Monday, March 7, 2011

Rajasthan Wildlife

Why Rajasthan
The royal state of Rajasthan is a haven for a wide spectrum of wildlife. The topography of Rajasthan ranges from the desolate desert, dry & deciduous forests, rocks and ravines to wetlands and lush, green forests. And each of these areas inhabits a large variety of animal and bird life within there boundary. Some of the faunas sheltering there are rare while some are endangered.

Rajasthan is home to several floras and faunas. Some of the natives found here are - tigers, black bucks, chinkara, the rare desert fox, the endangered caracal, the great Indian bustard, gavial, monitor lizard, wild boars, porcupine. The winter season is the most flourishing season and it invites numerous migratory birds from far of places. Some of the migratory birds flocking into this region during winters are - common crane, ducks, coots, pelicans and the rare Siberian cranes, imperial sand grouse, falcons, buzzards.

Key Factors
Zone : North India.
Location : To the Northwestern corner of India.
Capital : Jaipur
Best Time to Visit : Most of these areas are open to visitors round the year but are closed briefly during the monsoon. But the best time to visit is during November to March.
Travel Tips : Consult your doctor before you start your journey to Rajasthan. Make sure that you have all the required documents to visit Rajasthan India Wildlife.
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Get There
Airport : Jaipur (the state capital)
Railways : Each part of Rajasthan is well connected by railways.
Road : There are well defined roads in Rajasthan.

Stay There
There are numerous accommodations in Rajasthan. The range is exhaustive. The range include - heritage, luxury, deluxe and budget hotels. There are government run hotels also, providing some exquisite variety of facilities and services.

Venture Around
Some Wildlife Sites you can visit in Rajasthan
Typical areas representing each of the ecosystems have been reserved as special areas wildlife. Rajasthan boasts of two National Parks, over a dozen Sanctuaries and two Closed Areas, some of which are world renown.

The Major Ones
Ranthambhore National Park: This is the state’s most well-known tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Home of an expansive variety of other animals in is 392 sq km area, one can spot sambhar, cheetal, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, jackal, hyena among others. Artificial lakes, dense forests and the shield of the Aravallis have helped to make this park very impressive and interesting.

Sariska Tiger Reserve : Sarsika is another tiger land in Rajasthan which was included in the Project Tiger in 1979. Other than leopard, sambhar, nilgai, wild dog, and chinkara, the ruins of 9th and 10th century temples exist here.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park : Also known as the Bhartapur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park was declared a National Park in 1983. The 29 sq km park is one of the world’s greatest heron nesting and breeding centre. Its shallow, fresh water marsh invites thousands of migratory birds from far of places of the world. Over 10,000 nests of egrets, darters, cormorants, grey herons and storks hatch nearly 20,000 to 30,000 chicks every year. There is a diverse variety of migratory birds. Mammals like the sambhar, blackbuck, chital, nilgai, fishing cat, otter and mongoose also roam freely here.

Desert National Sanctuary : This park was established in 1980. It is a massive park spanning on an area of 3162 sq km. It has shrubs and trees in addition to rolling sand dunes. The wildlife stock here comprises fox, desert cat, hare, spiney tail uromastix and sand fish. Thousands of sparrows, imperial sand grouse, bustards, falcons and eagles migrate here during the winter.

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Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary : The majestic fort of Kumbhalgarh overlooks the 578 sq km sanctuary. The Aravallis hills, which remain barren for most of the year, turns green during the monsoons and provide shelter to sloth bear, leopard, flying squirrel. It is also the only sanctuary where the Indian wolf is breeding successfully.

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary : The lake and forested hills of this reserve, 32 km from Bikaner on the Jaisalmer road, are inhabited by wildfowl, hares , wild boar, desert foxes and a number of deer and antelopes including blackbucks and bluebulls. The lake at Gajner invites water birds in thousands. Imperial sand gouse migrates here in winter. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, houses the former Hunting lodge of Bikaner and has a beautiful lake bounded by a fat forest.
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Darrah Sanctuary : The previous hunting ground of the Kota Maharajas, Darrah Sanctuary was established in 1955 and covers an area of 266 sq km. This hilly sanctuary with its thick forests is an ideal place to visit. The faunas here include wolf, sloth bear, chinkara and leopard.

Mount Abu Sanctuary : Established in 1960, this provides shelter to the common langaur, wild boar, sambhar and leopard. The highest point of Aravallis, the Guru Shikhar, lies in this 289 sq km sanctuary. The grey jungle fowl can also be spotted here. Besides, a number of flowering trees heightens the beauty of this place.

Jaisamand Sanctuary : Located beside the man-made Jaisamand Lake, the sanctuary was established in 1957. Covering a total area of 160 sq km, it harbours sloth bear, leopard, chital, chinkara, wild boar and a number of birds. Some crocodiles and fish can also be spotted here.

Bhensrod Garh Sanctuary : It was established in 1983 and covers a total area of 229 sq km of scrub and dry deciduous forest. Leopards, chinkara, sloth bear can be spotted here.

Other sanctuaries in Rajasthan include - Sitamata, Darrah, Chambal, Tal Chapper, Jamwa Ramgarh, Kaila Devi, Van Vihar, Ramgarh, Shergarh, Todgarh-Rad and Jawahar Sagar.

Additional Punch
When you are in Rajasthan, you can not abstain from its charm, as it is just irresistible. The grandeur, the colour, the history, the rustic and traditional villages, and the modern development has created a very appealing potpourri of attractions. There are numerous places of interest in Rajasthan which will keep you absorbed through out your trip. The palaces, the forts, the havelis, the sand dunes, the mountains, the lakes and the mosaic of vibrant colours worn by its people have captivated travellers from all the corners of the globe.

Some Places you can Visit
Jaipur : Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha clan, the astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh. The city is a fine blend of old and new. When you approach the city you will be surrounded by the pink walls of the buildings around you, which were painted pink to create an impression of red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities. Jaipur boasts of several attractions, some of the which are - the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal (The Wind Palace), Amer Fort, etc.

Jaisalmer : The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside world, even during the days of the Raj. Very few cities can boast of the magnificence that surrounds Jaisalmer. The Major attractions are - The Jaisalmer Fort, the Sam Sand Dunes, Camel Safari.

Udaipur : One of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage in the desert. The Major Attractions - The City Palace, the Lake Palace.

Few Difficulties
It is difficult to travel Rajasthan during the summers. There is scarcity of water almost everywhere. Commuting to remote areas are too difficult.

People generally speak their local language, the educated one can speak English. The terrain is rugged and the summers are too dry, as compared to other parts of India. You may face difficulty in finding your kind of food. Except from some luxurious hotels, you may not find your choice of food.

Few Suggestions
Drinks lots of water and juicy fruits. Eat food from an authentic restaurant. Avoid the meal which is too spicy. Carry enough clothes. Don't get into any unknown or illegal activity. Do not disturb the local culture and local atmosphere. Try to be well informed about the routes and the place you are going to visit. Contact us when and where needed, while on a wildlife India Tour.

If you want more information on Wildlife India Tour then get back to us, whenever needed. Let us know your requirements, so that we can make your trip to India Wildlife completely exceptional and exciting.

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