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This weekend, escape to these six places near Delhi and explore the wildlife

July 19, 2016 233 0 0

Delhi, the city rich with culture and history, might appear to be lacking in natural wildlife resources. Yet, there is a hope for the wildlife enthusiast. The geographic location of the city makes it easy to arrange a weekend trip to any of the several wildlife reserves a few hundred kilometres away.

We list six such places where you can spend a memorable weekend in the midst of forests and wildlife.

1. Jim Corbett National Park

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This is the oldest national park in India, and the first to come under the Project Tiger Initiative. Spread over 520 sq. km, the park is best known for its population of Bengal tigers. It is also home to Asiatic elephants, leopards, Himalayan black bears, sambar and barking deer, wild cats, mongoose and the Indian python. It houses around 110 tree species, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.

Distance from Delhi: 230 km

Getting there: Ramnagar is the nearest railway station. Buses also ply regularly from Anand Vihar ISBT and Kashmere Gate.

Things to do: Enjoy a wildlife safari in open gypsy. You can also go on a guided trek walk round the park. Other attractions a short drive away from the park include the Corbett Falls And the Kalagarh Dam.

Best time to visit: Mid November to mid-June

2. Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan)

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Spread over 392 sq. km, Ranthambore has one of the largest tiger population in India and is one of your best bets to spot the majestic beast. Other animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, striped hyena, sloth bear and chital.

Distance from Delhi: 405 km

Getting there: Board a train to Sawai Madhopur station. From there, the national park is 10 km away by road.

Things to do: Enjoy a wildlife safari in a gypsy (6 seater) or a canter (16-20 seater). You can also visit the Ranthambore Fort and Jogi Mahal. While at Sawai Madhopur, buy some locally produced handicrafts at Dhonk and Anokhi.

Best time to visit: Mid November to mid-June

3. Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Rajasthan

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Sariska is the first tiger reserve in the world to have relocated tigers. It is also known as a peacock sanctuary since it has the highest population of peacocks in the country. The reserve’s deciduous forests have a high density of nilgai, sambar and chital, and are also a good location to sight hyenas and vultures.

Distance from Delhi: 212 km

Getting there: By road, it takes a few hours. The nearest railway station is Alwar, 35 km away from Sariska.

Things to do: Take a safari in the open gypsy. Other tourist sites include the Sariska Palace, Kakwadi and Bhangarh forts, and the Pandu Pole temple.

Best time to visit: November to June

4. Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

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Located in the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, Rajaji is home to several species of mammals, reptiles and birds. These include elephants, tigers, leopards, striped hyena, sloth bear and wild boar. It is also the habitat for a several species of snakes including the king cobra, and turtles, tortoise and lizards including the Indian monitor lizard. It also teems with butterflies and birds like the kingfisher, partridge, pheasant, owlet and the pond heron.

Distance from Delhi: 220 km

Getting there: The nearest railway stations are Haridwar (24 km) and Rishikesh (18 km).

Things to do: Wildlife safari in gypsy, bird watching tour, visit to Haridwar / Rishikesh

Best time to visit: Mid December to February

5. Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan (Formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary)

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A paradise for bird lovers, the park is a manmade wetland, and hosts around 400 species of birds. It is most known as a winter spot for the migratory Siberian Crane, and is home to several species of eagles, ducks, cormorants, storks, and sandpipers. It is also a thriving habitat for the Indian porcupine, mongoose, jackal, striped hyena, blackbuck, sambar, and several species of snakes and lizards.

Distance from Delhi: 205 km

Getting there: Bharatpur railway station is 5 km away. There are regular bus services from Delhi. You may even take a private taxi.

Things to do: Bird watching tour, nature walk, boat safari

Best time to visit: Mid December to February

6. Sultanpur National Park, Gurgaon

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If you’re hard pressed for time, Sultanpur National Park is an ideal getaway. The park is a haven for bird watchers. It houses resident birds like the cormorants, storks, kingfishers, egrets, ibis and spoonbills. It also hosts about a hundred migratory bird species including the Siberian crane, greater flamingo, pelicans, sandpipers, heron and bee-eaters.

Distance from Delhi: 50 km

Getting there: You can drive or take a private taxi from Delhi.

Things to do: Birdwatching from one of the 4 watch towers (machans) in the park.

Best time to visit: November to February

There you go. Six locations to satisfy your appetite for nature and wildlife. Come this winter, escape the urban jungle you reside in. And head to a greener, natural one. Happy travels.

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