A safari to witness the rich flora and fauna in their natural habitat is an amazing treat that no nature and wildlife enthusiast would want to miss. The TIGER SAFARI, especially needs knowledge and understanding of the stunning and majestic creature as the Tiger remains a mystery that centuries have failed to unfold.
Being the national animal of India, the TIGER is the face of India’s wilderness. His supple power, substantial strength, and cold stare work as a tranquilizer to the tantalizing wishes of all those who wish to capture this gigantic lovely beast on their lenses. The Tiger is most famous, for its unique and dark vertical black stripes that are distinct in each individual on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside, and is one of the most popular of the world’s charismatic mega fauna. There is a noteworthy sexual dimorphism between males and females, with the latter being always smaller than the males. Compared to most other cats, Tigers are fantastic swimmers and actually like the water. Adult Tigers lead largely solitary lives except when females are raising cubs. Since the early 20th century, Tiger populations have lost approximately 93% of their historic range. The Tiger is thus mentioned as Endangered on the IUCN Red List since 1986. The heaviest wild Tiger on record was a Bengal Tiger from Northern India which was shot in 1967.
India has got a rich history when it comes down to Tigers and wildlife. Jim Corbett, the British hunter, naturalist, tracker, and author who hunted a several man-eating Tigers and leopards in India spoke out for the need to protect India’s Wildlife from extinction. Known to have the largest Tiger population on the planet, India has definitely not let Jim Corbett down. The Tiger featured prominently in ancient mythology and folk fore and continues to be portrayed in modern cinemas and literature, appearing on many flags, coats of arms and mascots for sporting teams. On the Indian Sub-continent, it mostly inhabits tall grasslands and riverine jungles
Since Tigers are usually associated with the forest habitats, the only way to see these mesmerizing creatures in the wild is on a Tiger Safari in India and every wildlife enthusiast around the world is agog to complete this dream. This is on every wildlife enthusiasts bucket list. An encounter with these wild creatures is a mega treat to the eyes. This is a moment in which two completely opposing emotions arise in an individual as he/she is amazed and get the jitters too, the moment the magnificent animal surfaces from the wild. Ashlan Gorse Cousteau once said, “There is nothing like the thrill of walking through the jungle looking for a Tiger and knowing they could be watching you already”.
India is the perfect destination on the planet for Tiger spotting due to the dense population of Tigers and also because in India other crucial aspects of wildlife that includes bird watching, butterfly sighting and understanding of our diverse flora and fauna and learning ways to conserve them are taken care of. Thus, its best to come to India for the very best Tiger Safari Tour.
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Tiger Safaris in India
Ranthambore National Park
This national park is one of the largest in India and is very popular among wildlife photographers. Once a hunting ground, this national park is now a protected site for tigers and a top tiger reserve. Other important animals to find here are jungle cats, leopards, sloth bear, Indian fox, crocodiles, jackals, and others. Tigers are generally spotted in the Bakaula region of the national park, which has a thick forest and many watering holes.
Ranthambore has fascinating tiger stories. The national park is said to have had the longest living tigress of the world. The queen of the Ranthambore, Machli was 20 years when she died, which is way more than the average lifespan of 10-15 years. The tigress won a lifetime achievement award for being the main tourist attraction and playing a leading role in conservation. There are 10 zones in Ranthambore National park and zone 4 has the highest population of tigers.
Tiger Safari Timing– 7 am – 10:30 am and, 2:30 pm – 6 pm
Closest Airport– Jaipur airport, which is 132 km away from the national park
Tadoba National Park
Tadoba is the largest & oldest park of Maharashtra. This park is well-known for sighting tigers from an open gypsy. Safaris begin from either of the 2 entrance gates, namely the Kolara Gate & the Mohurli Gate. Besides tigers, the park is popular for jungle cats, Indian leopard, nilgai, crocodiles, barking deer, sambar, sloth bear, Indian python, small Indian civet, wolf spiders, and others.
The best tiger spotting region is the Mohurli gate region. There are also good accommodation facilities available in this region. The place will be very hot during the summer season. If you are highly determined to spot tigers, it is much better to venture this forest region during peak summer.
Safari Timing– 5:30 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes with season).
Nearest Airport– Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 140 km away from the park.
Pench National Park
This park is situated in the center of the country, covering 758 square kilometers of jungle area. It holds 43 tigers within its limits. The lake regions are normally the common tiger sighting sites. This park is one of the best spots to find diverse wildlife beauty. Apart from the royal Bengal tiger, you can spot barking deer, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, hyena, Indian leopard fox, and others.
