Nature and wildlife present interesting images for photographers, just as yourself, to capture with your camera. They are unpredictable subjects, yet they are always beautiful and vibrant. One of the best destinations for wildlife photographers is India, a country of diverse flora and fauna. If you’re a planning a trip to the country, here are 3 must-visit places in India for wildlife photographers.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh is a historical spot that has been mentioned in the tales of the epic poet Ramayana. The word “Bandgavgarh” is a combination of two words, namely “Bandhav” meaning “brother” and “Garh” meaning “fort”. The name was given to this place because it is believed that Ramachandra, a major deity in Hinduism, gifted it to his younger brother Lakshmana.
Today, the Bandhavgarh National Park protects an amazing forest that’s home to different species of animals. In 1993, it was declared a tiger reserve with the help of the Panpatha Sanctuary and its Project Tiger Network. Aside from tigers, you’ll also find jackals, deer, leopards and wild pigs here.
Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park is located in northern India, in a town called Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. It used to be a hunting ground but has now become a national reserve to protect its diverse wildlife. The park is home to tigers, hyenas, flying foxes, hedgehogs, and a lot of other animals. Here, you’ll also find 272 species of birds, both resident and migrant, which makes it a perfect spot for bird watching. Some of the birds that you can find at the Ranthambore National Park include woodpeckers, geese, hornbills, eagles, egrets, herons, sparrows, and falcons. At the same time, you can also visit here to photograph its 300 species of flora.
The Ranthambore National Park is close to the Masingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. You will also find historical ruins within the park, which may add interest to your picture story. The best time to visit the park is between to October to June.
Sunderban National Park
If you want a break from dry lands, you can visit the Sunderban National Park, a large coastal mangrove forest, resting mostly in West Bengali, India and the rest in Bangladesh. In this park, you will find diverse terrestrial and aquatic life. The 58 specials of mammals that live at the Sunderban National Park include tigers, boars, porcupines, otters, rhinos, and deer. Meanwhile, the 55 species of reptiles here include crocodiles and snakes. You will also find 248 species of birds at the park, as well as a variety of water animals such as dolphins, turtles, sharks and rays.
For a complete experience, you can go around the Sunderban National Park by boat. Boat rides are available between 8:30 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. The best time to visit the park is between September and March.
India is a beautiful country with an equally beautiful biodiversity, which makes it one of the best travel destinations in the world for wildlife photographers.