5 beautiful wildlife safaris to explore in India this monsoon

In India, the monsoon season, which lasts roughly from June to September, provides an enjoyable relief from the heat. But unfortunately for those who love animals, it also happens to be the time when a lot of popular national parks close because of strong winds and heavy rains. However, a few national parks in India allow you to visit their buffer zones even when it’s pouring rain, making them fantastic vacation spots during the monsoon season.

Here are 5 beautiful wildlife safaris to explore in India this monsoon

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1. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh is rich in history and filled with animals. There is much to attract travellers to this national park, including local legends and centuries-old sandstone caves. Furthermore, you may explore all of this and more in the buffer zones during monsoons, while the core zones are closed. The park is home to 250 species of birds and about 37 kinds of animals.

2. Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu

The first wildlife sanctuary in South India was established in 1940. The world’s largest population of Asian elephants is found in this area of the Western Ghats. Besides spotting animals being fed and bathed in the wild, keep an eye out for guars, sambhars, dholes, the striped hyena, golden jackal and sloth bear.

3. Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Hemis National Park, located in the high Himalayas of Ladakh, is a haven for visitors looking for an unforgettable monsoon experience. The park, known for its snow leopards, is best visited between May and October.

4. Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sundarbans are a labyrinth of vibrant mangrove forests and beautiful rivers. The magnificent saltwater crocodile, which fits perfectly into its brackish ecosystems, dwells in this unique environment. However, the main reason visitors come here is to witness the elusive Bengal Tiger.

5. Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Karnataka

One of the first sloth bear sanctuaries in India, the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is spread across 82.7 sq km and is home to about 150 sloth bears. Situated near Hampi, Karnataka, the wildlife safari offers an opportunity to encounter not just sloth bears but also a variety of other animals including jackals, hyenas, wild boars and leopards among lush forests and tall grass.