It is one the of oldest National Park in India. Situated in the Nainital District of Uttrakhand, the main motive behind establishing this park is to save the Royal Bengal Tiger.
It is located on the foothills of Ramganga River, on the foothills of Himalaya. This place has been recorded by 500+ birds, 25+ reptiles and 50+ mammals’ species so far. Few areas of the park open only from 16th November till 15th June however, there are many areas where you can visit during summers too.
A serene village in the Tehsil of Nainital District, Pangot is situated at a height of 6500+ feet. This place is a Heaven for birders and has a record of more than 530 bird’s species including Verditar flycatcher, Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Bearded Vulture, Steppe Eagle, and Griffon vulture, etc. There are many treks like Pangot to Naina Peak and Pangot to Jim Corbett, etc.
Despite birding and trekking, many people visit Pangot to avoid hustle bustle which they face in Nainital. If interested in astrophotography, you can plan a trip to Pangot as you'll get one of the clearest skies you've ever witnessed and who knows, a meteor shower may cross your way.
3. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
A partial mangrove habitat which is declared as a Bird Sanctuary after India's biggest ornithologist. It is an extreme delight for bird watchers. This place is covered by mangroves swamps and you need to take prior permission from Wildlife Department, Panjim before visiting here.
Apart from birds, one may also get to see Foxes, Jackals, Crocodiles and many other mammals/reptiles. Some of the birds seen here are eagles, kingfishers, egrets, herons, woodpeckers, brahminy kites, Ospreymyna, curlews, sandpiper, redshank, and hoopoe, etc. There are no roads inside the sanctuary so one can explore only by boats.
You can get an idea about the diversity as Sikkim, along with Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet uplands, contains more than 32% of India's total bird's population. If you are looking for the most surreal bird watching place in India, your search ends here.
The breathtaking scenery will give you some once in a lifetime moments. If you want to see Satyr Tragopan, which is one of the rarest pheasant species, you can plan for Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary which is situated 65kms away from Gangtok. Along with birds, you may also see Red Panda is this is one of their last habitats. Pelling, Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Khangchendzonga National Park and The Khecheopalri Lake are the other two locations which you can explore to get some rare birds. If you still left with some time, do visit Lava and Neora valley to get awe-inspiring species like Sultan tit, long-billed Wren-babbler, and Rusty-bellied Shortwing, etc.
The last home of Asiatic Lions. Establishes as a wildlife sanctuary in 1965 in order to protect the last lions outside Africa.
Once reached at a critical count of 20 in 1913, they've increased to 523 as per 2015 census. They are not alone here. 300+ leopards, 40+ reptiles and 250+ birds stay with them peacefully in this jungle.
You can do two safaris in a day. There's also a Gir Interpretation Zone, also known as Devalia Safari Park, 12 kilometers west of the village, at Devalia. It's an enclosed area of around four square kilometers that contains a variety of wildlife, including lions. A bus takes visitors on a 30-40 minute tour of it. Junagadh is perhaps the best approach to the park. The railway station in Junagadh receives trains from different cities like Ahmedabad and Rajkot and other major cities. Then, from here it takes approximately one and half hour to reach Sasan Gir National Park.
6. Ranthambhore National Park:
The land of Tigers and undoubtedly, one of the most famous national park in India. Ranthambhore, situated in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan is at a mere distance of 11kms from Sawai Madhopur, railway station. The forest announced as a national park in 1980.
Thousands of tiger lovers from all over the world visit here daily during the safari season. Among many famous tigers, the tigress Machli was the most celebrated tiger in the world. However, she died in August 2016 but left many legends of her youth days.
Along with tigers, this place too has a few hundreds of birds and leopards too. This place has the heritage sites too which includes the mighty Ranthambore Fort, Jogi Mahal, Ancient temple and Rajbagh ruins which are the reminders of glory and grandeur of the Rulers of Ranthambore.
Many picturesque lakes like Padam Talao, Malik Talao, Raj Bagh Talao, and others are enriching the landscape of this forest which consists of deciduous forest, small hills, valleys, and lush greenery.
7. Delhi and Surroundings:
Might sound strange but yes, it's true. From Aravali hills to lakes and drylands, Delhi/NCR offers you everything throughout the year.
Even in summers, there are many places where you can go for birding. Delhi/NCR is rich in Flora and Fauna and has a huge count of 400+ species along with many mammals and reptiles.
One can easily go to Narnoul, Jhajjar, Bhondsi, Sultanpur outskirts, Basai wetlands, Okhla bird sanctuary, Yamuna flood plains, and Dhanouri, etc and can get ample of birds. All you need to do is a plan a 2-3 days trip to Delhi, book a guide and hire a cab. The guide will show you some never seen before places in Delhi/NCR.
Have you packed your bags? Is your camera ready??? Oh!! don't forget that extra pair of memory card, battery, hand gloves, bottles of water, and warm clothes as you going to need them BADLY. And after you do all these things, you are ready to WELCOME WINTERS which the best time of the year to do wildlife photography.