There are 7 zones for a safari in this national park. The Turla region is the most popular region for sighting tigers. The regions around the stream in Turla are full of tigers during the summer season. A night safari is also open in this zone. Canter and jeep safaris are standard options to explore the region to spot tigers.
Safari Timing– 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes with season).
Nearest Airport– Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 92 km away from the park.
Bandhavgarh National Park
This wildlife sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh has the highest density of the Tigers. Around 50 tigers have spread around in just 100 Sq.km. This national park was also famous for white tigers. Now, the white tiger species was not seen for 50 years or more. Other animals to spot in this park are sambar, chital, wild boar, wild dog, Indian fox, leopard, bison, blue bull, antelope, nilgai, and others.
The best way to get closer to tigers is by opting for jeep or elephant safari. There are 4 zones to cover in this park and only a limited number of automobiles is allowed to access the park via each zones, every day. Therefore, pre-booking is very important.
Safari Timing– 5:30 am to 10 am and,4 pm to 7 pm
Nearest Airport– Jabalpur airport, which is 197 km away from the park
Jim Corbett National Park
This is one of the renowned national parks in the nation and one of the oldest ones too. Situated on the enormous foothills of Himalayas, this park has a diverse landscape making it favorable for a wide range of animals to flourish. Top animals to spot in this park besides tigers are a leopard, chital, barking deer sloth bear, goral, fishing cat, and others. The best way to spot tigers is by exploring the eastern part of the park, Bijrani. You can also choose to get a panoramic view of the park to get a glimpse of tigers from top of watchtowers in Dhikala and other regions.
Travelers often tend to stay in forest rest houses in Dhikala zone overnight to spot tigers in action. Bijrani zone is the one with the highest density of tigers. Jhirna zone visitors spot tigers more frequently. though, it is more popular for bird-watching.
Safari Timing– 6:30 am to 10 am and, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Nearest Airport– Pantnagar Airport, which is 50 km away from the park
Kanha National Park
This national park is best referred to as the background for Jungle Book of Rudyard Kipling. This national park has very high visibility as a large region of this park is covered by open meadows. Besides spotting tigers, you can find gaur, palm squirrel, striped hyena, chinkara, mouse deer, blackbuck, jackal, porcupine, sambar, and others. The best way to spot tigers is by getting the early morning elephant safari from Mukki entrance of the park.
Tiger Safari Timing– sunrise to 10 am and, from 3:30 pm to sunset
Nearest Airport– Jabalpur airport, which is 175 km away from the park
Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary
Kabini river flows in the southern part of Nagarhole National park, which separates Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks. The Part of Nagarhole jungle that is adjacent to this river is famously known as Kabini Forest. It is extremely famous for Tiger sightings and is a Wildlife photographer dream location.
Tiger Safari Timing– sunrise to 10 am and, from 3:30 pm to sunset
Nearest Airport– Bangalore airport, which is 240 km away from the park
Health Tips for Tiger Safaris
- Bring plenty of sun protection and water, although you need to safeguard yourself from the cold on early morning tiger safaris, too.
- For any medical emergencies in India, call 102
- With kids, particularly, use hand sanitizer when you can.
- Suggested vaccinations for general travel to India are Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus a. Check the NHS site Fit for Travel for more details.
- To reduce plastic waste, we encourage using a LifeStraw that can purify tap water. Otherwise, choose bottled water. Famous brands are safest but if it tastes odd, just leave it. Likewise, avoid ice if you are not sure.
- Always travel with a standard medical kit, consisting of Imodium for stomach upsets. Make sure to bring your own prescription medicines along with a copy of your prescription. If you get dehydrated due to illness or heat, the 1 tsp salt/8 tsp sugar/1 liter of water ratio combo works a treat.
Tips for Tiger Safari in India
- Even in the highest tiger density regions, sighting tigers is not a certain event. Some visitors take a back-to-back safari for a number of days to increase the chances of sighting tigers.
- Elephant safari is the best choice to get closer to the tigers. Jeep safaris will penetrate deep into the jungle, into the habitation of tigers.
- Always follow your guide’s instructions while on a safari. This magnificent animal is a well-known carnivorous. Your safety is very important.
- Absolute silence is needed for tiger spotting. Making unnecessary noises in the safari will scare the animals away.
- Generally, summers are the best time to see tigers as the water holes will be dried out, forcing tigers to reach out of their habitat to find large water sources. Also, the grasses will be dried out, improving visibility.