Every jungle has its “big boys.” These are the creatures that anchor the entire ecosystem. While other countries may have one or two keystone species, India has several.
Most of them are native to our jungles, and several are endemic and critically endangered.
At Encounters Asia we’ve made it our passion to observe these species over generations. When you safari with us across the different jungles of India, it’s an awe-inspiring experience, as you get close to these magnificent creatures in their native habitat.
Famous Park in India
Pench National Park
An undulating ridge and dense forest with the largest prey-bases of herbivores in India, makes Pench perfect tiger habitat. Dense forests of teak, tall grass, and a rushing river make it an ideal ecosystem for felines like tigers and leopards.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Dense Sal and Bamboo thickets, and velvety green meadows are interspersed by streams and waterfalls, against the backdrop of steep cliffs and an ancient fortress, to create a stunning landscape in Bandhavgarh.
Kanha National Park
Dense and vast, Kanha is one of the largest and most captivating parks in India. Indigenous species like Sal, Bamboo, Tendu and Mahua are just some of the trees that make up this magnificent jungle.
Satpura National Park
Satpura has a rugged landscape that is quite unique. It is characterised by sandstone slopes, rivulets that flow down into steep gorges, narrow ravines, and sharp peaks.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore is teeming with wildlife, and one of the most popular wildlife parks in India. This dry deciduous forest in Rajasthan was once the hunting ground for the Jaipur royals.
Jawai National Park
The Jawai Community Reserve in the west of Rajasthan is one of the best wilderness hideaways in India. Tucked away in a remote corner between Udaipur and Jaipur, the rugged landscape gives way to a stunning reservoir and wetlands.
Velavadar National Park
In the deep west of India, a vast tract of Veedhi grassland runs all the way along the Gulf of Khambat. This unusual ecosystem is known as Velavadar, and is home to some of the most endangered species in India.
Nagarhole National Park
Through thick clumps of bamboo and dense forest, one spies the enormous expanse of the backwaters of the Kabini River in Nagarhole. This beautiful park is utterly serene and one of the favourite habitats for the Asiatic Elephant.