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Tiger Safari in India – Top 06 National Parks for a Tiger Safari in India.

Tiger Safari in India – Top 06 National Parks for Tiger Safari India as of 2024. As per the Tiger census conducted in India in 2018-2019, India had 2997 wild tigers residing in the 20 states in 52 Tiger reserves. This is approx. 75% of the world wild tiger population. Out of these 52 tiger reserves, 15 are very popular because of good Tiger sightings. This does not mean that there are no Tiger sightings in the other parks.

So which are the 6 best parks for a tiger safari in India? This is the first question often asked by almost all tourists who wish to do tiger safaris in India. The answer to this question is easy and tricky simultaneously. The reason this is tricky is that the answer to this question can change depending on a few extrinsic factors. I have done a separate blog on this, you may read it here.

As of May 2022 our naturalists and drivers are reporting tiger sightings in practically every tiger safari in these national parks. The doubling of the tiger population in these parks in the last 12 years has certainly helped to improve tiger sightings during tiger safaris in India.

Our recommendations to you of the best national parks for a Tiger Safari in India can change depending on how many days’ tour you wish to take. If you have five to six days, then we recommend focusing on one national park for a Tiger Safari India Tour. If you have about 10 days for a Tiger Safari India Tour, then you can cover two parks during your tour. In addition, if you have about two weeks, then three national parks can be covered comfortably depending on your appetite for tiger safaris.

Suggestions of the park can also depend on your other interests. In case your focus is, only on tigers while on a Tiger Safari in India tour, then the national park we recommend will be different. But if you wish to see species other than the tiger, then the choice of parks will change again. Therefore, it is important for us to know what you want from a tiger safari India tour. It is our constant endeavor to supersede your expectations by delivering the best services when it comes to your tiger safari in India.

Table of Contents

S.No.National Parks and ReservesStateTiger PopulationTiger Sightings
1Bandhavgarh National ParkMadhya Pradesh104Very High
2Kanha National ParkMadhya Pradesh88High
3Jim Corbett National ParkUttrakhand231Very Good
4Ranthambore National ParkRajasthan53Very High
5Tadoba National ParkMaharashtra83High
6Panna National ParkMadhya Pradesh50Moderate
7Pench National ParkMadhya Pradesh87High
 

Top 6 National Parks for Tiger Safari India Tours

1. Bandhavgarh National Park

Tiger Safari in India – One of the Top 06 National Parks for a Tiger Safari in India 2022, Bandhavgarh is located in the heart of India, in Madhya Pradesh. The state has maximum tiger numbers at 526 in the wilderness compared to any other state.

Bandhavgarh National Park has a high density of tigers, and it acts as a source of dispersing tigers to neighboring protected areas, like, Sanjay Dubri, Achanakmar, Kanha and as far as Palamu Tiger reserve. It is also the erstwhile home of the White Tigers, which can now be seen in Mukundpur White Tiger Safari near Rewa state.

A former hunting ground of the Maharaja of Rewa, Bandhavgarh takes the credit for starting tiger tourism in India, which eventually made it the most toured park for a Tiger Safari India Tour.

Interestingly, it has been two years since some 45 wild elephants including breeding females and calves have made Bandhavgarh their home. They have come from the neighboring state of Chattisgarh. Elephant sightings on tiger safaris are not so good currently as they are not used to tourism yet. But “presence of wild Elephants in a forest is huge respect for the forest, we must bow down to the elephants for they create and protect the forest”…The Jungle Book.

Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the most popular parks for tiger safaris in India, was also home to the Indian Gaur which disappeared in 1997, but due to continuous efforts of the forest department were reintroduced in 2011.

Today, there are about 200 Gaurs roaming free in Bandhavgarh National Park. Lately, sightings of Indian Leopards and Sloth Bears have also improved in Bandhavgarh.

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National Park Bandhavgarh National Park
Location Madhya Pradesh
District Umaria
Area 1536 sq kms
Number of tigers 104 (2018-2019)
Tiger density 5.83 tiger per 100 sq km (2018-2019)
Chances of tiger sighting on tiger safaris in India Very high
Unique points of Bandhavgarh 1. Best chances of tiger sightings
2. Good park for tiger photography
3. High tiger density
4. Apart from wildlife, the park is also known for historical caves and fort tour during tiger safaris in India
Closest Airport Jabalpur- 200kms, Khajuraho-275kms
Best time to visit October-June
Park closed July – September, on festival of Holi, Diwali, and Wednesday afternoons
Core tourism zones / entry gates Magdhi, Tala, Khitauli
Buffer tourism zones / entry gates Dhamokhar, Johila, Panpatha
When to book Atleast 130 days prior to safari date
Suggested stay Minimum 3-4 days
Other nearby tourist attractions and destinations Sanjay Dubri, Mukundpur White Tiger Safari, Panna and Kanha National Parks, Khajuraho
Approx. cost includes  – per person on twin sharing,  3 meals daily, bed tea, evening tea, exclusive safaris, guide, permit charges, transfers in air-conditioned cars, and taxes. USD 687 – 922
GBP 530 – 710
Euro  580 – 775
AUD 943 – 1262
CAD 903 – 1210

