2018 has come up with a lot of long weekends, and what better way to spend one of them than in nature’s lap? Let go of the adventure junkie in you and go wild at these wildlife reserves which are not very far from Delhi!
Corbett National Park
Distance from Delhi: 244 km (6 hours)
You’ve seen it in movies and you’ve heard about it from your friends, it is time you pay a visit to India’s favourite national park! Expect to be greeted by a number of wild animals as you drive through this place. While the park is primarily a tiger reserve, spotting one is sheer luck. But you might be able to spot paw marks or if you get lucky then eyes shining from behind dense woods. You’ll find multiple resorts offering affordable weekend packages, here.
Sariska National Park
Distance from Delhi: 213 km (5 hours)
Situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Sariska is a very popular weekend getaway for people in Delhi because of its proximity, and the picturesque landscapes. The reserve is home to many wildlife species, such as Indian leopard, striped hyena, chital, four-horned antelope and Indian jackal. It also has a growing population of tigers.
Ranthambore National Park
Distance from Delhi: 385 km (8 hours)
Keoladeo National Park
Distance from Delhi | 236 km (5 hours)
the Keoladeo National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is situated in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. One of the finest bird parks in the world, Keoladeo derives its name from an ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, which stands at the center of the park. It is home to more than 230 resident and migratory bird species in a protected area of 29 sq. km. The park is famous for species of birds, including Cranes, Spoonbills, Herons, Pelicans and the rare Siberian Cranes. It is also an excellent place to watch mammals like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and wild Boar. During the winter months, it is also possible to see large Indian Pythons.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Distance from Delhi | 386 km (9 hours)
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the foothills of Himalayas in Almora district of Uttarakhand. The sanctuary has been declared an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International as there are more than 200 species of birds in the sanctuary, including Fork tail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal. The Sanctuary is also home to Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc.
Dudhwa National Park
Distance from Delhi | 427 km (10 hours)
Hidden among the Evergreen forests of the Terai Region bordering Nepal lies Dudhwa National Park that supports multitudes of endemic species. Dudhwa National Park is a part of Project Tiger that endeavors to increase the rate of this fast dwindling species.
Sulatanpur National Park
Distance from Delhi | 41 km ( 2 hours)
Sultanpur National Park or Bird Sanctuary is one of the most ideal places for bird watching! Birds like common hoopoe, common spoonbill, paddy field pipit, purple sunbird, little cormorant, Eurasian Thick-knee, gray francolin, black francolin, Indian roller, white-throated kingfisher, spot-billed duck, painted stork, great egret, cattle egret, India crested lark and many others permanently inhabit the bird sanctuary. In winter, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary provides a picturesque panorama of 100 migratory bird species such as Siberian cranes, greater flamingo, ruff, black winged stilt, common teal, common greenshank, northern pintail, yellow wagtail, white wagtail, rosy pelican etc.
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