I get mesmerized when flip through pages of evolution of human race from Homo sapiens. Were we actually hunters and could leap like deer’s and fight tooth and nail with huge wild animals. It is difficult to digest while sitting in cubicle located in a skyscraper which has resulted from indiscriminate deforestation and development of human race in specific.
Many of us have either realized it or realizing it and its aftermath is growing demand of wildlife holidays in India. The people are really interested in stepping into the savage and raw world of flora and fauna and seek to appreciate the beauty and unique craft of Mother Nature. Not only domestic travellers but foreign tourists in galore are highly attracted towards wildlife trips to National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries located in different parts of the country.
The green patches with unimaginable variety of plants and wild animals make us realize what we are truly missing in pseudo jungles of brick and mortar and it is satisfying to know that India has around 166 National Parks scattered all over which act as haven for different plant and animal species, both which are rare and available in abundance.
The thrill, excitement and enthusiasm which wildlife trips induce are non- comparable and what each one of us may learn from the roars, barks, trumpets and chirping of different species is hard to explain in plain words but yes respect for other living beings gets imbibed in hearts beyond any doubt.
Jungle Safaris in form of Jeep Safaris and Elephant Safaris in tourist zones of National Parks is most exciting bit for tourists. The long waits to locate wild animals especially majestic ones is an experience truly incredible. Some tourists get lucky to sight but some come back disappointed but one thing remains in common, all of them wish to visit back time and again.
Some of the popular National Parks in India which travellers visit under their wildlife holiday plan are Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand which is the oldest National Park in the country and is known for Royal Bengal Tigers and jungle lore’s of Edward James Corbett, Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh known for white tigers and hippopotamus, Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh with highest density of tigers. The list continues for wildlife travellers in form of Gir Forest National Park famous for Asiatic lions, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan and Sunderbans National Park in West Bengal for tigers. One may undertake Water Safari at Sunderbans which is exciting beyond imagination.
Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Gangotri National Park in Uttarakhand are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Moreover, one may plan to visit Intangki National Park in Nagaland which is haven for dolphins and blue whales, Gugamal National Park in Maharashtra and Kaziranga National Park in Assam which are known for rhinoceros as a part of wildlife travel plan.
These wildlife plans may not necessarily remain confining to jungle safaris as many people have taken up passions in form of wildlife photography, nature photography, bird watching and butterfly watching in areas where entry is permissible on foot by concerned Forest Department.
These National Park offer great opportunities to researchers of different sorts and conservationists to find feasible solutions to nurture and conserve this quintessential world without which it will be difficult for mankind to survive for long. One firm request, whenever you plan a wildlife holiday trip, does pledge to conserve this natural beauty and its inhabitants in your own micro manner besides mere sighting.