Tiger, one of the most deadly and beautiful beasts in the world was on a decline a few years ago but thankfully the numbers are getting better now. Even so, the tiger population isn’t too high yet India is home to several tiger reserves and national parks where you can spot this wild beast. So, on Tiger Day 2016, we give you a list of 10 places where you can spot tiger in India.
The spectacular Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is spread over 1334 sq km, bordered by rocky ridges. The park is famous for the wildlife sanctuary by the same name where one can see the union of wildlife, history and nature. It is one of the best tiger reserves in India and is a favorite with wildlife photographers due its picturesque surroundings. Safari rides are available twice every day – at 06:30 and 14:30. Each ride lasts for about 3 hours.
Kanha Tiger Reserve
One of the protected wildlife reserves in the world, Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh is another place you can visit to spot this beauty. It conducts safaris and also has lodging and accommodation for those who wish to stay here. Apart from tigers, you can spot 43 species of mammals at Kanha and a wide variety of flora too.
The Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is known for its thriving flora and fauna. Considered the original home of white tigers, the park is also a habitat for Indian bison, sambars, langurs and cheetahs. It is known to be one of India’s most beautiful parks. Along with other attractions like 10th-century shrines within tropical forests, steep rocky hills and valleys, the main draw is the healthy tiger population.
Bandipur National Park
Karnataka’s Bandipur National Park is surrounded by the western ghats and has a sizeable number of tigers. You can go for treks and open jeep safaris here and spot tigers, wild boars, panthers and more. The national park has early morning and evening safaris and there are lodges and eco-friendly hotels near the park where you can stay.
Touted as one of its kind, the Jim Corbett reserve in Uttarakhand was established in 1936 and has the distinction of being India’s first national park. The reserve inspired the India-wide Project Tiger programme started in 1973 for conservation of wild tigers and saw the creation of 22 other reserves. It offers an intriguing sight of tigers and is also home to wild elephants (200 to 300 live in the reserve), sloth bears, langurs, rhesus macaques, peacocks, schools of otters.
Pench National Park
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Another park in Madhya Pradesh to spot tigers, this one is less popular than the other two yet you can spot tigers here every few days. Fewer tourists make it for an unusual experience than the other national parks. When here, stay in a tent for an authentic experience. You can also take their tiger tour package that begins in Delhi.
Often referred as ‘Jewel of Vidharba’, the Tadoba national park spread over 116.55 sq km is Maharashtra’s oldest national park. This park lies in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. The park was declared a Project Tiger reserve in 199 and is one of the best tiger reserves of India as tiger population has increased rapidly. Tadoba National Park and Andhari wildlife sanctuary together form the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). Apart from tigers, you can also spot leopards, gaur, wild dogs, sloth bears, jungle cats, hyenas, sambar, cheetal, nilgai and barking deer.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
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Kerala’s, Periyar Tiger Reserve is home to this animal and is also an elephant reserve. The jungle walks amidst the greenery makes for a blissful experience and some white tigers can also be spotted here. Apart from this, you can also spot reptiles, insects and birds here and the beautiful mountains make for a stunning backdrop.
Sundarbans National Park in the southern part of West Bengal is known for its abundant wildlife and Sundari trees. The main attractions here are the Royal Bengal Tigers that have adapted themselves to surviving in the Sundarbans and developed the ability to swim in the saline waters. It is the natural habitat of many other wild animals like jungle fowl, giant lizards, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles, etc. Sundarbans is also home to endangered species like Batagur baska, King Crabs and Olive Ridley Turtles.
Satpura National Park
This is perhaps one of the lesser known and underrated national parks in this list however Satpura National Park is home to tigers and a park where you can even go for guided walking tours instead of a jeep safari. There is a luxury stay near the national park and you can visit the Sonbhadra River where tigers come to swim in the summer.
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