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Wildlife Calendar 2017

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If you want to spot a tiger, click the Siberian Crane, and enjoy those forests and parks at their best, then you should visit them at the right time. So we’ve curated a month-by-month calendar to help you plan a holiday at some of India’s most spectacular wildlife destinations. Here’s all you need on when to go where and why.

January

The Birds & Tigers Of Kanha National Park

District Mandla, Madhya Pradesh

Nearest Town: Jabalpur

Kanha’s tropical climate makes it quite cold in January, but this is the best month to watch migratory birds. Some 300 species of domestic and guest birds are found here, so carry a good pair of binoculars along!
The pride of the park, of course, remains the Royal Bengal Tiger but you should also keep an eye out for the Barasingha, wild dogs, wild pigs, sloth bears, Indian cobras, fan-throated lizards and panthers. Take an elephant safari as it gets you close enough to capture some great photos.

Wild Dogs in Kanha National Park

Wild Dog in Kanha National Park

Peacock in Kanha National Park

Peacock in Kanha National Park

Wow Factor:

With its lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and crystal-clear streams, Kanha was Rudyard Kipling’s inspiration for The Jungle Book.

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How to Reach:

By Air: From Nagpur (266 km)
By Road or Train: From Jabalpur (165 km)

February

The One-Horned Rhino At Kaziranga National Park

Kanchanjuri, Assam

Nearest Town: Jorhat

February is largely free of rain and not very cold, which makes it easy to spot animals at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides introducing you to its most famous resident, the one-horned rhinoceros, the park also stars tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer.

Kaziranga's most famous resident, the one-horned rhinoceros

Kaziranga’s most famous resident, the one-horned rhinoceros

Wow Factor:

Over 2,200 one-horned rhinos live in Kaziranga, which accounts for more than two-thirds of their total population!

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How to Reach:

By Air: From Guwahati (193 km)
By Train or Road: From Guwahati, Jorhat (112 km) or Tezpur (50 km)

March

The Fearless Tigers of Ranthambore National Park

Prempura, Rajasthan

Nearest Town: Sawai Madhopur

The weather is pleasant and the grass is bare in March, which makes it easier to spot the majestic tiger. Ranthambore is a wildlife photographer’s dream, and offers multiple chances to capture leopards, striped hyenas, langurs, sambhar, bison, and a stunning variety of birds and flowers in your lens!

The Fearless Tigers of Ranthambore National Park

The Fearless Tigers of Ranthambore National Park

Wow Factor:

The reserve is home to ‘diurnal’ tigers, which are known to hunt in full view of humans, without any fear.

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How to Reach:

By Air: From Guwahati (193 km)
By Train or Road: From Guwahati, Jorhat (112 km) or Tezpur (50 km)

April

Snow Leopards At Hemis National Park

Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Nearest Town: Leh

While summer sears the plains, Leh-Ladakh is lovely and cool in April. Visit Hemis National Park, which is home to that rare wild cat, the elusive snow leopard. The region’s other wild residents include the Tibetan argali sheep, ibex, blue sheep, chukhar, Himalayan snow-cocks, and golden eagles.

The elusive wild cat- Snow Leopard at Hemis National Park

The elusive wild cat- Snow Leopard at Hemis National Park

Wow Factor:

Besides its spectacular mountain setting, the park also houses the famous Hemis Monastery, a place of great charm and calm.

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How to Reach

By Air: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (50 km)
By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (252 km) and Kalka (325 km).

May

The Grand Elephants of Kabini National Park

Karnataka

Nearest Town: Mysore

Since the sun is pretty harsh in the month of May, the artificial reservoir attracts thirsty animals and offers ample opportunity for elephant sightings. The park is also richly populated with leopards, panthers, sambhars, monkeys, bison, sloth bears, spotted deer, cheetal, antelopes, crocodiles, and more than 250 species of birds.

The Grand & Majestic Elephants of Kabini National Park

The Grand & Majestic Elephants of Kabini National Park

Wow Factor:

The park’s location beside the sprawling Nagarhole National Park and the lovely Kabini River makes it perfect for a day-long trip.

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How to Reach:

By Air: From Bangalore (210 km)
By Train:
From Mysore, (80 km)
By Road:
From Bangalore or Mysore

June

Tigers Galore At Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh, District Umaria, Tala, Madhya Pradesh

Nearest Town: Khajuraho

By June the crowds thin out, making the tigers easier to spot. Although small in size, this reserve has the country’s highest concentration of tigers. This is great news for you, because you won’t return without spotting one! Also keep an eye out for the leopards, nilgai, hog deer and wild boars that are common here.

Tigers Galore At Bandhavgarh National Park

Tigers Galore At Bandhavgarh National Park

Wow Factor:

According to legend, Lord Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, gave his brother Lakshmana a picturesque fort, situated on a hillock here, so he could keep a watch over Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka). This is how this place gets its name—Bandhav (brother) Garh: (fort).

