Uncover the secrets of the forest in the remotest least explored trails and unspoilt natural horizons on a jungle safari. This adventure is meant for the ardent traveller and adventure enthusiasts. Jungle safari also called forest trails lets you explore the immense bounties of nature either on a jeep, horse or elephant or by taking a walk or trekking. Besides jungle trails it involves exploring the protected national parks and wildlife sanctuaries as well as protective reserves. Another added fun is camping in the wild in the midst of the jungle that comes along with any jungle safari packages.
Best places for Jungle Safari In India:
Tiger spotting is topmost among those coming for jungle safari and Ranthambhore National Park continues to be the favourite place. The spread of the forest helps in easy spotting of these jungle cats. The park also has a huge population of panthers, hyenas, sloth bears, jackals and caracal, etc.
Corbett National Park near Nainital is the first national park of India. It is called the land of roar, trumpet, and songs probably because for its large herd of wild animals like jackal, wild boar, chital, hog deer, sambar but most popular for its huge tiger population. Bird life abounds here too like the kingfisher, crested serpent eagle, pallas's fishing eagle and Himalayan grey headed fishing Eagle.
The vast swampy area of Sundarbans in West Bengal is also a good place for jungle safaris. It is home to the royal Bengal tiger along with chital deer and rhesus monkey, etc, while variety of fishes such as red fiddler and hermit crabs are found in the water.
Kaziranga National Park in Assam is another famous destination for wildlife tours in India. It is best known for its one-horned rhino population but plenty of other wild animals like elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, hog deer, sloth bears, tigers, leopard cats, jungle cats, otters, hog badgers, capped langurs, hoolock gibbons, wild boar, jackal, wild buffalo, pythons, etc are also found here and plenty of birds.
Periyar National Park in Kerala is another popular tiger reserve set high on the
ranges of the Western Ghats. Other wild animals that can be seen here are elephants,
wild pigs, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, dole, etc and sometimes python and king cobra have been spotted. Birds such as darters, cormorants, kingfishers, the great Malabar hornbill and racket-tailed drongoes also thrive here.
The other famous places for a jungle safari in India are the Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam, Kanha National Park in MP, Bandhavgarh National Park in MP, Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan, B.R. Hills Wildlife Adventure Resort in Karnataka, Namdhapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur, Dachigam National Park in J&K, Velvadhar National Park in Gujarat and the Arunachal Forests in northeast India. Most of these reserves have lodges provided by the forest departments.