The myriad historical tourist destinations in India are the ones that keep bringing visitors from all over the world to take a look at what the nation is blessed with. These destinations include the wildlife sanctuaries in different states. The sanctuaries of India serve as the habitat of several mammals, birds, amphibians, flowering trees and many other forms of wildlife. All these sanctuaries are managed by the government, which takes care of the operational expenses and maintenance of the sanctuary so that the resident species are well preserved and no threats are posed to the rare species and those on the verge of extinction.
The Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Gujarat houses several species of birds, mammals and plants. Photo from Flickr
One of the prominent wildlife sanctuaries in India is the Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is located in two districts of Madhya Pradesh and one district of Chhattisgarh. Visitors can spot Bengal tigers, jackals, striped hyenas, leopards, and several other wild animals in this sanctuary.
The Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Gujarat houses several species of birds, mammals and plants. Apart from being a habitat for various forms of wildlife, this sanctuary is also known for its archaeological significance, as an ancient town was found buried within its perimeters. Ancient fossils have also been found from the sanctuary, which increase its significance manifold.
The Satyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu is a recent addition to the list of wildlife sanctuaries of India. One of the most beautiful places to visit in India, this sanctuary has been famous for sightings of Bengal tigers, apart from the variety of forest encompassing the sanctuary. Other animals commonly sighted in this sanctuary include elephants, barking deers, sloth bears, leopards, etc. Apart from wildlife, the forest area also serves as home to the tribal people.
Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary, established in 1986 and located in the present day state of Uttarakhand, is another wildlife sanctuary where visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty and wildlife in its full bloom. This sanctuary is a habitat to a rare specie of deer as well as leopards, civet cats, brown bear, etc.
The Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over an area of 423.55 square kilometres, is famous not just for the flora and fauna, but also for an ancient fort called the Vasota Fort. This sanctuary, along with the Chandoli National Park, forms the Sahayadri Tiger Reserve.
The Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary, also an estuary in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is one more beautiful place for the wildlife enthusiasts. The sanctuary consists of several forest reserves and serves as a habitat for several species of amphibians, birds, reptiles etc.
Other important wildlife sanctuaries of India include Chimmony Wildife Sanctuary, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. Many of the sancturies have been dedicated as a National Park, but they continue to serve as a habitat for the wildlife and a place where visitors can gather and look out for wildlife that cannot be spotted around, as we move in the confinements of concrete jungles.