Not all the wildlife sanctuaries in India are closed during monsoon. Yeah it's true...
Indian monsoon is considered a bad time to visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries as most of them are flooded or marshy making it difficult for the safari jeeps to move about. However, there are some places in India where you can still witness wildlife in its prime form! At these parks and sanctuaries, you can take safaris during the monsoon season on days when it doesn’t rain too heavily.
Best five of them are listed below which every wildlife lover should consider to visit this monsoon.
1. Sariska National Park
The Sariska Tiger Reserve is an Indian national park and wildlife refuge located in the Alwar district of the state of Rajasthan. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses and hilly cliffs. The most attractive feature of this reserve has always been its Bengal tigers. It is the first tiger reserve in the world to have successfully relocated tigers.
Apart from the Bengal tiger, the reserve includes many species of wildlife, such as the leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, golden jackal, chital, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antelope, wild boar. Sasrika is also ethereal for bird watchers with some of the rarest feathered species like grey partridge, white-throated kingfisher, Indian peafowl, golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle and the Indian eagle-owl.
2. Gir National Park
Besides Africa, Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. ir is the only natural habitat of world popular Asiatic Lions. Gir Interpretation Zone, Devaliya: Devaliya Safari Park is enclosed area of the Sanctuary that offers a good opportunity for visitors to experience a rustic beauty and wilderness of the area. The safari tour is conducted in a minibus that takes visitors to another cross section of the Gir.
3. Tadoba National Park
Located in Maharashtra, Tadoba National Park is one of India’s prime tiger-spotting regions. The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is known for several spotting instances of tigresses with their cubs along the walking trail and water bodies. Apart from tigers, you can also spot panthers, hyenas, sambar and more.
4. Dachigam National Park, J&K
Located 22 km from Srinagar, Dachigam National Park with its splendid forests and magnificent scenery is easily accessible. A place of immense natural beauty, the park is replete with beautiful trees of cherry, peach, apricot, pear and apple and houses such rare and exotic variety of animals and birds which are hard to spot anywhere else in the country. While animals such as the Himalayan snow leopard, Himalayan marmot, musk deer Himalayan black bear, ibex goat and markhor can be seen in the lower regions during winters, others like the highly endangered snow leopard can only be spotted in upper Dachigam.
It is surely a place you would not want to miss. A special permit from the chief wildlife warden is required before entering the park.
5. Bandipur National Park
Part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Bandipur National Park is one of South India’s most famous wildernesses areas. Covering 880 sq km, it was once the Mysore maharaja's private wildlife reserve, and is now a protected zone for over 100 species of mammals, including tiger, elephant, leopard, gaur (Indian bison), chital (spotted deer), sambar, sloth bear, dhole (wild dog), mongoose and langur. It’s also home to an impressive 350 species of bird.
There is one Jeep and one Gypsy available with the Bandipur forest department that are used for safaris. Jeep is more economical and comfortable for safari.