India is a land of unparalleled natural beauty.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised 35 heritage sites in India that are known for nature's bounty. Here are the best five of them.
So, pack your bags for an amazing experience.
Established in 1982, Nanda Devi National Park is situated near Nanda Devi mountain peak in Uttarakhand in northern India. Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, it was expanded and renamed as Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park in 2005.
Tip: You can spot a variety of colourful flowers here. Snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, brown bear and 114 species of birds are also found!
Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Koeladeo National Park located in Bharatpur in Rajasthan is one of the most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. The park is home to over 370 species of birds and animals.
Tip: Best time to visit here is from October to March. That is the time when migratory birds from around the world can be spotted here!
Kaziranga National Park situated in Assam hosts two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinoceroses. It is also known for tigers and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. With different types of animals including elephants, buffaloes, wild swamp deers and a variety of flora and fauna, it was included in the World Heritage Site list in 1985.
Tip: Visit Kaziranga from November to April as the National Park remains closed for remaining months due to rains and unforeseen weather conditions.
Running parallel to India's western coast, Western Ghats is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for its varied biodiversity, it houses a large variety of plant and animal species which are exclusively found here.
Tip: Head there for experiencing beautiful mountains, scenic waterfallls, lovely lakes and lots of different plants, animals and birds.
Located at the heart of Himalayan range in Sikkim, the park is home to a dozen of lofty mountain peaks, 18 glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and some unique flora and fauna. A favourite amongst trekkers, it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.
Tip: Visit here to see red panda, snow leopard, great Tibetan sheep and musk deer!