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Tiger Safari in India

The Royal Bengal, also referred to as Indian tigers are majorly found in India. They are the most common tiger species and quantify about half of all wild tigers across the globe. Over many centuries they have become an integral part of Indian tradition and folklore. They are powerful nocturnal hunters and tread many miles a path in search of buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals. Intrinsically, tigers live alone and aggressively scent-mark large territories to keep their rivals away. Tiger Cubs cannot hunt until they are eighteen months old and remain with their mothers for two to three years, before finally dispersing to mark their own individual territories.

India has most recently carved a niche for itself on the global map for spectacular Tiger Safaris.

Indian Tiger Safaris offer a stupendous opportunity to any adventure tourist traversing the Indian soil. There are umpteen locations which ensure in making every visitor truly ecstatic and enraptured with joys of the wilderness. A classic example is the open elephant back ride safaris which makes you feel like a triumphant King, or the much common jeep safari which gives a stimulating experience and feel. Unarguably, the best way to spot the striped feline in the jungle is on a 4X4 safari jeep.

Below are some of the best known National Reserves and Parks for Tiger in India, which offer you ample opportunity to view the most beautiful and majestic Tiger in its natural habitat:

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is a wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, and is blessed with the highest density of tigers in the region. With a core area of over 100 square kilometers, this park is home to more than 50 tigers. This park is also known as the land of the white tiger. Unfortunately, no more white tigers are found here. The last white tiger spotted in the wild was captured here by Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa in 1951.

Tourists can also feast their eyes by sighting a wide variety of deer in form of chital (spotted deer), sāmbhar, barking deer, nilgai, four horned antelope, and other animals that include the Indian bison, wild dog, leopard, blue bull, Indian fox and bear.

  • The park remains open from October to June. However, the best time for tiger spotting is from April to June.
  • Closest airport: Jabalpur Airport is 197 kilometers away, which takes about four hours by road.
Ranthambore National Park

Whenever you see a photograph of a tiger in India, be assured that it was most likely taken here. This is because Ranthambore is one of India's largest National parks, stretching across a magnificent area of 1,334 square kilometers, hence a favorite of all wildlife photographers.

Once, well known as official hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, this park gained celebrity status during the 1960s when Queen Elizabeth II of Britain visited here with her husband Prince Philip, who shot a Royal Bengal as a trophy.

The year 1973 saw a major turn around, as the park introduced protection for tigers from hunters, and is currently considered as one of the best tiger reserves in our country.

The park authorities have restored and preserved the old ruins most meticulously, thus adding panache to a tourist visit. Apart from cosmetic delight these ruins also allow the tourists to view the leopards and tigers in the most pragmatic and regal surrounding. This park is home to tigers, leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals and crocodiles, not to forget a variety of slithering creatures that one comes across in the vicinity of forts. The park has three beautiful and scenic lakes - Padam Talao, Raj Talao and Milak Talao, where wildlife tends to congregate.

  • Though the park is open from October to June, winter months are cold while the oppressive temperatures in summer months make it almost unbearable. February and March have pleasant weather, but the greatest chances of spotting a tiger are in April and May.
  • Closest airport: Jaipur is 132 kilometers away, which is about three hours by road.
National Park

The picturesque Kanha National Park pulls a leaf out of Rudyard Kipling’s immortal creation -"The Jungle Book”. After flipping through the adulated pages of this masterpiece work in past, you can now sense and feel the exhilarating experience of spotting wildlife in reality, much to the delightful feel of déjà vu.

The layout of this includes large open meadows which give you a high chance of spotting wildlife, including tigers, chital, gaur, three-striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig, black buck, striped hyena, leopard, mouse deer, porcupine, chinkara, Sāmbhar and ant-eating pangolin. Not to forget the barasingha, an endangered species of deer found only here.

  • While the park is open from October to June, the best time to spot tigers is during the summer months from April to June.
  • Closest airport: Jabalpur Airport is 175 kilometers away, which takes approximately three hours by road.
Corbett National Park

Dedicated to the legendary hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett, The Jim Corbett National Park is one of India’s oldest tiger reserves, which was initially established way back in 1936 as the Hailey National Park, before being rechristened in the mid-1950s.

