Nature & Wildlife
The wildlife in the Indian sub-continent is incredibly diverse be it India, Nepal, Bhutan or Sri Lanka. From the Asian elephant, to the one-horned rhino, to the majestic Royal Bengal tiger, there is an exciting variety in a wide range of habitats in the sub-continent. There are very few regions in the world that stir people’s emotions to the same degree. Apart from the eclectic mix of wildlife, there are several cozy well-anointed lodges spread across the region, many of which are based on sustainable and eco-friendly practices, providing many native communities a chance to a better life and co-existence.
Tiger, Tiger – Ranthambore
India is home to two-thirds of the world’s only free-roaming tigers, approximately 100 national parks, 40 tiger reserves, and 450 wildlife sanctuaries.
Ranthambhore National Park is one of the best places in India to see the majestic tigers in their natural habitat. The park is located at the edge of a plateau bounded by two rivers. It is a three-hour drive from the pink city of Jaipur. The park comprises of steep hills, grassy fields, pristine lakes and even a majestic 10th century fortress that towers over the park area and is a magnificent hike for many visitors.
Exploring the Terai –
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan which literally translates into “Heart of the Jungle” is famous as one of the best wildlife viewing national parks in Nepal and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. It is a mere 25-minute flight from the Kathmandu International Airport.
The park is famous for its success in conservation of the rare and endangered one horned Rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tigers. It’s also the home of Asiatic Elephant, Leopards and Indian Gaur and can be sighted as per the season. From Jeep Safari in the company of an experienced ranger to a boat safari on the Rapti River with sundowners and a nature walk inside the Chitwan National Park, Chitwan has a lot to offer.
The Great Gathering –
Minneriya National Park
Located in the heart of the popular cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, the Minneriya National Park is one of the largest known meeting places of Asian Elephants in the world, where herds up to 350 elephants are seen at the 8,890 hectare park within a few square kilometers of the Minneriya Reservoir.
The vast and ancient Minneriya rainwater reservoir (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena) that has been a source of water for this region is the focal point of the National Park. Also, as part of the elephant corridor which joins up with Kaudulla and Wasgomuwa parks, Minneriya gives wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to see herds of elephants throughout the year.
In Search of Leopards –
Yala National Park
Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala National Park is one of the most spectacular National Parks of Sri Lanka, spread over 1,200 sq km. The Park was originally designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was re-designated as a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Today, the park is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles.
Its proximity to the buzzing beach of the south coast, the density of wildlife, especially the high concentration of leopards checks all the boxes in your itinerary.