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How many national parks in Rajasthan?

Discussion in 'Wildlife and National Parks' started by Raj Kumar, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar New Member

    I am interested in visiting some national parks in Rajasthan and during my stay there I wish to visit more than one national park.
    Unfortunately, I do not know exactly how many national parks there are in Rajasthan or the names of them. Please, can someone provide a list of how many national parks there are in Rajasthan?

  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hi, @Raj Kumar! Welcome to the forum!

    There's a total of five national parks in Rajasthan. Here they are:

    1. Ranthambore National Park - This is probably one of the most popular national parks in the state. Ranthambore National Park is frequently visited by tourists since it has a high number of tigers and spotting these majestic creatures can be quite easy here. But aside from the tigers, the national park is rich in lush greenery and breathtaking views. The landscapes are a mixture of both deciduous forests and meadows. The national park also has a number of lakes within it, with Padam Talab being the largest one. A good tip is that it's easier to spot animals from the lakes as they try and drink some water from it, especially during the summer season. The Ranthambore Fort, located within the national park, is an added attraction here and is a must-see as well. The park has eight zones, but only a few of these zones have higher chances of tiger sightings. These are zones two, three, four and five. You can book your tickets online, although you cannot choose your zone this way.
    • Animals you can spot here - Tigers, leopards, sambars, striped hyenas, blackbucks, desert cats, crocodiles, snakes, turtles and many more.
    • When the park is open - October to June.
    • Location - Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India.
    2. Sariska National Park - This national park was once a hunting ground for the royals of Rajasthan, as is with most wildlife sanctuaries and wildlife parks. The national park has rugged terrains, ranging from grasslands, deciduous forests and rocky paths. This type of terrains gives way for the numerous wildlife seen in the park. Tiger sightings here are very rare but if you would just like to enjoy a weekend getaway and be one with nature, then Sariska National Park is a good choice for that. The national park is also home to the ruins of ancient Shiva temples and a 17th century fort. Thus, it's not just a nature getaway, it's also a historical destination. The prime attraction of the park though is the huge number of peafowls here. There are also many species of other birds here primarily because of the lakes within the the park.
    • Animals you can spot here - Wild dogs, leopards, sambars, wild boars, rhesus macaques, hyenas, tigers, chitals, peacocks, crocodiles and many more.
    • When the park is open - October to May.
    • Location - Near Kraska, Alwar District, Sariska, Rajasthan 301001.
    3. Keoladeo Ghana National Park - Originally, the Keoladeon Ghana National Park, most commonly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, was a duck shooting reserve for the maharajas of Rajasthan. Built around the Bharatpur Lake, the national park is home to many residents birds. During winter time, the national park sees a surge in migratory birds. The best way to tour the entire park? Well, through a rickshaw ride, if you don't have your own bicycle with you. Covering the park by foot is also okay but can take a long time. If the water level of the lake is high, boat rides are also permitted within the national park. So for the bird watchers, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a must visit especially since the elusive Siberian crane was also spotted here before.
    • Birds you can spot here - Cranes, hawks, pelicans, ducks, warblers, larks, pipits and many more.
    • When the park is open - All throughout the year but best times would have to be winter season.
    • Location - Bharatpur, Rajasthan 302001.
    4. Mukundra Hills National Park - Also known as the Darrah National Park, this is also the third tiger reserve in the state. Unfortunately, it's also famous for being the only tiger reserve in the country without any tigers. The national park is surrounded by dense forests comprising of babul and dhok trees. Again, this was also a former hunting reserve, this time for the maharajas of Kota in Rajasthan. Although the tigers are gone from the national park, you can still find other animals within it. The Jhalawar Fort is also located close by so you can add that to your itinerary.
    • Animals you can spot here - Wild boars, antelopes, jackals, hyenas, chinkaras, wolves, leopards and many more.
    • When the park is open - All throughout the year.
    • Location - Dara National Park, Rajasthan 325003.
    5. Desert National Park - This national park is located in the Jaisalmer district. Thus, the park is set amidst the deserts of Thar, so touring it will take you along the sand dunes of the region. The main attraction in the park is the huge number of the great Indian bustards here. This bird is almost to the brink of extinction and the Desert National Park is the only place where you might catch a glimpse of it. The great Indian bustard is also the state bird of Rajasthan. Along with it, the state animal can also be found here, which is the camel. The national park is also home to many species of other birds, mammals and reptiles. If visiting the Thar desert is in your plans, then do consider the Desert National Park as it has both the sand dunes and wildlife.
    • Animals you can spot here - Great Indian bustards, eagles, vultures, camels, desert cats, chinkaras, vipers, lizards and many more.
    • When the park is open - All throughout the year.
    • Location - Desert National Park, Bada Bag, Rajasthan, India.
    I hope this helps you!