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Rajasthan magnetizes a huge number of tourists from India and across the world as well. It is not only famous for its forts, royalty, and traditions but also for wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. If you want to visit wildlife sanctuaries or national parks in India, then Rajasthan is the perfect place for you. Rajasthan has a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries which invites you for an incredible wildlife experience.                        

Here is the list of the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is one of the massive sanctuaries of our country. It is located 149.3 KM from Jaipur in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. In 1955, it was established originally as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary by the Government of India. In 1973, it was introduced under the Project Tiger Scheme. In the mid-1980s, it was declared as a National Park.

The proximate forests of the sanctuary were proclaimed as the Keladevi Sanctuary and the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary. The Tiger Reserve was extended by joining the nearby sanctuaries, and after that, the Ranthambore National Park was formed.

The park is located on the knap and is surrounded by the rivers Banas and Chambal on either side. Ranthambore Fort also lies within the limits of the Ranthambore National Park. The national park is home for a large number of species including sloth bears, leopards, chitals, hyenas, sambars, wild boars, tigers, and nilgai.

  • Opening Hours: 7 am to 6 pm
  • Wildlife Safari: Jeep and Canter

Sariska National Park, Alwar

Sariska National Park

The Sariska Tiger Reserve has located 98.2 KM from Jaipur in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Originally, it was the animal-hunting grounds of the State of Alwar. The park covers the area of 866 KM2. In 1955, the sanctuary was declared as a Wildlife Reserve and in 1978 it was brought under the Project Tiger scheme. It comprises dry deciduous forests, scrub-thorn arid forests, rocky hills, and grasslands. This reserve is a segment of the Aravalli Range. The land here is rich in minerals like Copper.

The most appealing quality of the Sariska Tiger Reserve is its inhabitants Royal Bengal Tigers. It is home to a massive number of wild animals which include Hanuman langurs, Rhesus monkeys, hares, wild boars, chinkara, nilgai, sambhar, chousingha or the four-horned antelope, golden jackals, caracal, jungle cats, striped hyenas, leopards, and tigers.

  • Opening Hours: 8 am to 6:30 pm
  • Wildlife Safari: Jeep

Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur

Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park was anteriorly called the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to a huge number of migratory birds at the time of the hibernating season. The bird sanctuary, which attracts lots of bird lovers from all over the world during the migratory season, plays the role of home for as many as 230 avian species.

The park was declared as a protected zone in 1971 and it was later included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The bird sanctuary is an artificial wetland. Geographically, this national park is of much importance because it protects Bharatpur from flooding during flash floods and also provides grazing land for the village cattle.

The bird sanctuary is home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, and several other animals. The sanctuary is named after the temple (Keoladeo Temple) located within its area. The sanctuary came into presence 250 years ago. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park has as many as 1,00,000 visitors every year.

  • Opening Hours: 6 am to 6:30 pm
  • Wildlife Safari: Jeep and Canter

Mukundara Tiger Reserve, Kota

Mukundara Tiger Reserve

Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve is situated in Kota in Rajasthan. If you are planning to visit Kota or you are in Kota, this is a must-visit the wildlife sanctuary. It covers about 759 sq km and has 50 tigers. It was called Mukundara Hills National Park previously and in 2012 it has been proclaimed as a tiger reserve by the Government.

  • Opening Hours:  10 am to 5 pm
  • Wildlife Safari: Jeep Safari

Tal Chappar Sanctuary, Churu

Tal Chappar Sanctuary

Tal Chappar Sanctuary was established in 1966 and is located in the Churu district of Rajasthan. Originally, Tal Chappar was a Private Hunting Reserve for Maharaja of Bikaner. The distance of this sanctuary from Jaipur is about 210 KM. Tal Chappar Sanctuary is situated in the Sujangarh region of Churu district. It is on the edge of Thar Desert and is known as home for around 2000 blackbucks.

  • Opening Hours:  10 am to 6 pm
  • Wildlife Safari: Jeep Safari

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Bikaner

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary located about 32 Km from Bikaner, this sanctuary was used as a hunting spot by the Maharaja of Bikaner. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary is home to fauna like nilgais, deer, antelope, wild fowls, desert foxes, chinkaras, wild boars, and blackbucks. There is a between the forest which gives its a heavenly look.  

  • Opening Hours:  10 am to 5 pm
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