7 Popular Wildlife Sanctuaries in North India

by Arjun Dikshit
wildlife sanctuaries in North India

Visiting a wildlife sanctuary is a once in a lifetime experience for physical and mental well being. It’s not just about being physically active or being risky. It’s about respecting your limits when you are in an unknown area and connecting to the new culture. The Wildlife Sanctuaries in North India offer such unusual exciting experience to adventure freaks who want to break their comfort zone and engage with the exotic wildlife in their natural habitat. Seeing different species of birds, reptiles, or mammals in the lush greenery by nature and wildlife enthusiasts allows them the time and capability to learn something from these creatures. In Northern India, some famous wildlife sanctuaries are worth to visit while you take a break from the daily routine.


6 Wildlife Sanctuaries in North India

#1 Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh

Trip to Dudhwa National Park

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Located in Uttar Pradesh, Dudhwa National Park is amongst the most famous Wildlife  Sanctuaries in North India that covers an area of 811 sq km. It covers Lakhimpur and Kheri districts. It is home for many majestic animals like tigers, deers, etc. One can find many species of swamp deer too. It is a tiger reserve so you will see many tigers, but don’t just make your visit tiger centric. There are many natural wonders to experience and enjoy. The Sal tree forest is worth visiting here which is an ideal place for nature enthusiasts. It is like an unexplored paradise for birdwatchers and lovers of nature or wildlife. You can do a forest resort booking or go for Dudhwa jeep and elephant safari to explore this spectacular park. The best time to visit is from November to May.

#2 Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Trip to Kaziranga National Park

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The sanctuary has taken exemplary efforts to save the endangered species like one horned rhinoceros. This park is located beautifully in the Golaghat and Nagaon district of Assam. In 1985, UNESCO declared this sanctuary to be the World Heritage Site. You can see a great amount of diversified species with an amazing amount of visibility.

In 2006, the park was also declared as the tiger reserve as it has a high density of tigers. You can explore bird species, herds of wild elephants, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Buffalos, Snakes, Alligator, Lizards, Crocodile, Alligators and a lot more in this sanctuary. The dense and tall Elephant Grasses, Lotus, Water Lilies, etc. add so much to the surroundings. The best time to visit is from October to June.

#3 Jim Corbett National Park, Uttrakhand

The Park was established in 1996 and it is one of the oldest Wildlife Sanctuaries in North  India that is home to endangered species of Royal Bengal tiger. It covers 500 kms distance and you will also find great species of trees, birds, wildlife, and reptiles. Always book a safari as there are 5 zones to enter the sanctuary. The liveliness of place, flora and fauna, and complete tranquility releases all tiredness. You can see enormous wildlife which includes, species of Asiatic Black Bear, Ghariyal, Walking Deer, Hog Deer to name a few. Bird lovers will fall in love with 600 astounding bird species like orange breasted green pigeon, pallas fish eagle, fish owl, white-backed vulture and lot more.

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The sanctuary is a perfect place for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Book a safari to explore and enjoy the most. The best time to visit is from mid October to mid June. You can plan your trip with ScoutMyTrip and get the best deals!

#4 Dachigham National Park, Jammu and Kashmir

Ten villages were relocated to the sanctuary boundary and that’s how the place got its name as Dachi-gam. The lush green environment, rarest species of splendid flora and fauna along with amazing wildlife is simply breathtaking. One can easily spot a Leopard, species of Himalayan birds and Himalayan Black bear, Kashmir Stag, Himalayan Gray Langur, magnificent vultures soaring in skies, Himalayan Marmot and a lot more.

Take a safari for it is the most wonderful Wildlife Sanctuaries in North India which is a must to be explored for trekking and sightseeing. Go early at 6 am to make the most of your trip. The place is wonderful to break from the stressful routine. The best time to visit is from April to October.

#5 Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

Trip to Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is another wildlife sanctuary located at a distance of 8 km from Haridwar in the Doon Valley. It is famous for it comes under the Project Tiger of India. If you want to experience the most thriving Wildlife Sanctuaries in North India then Rajaji National Park will not disappoint you in any way. A lot of greenery and flora and fauna looks peaceful and great.

You can find many jungle safaris here and during the safari, you can spot Leopards, Hornbill, Elephants, Wild Cats, Monitor Lizards, King Cobra, Chital, Sambar and a lot more. You will notice many ponds around, tropical as well as subtropical vegetation, dense green jungles, and wildlife in their natural habitat. It is a terrific place for photographers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. The best time to visit is from Mid November to Mid June.

#6 Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary, Jammu and Kashmir

It is a high altitude sanctuary located East of Karakoram in Leh district, the Leh Ladakh region. It is a known place for the migratory birds and in this sanctuary, you will notice a cold desert area where the species of birds and animals found is very rare. To name a few, this sanctuary is famous for Tibetan antelope Ladakhi Urial, Wild Sheeps, etc. As it is a cold area, the vegetation is quite sparse here. The place has plants which have a rich medicinal value and Prof. Chandra Prakash Kala (Indian ecologist and Professor) was the one to discover it from the sanctuary. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from April to June and September to November.

In north India, you can see the best of wildlife and nature spread across a large area. So, enjoy the fun of spotting animals in their natural habitat by visiting the famous Wildlife Sanctuaries in North India and clicking pictures with friends and family to make some beautiful memories.

The best part of visiting these sanctuaries is you see rare species of vegetation, trees, wildlife in their natural habitat, birds, reptiles, etc. The kind of solitude which you experience here is completely different and incredible. Exploring the rich diversity of plants and animals is easily possible when you book a safari and enjoy sightseeing in group.

Checkout the 5 wildlife sanctuaries in South India and also the 5 famous wildlife sanctuaries in India. You can add the above sanctuaries as part of your next road trip to North India. If you need help in building a itinerary to visit the above mentioned places head over to our road trip packages and send us your query.

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