Monday, March 29, 2010

Forest of India

The fauna of India is as diverse as its cultural milieu. India is home to over 350 species of mammals and 1,200 species of birds. Most of these animals can be seen on safaris in the forest of India. Some of these animals are the Asian elephant, camels, deer, bears, leopards, monkeys, antelopes and a variety of birds. India is also home to rare and endangered species of animals such as the Royal Bengal tiger, gharial, Asiatic lion, one horned rhinoceros, chinkara and black buck.

Mysterious Forest of India 

Currently, the animal forest of India comprises 607 protected areas, of which there are 96 national parks, 508 wildlife sanctuaries and 3 conservation reserves. Of these, 27 areas have been designated as Tiger Reserves according to Project Tiger. These natural habitats differ from region to region and include tropical forests, desert landscapes, backwaters as well as rocky mountainous areas.

Wandering about in a sanctuary and viewing wildlife in their natural surroundings is truly the experience of a lifetime. Nothing can quite match the thrill of spotting a striped predator amidst the tall grass or watching wild deer lock horns in battle. What makes the experience even more enchanting is that most forest in India can be explored on elephant back. Jeeps are also available for tourists who prefer comfort on the safaris.

Some of the famous wildlife reserves in India are Kaziranga, Bandavgarh, Kanha, Nagarhole and Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. For a state wise list of protected areas and forest in India that include national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and conservation reserves, click here.

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