Into The Wild: 7 National Parks Around Delhi Under 10 Hours

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

    Here are seven national parks around Delhi that you can drive to under 10 hours.

    Note: In view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, all the national parks will be following strict social distancing measures and health check-ups with visitors required to wear face masks at all times and safaris operating at 50% capacity. We strongly recommend checking in with park authorities before planning your journey.

    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.

    Distance: 220 km (approx.)

    Time: 4 hours and 40 minutes (approx.)

    Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

    One of India’s largest national parks (1,334 sq km) Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife photographer’s dream come true. The park was initially established as a protected 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.

    Distance: 380 km (approx.)

    Time: 7 hours (approx.)

    Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

    Rajaji National Park spread over 820 sq km 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.

    Distance: 232 km (approx.)

    Time: 5 hours (approx.)

    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 km 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.

    Distance: 196 km (approx.)

    Time: 4 hours and 10 minutes (approx.)

    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 gharial, mugger, turtles, otter, and freshwater 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.

    Distance: 302 km (approx.)

    Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes (approx.)

    Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, UP

    Dudhwa Tiger Reserve covers an area of 1,284.3 kms and includes the Dudhwa National Park, Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. It's a great place to spot elephants, tigers, swamp deer, and one-horned rhinoceros. You’ll mostly sight tigers near the streams and water bodies inside the park.

    Distance: 400 km (approx.)

    Time: 8 hours (approx.)

    Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

    A UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site, Keoladeo National Park is one for all the bird watchers out there. A humongous variety of migratory and resident birds along with animals like basking python, deer, and nilgai await you here. Want a number? The park has 370 species of birds and animals and counting.

    Distance: 202 km (approx.)

    Time: 3 hours and 29 minutes (approx.)

    Pro-Tip

    As adventurous as these trips sound, no adventure (or trip) is ever complete without munchies and nibbles. You will be thankful for this list of Indian snacks on LBB and if you prefer gluten free or vegan snacks, we have you covered with that too. Munch on these while you watch those tigers and deers and the beauty that wildlife is. Happy tripping!