Adventure Travel Activities
Jungle Safari of Himalayas
Chir (Pine), Oak, Deodar, Fir,
Rhododendron, Birch, and Juniper
Tigers, Elephants, Wild Boar,
Crocodiles, Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, and Mask Deer
Major Wildlife Sanctuaries
Jim Corbett National Park, Namdhapa
National Park, Kaziranga National Park
Major Wildlife Regions
Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal,
November to June
Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari
Jungle Safari can be called a
little different because you are basically exploring the wilds in this activity.
Whether you are riding on an elephant's back or inside a jeep, this safari trip
is a must if you like the wilds. Jungle Safari can be defined as a forest trail
or a jungle trail, except that beside the options of walking, hiking and
trekking, you can also explore the jungle via a jeep or a Elephant.
Jungle safari not just involves exploring the jungles of a particular region.
The options can involve national parks and wildlife sanctuaries as well as
protective reserves. And you can also opt for wild camping as well as nature
walks too. All in all saying hello to Mother Nature in the best possible ways.
Staying in the jungle lodges provided by the various forests departments within
the sanctuary areas is also the part of this safari deal and the best way you
can enjoy your holiday to hang out in the Jungle area, relax and do nothing!
Corbett National Park
86km from Nainital,
297km from Delhi
Temperature: Min 4oC, max 42oC
Area: 350sq km core, 150sq km buffer
When to go: October to June
Corbett National Park lies in two districts – Nainital and Pauri –
in the hill state of Uttaranchal in northern India. It covers an area of 521 sq.
km and together with the neighbouring Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and
areas, forms the
Corbett Tiger Reserve over 1288 sq. km.
park is famous the world over as the 'Land of the trumpet.
Corbett National Park is India’s first National
Park. The Park was established in August 8, 1936, and named after the Governor
of the United Provinces, Sir Malcolm Hailey, as Hailey National Park. In 1952,
the Park’s name was changed to Ramganga National Park. In 1957, the Park was
renamed yet again, this time after Jim Corbett, the famed
hunter-author-photographer-naturalist. Jim Corbett is famous for his exploits in
the jungles of Nainital and Kumaon, where he shot many man-eaters. The
Man-eaters of Kumaon, The Temple Tiger and The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag
are a few of Jim Corbett’s famous books. On the road to Nainital from the Park
is Jim Corbett’s home, now a museum.
Corbett is a haven for Tigers as
well as its prey, which include four kinds of Deer, Wild Boar and some
lesser-known animals. Leopards are mostly found in the hilly areas of the park.
Some nocturnal cats found here are the Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat and Fishing Cat.
Sloth Bear is found in the lower regions of the park while the Himalayan Black
Bear is seen in the higher hills only. The Dole or Wild Dog, though they can be
seen in the southern areas of the park along with the Jackal.
Some of the smaller residents of the park are Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Gray
Mongoose, Common Otter, Blacknaped Hare and Porcupine. Elephants are among one
of the main attractions of Jim Corbett Park. Along the Ramganga River shores,
one can spot the long-snouted, fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the ‘Mugger’
Crocodile. Also seen on the rocky hillsides is the Ghoral or Goat Antelopes. The
Langur and Rhesus Monkeys are well distributed through out the park and warning
the whole Jungle with alarm calls when they see either a Tiger or Leopard from
Elephant safaris can be arranged
in Dhikala and Bijrani. Elephant herds comprising tuskers, females and calves
are commonly seen. However, an elephant herd with calves is perhaps the most
dangerous encounter in the wild, for elephants are very possessive of their
young and do not hesitate to charge at intruding human beings.
Jeep safaris are available from outside the Park as
well as from Dhikala.
Himalayan National Park
The park is located in the Seraj
Forest Division of Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh some 60 km southwest of
Kullu town. It is the southeast it is bounded by Rupi Bhaba Sanctuary in, Pin
Valley National Park in the east, and Kanwar Wildlife Sanctuary in the North. On
the geographical map, the park extends from the latitudes 31º38 - 31º55 North
and 77º20' - 77º46 in the East.
Royal Chitwan National Park
(‘Chitwan’ means "in the heart of the jungle’) covers 932 sq. km. in the flat
lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical
parks on the Indian subcontinent with populations of the endangered Royal Bengal
tiger, Greater One-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic dolphin.
Bardia National Park
Royal Bardia National Park is the
largest and most undisturbed wilderness area in the Terai, providing excellent
habitat for the following endangered species.
Royal Chitwan National Park (‘Chitwan’
means "in the heart of the jungle’) covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland
region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks on
the Indian subcontinent with populations of the endangered Royal Bengal tiger,
Greater One-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetica), Wild
Asian elephant, Gaur, Golden Monitor lizard, Gharial crocodile and many.
Namdhapa National Park
The Namdhapa National Park is
famous for the extremely elusive snow leopard and the clouded leopard. Three
major rivers drain this area and flow into the Noa Dihing, a tributary of the
Brahmaputra. Some of the inhabitants of the park include the gaur or mithun,
elephant, Himalayan black bear, takin, the wild goat peculiar to the Patkoi
range, musk deer, slow loris, binturong and the red panda. Several primate
species like the Assamese macaque, pigtailed macaque, stump-tailed macaque and
the hoolock gibbon can be found in the area. The inaccessibility of a major
portion of the park has helped in preserving the pristine quality of the region.
The park is also a Tiger Reserve
under Project Tiger.
The areas vegetation may be broadly classified into tropical, temperate and
alpine vegetation stretching from monsoon forests right up to the snows. The
valley is covered with a mix of Assam valley Tropical Rain forest and North
Indian Tropical Moist Deciduous forest. The avifauna is a unique mix of
Himalayan, Sino- Tibetan and Indo-Burmese forms. The mountainous terrain, criss-crossed
by innumerable streams supports a subtropical humid climate sustaining some of
the best mamallian fauna in the sub-continent. More than 60% of the land mammals
genera found in India is represented in Namdapha and it is the only place in the
world where you can find 4 big cats in one area.
Namdapha is justly a birding paradise with more than 400 species represented
with some only found in this area in India. From Ibisbills and White-bellied
Herons on the Noa-Dihing, to Blyth’s Tragopans, Blue-naped Pittas,
Snowy-throated babblers, Cochoas, Ward’s Trogons, Beautiful Nuthatches,
Rufous-necked Hornbills ~ Namdapha is the last word in exotics and the rare.
Best Time to Visit Namdhapa Tiger Reserve
Namdhapa's visiting season is from October to March.
How to Get there
Air : The nearest airport is situated at Dibrugarh, which
is 163-km away from the park.
Rail : The nearest railhead is Ledo, situated 56 - km
away from Namdhapa Tiger Park.
Wildlife Attractions of
Himalayan Wildlife Sanctuaries
& National Parks Around Himalayas
Dachigam National Park, J&K
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, J&K
Overa Wildlife Sanctuary, J&K
Kishtwar Altitude National Park ,J&K
Hemis High Altitude National Park, J&K
The Great Himalayan National Park, H.P.
Pin Valley National Park, H.P.
Dudhwa National Park, U.P.
Wildlife in Sikkim
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling
Royal Chitwan Park, Nepal
Royal Bardia National Park, Nepal