A safari in India, for animal and nature lovers, is justified by the variety and wealth of natural resources. Going on an animal trip to India means going in search of the emblematic animal, the Bengal tiger, but also of lesser-known but equally fascinating mammals, such as the unicorn rhinoceros, the Asian lion or the antelope.
But traveling in India is also going to meet a fascinating, colorful and very welcoming population, and discovering extraordinary cultural sites.
In Indian philosophy all life is sacred and every creature deserves the compassion of all. Paying homage to nature in all its forms is one of the pillars of Indian cultural heritage.
India is home to 60% of the world’s population of tigers, 50% of Asian elephants, 80% of one-horned rhinoceros and 100% Asiatic lions. A biological wealth to be absolutely preserved!
In recent decades, awareness of the fragility of the environment has emerged, with protection projects such as the “Tiger Project”.
It aims to protect one of the symbols of Indian fauna, the Bengal tiger. The goal is to raise awareness among populations, to find appropriate solutions so that inhabitants and animals can live in harmony.
Natural parks are better managed, with animals relocated to areas where they had disappeared. Information campaigns are organized in schools, and the fight against poaching is intensified.
A trip to India cannot be considered from a purely animal perspective, however rich the reserves and parks of this country are. The ideal tour in India will combine observation of animals, meetings with the population and visits to must-see tourist sites.
The region of the Golden Triangle, straddling Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, lends itself admirably to these combinations, so close to each other are cultural sites like Jaipur or the Taj Mahal, and animal parks like Ranthambore.
India has 80 national parks and 441 animal sanctuaries. The discovery of parks and reserves in India can be done by jeep, on foot, by boat, by rickshaw, or even on the back of an elephant.
Each park has a different configuration and offers unique vegetation and fauna. If the tiger is the flagship animal of India’s parks and reserves, it is far from being its only interest.
Hindus naturally respect all animal life and, whether for religious or tourist reasons, the preservation of animals is really part of the habits. As demographic pressure is very strong, the creation of numerous parks and animal sanctuaries has become obvious in India.
For circuits balanced between cultural visits and safaris in the parks, favor Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, which are undeniably the regions which offer the most tourist sites, from the Taj Mahal to Jaipur.
For unconditional animal lovers who like to get off the beaten track and explore secret parks, wildlife safari tours in India offer several modules, from Gujarat and its Asian lions from Gir Park to distant Assam and its Kaziranga Park, the homeland of the one-horned rhinoceros.
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