Nestled in the foothills of The Himalayas, these 500 square kilometers of Wildlife abode, offers its visitors a wide variety of terrain ranging from Sal forests to marshes. Corbett is also known as "Elephant Park" owing to a large number of wild tuskers, who can best be spotted at the Rāmgangā River. The park has watchtowers such as the one at Dhikala, where you could spend unceasing hours observing the enchanting wildlife.

addition to the striped feline beauty, you also have bright prospects of spotting tigers, leopards, jungle cats, fishing cats, sloth bears, jackals, bharal, goral, Himalayan tahr, serow, chital, Sāmbhar and barking deer.

  • Best time to visit this sanctuary for tiger spotting is from March to June; however the park remains open from October to June every year.
  • Closest airport: Pantnagar is 50 kilometers away, merely an hour by road.
Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park keeps a relatively low profile among the National parks of India. This jungle abode is relatively new, established in 1981. Also it has fewer tourists, as only 12 vehicles are permitted to enter the park at a given moment of time.

The park is hearth for tigers, hyena, leopards, gaur, Sāmbhar, chital, barking deer, chin Kara, mouse deer, wild boars, wild dogs, bears, black bucks, foxes, porcupines and flying squirrel in addition to some other variety of fauna.

Interestingly, Satpura is the only wildlife park where walking is permitted (not recommended for the lily-livered), thus allowing tourists to skip the jeep safari and set off on foot on a jungle trail duly accompanied by an experienced and trained guide. During summers, it is advised to head for Sonbhadra River, where the tigers can be spotted enjoying their tryst with water.

  • The most pleasant months to visit are from October to March, but April and May provide the best wildlife sightings.
  • Closest airport: Bhopal which is 135 kilometers away and takes roughly three hours by car.
National Park

Known as "The Jewel of Vidharba", Tadoba National Park is neatly pitched in the district of Chandrapur, located in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Being the heart of a reserved forest, this reserve offers infinite treasure in form of innumerable species pertaining to flora and fauna. Although the major attraction here is the majestic tiger, it would be unfair if the large herds of Chital, the stately Sāmbhar, the elusive Barking Deer, the fleet footed Chausinga, the majestic Gaur, the robust Nilgai, the shy Sloth Bear, the whistling Wild dogs, the elusive hyenas, the omnipresent Wild Boar, and the stealthy Leopard go unattended, which collectively make a lasting impressions on the visitors arriving at this Reserve. Indian Pangolins, Porcupines and Common Langurs too offer their cameo services to one and all who reach this destination with an aim to enjoy and unwind.

As dusk settles and night falls, other nocturnal animals including the small Indian civet, the Palm civet, the ratel, and the flying squirrel make their presence well applauded.

Fascinatingly, the last one year has witnessed some phenomenal level of tiger sighting in this park.

  • All these jungle inhabitants can be best sighted during the period of February to May each year.
  • Closest Airport: Nagpur airport is about 155 Km from this point.
Pench National Park

In the year 1999 The Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve received the official status of “Tiger Reserve of India” after being declared as a National Park by the Government of Maharashtra in 1975

Located in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hill ranges this reserve extends over an area of 257 square kilometers along the northern boundary of Nagpur District.

The park gleefully derives its name from the Pench River, which wanders through it, thus dividing it down the center. Pench is an important ecosystem, which supports an abundance of flora and fauna, including a plethora of aquatic life. The park is home to 33 species of mammals, 164 species of birds, 50 species of fish, 10 species of amphibians, 30 species of reptiles, and a wide variety of insect life. Primarily a National reserve for tigers and panthers, Pench is also home to sāmbhar, chital, barking deer, nilgai, black buck, gaur, wild boar, chausingha, sloth bears, wild dogs, langurs, monkeys, mouse deer, black-naped hare, jackals, foxes, hyenas, porcupines, and flying squirrels, to name a few.

Pench is truly a dream come true for any nature lover.

The ideal time in a year to visit Pench National Park is from February to April.

  • Closest Airport: Nagpur being the nearest airport is distanced at approximately 70 km, and takes roughly an hour and a half by road.
  • Each of the above Jungle destinations offers a variety of boarding and lodging options, which include elaborate jungle resorts, economy Hotels, and luxurious tented accommodation to suit your budget, mood and style.