2. Kanha National Park

Tiger Safari in India – Second in the list for Top 6 national parks for a Tiger Safari in India 2022, is Kanha. Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh it has the highest tiger count in India as per the census and figures released in 2020. Over 526 tigers roam the state of Madhya Pradesh out of which about 108 tigers call Kanha National Park their home. Kanha has achieved tremendous success in providing a sound ecological haven to the rich floral and faunal diversity.

Kanha Tiger Reserve, one of the top parks for tiger safaris in India, has been the centre of many successful conservation stories, from the Hard ground Barasingha in Kanha itself, to the translocation of Indian Gaur from Kanha to Bandhavgarh (2011), Hard ground Barasingha translocation from Kanha to Satpura, tigers translocating from Kanha to other parks, and reintroducing blackbuck in Kanha. Saunf village in Kanha was the first village relocated out of any national park in India.

Kanha National Park has been home to many researchers and conservationists. George Schaller, spent considerable time in it’s jungles. Apparently Rudyard Kipling was also inspired by Kanha and Pench when he wrote The Jungle Book. Dr M K Ranjitsinh, the author of Wildlife Protection Act of India, and Life with Wildlife, is a Kanha lover and he was instrumental in adding the Mukki zone to Kanha National Park.

Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve is known for good sightings of male tigers when on a tiger safari in India, which are exceptionally large when compared to tigers in any other park. Beside the landscape and wildlife, it is the simple indigenous Baiga tribes of Kanha which make this place really special. Kanha National Park is one of the best tourism managed parks in India for a tiger safari in India.

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National Park Kanha National Park
Location Madhya Pradesh
District Mandla, Balaghat
Area 2100 sq kms
Number of tigers 88 (2018-2019)
Tiger density 4.40 tigers per 100 sq km (2018-2019)
Chances of tiger sighting while on tiger safaris in India High
Unique points of Kanha National Park 1. Popular for big male tiger sightings
2. Ever green Sal forest, with scenic meadows and dense woodlands
3. Good sightings of Indian Gaur, Hard Ground Swamp Deer, and Indian Wild Dogs
4. Many successful conservation initiatives started in Kanha
Closest Airport Raipur, Jabalpur, Nagpur
Best time to visit October-June
Park closed July-Sept, festival of Holi, Diwali, and Wednesday afternoons.
Core tourism zones Mukki, Kisli, Kanha, Sarhi
Buffer tourism zones Khapa, Khatia, Phen Sijora
Entry gates to core zones Mukki, Khatia, Sarhi
When to book 120 days prior to safari date
Suggested stay  Minimum 3-4 days
Other nearby tourist attractions and destinations during tigers safari in India Bandhavgarh, Ngzira, Tadoba and Pench national parks
Approx. cost includes; per person on twin sharing,  3 meals daily, bed tea, evening tea, exclusive safaris, guide, permit charges, transfers in air-conditioned cars, and taxes. USD 687 – 847
GBP 530 – 653
Euro 580 – 715
AUD 944 – 1164
CAD 903 – 1114

3. Jim Corbett National Park

Tiger Safari in India – Third in the list for the Top 6 National Parks for a Tiger Safari in India 2022, is Jim Corbett National Park. Named after the legendary hunter James Edward Corbett who shot only man-eating tigers of Kumaon and other regions, this was declared the first national park of India in 1936. It was initially named as Hailey National Park, then Ramganga National Park, and finally named as Jim Corbett National Park in memory of the famous hunter, turned conservationist, who also is a renowned author with the bestselling books on Indian Wildlife.

Corbett Tiger Reserve has the largest tiger population in any single protected area in the world. This park has close to 231 tigers as per the latest census done in 2018. It can most certainly be called as the mecca of Indian wildlife when it comes to fauna and flora diversity. Apart from tigers, Corbett is very good with sightings of wild Asian Elephants.

The Ramganga river flowing through the forest with a huge reservoir right in the heart of the park, is the life and light of Corbett. The two unique points for visiting this park are: Firstly, along with tiger safaris in India this place is a birder’s haven. For serious birders, there are close to 550 species of birds here. Therefore, a birding tour to this tiger park can also prove very fruitful. Then there are areas around Corbett like Nainital and Pangot which can be combined to add to the checklist of your birding tour.

