Visiting the national parks of Rajasthan

BY Nico

We encourage all Yonder clients to spend longer than the usual whistle-stop tour of the Golden Triangle and branch out into lesser-visited Rajasthan and beyond.

While Rajasthan is primarily known for its historical cities, palaces and forts, the north-eastern state is also home to several national parks that are renowned for their diverse wildlife and scenic landscapes.

From tigers to migratory birds, these parks offer an array of experiences for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Here are a handful of our favourite national parks in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan’s best national parks

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district and covers an area of 392 sq. km. It is known for its population of Bengal tigers, which can often be spotted near the park’s watering holes. The park also has a rich variety of flora and fauna, including leopards, Indian gazelles, and marsh crocodiles. Visitors can enjoy wildlife safaris, bird watching, and photography opportunities.

Sariska National Park

Located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Sariska National Park is known for its tigers and other large predators. The park covers an area of 866 sq. km, and is home to a variety of species such as the leopard, sambar deer, wild boar, and Indian peafowl. Visitors can also enjoy a range of activities including wildlife safaris, nature walks, and bird watching.

Keoladeo National Park

Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park is located in Bharatpur and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to over 370 species of birds, including the Siberian crane, herons, and egrets, and is a major attraction for birdwatchers. Visitors can explore the park by foot, bicycle or rickshaw, and experience the tranquil beauty of its wetlands and forests.

Desert National Park

Located in Jaisalmer, the Desert National Park is spread over an area of 3162 sq. km and is known for its unique landscape and wildlife. The park is home to the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard, as well as desert foxes, sandgrouse, and other desert animals. Visitors can explore the park’s dunes and sandstone formations on camel safaris or jeep rides, and witness the beauty of the desert landscape.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Aravalli range, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 288 sq. km and is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the Indian leopard, sloth bear, and Indian wolf. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, bird watching, and trekking in the sanctuary, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and forests.

Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Churu district and is known for its population of blackbucks, which can be spotted grazing in its grasslands. The sanctuary covers an area of 7 sq. km and is also home to a variety of birds such as the Demoiselle crane and the Indian roller. Visitors can enjoy wildlife safaris and bird watching in the sanctuary.

Visiting Rajasthan’s national parks and wilderness areas

Depending on the national park of choice, there may be options for wildlife safaris, bird watching, nature walks, camel and jeep rides, and even trekking.

The most popular tour option is the wildlife safari, which takes visitors on a guided tour of the park’s wildlife habitats in an open jeep. These safaris usually take place early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the animals are most active. Visitors can expect to see a range of wildlife, from tigers and leopards to deer, wild boar, and monkeys. The guides are well-trained and knowledgeable, and will provide information on the animals and their habitats.

Bird watching is another popular activity, especially at Keoladeo National Park, which is a paradise for birdwatchers. The park is home to over 370 species of birds, including migratory birds that visit during the winter months. Visitors can explore the park’s wetlands and forests on foot, bicycle or rickshaw, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the birds. The best time for bird watching is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

For those looking for a more immersive experience, there are options for camel and jeep rides, which take visitors deep into the heart of the desert. These tours offer breathtaking views of the sand dunes and sandstone formations, and a chance to witness the unique wildlife of the desert. Visitors can also opt for trekking tours, which take them through the hilly terrain of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, offering stunning views of the Aravalli range.


By Nico

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