Visiting a wildlife conservation area or national park during holidays to India or Nepal can be an enchanting experience for travellers. Both these countries boast of numerous such areas where various species of fauna and flora have thrived over the years. Some of the most endangered animal varieties, including endemic ones, can be found in the forests of these nations. Wildlife safaris on elephant-backs as well as Jeeps are organised to take people through the wilderness for them to get a glimpse of the wild animals.
Gir – Conservation Centre for Asiatic Lions
Gir Forest National Park is located in Gujarat and is a famous destination for wildlife enthusiasts in India. It is spread over an area of over 1400 square kilometres and is home to the famous Asiatic Lions. The state government, NGOs and a number of activists have joined hands to safeguard the wide variety of animals and plants found here. There has been a significant increase in the number of lions in this forest reserve over the years making one of the few rare places where the population of this species is thriving.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park ranks among the most famous sanctuaries and is frequently visited by tourists, whether independently or with Nepal tour packages. It has been regarded as the best conserved province in the continent of Asia. Chitwan means heart of the jungle and it has been enlisted as the best place for people to engage in several activities like canoeing, safari trips, birdwatching and forests trails. It is located at half-an-hour flight distance from the capital of the nation, Kathmandu. The landscape found here comprises huge mountains, elephant grasslands, oxbow lakes, Sal forests, lowlands and plains of Reu, Rapti and Narayani rivers. Due to its immense beauty and environmental richness, it has been declared as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO.