In India, wildlife sanctuaries have been very successful in conserving the wildlife. They are the perfect place to witness the limitless range of wildlife and striking beauty of the forests. Exploring the charm of wildlife sanctuaries has its own appeal. Rajasthan is a safe haven for colourful and a wide range of wildlife. There are numerous wildlife sanctuaries which are open to tourists and guests throughout the year. Some of the well-known sanctuaries are:
Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary
Tal Chappar Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the borders of the Thar Desert. Sprawling in an area of 1334 square km, the sanctuary is an abode to the variety of birds and wild animals. The place comes alive with the tweeting of various migratory birds including Pale Harrier, Short- toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Ring Dove, Brown Dove, Imperial Eagle, Demoiselle and much more. Green Bee-eaters and Blue-checked Bee-eaters are found in Tal Chappar until March for this is their breeding spot. Desert fox and Desert cat can also be spotted along with distinctive avifauna such as Partridge and Sand Grouse.
Best time to visit: September – March
Timings: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Activities: Jeep and Horse Safari, Trekking, witnessing the sanctuary at sunrise
Jaisamand Sanctuary, Udaipur
This is another park where you can venture out to explore the wildlife of Rajasthan. It’s a tiger reserve which is remarkably famous amongst the tourists. Spread in an area of 160 square km, the sanctuary is located 51 km south -east of Udaipur. Wolf, Leopard, Jungle cat, Fox, Hyena are the predators of the sanctuary. Other species present here include panther, Chinkara, Sloth bear, Wild Hog, Chital and a wide variety of winged animals like Lake Heron, Indian Shag, Little Cormorant, Bill Stork etc that breed here. The Jaisamand Lake is a home of crocodiles, wide variety of fishes and turtles.
Best time to visit: November-April
Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Activities: Jeep Safari, camping, boat ride, bird watching and bonfire
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh
Sprawling in an area of 578 square km, the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. One of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in the state, the sanctuary surrounds the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Situated at a height of 500-1300 m, the sanctuary is an abode to a large variety of wild animals, some of which are rare species. Some of the animals that dwell the sanctuary are Nilgai, Hyenas, Wolves, Sloth Bears, Jungle Cats, Chinkaras, Sambhar and much more. The natural beauty of Kumbhalgarh is the most charming feature of the sanctuary. Its natural beauty attracts a large number of travellers every year from all over the world. The sanctuary also has birdlife and some of the birds that can be easily spotted here are Parakeets, Bulbuls, Dove, Peacocks, Golden Oriole, Pigeons, Grey Jungle Fowl and much more.
Best Time to visit: October- March
Timings: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Activities: Trekking, Jeep, Horse Safari
Mount Abu Sanctuary, Mt. Abu
Located amidst the Aravalli Hills, The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan. Some of the variety of animals in the sanctuary includes Sambhar, Jackal, Indian Hare, Jungle cat, Hyena, Wild Boar, Porcupine and much more. Home to a large number of plants, the sanctuary has more than 112 plant families belonging to 449 genera. The sanctuary also has a lot of plants with medicinal value. It is also a great place to visit for ornithologists as it’s a paradise of around 250 species of birds. Thus, if you want to watch the best of wildlife in Rajasthan then a visit to the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a must.
Best time to visit: April – June, November -February
Timings: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Activities: Trekking, Spotting Leopard, exploring the rock formations because of water and wind withering, witnessing a variety of wild rose and orchids.
Darrah Wild Life Sanctuary, Kota
Declared as a wildlife reserve in 1955, The Darrah Wild Life Sanctuary is located at a distance of 50 km from Kota. A visit to the sanctuary is a rewarding experience in itself. The natural beauty of the region cannot be described in words. Today, the Sanctuary is a home to antelopes, deer, wolves, sloth bears, nilgai and leopards. Wolves and antelopes can be seen in large numbers and one can spot leopards and sloth bears easily. It’s actually a pleasure to see these wild animals in their natural habitat.
Best time to visit: October- March
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 pm
Activities: Jeep Safari, Trekking, Witnessing various captivating wildlife species
Do visit these wildlife sanctuaries if you love nature and the majestic creatures that it holds.