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Siberian crane - a regular visitor :

Bharatpur is the real kingdom of avian fauna in India with approximately 377 bird species already spotted. In early October, the first migrants arrive from central Asia, Mongolia and Siberia, the most eagerly awaited of the lot being the gravely threatened Siberian crane. Get ready for a sudden encounter with the elusive Siberian Crane wintering here. Bharatpur is said to be one of the only two known wintering haunts of the Siberian Crane

 
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In the footsteps of Kipling :

Relive the good old days of the sahibs and shikari (hunter) by going on an elephand safari. Elephants might seem huge, intimidating beasts but they are quite gentle really and one can soon get used to the swaying motion of the elephant’s gait. Travel through the hills and wide river valleys of the Corbett National Park, named after the famous hunter turned conservationist, Jim Corbett. Wild boar and herds of deer browse the vegetation in the scenic reserve, becoming a convenient prey for the park’s leopards and tigers.


 

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India’s only wild Ass Sanctuary :

The Rann of Kutch, which covers an area of roughly 5,000 square km, is primarly knows as the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the last natural habitat of the Indian Wild Ass, one of the three surviving species of the Wild Ass in the world – the other two being found in Central Asia and in and around Tibet.

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Untouched mangrove forests :

Take a cruise around the untouched evergreen forests of mangrove, the Sunderbans, the largest mangrove forests in the world.
The vast spaces of densely wooded islands of wild beaches are sprinkled with barking deer and wildlife sanctuaries. Little wonder then that at Sunderbans, tranquillity, peace and serenity get their true meaning. It has the largest species of mangroves. Royal Bengal tigers, estuarine crocodiles and is one of the few large coastal wetlands left in the world.
 

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Endangered Olive Ridley Turtles a rare sight:

Every year, as winter starts, thousands of baby Olive Ridley turtles make their journey from India's eastern coast to the sea. Near Bhubaneshway, about 200,000 baby turtles crawl out of eggs laid on the sandy shores, one of the world's largest nesting grounds.
 

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Rhinos aplenty :

For wildlife buffs, the Kaziranga Widlife Reserve on the banks of the Brahmaputra river is famous for the last major home of 'Rhinoceros Unicornia'. Discover the park that also has wild buffaloes and tigers atop an elephant's back.
 

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Tiger Tiger :

Tiger Safaris offer a full experience of Indian wildlife. The Periyar Tiger trail, is an exciting trekking programme through the deep forests in the Periyar river valley, near the Thekkady tourist resort in Idukki district, Kerala. Led by a small team of experienced guides having quit their former jobs as poachers, hike into cool, green forests and out again into vast, sunny meadows. One can hang out with an astounding array of wildlife including elephants, sambar deer, birds like the brilliant blue kingfisher and the great Indian hornbill, and more than 100 species of butterflies.
 

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