Take a walk on the wild side this World Wildlife Day!
On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day in order to celebrate and raise awareness about the many beautiful species of wildlife and wild flora and fauna on our planet.
This year, the World Wildlife Day is celebrating “biodiversity super year”.
In the spirit of this special day, we would like to introduce you to 5 unexplored wildlife spots to explore in Rajasthan.
RAMGARH VISHDHARI SANCTUARY
The exotic Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary is located 45 kilometres from Bundi on the Bundi – Nainwa road. Covering an area of 252 sq. km., this sanctuary is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Established in 1982, it forms a buffer for the more famous, Ranthambore National Park.
The best time to visit this sanctuary is between the months of September and May.
Distance from Jaipur – 220 kilometres by road via NH 52
DESERT NATIONAL PARK
The Desert National Park in Jaisalmer district displays the best of the Thar desert’s ecosystem and its varied wildlife. The Park is formed of undulating sand dunes, jagged rocks, dense Salt Lake bottoms and inter-medial areas.
Various species of animals such as Black Buck, Chinkara and Desert fox inhabit the Park. The highly endangered Great Indian Bustard, one of the world’s heaviest flying birds, can also be seen here. In winter, the park hosts an incredible variety of migratory raptors such Himalayan and Eurasian Griffon Vultures, Eastern Imperial Eagle, and the Saker Falcon.
Distance from Jaipur – 608 kilometres by road via NH 11
TAL CHHAPAR SANCTUARY
Renowned for being a safe haven for Black Bucks and a variety of birds, this sanctuary is named after the Chhapar village. Located in the Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu, it is located 210 kms from Jaipur. Open grasslands scattered with trees give it the appearance of a savannah.
The sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise as it is home to many species of birds such as the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Black Ibis, Demoiselle Cranes, Skylarks, Ring Doves and more. One can also spot the Desert Fox and the Desert Cat here.
Distance from Jaipur – 210 kilometres by road via NH 52
MACHIA BIOLOGICAL PARK
This park is situated on the way to Jaisalmer, about 1 kilometer from Kailana Lake.
It offers a bird watching point for visitors and is also home to several animals such as the Deer, the Desert Fox, the Monitor Lizard, the Blue Bull, the Hare, the Wild Cat and the Mongoose, among others. The park also offers many spectacular views of sunset. An experience not to be missed.
Distance from Jaipur – 341 kilometres by road via NH 48 and NH 25
KUMBHALGARH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary can be rightly considered as one of the major attractions for tourists who visit Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh. Located about 65 km from Udaipur, the park is on the Udaipur – Pali – Jodhpur road, and encircles the massive fort of Kumbhalgarh.
Whether you are a wild-life lover or just someone who wants to commune with nature, the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary has the perfect setting for it. Spread across parts of the Aravalli range, the sanctuary offers you the chance to catch a glimpse of Jungle Cats, Hyenas, Jackals, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Nilgai, Sambhar, Chausingha, Chinkara, Hares, Wolves, etc.
Distance from Jaipur – 346 kilometres by road via NH 48 and NH 58
If you haven’t visited any of these parks and sanctuaries, plan a trip pronto and…
…Experience the Wild!
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