Wildlife Sancturies around Delhi
Whether you are a tourist visiting India, or a native wanting to see some of India's fauna, flora and amazing wildlife. Delhi and some of the surrounding areas have something to offer as well as wildlife sanctuaries near Delhi.
List of Wildlife Sanctuaries in Delhi
Najafgarh Drain Bird Sanctuary
This is a wetland and wildlife bird sanctuary. Part of Sahibi River, Najafgarh jheel Lake and a tribute of the Yumana River this sanctuary is situated near Keshopur Bus Depot, Tilak Nagar and Vikaspuri. There is a long inspection road along which you can view the wildlife from the comfort of your car or by foot.
Delhi National Zoological Park
This park boasts a very successful breeding program for Asiatic Lions, Indian Rhino and the Bengal Tiger etc. The park covers over 170 acres and is easily found situated next to The Old Fort of Delhi.Housing over 1350 animals of more than 125 different species, this well kept and well laid out zoo is very popular. Bringing your own food and drinks into the park is forbidden but there is a well stocked canteen with lots of popular snacks, meals and drinks to sample at reasonable prices. For those too tired to walk in the searing heat of Delhi, there is also an electric vehicle which can be booked to take you round the sites.
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Address: Mathura Rd, New Delhi, DL 110003
Area: 71 ha
Phone: 011 2435 8500
Wildlife Sanctuaries near Delhi
Asola Bhatti Wildlife SanctuaryThis sanctuary is only 25 km from Indira Gandhi Airport, near Tughlaqabad Fort. Near Sanjay Colony, Bhatti Mines, this bird sanctuary is home to around 200 species of bird, both native and migratory. Also to be seen are Blue Bulls (Nilgai), mammals, cats (Civet, Jungle Cat etc), Jackals and so on. There is a nature trail to enjoy and a conservation education centre. Over 1700 troublesome Rhesus Macaque monkeys which have been over running Delhi, have been re homed in a sanctuary here.
Near Tuglaqabad Fort, on the way of Surajkund Mela
25 km (16 mi) from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi
For those willing to travel a little, there are many places where you can see tigers, lions, elephants etc and where you can also enjoy an elephant safari through the national parks. Some parks even offer the option to stay for a night or two.
Jim Corbett National ParkThis is probably one of the most famous national parks in India. Named after the late, great, hunter/naturalist/photographer Jim Corbett, here you can enjoy a jeep safari or elephant safari with the backdrop of the Himalayas. Ramnagar Town is nearby and Corbett Park is easily reached by car, bus, train etc. It is only 5 hours drive away from Delhi and you can easily and cheaply book a AC car with driver. This was the first established tiger reserve and is home to elephants, leopards, tigers and over 600 species of birds.
Address: Ramnagar, Nainital, Uttaranchal, 244715
SariskaA little closer to Delhi (at only 4 hours drive and 200 km away), is Sariska. Whilst here, you can also visit the beautiful Siliserh Lake in Alwar in the state of Rajasthan. This 866 km park is the first park to successfully relocate tigers. Here you can also see the Chousingha (a four horned antelope), the Crested Serpent, leopards, tigers and other native species. Know more
Address: Alwar, RJ 301001
Area: 866 km²
Phone: 011 4709 4166
Bharatpur, RajasthanThis place is a world heritage site. Only 4 hours from Delhi and 180 km away, this bird sanctuary is definitely worth a visit. Best times to visit are during the Summer Season and, whilst you are there, you can make a detour and visit the beautiful Fatepur Sikri.
Panna National ParkAnother tiger reserve worth visiting is the award winning Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Slightly further from Delhi at 575 km away, it is still accessible by car, bus etc. Sitting in the foothills of the Himalayas, this 820 km park covers Uttarakand's Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal.
Having won the award for the best maintained national park in India, this park should definitely be on your list of places to see. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, residents of this park are, to name a few, Sloth Bear, tigers, parakeets, vultures, wolves and so on. All of these, and many more, can be seen from an open top jeep tour. From a boat tour on the Ken River, you can also, if lucky, spot gharials and crocodiles. If going, you will definitely have to schedule time to visit the nearby Khajuraho Jain Temples with their erotic sculptures.
Address: Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh 471405
Phone: 077 32 252135
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