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The beautiful desert state of India, Rajasthan is well known for its colourful events and festivals, beautiful forts, palaces and sand dunes. Also, known as the land of kings, the state offers an expansive environment for the wild to wander around casually in their natural habitat. Varying from the dry land to lush green swamps, the state colours itself with the shades of its inhabitants. With so much land variation, the place offers unmatchable biodiversity. Here is the list of famous national parks in Rajasthan that should be visited once to experience the wild closely.

Ranthambore National Park

One of the largest and most important national parks in India, the Ranthambore National Park is enclosed in an area of around 392 sq. km and is located 14 km away from Sawai Madhopur. Well known for its tiger population, the park is one of the vital habitats of the country. A mix of lakes, rivers, hills, and the dry deciduous forest is an abode to an amazing variety of flora and fauna.  Apart from tigers, one can also spot leopard, hyena, sambhar, jackal, mongoose, sloth bear and much more. Nilgai, langur, chital and an incredible variety of birds within fig, banyan and dhok trees makes a visit to this park a delight for the nature enthusiasts and tourists. Ranthambore is easily approachable from Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. Sawai Madhopur has a good range of accommodation facilities to suit every budget. It is advisable to make the advance reservations because of the popularity of the park amongst the tourists worldwide. Jeep safari is the major attraction of the Ranthambore National Park as it allows one to explore the wild.

Best time to visit: October to June

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Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

Type of Wildlife Safari: Jeep (6 seaters), Canter (20 seaters)

ranthambore national park photoPhoto by bjoern

Sariska National Park

Located in the Alwar district in the state of Rajasthan, The Sariska National Park is the tiger reserve covering an area of 866 square km and lies at a distance of 200 km from Delhi and 107 km from Jaipur. Declared as a wildlife reserve in the year 1955, the park was brought under the Project Tiger scheme in 1978. The most attractive feature of the Sariska Tiger Reserve is the population of Royal Bengal Tigers. Other local residents of the park include wild boars, jackals, langurs, sambhar, hyenas, leopards, nilgai, hares and jungle cats. It also has a variety of birds like tree pie, peafowl, bush quail, sand grouse, grey partridge and more.

Best time to visit: October to June

Timings: 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

Type of Wildlife Safari: Jeep

sariska national park photoPhoto by A Frequent Traveller

 Desert National Park

Lying near the Jaisalmer city of Rajasthan, The Desert National Park is an apt example of the biome of the Thar Desert and its rich fauna. Sprawling over an area of 3162 sq. km, around 1/5th of its area, consists of the sand dunes, thus offering a spectacular abode to animals residing in the dry and arid regions. The unique landscape of the park is one of the major attractions for tourists from all over the world. Chinkara, desert cats, wolves, Bengal foxes, black bucks and hedgehogs are the most commonly sighted wild animals. Despite the landscape, the national park also prospers in birdlife. The most commonly spotted birds are spotted eagles, vultures, eagles, falcons, buzzards, tawny eagles and harriers. The Desert National Park also has an amazing collection of animal and plant fossils which are as old as 180 million years. Tourists can enjoy jeep safaris to explore the Desert National Park.

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Best time to visit: October to February

Timings: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Type of Wildlife Safari: Jeep

desert national park photo

Darrah National Park

An old royal hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Kota, The Darrah National Park is a thickly forested wildlife park covering an area of 250 sq. km. Lying at a distance of 50 km from the city of Kota, the park was declared as a protected zone in the year 1955. This hilly national park with thick forests is worth a visit. It is a home to a large number of animal species like deer, wolves, wild boar, cheetah, leopard, chinkara, nilgai and wolf. The natural beauty of the region is beyond words. Along with this, it also has a rich cultural history. Jhalwar, one of the famous tourist spot lies very close to the Darrah National Park.

Best time to visit: October to March

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Type of Wildlife Safari: Jeep, Trek

nilgai photoPhoto by Paul and Jill

With such a biodiversity present in the state of Rajasthan, the wildlife here is abundant and absolutely secure in all forms. In addition to this, boasting about some of the camera- friendly tigers and avian fauna, Rajasthan is one of the best states to experience wildlife.

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