In The Jungle The Mighty Jungle: These 6 Wildlife Reserves Are Totally Doable For Delhi Peeps

    Living in chaotic cities most of us forget the importance of stepping away from concrete structures and being amidst nature. This feeling of course intensifies when summer comes on full swing. Right? So, we propose that you take some time off to seek respite in wilderness and enjoy some wildlife not too far from you.

    Here are six jungle destinations that are a drive away. Hence, totally doable.

    Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

    Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest tiger spot in the country, established in 1936 {it was earlier known as Hailey National Park}. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it’s full of marshes and beautiful Sal forests. You’re likely to find tigers on the eastern side of Corbett where there are grasslands and water bodies.

    Go here to know more about the park.

    Jims Jungle Retreat is a great place to stay once you’re there. They even book safari’s well in advance. Incidentally, June also happens to be the best month for tiger and elephant spotting.

    Distance: 230kms

    Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

    One of India’s largest national parks {1,334 sq kms} Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true. The park was initially established as a protection ground for tigers but is now a popular wildlife park. The place has old forts and ruins all around that are the best possible places to spot a tiger. If you want to spot a tigress with her cubs, head to the Bakaula area which has a dense forest cover and small water bodies.

    Click here to know more about the park.

    Sher bagh is a great place to stay in Ranthambore.

    Distance: 405kms

    Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

    Rajaji National Park spread over 820 sq kms is rich in bio-diversity. An ideal escape from the city {since it’s situated in the hills}, it offers a lot of wildlife sighting opportunities in the form of elephants, tigers, gorals, panthers, spotted deer and even wild boars. The place is equally rewarding for bird watchers. The best time to visit the park is between June and July.

    For more info on the park, click here.

    Distance: 220kms

    Sariska National Park, Rajasthan

    Whether you want to spot a tiger, go for a camel safari, visit palaces or go shop in the surrounding villages, Sariska wildlife Sanctuary has a lot to offer and it’s not too far from Delhi either! Nestled in the Aravalli’s, the park is spread over 800 sq kms and is divided into grasslands and rocky landscapes. Once you’re there, you’re definitely going to meet tigers, hyenas, leopards, porcupines and Sambhar deer. Bangarh fort is a must visit.

    If you want to be a little more adventurous, check out India’s first astronomy resort, Astroport, that’s 5kms away from the National Park.

    Distance: 230kms

    National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

    This park spans across UP, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The Chambal region boasts of preserving some of our country’s endangered wildlife species like the Ghariyal, Muggar, turtles, otter and fresh water dolphins. Chambal is also home to a lot of birds {290 different species of migratory birds to be precise!}. Definitely do the boat safari once you’re there.

    Click here to know more about Chambal and its tours.

    Distance: 325kms

    Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, UP

    Dudhwa Tiger Reserve covers an area of 1,284.3 kms and includes the Dhudwa National Park, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. June-July is the best time to visit this park to find elephants, tigers, swamp deer and one horned rhinoceros. You’ll mostly sight tigers near the streams and water bodies inside the park.

    Go here to know more about park safari’s and other important information.

    Distance: 453kms