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12 Famous National Parks in India

There are around 106 existing national parks in India covering an area of 44,378 km2, which is 1.35% of the geographical area of the country as per National Wildlife Database, Dec. 2020 report. In addition to this, 75 other National Parks covering an area of 16,608 km2 are proposed in the Protected Area Network Report. 

Travel to the top national parks in India as it offers plentiful opportunities to observe undomesticated wildlife in its natural setting.

1. Dachigam National Park

  • Located 22 kilometres from Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir UT.
  • Name of the park literally stands for "ten villages"
  • Area of 140 km2
  • Known for hangul, or the Kashmir stag.

2. Kishtwar National Park

  • Located in Kishtwar, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Bounded in north by Rinnay river, south by Kibar Nala catchment, east by Great Himalaya and west by Marwa river.
  • Area of 400 km2

3. Hemis National Park

  • Located in eastern Ladakh Union Territory.
  • Bounded by the banks of the Indus River and the Zanskar Range.
  • Largest National park in India
  • Area of 4400 km2
  • Famous for snow leopards

4. Pin Valley National Park

  • Located in Lahaul and Spiti of Himachal Pradesh
  • Home to Tibetan Buddhist
  • Area of 810 km2
  • Alpine trees and Himalayan cedar are abundantly found here.

5. Great Himalayan National Park

  • Located in Kullu of Himachal Pradesh
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Area of 1100 km2
  • Blue sheep, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan tahr, and musk deer, etc are found

6. Kalesar National Park

  • Located in Yamunanagar district of Haryana in Shivalik foothills
  • On the bank of Yamuna river
  • Area of 110 km2
  • Popular for leopards, panthers, elephants, etc

7. Valley of Flowers National Park

  • Located in North Chamoli of Uttarakhand
  • The transition zone between the Zanskar Range and Great Himalaya.
  • Area of 87 km2
  • Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox and blue sheep

8. Rajaji National Park

  • Located across Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal of Uttarakhand
  • Named after Bharat Ratna C. Rajagopalachari
  • Ganga and Song rivers flow through the park.
  • Area of 820 km2
  • Elephants, leopards, chital and tigers

9. Nanda Devi National Park

  • Located in Chamoli of Uttarakhand
  • The transition zone between the Zanskar Range and Great Himalaya.
  • Area of 630 km2
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The fauna found are Himalayan musk deer, tahr, Snow Leopard

10. Jim Corbett National Park

  • Located in Nainital and Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand
  • Area of 1310 km2
  • Oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park.
  • First to come under the Project Tiger initiative
  • The Ramganga river flows through it.
  • Sambar Deer, Leopards Elephant, Tiger, Jackal,

11. Gangotri National Park

  • Located in Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand
  • In the upper catchment of Bhagirathi river
  • The Holy Gaumukh glacier is located inside the park.
  • Area of 2390 km2
  • Vegetation consist of chirpine deodar, fir, oak, spruce and rhododendrons

12. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

  • Located in Lakhimpur Kheri District of Uttar Pradesh
  • Area of 490 km2
  • Tiger, swamp deer, leopard, barasingha, elephants
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