India is a place brimming with diversity. From spice-fuelled culinary tours to ancient and enchanting traditions, the world's seventh largest country is home to a myriad of sensational things to see and do. Among India's diverse landscapes live some of the world's most fascinating animals.
Here are some of the creatures you may spot whilst travelling around India.
Weighing a whopping 2.2 tonnes and stretching nearly four metres long, the Indian rhinoceros is certainly one of the country's largest native animals. Regardless of their gigantic stature, spotting one of these beasts in the wild is no easy feat. Kaziranga National Park in Assam has one of the largest populations of the Indian Rhinoceros, working to protect this incredible species. Tours around this lush park gives visitors access to these amazing animals.
Fun fact: The Indian rhinoceros has one horn which can grow up to 60 cm in length, according to Arkive.
Sadly, the Bengal Tiger is currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with a population of under 2000 left living in India. With such small numbers of this big cat left, it makes spotting one in the wild all the more rewarding. Thankfully, there are many conservation parks and sanctuaries in areas such as Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, that protect these majestic animals which also allow visitors to get up close.
Here at Active Travel, we specialise in creating once-in-a-lifetime nature experiences to get you closer to the action. If you want to see a Bengal Tiger in the wild bush of India, see what our specialist team of Canberra travel agents can do for you.
Fun fact: A tiger's roar can be heard from over three kilometres away, according to National Geographic.
The snow leopard is one of the rarest and most elusive animals to spot whilst travelling around India due to experts from WWF believing there to only be around 450 – 500 left in the wild. However, there are still areas of the country where sightings are possible. Hemis National Park is located high in the mountains of the Jammu and Kashmir region where 200 of these big cats are reported to live.
Jeep safaris around the area are available and make for one unforgettable experience.
Fun fact: Snow leopards do not roar!
If you want to get amongst the animal action of India, pop into our Canberra travel agency with your ideas and budget, and allow our friendly advisors create the perfect, bespoke trip for you.