A photograph is a mirror of our thought process. It is a form of art that tells untold tales through pictures. Photographers or Photography enthusiasts are those creative people who capture varied emotions through the camera lens – weaving stories through pictures. In this regard, nature and wildlife provide a promising avenue for photographers – be it amateurs, seasoned or budding photographers. The ideal place to hone this creativity is by capturing nature’s crevice. Hence, national parks and sanctuaries are places of immense attraction for photographers. National parks and Sanctuaries, offers a diversity and vibrancy which is seldom witnessed in any other part of the land. Fortunately, India the land of diversity, has many such national parks – spanned across 29 states and 7 union territories. Each providing a distinct pallet of colours to photographers. Here, we will showcase some enticing national parks in India for photographers.
1. Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra
Tadoba, a national park of Maharashtra is an enthusiastic spot for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. It is situated at the foot of the mighty Chimur Hills in the Chandrapur area. A renowned tiger reserve, this place is thronged by people who wants to get a glimpse of the big cats. The park is open all through the week. October 15 to June 30 is the functional timing of the park. It is closed the rest of the year. The biodiversity of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve includes some rare birds and animals like the Royal Bengal Tigers, Indian leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, hyenas, guars etc.
2. Gir Forest, Gujarat
The foremost national park of India, Gir is the dwelling of the king of jungle – the Asiatic lion. Due to this, it holds a strong foot hold in the biodiversity map of India. One can find these lions roaming freely as they travel through the park. Approximately 523 lions and 300 leopards call Gir, their home. A detail census gives a record of 106 males, 201 females and 213 cubs. Several other creatures also populate the land. This includes jackal, stripped hyenas, deers and birds like pygmy woodpecker, brown fish owl, black buck etc. Chowsingha, a four-horned antelope can be found here. The park resides at a distance of 50km from Somnath. It can be easily reached from the Diu airport which is situated at a distance of 110km, in just about 2hr. Gir National Park is open to visitors from September to May.
3. Corbett National Park of Uttarakhand
Founded in the year 1936, this is the first national park of India. Renowned writer and hunter Jim Corbett who enthralled us with his colourful depiction of the India land, has given his name to this park. Though known as a tiger reserve, the park has a diverse flora and fauna. Here one can see leopards, exotic species of birds, rare otters, crocodiles. The park can be reached from Ramnagar, a village located at a distance of 260km from Delhi. The place is well connected by road and railways. It is open to visitors all through the year. A 3-day jungle safari permit is available for this purpose.
4. Hemis National Park in Ladakh
Situated near the Sangam of Zansar-Indus river in Ladakh, this picturesque place is a photographer’s paradise. The clear blue sky and enthralling snow Cladded Mountains offers a perfect set up. Tucked in the snow, a keen eye can see a camouflaged snow leopard. It also hosts a range of birds like the golden eagle, Himalayan griffon vulture, Tibetan snow finch, tickle leafed warblers etc. The harsh climate is makes it an unfavourable and dangerous place for a winter visit. The ideal season for visiting this place is June-October. Hemis National Park can be easily accessed from Leh located at a distance of 25kms.
5. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
The abode of the famous one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga is a sought-after place. This the place to catch a rhino red-handed – in action in the wild. This world heritage site is famous for tiger sightings. The park is home to various other creatures like the swamp deer, elephants, wild water buffaloes and a range of birds. A keen eye can get hold of a tiger hiding behind the tall green grasses. One can reach the place from Jorhat (90km) and Guwahati (200km) airports.
So here is our gift for you, a concise list of the best national parks in India, a photographer’s delight. Venture out in the wild and enjoy capturing these wonders. Let your camera capture their untold stories.
An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a traveller and blogger at Trans India Travels which provides information about various tourists’ destinations in India. He also writes for several other websites. His love for travel and adventure make him explore the most enchanting destinations.