In the words of Miranda Richardson, a famous English stage, film and television actress,
“For years, I never knowingly went on a holiday. When I traveled, it was for work. Now I am a huge advocate, particularly to places which have amazing wildlife, such as Antarctica, India and Patagonia”.
A land immortalized by the great Rudyard Kipling with his tales of Balloo India, with its range of wildlife Sanctuaries (442) and National Parks (166) provide a refuge to an assortment of wild animals and has its own exotic fauna and flora. Chose the option of exploring the ever-changing habitat sitting on an elephant back in an open jeep , a more modern preference, you are bound to be rewarded by truly stunning sights. The call of the jungle is evident in its sights and sounds from the distinctive soft growl of the Tiger, the sweet call of the golden oriole or the reverberatingly harsh cry of the magnificently resplendent peacock and is sure to cause goose bumps even to the most seasoned traveler.
Project Tiger has been instrumental in boosting wildlife conservation and it is little wonder that two-thirds of the world’s population of tigers is found in India.
Whether it is Jim Corbett National Park, Kanha in Madhya Pradesh , Periyar in Kerala , Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan or the Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh, one can invariably spot and ‘shoot’ the big cats on film. Also home to the magnificently unique Asiatic Lion a visit to the Gir National Park in Gujarat can be incorporated in the itinerary providing an eclectic mix of various cultural experiences along with wildlife viewing while visiting pastoral settlements and colourful villages.
Beside the pristine beauty of the north east, wildlife too is found in abundance; from the tail-less Hoolock Gibbon to the one horned rhinoceros, the snow lepord and the red panda some other animals which add flavour to the landscape of this area.
India, with its extremely rich avifauna is home to more than 1200 species of birds from pelicans, white egrets, kingfishers to the beautiful flamingos found in the hundreds at the salt pans of Gujarat. The Keoledeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, one of the most popular wetlands allows you a spectacle of nearly 300 species of birds besides other interesting assortment of animals.
A land where its wildlife is fiercely protected by the Bishnois of Rajasthan, who laid down their lives in a bid to deter the chopping of the ‘kejadi Trees’ to the ‘Chipko Movement’ which took off in the early seventies by a group of pheasant women, an endeavor to save the felling of trees by hugging them in the Gandhian fashion; all these acts find their stronghold in the ancient teachings and scriptures thus leading to the strong and secure biodiversity of India.