The National Parks of Asia - Wild Wonders
Along with a holiday in India belongs, for almost every traveler, a visit to one of the impressive Indian National Parks. In the entire region, much was invested in recent decades, to integrate tourism in harmony with the original landscape, and to allow nature experiences, that make you stop and marvel - without affecting the animal and plant life. Once you have set foot into the pristine beauty of this nature, is this your bridge pillar into that part of the world. The diversity of flora and fauna holds an experience for every holidaymaker, a sighting or a contact, to which one will look back in amazement again and again.
In South India, in the state of Kerala in the mountains of the Western Ghats, lies the Periyar Nature Reserve, which you should visit to experience wild elephants in their natural environment. Also the Bengal tiger can be observed here. But above all, the pristine rainforest, with its up to 50 m high trees, which are bedecked with orchids and arum lilys, doesn’t only send real plant lovers into exaltation, no one can stay indifferent to these beautiful and intensely colored images. An accommodation at one of the resorts or hotels in Thekkady, the village that has grown amid all this natural beauty, offers all the desirable comfort.
In Rajasthan, in northwestern India, the Ranthambore National Park invites to a Tiger Safari, where you can admire, from a reliable off- road vehicle, the grace of these wild big cats. The otherwise rather shy Bengal tigers are located in the area of this park in a quite large density again, and a sighting is actually likely. As they account for only one genus of predators living here, also a sloth bear, a honey badger, one of the gold jackals or the small mongoose, a striped hyena or even an Indian Leopard can be repeatedly caught sight of, even jungle cats are among the predators, whose observation is likely to be granted to you. Of course, the ungulates are not missing: from wild boar over four- horned antelope, nilgai antelope, sambar deer and axis deer to Indian gazelle, the animal density and diversity in this park is altogether very big, rounded off by countless reptiles, birds and insects.
East thereof, not far from the Taj Mahal, the Bharatpur bird sanctuary is located. Nearly 300 different species can be observed here in their everyday activities, be it courtship rituals, stretching out their wings in the sun to let them dry, or feeding the offspring. Not only ornithologists will be enthusiastic about the diversity of bird songs here filling the air.
Further to the west in India the Kaziranga National Park in Assam invites to observe the ornithological diversity. Here one can observe Indian rhinos, Bengal tigers, water buffaloes, and many more exotic species, some existing only here. As a special highlight, you can make these tours not only in an off-road vehicle, but also roam through the forest on the back of an elephant, sensing its raw power under your hands.
In Sikkim, the region in northeastern India, an amazingly diverse ecosystem awaits you at the Khangchendzonga National Park. The biodiversity preserved here, the diverse bird life, the wide occurrence of various mammals, even the snow leopard and the almost unimaginable number of different reptiles, amphibians and insects impress on a trekking tour, and can be ideally experienced on foot. Taking a break in the midst of this pristine variety, to listen and to see, is probably one of the most intense experiences that a trekking holiday in India holds.
In addition to these outstanding destinations for travelers to India, who want to experience the nature of the country up close, especially the East holds some almost unknown, and partly very remote treasuries for botanists, friends of orchids and ornithologists. We are happy to advise you about hotspots in Sikkim and in the wild Arunachal Pradesh, which true enthusiasts will seize, for whom the intense experience of nature is more important than convenience.
Directly across the border to Nepal, in the foothills of the southern Himalayas, the Chitwan NationalPark spreads out as part of a more than 2,000 square kilometers of protected area. In the past, feudal big game hunters had built their camps there, today the Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many endangered animal species have not only survived, but their population increased again manyfold. This particularly includes, in addition to more than 500 species of birds, big cats like the Bengal tigers or leopards.
Huge rhinoceroses and elephants wander through the terrain. The wide variety of other mammals, the large number of various amphibians and reptiles, and finally the sheer exploding vegetation make this National Park an indescribable nature experience. Some of the old camps were sustainably modernized, and offer visitors luxurious comfort, and the knowledge to be gently integrated into the once again intact ecosystem.
A special experience is also a trip to the Sunderban National Park in western India, which is extending within Bangladesh and West Bengal. The unique mangrove forests, which are protected here, you can discover on a river cruise, and besides the impressive vegetation and the variety of birdlife, you can even marvel with a bit of luck at a tiger who came to drink water at the river.
For horse lovers, Mongolia is one of the most interesting destinations in Asia. Not only the Terelj National Park, but also the Khentii National Park can be explored on horseback. Let your eyes wander over undulating grasslands, traversed repeatedly by babbling brooks and small rivers. Who ever was able to watch the Przewalski horse in the wild, knows the surprising grace of this actually rather stocky archaic horse of light colour with dark tail and feet, its clear gaze, and the amazing power of a herd galloping across the open countryside, as they can be observed in the Chustai National Park.
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