Secondly, this is one park where you can stay in over 100 year old Forest Rest Houses, called the Dhikala Forest Rest House, inside the national park, right in the heart of the reserve. Overlooking the lower ranges of Himalayas, and on the banks of the Ramganga River, it is quite a pleasing experience to experience Indian wilderness. The booking inventory is highly limited and one must plan well in advance to book here. Other than Tigers, the park supports a population of leopards, leopard cat, fishing cat, rusty spotted cat, jungle cat, and yellow-throated martins. In the ungulates apart from the spotted and Sambar deer one can also see the hog deer, goral and serows. In reptiles, crocodiles, gharials, and King Cobra make Corbett National Park their home. Himalayan Black Bear have rare sightings here. Corbett Tiger reserve has one of the highest tiger densities in India. It thus acts as a source of dispersing tigers to neighboring protected areas of Lansdowne, Terai West, Amangarh, an Ramnagar.

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National Park Jim Corbett National Park
Location Uttrakhand
District Ramnagar
Area 1100 sq kms
Number of tigers 231 (2018-2019)
Tiger density 14 tigers per 100 sq km (2018-2019)
Chances of tiger sighting on tiger safaris in India Very Good
Unique points of Jim Corbett National Park 1. The most scenic park in India
2. Also see wild Asian Elephants here
3. You can stay inside the park in a 100 year old Forest Rest House
4. Over 525 species of birds are seen here
Closest Airport Jolly Grant, Dehradun
Best time to visit November-May
Park closed Mid-June till Mid November
Core tourism zones Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhela
Buffer tourism zones Sitamani
When to book 90 days in advance
Suggested stay 3-4 days
Other nearby tourist attractions and destinations during tiger safaris in India Ranikhet, Rajajji National Park, Rishikesh, Haridwar
Approx. cost includes; per person on twin sharing,  3 meals daily, bed tea, evening tea, exclusive safaris, guide, permit charges, transfers in air-conditioned cars, and taxes. USD 744 – 1645
GBP 574 – 1269
Euro 628 – 1388
AUD 1023 – 2260
CAD 979 – 2162

4. Ranthambore National Park

Tiger Safari in India – Fourth in the list for Top 6 National Parks for a Tiger Safari in India 2022, is Ranthambore National Park. Located in the north-western state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is also known as the Land of the Tigers, making Ranthambore tiger safari in this park very special. Situated beautifully amidst the most popular tourism circuit known as the Golden Triangle, this park is perhaps the only park that faced serious assault by poachers in the previous century. however, it came out stronger every single time due to good wildlife management.

One of the best national parks for a tiger safari in India, the terrain of Ranthambore National Park is undulating and the vegetation is sparse, making tiger sightings comparatively easy. Ranthambore National Park is an island in an ocean of human-dominated landscape.

The park is away just 10kms from the Sawai Madhopur town which is also a big railway station. It is rather surprising that just 10kms away from such a bustling town you have tigers roaming free, and living in harmony with humans in the nearby villages. This proximity to dense human population reduces the chances of tiger disbursal to other nearby areas.

What it also means is that the population of large carnivores in this reserve are more vulnerable to changes in the immediate environment. It is important to have corridors to maintain a healthy gene pool of the animals especially the big cats. Ranthambore Fort stands tall at the entry gate of zone 3, and one can hike up to the fort to see a popular Lord Ganesh temple. A lot of locals visit the fort and the temple on foot, and do encounter famous tigers while doing so. It is perhaps a blessing of the almighty that never there has been a man and animal conflict with tigers on foot. With our expert guides, you get a chance to experience exclusive tiger sightings in the best zones in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is also a good place to see the elusive India Leopard and Sloth Bears. The three big lakes in zone 3 are home to several migratory birds, and this is always a plus point while on a tiger safari in India, Ranthambore National Park. These lakes provide home to few hundred crocodiles also. It was here that the legendary Machli tigress who went on to live 19 years in the wild fought and killed a big crocodile in one of these lakes.

