Five best places to see tigers in India
Tigers are one of the most beautiful yet wild animals and from kid to elder everyone loves to see them. But sadly, their numbers are going to decrease in India but thanks to the wildlife lovers who came up with their keen interest to save them and most probably they got success in it.
At present India is a home to nearly 3,000 tigers which is a third more than it had four years ago, according to the latest tiger census. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who presented the tiger population, had risen from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.
Tourists from all over the world come to India each year just to see this lovable animal. Now let’s find out the places where you can see Tigers alive.
Bandhavgarh National Park : Bandhavgarh National Park is home of tigers where you will find more than 100 Bengal Tigers in the country, hence it is known as the highest in India. It is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. There are also a great variety of leopards, deer and other species so once you spot the tiger, no need to go back as you have other animals to see. This National Park is spread in an area of 105 sq kms and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq kms. This is covered with to my hill ranges and grassy swamp.
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Ranthambore National Park : This place is known as one of the best spots to see the tigers. It is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan and it covers the area about 1334 square kms. Earlier it was considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and today it is a major wildlife tourist attraction that has drawn the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers. There is a huge and wonderful fort, after which the park is named. From the top point of the fort you can see the entire jungle which gives a unique, wonderful and mixed flavour of nature, history and wildlife.
Best Time to Visit: October to April
Kanha National Park : Kanha National Park is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh and it is considered as one of India’s largest National Parks. It spread across an eclectic zone of wildlife, this park is very close to the cities of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Kanha National park is popular only for the Tigers. The management worked hard to maintain the cleaning of the park and its panoramic beauty which will attract you from all points. If you are lucky, you may be surprised to encounter with 4 or 5 tigers, just as they roam around in groups. October to March is the ideal time to visit this National Park.
Tadoba National Park : This park is located in the state of Maharashtra, also it is called The Jewel of Vidarbha. It covers the total area of the tiger reserve is 1,727 Sq.km, it was created in the year 1955. The park was formed in the year 1986 and was amalgamated with the park in 1995 to establish the present Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve. The name ‘Tadoba’ is taken from the name of God “Tadoba” or “Taru,” which is praised by local tribal people of this region and “Andhari” is taken from the name of Andhari river that is in this area. Tigers can easily spot with an open gypsy and trained guides and surely they will fetch you a solid experience.
Best Time to Visit: September to March
Jim Corbett National Park : Jim Corbett is India’s first National Park named after famous hunter Jim Corbett. It is situated in the Ramnagar district of the state Uttarakhand. It is one of the most elegant, perfect settings of scenic Nainital hills. This state has the second highest number of Tigers in India and Jim Corbett plays a major role in it. The Dhikala forest zone is particularly famous for its wildlife and this is the place where you have more chances to spot a tiger than anywhere else. I also visited this national park in May 2018 with my three more friends. In the morning we visited a museum and a Hindu temple in the city and later we had a jeep safari. In the afternoon, the climate was hot and humid, but the safari was interesting and we forgot about the climate as there was much density of forests. The Dhikala forest zone was so visible and beautiful because we could see trees and mountain ranges clearly. Our safari was around two hours where we spotted antelope, deer, bear and elephant, perhaps we were unlucky as we could not spot any tiger but we were happy after exploring this stunning park. One thing that I liked most in the national park is throwing anything is totally prohibited and this rule applies in all national parks.
Best Time to Visit: October to February
So if you are a tiger lover or a photographer then you start shortlisting your preferred choice of the National Park for your next visit but remember to make your plan from October to February when weather is cool & pleasant and during the month of March & April, daytime is little bit hot but morning/ evening are pleasant.
There is no reason to come in May and June as these are the hottest months in India and tigers usually do not come out from the dense forests. As an Indian you must be proud because India has a majority of tigers in the world.