Top 10 largest national parks in India

A National Park in India is a protected area for the purpose of propagating or developing wildlife and its environment. Here is a list of top 10 largest national parks in India.

Top 10 largest national parks in India

1. Hemis National Park

AreaState/UTEstablished
3350 sq kmLadakh1981

*It is a high altitude NP famous for its snow leopards.

2. Desert National Park

AreaState/UT Established
3162 sq kmRajasthan1992

*It is located in Thar desert.
*The critically endagered Great Indian bustard is the greatest attraction of the park.

3. Gangotri National Park

AreaState/UTEstablished
2390.02 sq kmUttarakhand1989

*The Gangotri glacier from where the Bhagirathi river originates is located inside the Gangotri National Park.

4. Namdapha National Park

AreaState/UT Established
1807.82 sq km Arunachal Pradesh1983

*The Namdapha flying squirrel is a critically endagered species found in the park. Some fear that the species is already extinct.
*Namdapha National Park is home to four big cats- Tiger, common leopard, clouded leopard and snow leopard.

5.Khangchendzonga National Park

AreaState/UTEstablished
1784 sq kmSikkim1977

*Khangchendzonga National Park is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
*The name Khangchendzonga is an alternate spelling of Kanchenjunga.

6. Guru Ghasidas (Sanjay) National Park

AreaState/UTEstablished
1440.705 sq km Chhattisgarh1981

*It is the largest NP in Chhattisgarh and is now declared a Tiger reserve (November, 2019).

7. Sunderban National Park

AreaState/UTEstablished
1330.1 sq kmWest bengal1984

*Sunderban NP is located on the Ganges delta and is one of the largest reserves for the Royal Bengal Tiger.

8. Indravati (Kutru) National Park

AreaState/UtEstablished
1258.37 sq kmChhattisgarh1982

*The Indravati (Kutru) National Park got its name from the Indravati river that flows nearby.
*It is home to the endagered Wild Asian Buffalo.

9. Papikonda National Park

AreaState/UTEstablished
1012
.86
Andhra Pradesh2008

*It is one of the newest National Parks in India.
*It is listed as an important Bird and Biodiversity area (IBA).

10. Bandipur National Park

AreaState/UTEstablished
874.2 sq km Karnataka1974

*It is one of the foremost tiger reserves in India..


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Some additional facts about National parks in India

  • The first National Park in India was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park which in now known as Jim Corbett National Park. It is located in Uttarakhand state.
  • There are a total of 104 National Parks in India.
  • National Parks cover an area of 40,501.13 sq km which is 1.23 % of the total geographical area of India.

Disclaimer: The stats are as per National Wildlife Database, May, 2019.

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