The monsoon will drench the Indian subcontinent during the months of June, July and August. You may be a wildlife enthusiast and dreaming of exploring the rich flora and fauna of the country, but monsoon holds you back as it reduces the chance of visiting the most popular parks of India. Well still there are some parks to travel and scout the Indian wilds. Whatever people may say, my personal experience of the Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand during the monsoon was amazing and spectacular. The beautiful landscape, alpine orchards, snowy mountain ranges of the Himalayas and different varieties of plants and animal species, altogether made my journey the best of my life…!! I know this is the off season for journeying; I have searched some of the popular national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that remain open during Monsoon. Nature lovers and wildlife aficionados must make it to one of these parks.
If you are really keen on exploring the wildlife, then the below mentioned parks will let you experience exotic world of magnificent animals and birds. The tweeting of the birds, roaring of the king of the jungle and many exciting things will add a spice to your vacations.
Dachigam National park
One of the most magnetic national parks of India, Dachigam National Park is nestled at an elevation of 14000ft above sea level in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Each season offers a distant image of Dachigam; however, the best time to pay a visit to the upper region is from May to August and for the lower region it is between September and December. This national park is famed for its scenic locales and populations of leopard cat, yellow-throated marten and Himalayan Grey Langur. It is also a heaven for bird lovers and some of the important ones that you can see here are golden oriole, Koklass pheasant, tytler’s leaf warbler and many more. Believe it or not…the vista of poppy blooms covering verdue is a view to behold.
Gobindsagar Wildlife Sanctuary
Just 83 km from Anandpur Sahib in Himachal Pradesh lies a Sanctuary established in 1976 -“Gobindsagar Wildlife Sanctuary”. This park is famous for different varieties of fish. Well, this is not the only highlight of this sanctuary. It is a dwelling place of various wildlife species like red jungle fowl, sambhar, wild boar, silver crap and so on. The place experiences temperate climate throughout the year but the best time to make your presence here is between July and September.
Valley of Flower National Park
Among the charming bio reserves in India, Valley of Flower National Park comes alive with the first rain of monsoon and one must visit it during this time specially to see the melting glaciers, dark cloud and multitudes of exotic flora. The entire region shines like a colorful carpet and above all, the magic and charm of this place await your arrival throughout the year. Further, the magnificent varieties of medicinal properties found here in valley of National Park hold to the celebrated belief. It is a home to many rare and endangered wildlife species, so you can have a wholesome experience of both- “Nature and wildlife”.
Hemis National Park
Lofty mountains, noise free surroundings, popular activities will be a part of your wildlife tour to Hemis National Park in northern district of Ladakh. I am sure that this park will enthrall you and its many appeals will be a feast for the eyes. Some of the creatures that can be seen here are Asiatic ibex, the Eurasian brown bear, Himalayan marmot and many more. One can also head to the hundred years old Hemis Monastery, which is positioned in the park. And a tour to this beautiful monastery would be a thrilling experience for anybody. It is a dream place for ornithologist and bird watchers. Streaked rosefinch, fork-tailed swift, the fire-fronted siren and red billed chough can be seen here.
Corbett National Park
Do you miss spotting wildlife and relishing a host of fun-filled activities during monsoon? If you are nodding in a yes, then you will be Surprised to know that Jhirna Zone, Sitabani buffer area and Kumaria buffer area of Corbett remain open for the travelers during this season. Apart from this, you can also indulge in rafting that splashes and meanders through the Kosi River during the monsoon season only. The other adventurous activities to wallow in are Jeep safari and elephant safari. One can certainly have a pleasurable experience with rich flora and fauna in these zones. With the gushing rivers that look more beautiful owing to rain and the park becomes amazing and colorful, a trip to Corbett during monsoon would be a dream vacation for nature lovers.
Ranthambore National Park
I visited this place last year during the monsoon season, having missed out on some opportunities before; this time I was all prepared to make this journey count. It is considered to be amongst the most popular national parks of India. If you are planning a tour to Rajasthan and don’t want to miss an opportunity of scouting various wildlife species and jungle safari, then get ready to experience it during monsoon as the zones numbered 6 and 7 remain open during this period. You can have a spine-chilling experience spotting wildlife!!
Tadoba National Park
Positioned in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, Tadoba National Park is also an abode of endangered animals like sloth bears, hyenas, gaur, jungle cats, barking deer and leopards. During monsoon, all the gates of Tadoba National Park remain closed except for Moharli gate. For better sighting, don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera.
Bandipur National Park
A magnificent wildlife center in the district of Chamarajanagar, Bandipur National Park is the perfect place to admire the breathtaking beauty and to relish a quiet holiday miles away from the frantic noise of the city life. For wildlife fanatics, the good news is that animals can be sighted even during the monsoon season. The park has an open area that makes it painless for the travelers to witness wildlife. In addition to this, one can also encounter some exotic plant species like sandalwood, mathi and bamboo that makes for a superb tourist place and is a must visit spot for all those who want to bask in natural exquisiteness.
Kabini National Park
One of the most visited parks of the country, Kabini National Park lets you have a true wildlife experience throughout the year. Imagine waking up to the tweeting noise of birds, witnessing herds of elephants, sloth bear, sambar and many more. For those who want relaxation in the truest sense can book their stay at the nearby resorts offering you an experience of both flora and fauna. You can also enjoy jeep safaris in the deep jungles or a boat ride on the Kabini River offering you sights of scores of hued birds and animals.
Periyar National Park
Catch a glimpse of an array of wild animals in God’s own country, Kerala; Periyar National Park offers an opportunity to experience the harmony, charming lake and many attractions. It remains open throughout the monsoons and travelers can relish a boat ride down the Periyar Lake, offering you a sight of animals coming near to the banks. Apart from this, you can also indulge in Ayurvedic treatments at the nearby resorts, which not only render you a lot of relaxation but have a good effect during the monsoons.