Think about India, and the first thing that comes to mind is snake charmers, elephants and cows all over the place. This is what people expect India to be – and rightly so, with all the legends and stories that India has been about. If you expect to see these sights and animals all over the roads and as means of transport, you are in for a surprise. There is a whole lot of wildlife that you can find on rustic, adventurous tours of wildlife sanctuaries in India.
Wildlife tours are being promoted in a big way by tour operators and hotels and resorts. This is because they have been well received, and people have come back asking for more. Virtually every state in India has a wildlife sanctuary. These are domicile to species which are native to these regions. There are larger sanctuaries in India which are more popular, as they are more organized, and give you glimpse of the eternal favorites.
Kerala has many wildlife reserves which are immensely popular with tourists. For one, Kerala is a dream destination, and combine this with the thrill of the wild – and you have one grand holiday lined up for you. Among all sanctuaries, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is by far the biggest, and most popular. You are sure to sight plenty of animals, particularly the elephants in large numbers. You can also see many species of birds, along with some cobras and pythons among other snakes.
Rajasthan proudly boasts of the Ranthambore National Park, by far the most popular destination for animal and wildlife enthusiasts. There is no dearth of wild animals here – be it gentle deer and stags, the big cats like tigers, leopards, and hyenas and the large boars, bucks and sloths. You are sure to have some sighting that will leave you spell-bound. There are plenty of hotels and resorts which are conveniently located on the opposite banks of the park, and you might even have a chance to catch sight of some animals as they come to the watering holes for a drink.
The one reserve which is the oldest in India is the Jim Corbett National Park, located comfortably in the foothills of the lofty Himalayan Mountains. If you want to catch a glimpse of the elusive Bengal tigers, this is where you should head. Apart from these, you will definitely be surprised by the sightings of some leopards, other wild animals like the elephants and bears, langur and even some crocodile. There are definite timings for safaris which change through the winter and the summer, and your India tour operator will surely be able to help you with these along with your hotel reservations.
No matter which destination you choose, you can travel on a budget holiday, booking yourself in modest accommodation. Another option is to live the life of the jungle and opt for hotels with tent accommodation. These can be as simple or grand as you desire.
Go ahead then, take a walk on the wild side on India.