We invite you to travel across forests and landscapes to view 4 of India’s Big 5. The Asiatic Lion, the Tiger, the Wild Elephant and the One-horned Rhino in three different national parks.
Go first to Gir, then to Pench, and then to the Kaziranga – three heavenly places where wilderness rules; get away from it all to be one with nature. You can truly complete the wildlife experience by adding a journey to Ladakh to search for snow leopards.
• JEEP SAFARI AT GIR NATIONAL PARK TO VIEW THE ASIATIC LION
• PENCH NATIONAL PARK JEEP SAFARIS TO VIEW TIGERS
• BIRD WATCH AT PENCH NATIONAL PARK
• ELEPHANT SAFARI AT KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
• JEEP SAFARI AT KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK TO VIEW ONE-HORNED RHINO
WEDNESDAY, YEAR ROUND
NATURE AND WILDLIFE, NATURE, WILDLIFE
Once in grave danger of extinction, India’s wild tiger population has begun to rebound due to public environmental education, better policing of national parks, and an increase in tourist dollars. If you are lucky, tigers can be spotted in national parks across the country, though sighting is dependent on season and good, old-fashioned luck.
The Asiatic lion (a subspecies distinct from the African lion) can be found in only one Indian state, Gujarat. The population is estimated at just over 500 individuals in the wild, making this a rare and exciting sighting.
Though this species is widespread throughout India, they are so elusive and shy that they can be difficult to spot. Leopards can be seen with luck in national parks throughout the country, especially where night safaris are possible.
GREATER ONE-HORNED RHINO
According to the WWF, Indian rhino populations have rebounded from about 600 in 1975 to over 3,500 today. This species can only be found along a swath of northern India, and is the second-largest rhinoceros living today.
Though very common in captivity, the Indian elephant is both difficult and rewarding to spot in the wild. Listed as endangered by the IUCN, they are present in highly localized and fragmented areas. Seeing an elephant within a dense forest is an experience of a lifetime!