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Wildlife Sanctuaries in India:                              
Corbett National Park
Ranthambore National Park
Kanha National Park
Sariska National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park
Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur)



Main Attractions:- Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park

The wildlife of the Indian Subcontinent, like its vegetation, emphasizes by its diversity of species the widely differing habitats and climatic zones which are available. There are some 365 species of different mammals, about 1200 species of birds, over 400 species of reptiles and about 180 species of amphibians.
 


Corbett National Park  

A Established in 1936, named after the great hunter turned naturalist Jim Corbett, this park is located in Utter Pradesh. Set in the undulating Shivalik foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Corbett park today covers a 1318 sq km of stunning countryside. The diversity of wildlife has made it the most animal and fish species including crocodile and sporting fish, such as mahseer. Tiger sightings are possible. Access to Corbett is by road from Delhi or a short delightful journey though the hills from the hill station of Nainital.

The Park is open from 15th November to 15th June.

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Ranthambore National Park

Established as a sanctuary in 1955,Ranthamvore was one of the original area covered by Project Tiger. Situated in the south-eastern reaches of Rajasthan ,it lies at the junction of the Aravali and Vindhya Hills. Now covering 389 sq. km much of the area comprises rather arid scrub jungles, together with forested hills and artificial lakes. There is an impressive range of birds life on the lakes, and animals species include sambar, chital, nilgai, chinkara, wild boar, jackal and leopard. Tiger sightings are possible.

The park is open from 1st October to 30th June.

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Kanha National Park

This Park, situated in Madhya Pradesh, is considered by many to be India's greatest and it is an excellent area to see many species in their natural habitat. Declared a national park in 1955, it now covers 648 sq. km and comes under the auspices of Project Tiger. The vegetation comprises forest with bamboo breaks, grassy plateaus and meadows in the valleys. The barasingha (swamp deer ) are one of the park's success stories with its population having increased seven fold in the past 35 years. It is also home to Tara, the famous elephant that Mark Shand rode on his journey through India. Tiger sightings are common.

The park is open form 1st November to 30th June.

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Sariska National Park

In the Aravali range which cuts across Rajasthan, a few pockets of forest still survive. Sariska is on such. It was part of the erstwhile princely state of Alwar whose late Maharaja, Jai Singh, was a keen shikari and his favorite hunting ground was Sariska, which received strict protection under his rule. In 1955 this forest was declared a The Project Tiger in 1979. An area of 308 sq miles (800 sq km) is the project area with a core of 185 sq miles (480 sq km).

The park is open from whole year. 7am to 4pm October - March , 6 am to 4.30 pm. April - September.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh is a new national park with a very long history. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168 sq miles (437 sq km), it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of tigers. Currently the central area of the park-the original 40 sq miles-remains the principal viewing area. There are 32 hills in this part of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The fort's cliffs are 2,625 ft (800 meters) high, 1000 ft (300 meters) above the surrounding countryside. Over half the area is covered by sal forest although on the upper slopes it is replaced by mixed forest Sali,saj,dhobin and saja.

The park is open from 01st November to 30th June.

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Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bhartpur)

Keoladeo Ghana is a wonder of the natural world no less worth seeing than marble tomb of Shah Jahan's queen. Over 350 species of birds find a refuge in the 11 sq miles (29 sq km) of shallow lakes and woodland which makes up the park. A third of them are migrants many of whom winter in Bharatpur before returning to there breeding grounds as far away away as Siberia and Central Asia. Some 120 species nest in the park and heronry at Keoladeo Ghana is said to be open throughout the year although most visitors choose to come between the months of October and March when wintering wildfowl assemble in their thousands on the lakes.

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