How to Reach:

By Air: From Jabalpur (165 km) and Khajuraho (238 km)
By Rail: From Umaria (31 km) and Katni (98 km)
By Road: From Jabalpur

July

Feathered Flocks At Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kottayam District, Kerala

Nearest Town: Kottayam

In July, rains or floods make several Indian wildlife parks inaccessible, but this is the time that Kumarakom blooms with birds! Hundreds of migratory birds flock here, joining local species such as the cuckoo, flycatcher, egret, heron, teal and water fowl. This is the breeding season for our feathered friends, so expect a chirpy, action-packed trip! An added bonus, the backwaters are so scenic that you’ll find it difficult to leave here.

Siberian Crane, Kumarokom-Kerala

Siberian Crane, Kumarokom-Kerala

Black Headed Oriole, Kumarokom-KeralaBlack Headed Oriole, Kumarokom-Kerala

Black Headed Oriole, Kumarokom – Kerala

Grey Heron, Kumarokom-KeralaGrey Heron, Kumarokom-Kerala

Grey Heron, Kumarokom- Kerala

Wow Factor:  

Some of the migratory birds here fly in from as far as the Himalayan ranges and some even come in from Siberia.

How to Reach:

By Air: From Kochi (48 km)
By Train: From Kumarakom station or Kottayam (15 km)
By Road: From Kochi or Kottayam

August

Rare Species At Dachigam National Park

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Nearest Town: Srinagar

This upper reaches of the two-level park are not easy to reach in winter, so August is the ideal time for you to explore this area. Dachigam is home to the last viable population of the endangered Hangul or Kashmir stag. Visitors can also catch glimpses of Himalayan black bears, long-tailed marmots, mouse hares, leopards, common palm civets, jackals, red foxes, yellow-throated martens and Himalayan weasels here. Some of India’s prettiest, most colourful birds also reside here.

The endangered Hangul or Kashmir Stag, Dachigam

The endangered Hangul or Kashmir Stag, Dachigam

Wow Factor:

This is India’s highest and most picturesque forest reserve (ranging from 5,500 ft to 14,000 ft above mean sea level). It gets its name from the 10 villages that were relocated to create it.

How to Reach:

By Air: From Srinagar (32 km)
By Train: From Jammu (315 km)
By Road: From Srinagar

September

Fish Fiesta At Gobindsagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh

Nearest Town: Bilaspur

In September, the weather is superb, the foliage lush and the lake filled with the fish this sanctuary is famous for. The Gobind Sagar Lake, the  third-largest reservoir in India, has various fish species, such as the singhara, catla, jhalli, grass crap, kuni rohu, guj, ticto, and sarina to name a few.

Grass Carp at Gobing Sagar

Grass Carp at Gobing Sagar

Wow Factor:

The majestic Bhakra-Nangal Dam, which is what creates this lake, is one of the highest gravity dams in the world.

How to Reach:

By Air: From Bhuntar (163 km) or Chandigarh (188 km)
By Train: The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Una (Himachal) and nearest narrow gauge railway station is at Shimla.
By Road: From Anandpur Sahib (39 km)

October

Wild & Verdant In Manas National Park

Barpeta-Manas Road, Barpeta, Guwahati, Assam

Nearest Town: Guwahati

Monsoons have tapered off and the weather is glorious in October, bringing the wild animals out in full view. Set in the Himalayas, where wooded hills lead you to alluvial grasslands and tropical forests, the Manas Sanctuary houses tigers, water buffaloes, rhinos, wild elephants, golden langurs or orange-furred monkeys, and the Bengal florican. The region’s wild residents also include rare, endangered species such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog.

Golden Langur at Manas National Park

Golden Langur at Manas National Park

Wow Factor:

Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve.

How to Reach:

By Air, Rail or Road: From Guwahati (180 km)

November

The Royal Bengal Tiger At Sundarbans National Park

Dayapur, Gosaba, West Bengal

Nearest Town: Kolkata

In November, West Bengal’s sparkle with Durga Puja celebrations while its forests come alive with spectacular wildlife. The Royal Bengal Tiger roams freely in the mighty Sunderbans with hundreds of birds and reptiles, including the salt-water crocodile. You may also see ridley sea turtles, fishing cats, leopards, jungle cats, macaques, wild boars, Indian grey mongoose, flying foxes, pangolin, and cheetals in this East Indian wilderness.

Royal Bengal Tiger at the Sundarbans

Royal Bengal Tiger at the Sundarbans

Wow Factor:

This is the world’s largest mangrove forest, and boasts of the world’s largest population of tigers.

How to Reach:

By Air, Train or Road: From Kolkata, an easy 112-km drive

December

Elephant Watching At Betla National Park

Palamu District, Jharkhand

Nearest Town: Daltongunj

December to March, when the water holes start drying up, is the perfect time to see hordes of elephants. The park is also home to tigers, leopards, cheetals and sambhar, with the River Koyal running through the forest. Virgin waterfalls, hot springs, lush sal and bamboo trees also make this one of India’s most alluring wildlife reserves.

Elephants at Betla National Park

Elephants at Betla National Park

Wow Factor:

There are two historical forts inside the park, one of which dates back to the 16th century.

How to Reach:

By Air: From Ranchi, (140 km)
By Rail: From Daltongunj, (25 km)
By Road: Betla is well connected to Daltonganj (25 km), Ranchi (140 km), Hazaribagh (190 km), Netarhat (211 km), Patna (384 km)

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