National parks of India

National parks of India

This is a list of all national parks of India. India's first national park (an IUCN category II protected area) was established in 1935 as "Hailey National Park", now known as Jim Corbett National Park. By 1970, India only had five national parks. In 1972, India enacted the Wildlife Protection Act and Project Tiger to safeguard habitat; further federal legislation strengthening protections for wildlife was introduced in the 1980s. As of April 2007, there are 96 national parks. All national park lands encompass a combined 38,029.18 km², 1.16% of India's total surface area.

A total of 166 national parks have been authorized. Plans are underway to establish the remaining scheduled parks. All of India's national parks are listed below alongside their home state or territory and the date that they were established. For an overview of Indian protected areas in general, please see protected areas of India.

List of national parks

Proposed and commissioned national parks

Several new national parks have been proposed by State Governments in India, and are pending an approval, after which they will be commissioned, and demarcated. Important national parks which have already been commissioned include :

Qazinag National Park

ee also

* List of Protected areas in India


1The Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh parts of the Pench National Park are administered separately.

2The Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh parts of the Sanjay National Park are administered separately.


*Recently updated source of the PA information below is the National Wildlife Database Cell, WILDLIFE INSTITUTE OF INDIA DEHRADUN, (position as on April 23, 2007), retrieved 7/25/2007 [ LIST OF PROTECTED AREAS]
* [ United Nations List of National Parks and Protected Areas: India (1993)]
* [ Ministry of Forests and Environment Protected Areas website]

External links

* [ indian national parks map]
* [ Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal, MP]

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