India is famed for the majestic Taj Mahal, bustling city of Mumbai, and pink hued walls of Jaipur. However, the country’s unique architecture is not all there is to it. India is also on many wildlife enthusiasts’ bucket lists for its beautiful jungles and its diverse wildlife.

Apart from domesticated animals such as cows, water buffalos and chickens, India is home to huge populations of wild animals native to the country. In fact, India is one of the best places in the world to see tigers in their natural habitat. The cats are a powerful icon of India’s cultural and natural heritage, and their survival in the wild has been a top priority for WWF-India since its inception. The organisation’s efforts began in the early 1970s with the support it provided towards Project Tiger, the first-ever tiger conservation programme launched by the Government of India in 1973.

These magnificent creatures can be seen alongside many other animals native to India — such as the Asian elephant, snow leopard, Indian rhino, and Himalayan wolf — at the many safaris scattered around the country. A lesser-known fact for visitors to the country, India is home to 99 national parks, 40 tiger reserves, and 450 wildlife sanctuaries. If you’ve been holding off going on a an authentic safari adventure because Africa’s too far, an Indian wildlife safari will surprise you.

Without further ado, here are the best nature parks and wildlife safaris in India to plan a visit to.