthers, sambhar, wild boar, barking deer, two kinds of Himalayan bears- black and sloth, etc and over 400 bird species. 

Best Time To Visit:  November to June. 

How to Reach?

The National Park is located on both sides of the river Ganges at Haridwar and Chila. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, approx 18km from the park. You can reach by road which is well connected to several cities as Rishikesh and Haridwar. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun.

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