Asia’s top 5 national parks a must see
The Asian ecosystem is very diverse: we can find jungles, beaches, deserts and mountains throughout its expansion. Even snowy areas in the north! In the following article, we’ll tell you about five national parks in Asia that you can’t miss if you want to learn about the biodiversity of this continent.
Which Asian national parks can’t you miss?
There are nearly 1,000 protected areas and reserves with national park status throughout the continent and China, India and Thailand are the largest. Among the national parks in Asia, we can highlight:
1. Sundarban National Park (India)
Sundarbanow National Park, located in the state of West Bengal – the photo opening this article, was founded in 1987 and covers an area of more than 133,000 hectares. The main source of water is the Ganges River, and the typical ecosystem is a dense forest of mangroves.
As for fauna, This national park is home to the sea crocodile and Bengal tiger , although it is also home to macaws, flying foxes, dolphins, gulls, doves, pili, hawksbill turtles, king cobras and Burmese pythons.
2. The Great Himalayan National Park (India)
This is one of India’s newest parks, as it was established in 2014 in the north of the country, specifically in Himachal Pradesh, and ranges in elevation from 1,500 to 6,000 meters. The best time to visit is from September to November, when the fauna makes a temporary migration to lower latitudes.
While life here is quite difficult because of weather problems , This protected area is home to 375 species of animals, among which we can highlight the snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear from the Himalayas, blue goat, sulfur, wolf, goral and rhesus monkey.
3. Khao Sok National Park (Thailand)
Another one of Asia’s national parks that you can’t miss is located in Surat Thani province and It has an area of 740 km², which includes Lake Chow Lan and a limestone mountain range. The ecosystem of the reserve is mostly tropical forest.
Bamboo is the main tree that grows in Khao Sok as well as vines , Both are home and food for many animal species that live in this region, including the Malay tapir, Asian elephant, tiger, sambar deer, gaur, squirrel, mouse deer, white gibbon , pig-tailed macaque and langur.
4. Tunkin National Park (Russia)
Also known as Tunka, this is a park located in the southern center of Siberia, in particular in a mountainous area covered with valleys and lakes 200 kilometers from the city of Irkutsk. The ecosystem consists of meadows, glaciers, waterfalls and even hot springs.
As for typical fauna, Tunkinsky is a habitat for snow leopard (critically endangered), Asian wild dog, Siberian roe deer, elk, wolverine, steppe polecat and fish such as carp and grayling.
5. Jiuzhaigou National Park (China)
The last of Asia’s national parks on this list, divided by three valleys (Rize, Zahawa and Shuzheng), is located north of Sichuan Province and was established in 1992. Between mountains, plateaus, cascades, lakes and snow-capped peaks, this protected area has an elevation that starts at 2,000 meters and reaches 4,500 meters.
Within its 720 km² extension and with a subtropical climate that can reach -4°C in winter and 17°C in summer, Jiuzhaigou Park is home to the giant panda and the flat-nosed golden monkey, both in danger of extinction and with more than diminished populations. It is also home to about 140 species of birds.