National Parks in India


The Ranthambore National Park great destination for adventure seekers and lovers of the tiger. It is a tremendous replica of the success of the ambitious Project Tiger's . It was established in 1955 as a sanctuary, 1973 as a tiger reserve and 1981 as a national park. The vegetation is dry deciduous and the impressive Ranthambore fort is also located a one of the hill tops. Ranthambore National Park boasts of one of the maximum population of tigers and they can be easily spotted roaming with their majestically or hunting sambars, normally across the lakes. Also, the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal, has the second-largest banyan tree in India

SEASONS TO VISIT: October-June, the best period being December-April

HOW TO REACH : Fly to Jaipur (the closest airport) and drive to Ranthambore (165 kms) By train : Ranthambore National Park is approx. 12 km from the Sawai Madhopur railway station, that lies on the Delhi to Mumbai trunk route.


Declared in 1979 as a Tiger Reserve, Sariska National Park is a wide valley with two large plateaus that lies in the Aravalli hills. The large Siliserh Lake is at the north-eastern corner. The forests are dry deciduous, with trees of Dhak, Acacia, Ber and Salar. The Tigers of Sariska are largely nocturnal and are not as easily seen as those of Ranthambore. The park also has good populations of Nilgai, Sambar and Chital. In the evenings, Indian Porcupine, Striped Hyena, Indian Palm Civet and even Leopard are sometimes seen. The forests are lush during and immediately following the monsoon. Its allows excellent for bird watching and has a very large population of Indian Peafowl.

MUST VISIT PLACES: The Sariska National Park has many historical and religious places, including the ruins of the Kankwari Fort, Neelkanth temples, the Budha Hanumab Temple near Pandupol, the Bharthari Temple near the park office, and the hot and cold springs of Taalvriksh.

b Open year round, the best period being November-April, especially March-April.

HOW TO REACH : The nearest airport is at Jaipur (115 km 3 hours ) and the nearest railway station is at Alwar (36 km). It is 5-6 hours drive from Delhi.

ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES: The grand Sariska Palace in the vicinity of the park office has a large complex. The main palace has been converted into a hotel from a hunting lodge. The facilities offered include room service, hot and cold running water, swimming pool, health club, ayurvedic treatment and money changing.

Each room is well furnished with original Louis Quartzes and art deco furniture and has private bathroom with bath and/or shower and toilet.

Tiger's Den, a tourist bungalow run by the Rajasthan government & a private budget property called Tiger Heavens are also nice places to stay. Safaris are by 4-wheel drive motor vehicles.


Established : 1936 as a national park, India's first (named Hailey National Park; In 1957 renamed Corbett National Park), 1973 as a tiger reserve.

The historical place of launch of Project Tiger in 1973, Jim Corbett National Park has a very diverse flora and fauna. It is a delight for the avid wildlife lovers across the world. This India's finest National Parks covers an area of 52,082 hectares and has the Tiger, Indian Elephant and Leopard as its major assets. The Ramganga river drains the Corbett National Park , which is a large low valley in itself.

The river is rich in the magnificent mahaseer. Along the high banks of Dhangarhi Gate and Dhikala, several Marsh Crocodile and the Gharial Crocodile can also be seen. It also ideal for bird watchers as more than 500 species of birds are recorded in this park.

TIME TO GO: Mid November-Mid June, the best period being February-April.

HOW TO GO: Corbett lies some 300 km to the North East of Delhi. From Delhi drive to Corbett (6-7 hours). The nearest airport is Pantnagar (2.5 hours) and the nearest railway station is Ramnagar (2 hours from Dhikala).

ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES : There are many accommodation facilities at Ramnagar as well as at the Corbett National park. Being one of the most frequently visited parks in the country, the forest department and other agencies have their hotels, lodges, rest houses, log huts for the visitors.

Forest rest houses, log huts etc at Dhikala, forest rest houses at Sarapduli, Bijrani, Ghairal offer some of the best stay in the region.. To stay at the government hotels, rest houses etc make sure that reservations are done well in advance as the pressure is really high during the tourist seasons.