Most of us who have passed our school lives still remember how we had to memorise a long list of national parks given in the geography book. During that time, we might have felt irritated, but now we realise how it’s a matter of great pride for all of us that India spares no effort to conserve its valuable wildlife. There are a total 103 national parks in our country. Here, we are going to look at those which are less famous and least known by many of us.
1. Silent Valley National Park: This wonderful national park lies in the Nilgiri hills of Kerala. It’s a tropical rainforest which is spread over an area of 238 sq.km. This national has a range of wild species of both animals and plants, and it is one of the most important areas of the Western Ghats.
2. Mount Harriet National Park: Andaman and Nicobar islands are known for their beauty and greenery, and this national park, which is very near to the capital Port Blair, proves it. With different species of plants, herbs, shrubs and trees, this park consists of a range of floral species. Not just flora, but the park is gifted with fauna as well. One can witness a number of birds and animals here.
3. Periyar National Park: Another national park in Kerala, Periyar is located in the cardamom hills here. Some might find this hard to believe, but the park accommodates around 50 tigers at present. Nevertheless, what this national park is known for is not the tiger but the giant and frightening king cobra, which is the largest and one of the most poisonous snakes found in India.
4. Dachigam National Park: This word ‘Dachigam’ seems familiar to most of us. However, we often fail to remember what it is exactly associated with. If you are still guessing, then let me tell you that Dachigam is a national park situated in the picturesque Kashmir valley. Did you know that this national park was built with the goal to provide clean drinking water in the valley, and later it was declared into a national park due to its rich wildlife and proximity to the capital Srinagar?
5. Balphakram National Park: This is certainly one of the least explored and visited national parks. Located in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, the climate here is cool as it is located at a height of 3000 metres. Tigers, golden cat, elephants are some of the well-known species can be found here.
6. Nanda Devi National Park: This hilly national park is named after the highest peak of Uttrakhand and second highest peak in India – Nada Devi. Established in 1982, this beautiful park is home to a number of endangered species of plants and animals. Snow leopard, brown bear, musk deer, blue sheep etc. can be still found roaming in the wilderness here.
7. Great Himalayan National Park: One more national park situated in the western Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh district, this particular national park is known for its lush green meadows and views of the snow-capped mountains. A good place for trekking. This park was enlisted into UNESCO’s world heritage sites in 2014.
8. Orang National Park: Located on the banks of mighty Brahmaputra river, this national park is the pride of Assam district. Groups of elephants and water buffaloes can be seen here due the sprawling grasslands and streams.
9. Gorumara National Park: If you are in West Bengal, don’t forget to pay a short visit to this national park, because you will have the wonderful opportunity to witness squirrels, rock pythons, and green tea gardens of the north-east.
10. Keibul Lamjao National Park: The name seems confusing but it’s one of the national parks in Manipur. This park is known as the only floating park in the world, and it is famous for Loktak lake, which is a popular tourist destination. One of the rare animals found here is the Brow-antlered deer, as shown in the picture.
I hope you liked the list, comment below your favourite National Park from this list ! or mention an Important National Park I might have missed in this list ! Thanks for reading.