1. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP)
It’s about three times the size of New York City’s Central Park and a protected zone that’s home to over 35 species of mammals, 274 species of birds and 170 species of butterflies. Sign up for a trail and meet with Adivasis, the forest-dwelling tribals who co-exist with the animals (even man-eaters!). Spot the flying fox, leopards or hear songs of bulbuls. Learn about snakes from sarpamitras (“friends of snakes”) volunteers who rescue the creatures while educating locals to quell their fears. Too scared? You can take the tours while sitting in a Jeep.