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 Himalayan tahr.

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 Dogs.

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 in 1973.

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.