Wildlife During Winter

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you do not want to miss out on planning a visit to wildlife sanctuaries in India this winter. A time when safaris offer the best of experiences. If you are an animal lover and crave the experience of watching wildlife, there are some marvelous sanctuaries awaiting for you. Your winter vacation can become an adventure and full of zing with a trip to one of the below wildlife sanctuaries

A hidden gem, nestled in the Velavadar National Park, The Blackbuck Lodge is set in several acres of plains owned by its promoters who hail from a village in Gujarat’s Kathiawad Peninsula just about an hour from Velavadar. They have created a wildlife paradise where herds of antelope, the endangered Indian grey wolf and globally-threatened birds can be seen. The centrepiece of the resort is a water body that is like a natural lake with aquatic vegetation. Location: Velavadar National Park, Saurashtra, Gujarat. Best time to go: October – March

This luxurious lodge is an exclusive four suite property, ideally situated just a stone’s throw away from two of North India’s significant historical sites, the Kumbhalgarh Fort and the Ranakpur Jain Temples. The lodge evokes a sense of deep-rooted colonial times and guests who stay here are transported back to the days of The Raj. Located high in the Aravalli hills, guests can explore the surroundings on an exhilarating safari. You will have a chance to see leopard, bear, deer, wild boar and a host of bird life; visit one of the many local tribal villages, or relax at sunset with a chilled glass of champagne. Location: Ranakpur, Rajasthan. Best time to go: November – April

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is an exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife focused lodge located close to the Satpura National park and Tiger Reserve. Apart from Jeep, Elephant & Boat Safaris, Satpura is the only park of its kind in Central India that offers Walking Safaris, giving enthusiasts a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity to explore tiger country on foot. You are likely to sight Leopards, Sloth Bear, Indian Wild Dogs, hordes of Indian Gaur, Sambhar plus other herbivores found in Central India & if lucky the magnificent Tiger. Satpura is also the Northern most habitat of the Malabar Giant Squirrel. The sheer diversity of animals, the presence of several bird species, numerous species of endemic butterflies & the luxury of exploring this 1,500 square km expanse of classic Central Indian wildlife habitat in so many different ways make Satpura a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. Location: Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh. Best time to go: October – April

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a very popular tiger reserve, tucked away in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. The Tadoba reserve has over 100 tigers and almost 300 species of birds – a completely novel experience for city dwellers like us. If you’re lucky enough, you get to see Indian foxes, hares, sloth bears or even the magnificent and the fastest animal on this planet, leopard. If you are looking for a luxurious stay at Tadoba, we recommend the Bamboo forest safari – for its gorgeous and quiet villas, over-indulgent buffet like spread and other activities like the nature walk, spa, cycling and even star gazing at night. The lodges at the Bamboo safari lodge are eco-friendly, made from wood, and some even offer a breath taking lakeside view, and an open-sky bath tub. Location: Maasal, Kolara Road, Chimur, Maharashtra. Best time to go: November – March

Sher Bagh is a luxury camp with hand-stitched canvas tents sitting on the boundary of the Ranthambore National Park offering complimentary talks from conservationists and naturalists. Massages and game drives in the national park are charged additionally. Guests can also opt either for a half-day or full day game drive which allows a six hour or twelve hour drive into the park with no restriction on zones thus allowing for an authentic safari experience. Other things to do in the area include visits to the famous Ranthambhore Fort, the Surwal Lake and other water bodies outside the reserve that you can explore on horseback. Location: Ranthambore Road, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. Best time to go: October –April

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