If you’re the kind who wants to head away from the beaches but still be with nature, a wildlife safari could be the adventure you seek. Far from the zoos you visited as a child, you're now entering the animals’ natural habitat. Their crib. Sounds thrilling? It is!
 

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

One of the biggest national parks in the country, the Ranthambore National Park makes for some serious eye candy for wildlife photographers as they spot the most majestic tiger and the wild bear in their natural habitat.

Where—Rajasthan, India

Best known for—Tigers, leopards, sloth bears

Best time to visit—October to June

 

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Ever witnessed two million animals migrate from one land to another in search of green pastures and water? No? This is why you ought to visit Maasai Mara and witness the phenomenon that is The Great Migration.

Where—Kenya, Africa

Best known for—Lions, leopards, cheetahs

Best time to visit—July to October

 

Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park

Been obsessed with the beauty of that snow leopard you saw in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Well, they're closer to home than you think. Just head up north to the Hemis National Park.

Where—Ladakh, India

Best known for—Snow leopards, golden eagles, blue sheep

Best time to visit—May to September

 

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park

Ever wondered what inspired Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book? The adventures of Mowgli with Sher Khan and Bagheera in the wild didn't just happen in his imagination—Kanha played a big role,and an even better backdrop.

Where—Madhya Pradesh, India

Best known for—Panthers, pythons, Bengal Tigers.

Best time to visit—October to June

 

The Pantanal Wetlands

The Pantanal Wetlands

Giving the Amazon rainforest some serious competition when choosing a wildlife destination, the Brazilian Pantanal fulfills all fantasies of ever spotting an actual anaconda (or jaguar) in reality. Sold yet? Mhmm. Yes, you are.

Where—Brazil, South America

Best known for—Jaguars, anacondas, caimans

Best time to visit—May to August

 

Way Kambas National Park

Way Kambas National Park

Known for housing endangered Sumatran tigers, rhinos and elephants, all living together on the same island;the Way Kambas ought to make it to your bucket list on places to visit before they're extinct.

Where—Sumatra, Indonesia

Best known for—Tigers, rhinoceroses, orangutans

Best time to visit—August to October

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