Best places to spot Rhinos in India

Rhinos in India

An enormous number of tourists visit India every year to catch a glimpse of the most revered and massive animal, i.e. Rhinoceros. It is also known as great Indian rhinoceros or great one-horned rhinoceros. It attracts so many tourists owing to the fact that it has been listed as a vulnerable species and is native to the Indian subcontinent. As per the study conducted in 2018, as many as 2645 rhinos take shelter in the forests of Assam, India.

Must-visit National Parks to see Rhinos

According to the data collected by WWF- India, around 3500 rhinos are believed to be living in India. Rhinos can be found in parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam and others in India. These mega-herbivores can be spotted at many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries which are enlisted below:

  1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
  2. Jaldapara National Park, West Bengal
  3. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
  4. Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh
  5. Orang National Park, Assam
  6. Gorumara National Park, West Bengal
  7. Manas National Park, Assam

1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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Situated on the banks of Brahmaputra River in Assam, this national is really huge in size, spread over approximately 430 sq km. Recognized as The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is home to two-thirds of the world’s great Indian rhinos- 2413 according to the data of 2018. Besides rhino, Kaziranga also harbors several avian species, elephants, tigers, gaurs, wild cats, and snakes. Much of the park’s area is covered with swamp and grasslands, making it a perfect place to stay for the mammals.

Activities to be tried

  • Elephant ride
  • Jeep safari
  • Boat ride
  • Trekking

Best time to visit

  • November to April

2. Jaldapara National Park, West Bengal

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Covering an area of 216 sq km and perched on an elevation of 61m, this rainforest sanctuary has River Torsa flowing through it in the state of West Bengal. It is an assortment of perennial streams, grasslands, sandy river banks, extensive belts of tall grass and woods. Housing a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, the sanctuary is most famous among people due to its rhino population. Just like Kaziranga National Park in Assam has notable no. of rhinos, this sanctuary has the largest population of rhinos in West Bengal.

Activities to be tried

  • Elephant ride
  • Jeep safari
  • Bird watching

Best time to visit

  • October to March

3. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam

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Another renowned wildlife sanctuary preserving rhinos in the state of Assam is Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Located at a distance of 30 km from Guwahati, this sanctuary has 102 rhinos, according to the latest population count in March 2018. Not only the sanctuary conserves one-horned rhinoceros but also has a remarkable population of other animals, migratory birds, and reptiles. Encompassing an area of 38 sq km, this place is really beautiful with greenery, wildlife, and raw wilderness.

Activities to be tried

  • Elephant safari
  • Jeep safari

Best time to visit

  • November to February

4. Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh

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Nestled in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh and spread over an area of around 490 sq km, Dudhwa National Park is home to a large no. of endangered species such as barasingha and hispid hare and more than 350 bird species. The rhinos were introduced for the first time in this park in 1984. According to the census of 2018, Dudhwa National Park has 30 rhinos. This national park along with Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary form the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Activities to be tried

  • Elephant safari
  • Jungle safari
  • Jungle camping
  • Bird watching

Best time to visit

  • November to May

5. Orang National Park, Assam

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Mostly known as “Mini Kaziranga” due to resembling landscape and grasslands, Orang National Park is located on the banks of Brahmaputra River with an area of almost 79 sq km in Assam. The park has rich flora and fauna including royal Bengal tiger, great Indian rhinoceros, pygmy hog, wild water buffalo and many others. According to the census of 2012, there were 100 rhinos in the park, making it one among the national parks famous for rhinos.

Activities to be tried

  • Elephant ride
  • Jungle safari
  • Cruise ride
  • Bird watching

Best time to visit

  • November to March
6. Gorumara National Park, West Bengal
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In the Dooars region of West Bengal, this national park is featured with a notable population of one-horned rhinos. This piece is blessed with marshy grasslands and thick forests and is also home to several varieties of flora and fauna, including 50 species each of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians together with 300 species of birds. Some of the birds found in the park are hornbill, scarlet minivet, woodpeckers, etc. According to the 2015 census, 53 rhinos were spotted in the park.

Activities to be tried

  • Sightseeing
  • Jungle safari
  • Bird watching

Best time to visit

  • November to March
7. Manas National Park, Assam
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Situated in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, this national park is belted by the giant Manas River. What sets this national park apart from all others of the country is that it is a biosphere reserve, project tiger reserve, project elephant reserve and a natural heritage site- all at the same time. According to an article published in January 2019, the park hosts 38 rhinos. In addition to this, animals like gaur, elephant, and buffalo can be found within the park. The park also has the largest population of the endangered Bengal Florican in the country.

Activities to be tried

  • Elephant safari
  • Jeep safari
  • River Rafting
  • Bird watching

Best time to visit

  • November to April

Visiting these national parks can be a memorable experience for a lifetime. These places are not only perfect for spotting rhinos but will also enable you to indulge in adventurous activities. Inquire into the wildlife of India through our wildlife tour packages.

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