India’s vast cultural diversity and rich history have made it home to numerous UNESCO acclaimed World Heritage sites. However, there is a multitude of National Parks that make the list. Each uniquely preserved for their own reason, these parks make great tourist destinations beyond the mundane. These Indian National Parks are also UNESCO World Heritage sites
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Arguably one of the most famous national parks in India is Kaziranga. This 430 sq km sized forest land is well known for being the home of the largest number of one-horned rhinoceros in the world.
Best time to visit Kaziranga: November to April
In addition to various animal species, you can also enjoy the recently built orchid park. This park boasts of hundreds of varieties of orchids, sour fruits, and leafy vegetables.
Sundarban Forest, West Bengal
Translated into English, the name literally means “Beautiful Forest”. The entire area is over 10,000 sq km, shared between India and Bangladesh. This is the worlds largest coastal mangrove forest and the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger. This national park was awarded the title of a world heritage site by UNESCO
Best time to visit Sundarban: September to March
Apart from stay options, there are many luxury boat cruises that you can avail to enjoy the sunset on the delta along with freshly caught fish from the river. Here, I just wrote every Bengali’s dream come true.
Manas National Park, Assam
Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Assam, this park is home to many endangered species like Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog. The Manas river flows through this park. if you love nature photography, you are bound to get exclusive shots in this park.
Best time to visit: October to May
There are many affordable and lucrative stay options near the national park. Check out the following link.
Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand
If you believed that lush green mountains and valleys covered with vast expanses of blooms can be found in Switzerland and not in India, you are in for a lovely surprise. The ethereal beauty that is Valley of Flowers National Park will make you hold your breath and lose your senses. This place is a UNESCO world heritage site as it is a biosphere reserve and home to many endangered birds.
Best time to visit: July- August, during the blooms.
There are lucrative treck options to this national park. You can sign up for a trekking tour and kindle your adventurous spirit. If you are not a hiker, you can option of a pony or even a helicopter. For more information on trekking to Valley of flowers, click this link
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These were some breathtakingly beautiful places that you must definitely check out if you are a nature lover. And because of each of their unique specialty, they have all made the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
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