Top 10 National Parks in India
1. Hemis National Park (4400 sq km):
The Hemis Nation
Park is located on the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir
State and it is also the largest National Park in South
Asia. Located on a height of 17,000 ft above sea, the park
is famous for snow leopard. The park is one of the highly
dense snow leopard places in the world. It is also the
second largest contiguous protected region after Nanda Devi
Biosphere Reserve. The park is also habitat of large numbers
of flora and fauna like shapu, bharal, Himalayan marmot,
mountain weasel etc. Till now 16 species of mammals and 73
of birds’ existence are recorded in the park.
2. Desert National Park (3162 sq km):
India’s only Desert National Park located 40 km from Jaisalmer, a city in Rajasthan and extended to the India-Pakistan Border. The main attraction of the National Park is Great Indian bustard, an endangered species found only in India. The park is also the habitat of chinkara, desert fox, wolf, desert cat, blackbuck etc.
3. Gangotri National Park (2390 sq km):
The park is
located in the Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand. The park
is spreads over the Western Himalayan range and it is one of
the most beautiful parks in India. The park is named after
the Gangotri glacier from where the river Ganga originates.
The park is habitat of many animals like snow leopard, bear,
Himalayan thar, musk deer, cheer pheasants etc.
4. Namdapha National Park (1985.24 sq km):
Located in North
Eastern part of India in Arunachal Pradesh, it is one of the
largest biodiversity areas in India. The Park was
established in the year 1974. The park is home to more than
400 species of flora and fauna. In 1983, the park was
declared a Tiger Reserve and National Park. Although numbers
of different species of animals and birds are found in the
park, but it is famous for the majestic gaur or mithun and
white winged wood duck.
5. Khangchendzonga National Park (1784 sq km):
Located in the Northern part of Sikkim, it
covers almost one fourth of the total area of the state. The
Park is named after the world third tallest mountain
Kanchenjunga and was established in the year 1977. The park
has an elevation of 6,001 ft to over 28,050 ft. The main
attraction of the park is musk deer, snow leopard and
6. Guru Ghasidas (Sanjay) National Park (1440.71 sq km):
Guru Ghasidas (Sanjay) National park is
located in the Koriya district of the state of Chhattisgarh.
Guru Ghasidas National Park was formed when Chhattisgarh was
separated from Madhya Pradesh and was a part of Sanjay
National Park. The main attraction of this densely forest is
Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Four-horned
Antelopes, Jungle Cat, Bison, Hyena, Sloth Bear and Wild
7. Gir Forest National Park (1412 sq km):
Gir National Park is the only area where Asiatic Lions are found in the world. Located in the southern part of Gujarat, it is a habitat of more than 500 lions. In 1900, Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi declared Gir as a "protected" area. There are seven rivers and four water reservoirs in the Gir region. It is also habitat of 38 different species of mammals like Asiatic wild ass, hyenas, leopards and more than 200 species of birds.
8. Sundarbans National Park (1330.12 sq km):
It is a part of the world's largest
delta formed by the three rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and
Meghna. Located in the 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal,
it is established in the year 1984. The park is famous for
Royal Bengal Tiger. The delta is densely covered by mangrove
forests. The park is famous for birds, reptiles and
salt-water crocodile. The park was declared as Sundarban
Tiger Reserve in 1973.
9. Jim Corbett National Park (1318.5 sq km):
Jim Corbett National Park is the first
national park established in India. The park was established
in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Located in Nainital
district of Uttarakhand in India, it is famous for Bengal
Tiger. The park is named after the famous tiger hunter Jim
Corbett. The park is resident of 488 different species of
plants, 586 species of birds, 50 species of raptors and
mammals. The save tigers, Tiger Project was first launched
10. Indravati National Park (1258.37 sq km):
Indravati National Park is located in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state of India. The park is named after the nearby Indravati River. Established in 1981, the park is famous for wild Asian buffalos.