If you are someone who likes to explore the natural trails of India or someone who enjoys wildlife photography, then this is the best season to pack your bags and head to the many Indian natural parks and tiger reserves. From Corbett National Park to Ranthambhore to Pench Tiger Reserve, summer ensures that sightings are easier.
When it comes to a wildlife safari, the beauty lies in detailed planning. Nature works in such a way that you miss a detail and you might miss a great opportunity. Every traveller should keep a close eye on a range of factors, including seasonal changes and incumbent weather. Whether you are travelling solo or with a group, it helps to do your research before signing up for a safari.
Here are some things to help you plan a perfect wildlife safari this season.
When Is The Best Time To Go?
From April end to mid June is the best time to go on a jungle safari. Especially to the protected regions of central and southern India. Here, the rivers are not perennial, and begin to run dry by summer. This forces the wildlife to come to the sole surviving waterholes in forests, affording you sure sightings of elusive creatures like tigers and other large herds. This also being the hottest time, the best time is to go for morning or evening safaris. Sanctuaries and national parks are closed during the monsoon (July-September), though it is advisable to check the exact dates as they vary by park.
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Where To Go?
There are 103 National Parks in India. That means you have to make a wise choice depending on your interests. Tigers are most frequently sighted in the reserves of Madhya Pradesh. The tiger corridor of Kanha, Pench and Chandrapur has the highest density of the big cat in India. But if you want to see other rare creatures like pygmy hogs, one-horned rhinoceros, then Kaziranga and Manas National Parks in North East are more appealing. Whereas lions inhabit only Gir National park in Gujarat.
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Where To Stay?
Most national parks and tiger reserves have government guest houses in close vicinity. Some like the Ranthambhore have luxurious resorts very near to the forest boundaries. But the best way to enjoy the wild is to book your room in Forest Department’s guest houses, though this requires you to plan and book accommodation in advance.
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As all these areas are protected regions by law, it is necessary to have your documents in order and get permits in advance. It can be disappointing to reach the gates, and then denied entry as most of the parks allow limited number of vehicles and persons in the forest periphery every day.
So, plan a perfect wildlife safari this season.
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