WILD LIFE SANCTUARIES
Visit Rajasthan and spot the wildest of species in
close proximity of the nature. Nature trails and eco-tourism parks in
India have been developed as an attempt to reverse the damage done by
territorial encroachment and to recreate a pristine environment. Explore
the wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan and spend some time enjoying the
peaks of adventure.
National Park, Jaisalmer
The vast tracts of desert sands around Jaisalmer,
with their wood fossils, have been designated the Desert National Park,
there may be little about the desert that calls for ‘protection’, leave
alone wildlife, but the desert has a fragile, eco-system that has a
unique variety of wildlife species. This environment supports the
spiny-tail lizard that lives in underground colonies, desert monitors
that look like miniature replicas of dragons, sandfish that ‘swim’ under
the sand, chameleons, and of course, Snakes that includes the
deadly saw-scaled viper and Sand krait. Other faunal species here include
the Desert Hare, Hedgehog, the predatory Indian wolf, Desert Fox, and Desert Gerbil.
The 300 square miles of Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the last sizeable
remnants of the dry hilly country, which once stretched across the length
of the Aravali hills. Located at the Kankwari fort, it is the royal
preserve of the rulers of Alwar and was declared a sanctuary in 1955.
This wildlife park in Rajasthan is famous for its population of tigers
but there are also other wild species including panther, jungle cat, jackal,
hyena, sambar, chital, wild boar, hare, nilgai, caracals and
Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
Located near the small town of Sawai Madhopur
in Rajasthan, the 392 sq km of Ranthambhore National Park is perhaps
India's finest example of Project Tiger Reserve. A unique combination
of history with forest makes it a totally distinct place to explore.
The herbivorous population includes Chitals, Sambhars, Blue Bull, Chinkara and
Tigers are the biggest attraction of the
park. This national park of Rajasthan also offers ancient monuments
that date back to ancient past. Drive through the rolling grasslands
and rushing streams and have a time of your life.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur
Reputed as one of the most spectacular bird sanctuaries in India,
Keoladeo Ghana or Bharatpur National Park welcomes you to a
fascinating world of feathered species. The major attractions of this
national park of Rajasthan include a variety of domestic, migratory
and water-birds. Stretched over an area of 29 sq. kms, the park is
also inhabited by sambar, chital, nilgai and boar. What is peculiar
to Bharatpur, is that many of the species are specialist feeders,
like the Siberian crane.