While many on an India tour hope to see the way the nation's society, history and religions blend together to form one of the most unique cultural fabrics, travel across this vast subcontinent is equally fascinating and enriching.

Bandhavgarh National Park is one example of the way India wildlife tours will impress visitors. Although it is easy to become preoccupied with spotting a Bengal tiger —this park boasts one of India’s highest concentrations — travelers shouldn’t overlook the park’s other breathtaking species.

The peacock is one animal that will fascinate visitors. Collectively called peafowl, these male and female pheasants are the national bird of India. These birds are known for their iridescent blue and green tail feathers, which spread out to compose more than 60 percent of the bird's total body length.

Lucky visitors may be able to witness these birds in their mating ritual. The male peacocks arch their tail feathers into a massive, colorful fan that spreads over the bird's back and touches the ground on both sides. Females, called peahens, choose their mates according to the size, color and quality of their trains.

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