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National Park Ranthambore National Park
Location Rajasthan
District Sawai Madhopur
Area 1350 sq kms
Number of tigers 53 (2018-2019)
Tiger density 9.6 tigers per 100 sq km (2018-2019)
Chances of tiger sighting Very high
Unique points of Ranthambore National Park. 1. Beautiful lakes in zone 3, with high tiger desntiy
2. Sparse vegetation, hence good tiger sightings
3. Well connected with Agra, Jaipur, New Delhi
4. A 1000 year old Fort stands at the entry of the Park.
Closest Airport Jaipur
Best time to visit October-June
Park closed Zone 1-5 July-September, zone 6-10 open round the year
Core tourism zones Zone 1-5
Buffer tourism zones Zone 6-10
When to book 1 year in advance
Suggested stay 3-4 days
Other nearby tourist attractions and destinations Jaipur, Agra, Chambal river, Ranthambore Fort, Sariska national park, Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
Approx. cost includes; per person on twin sharing,  3 meals daily, bed tea, evening tea, exclusive safaris, guide, permit charges, transfers in air-conditioned cars, and taxes. USD 1107 – 1218
GBP 854 – 940
Euro 931 – 1023
AUD 1514 – 1666
CAD 1453 – 1600

5. Tadoba National Park

Tiger Safari in India – Second to last in the list for the Top 6 National Parks for a Tiger Safari in India 2022, is the Tadoba Andhari National Park. Tadoba can be adjudged as the youngest park to shoot into the tiger tourism circuit. Located just two hours from the Nagpur International Airport, this is one of the most easily accessible national parks in India with some fantastic tiger sightings. It is a mixed forest with a huge water reservoir on the edge thus making it a good habitat for birds and crocodiles.

Tadoba is also good with sightings of Sloth Bears, Leopards, and packs of Indian Wild Dogs (Dholes). It is here that many encounter sights of tigers with sloth bears and tigers pulling down Indian Gaur. Why Tadoba has been good with tiger sightings is also due to the fact that there are a few small sanctuaries in the vicinity that have been accorded protection by the state and they have also opened several core and buffer areas for tourism.

Hence Tadoba along with Ranthambore National Park have become a role model of how to promote tourism and increase tiger numbers. Several experts will not conform to the fact that tourism plays a role in conservation, but deny they might, but ignore they cannot that the revenue generated by tourism brings in instant cash flow in the area thus showing benefit of conservation to the local community which otherwise would depend on the forest for their bio-mass requirements.

Explore a tiger safari in India to Tadoba National Park below. The source population in Tadoba is important to maintain the meta-population of the adjoining protected areas like Brahmapuri, Chandrapur, Central Chanda, Tipeshwar and Bori. One must include Tadoba National Park for their tiger safari in India. Tadoba is also good with sightings of Sloth Bears, Leopards, and packs of Indian Wild Dogs (Dholes). It is here that many encounter sights of tigers with sloth bears and tigers pulling down Indian Gaur.

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National Park Tadoba Andhari National Park
Location Maharashtra
District Chandrapur
Area 1727 sq km
Number of tigers 83 (2018-2019)
Tiger density 6.09 tigers per 100 sq km (2018-2019)
Chances of tiger sighting High
Unique points of Tadoba Andhari National Park 1. Good park for sighting packs of Indian Wild Dogs (Dhole) and Indian Gaur
2. Close to Nagpur Airport, only 2 hour drive
3. The buffer zones of the parks are also good with tiger sightings
4. A mix forest, not dense so the tiger sightings are good here
Closest Airport Nagpur
Best time to visit October-June
Park closed July-Sept
Core tourism zones Moharli, Tadoba, Kolsa-Zari, Khutwanda, Navegaon, Pangdi
Buffer tourism zones Alizanza, Devada Adegaon, agarzari, Junona, Ramdegi, Kolar buffer
When to book 120 days
Suggested stay 3-4 days
Other nearby tourist attractions and destinations Pench, Umred Karandla, Bor, Nagzira and Kanha National Park.
Approx. cost includes; per person on twin sharing,  3 meals daily, bed tea, evening tea, exclusive safaris, guide, permit charges, transfers in air-conditioned cars, and taxes. USD 658 – 758
GBP 509 – 586
Euro 553 – 636
AUD 901 – 1036
CAD 865 – 995

6. Panna National Park

Tiger Safari in India – Located in North Eastern part of the tiger state of India (Madhya Pradesh), this park has significant conservation importance. In 2009 it was declared that Panna had lost all its tigers due to poaching. The state forest department got into swift action and brought in one male tiger from Pench, and one tigress each from Bandhavgarh and Kanha. Dedicated efforts of the Forest department led by a committed Field Director in Shri Murthy, Panna became home to tigers again in just 3 years. This was the first national park, which was repopulated with wild tigers. Today this population is over 50 tigers in the national parks.

Panna is not as popular as Bandhavgarh, Kanha and some other premium tiger reserves as not many know that the tiger sightings in Panna have improved remarkably over last 3-4 years. This is the positive aspect as the tourist rush in this park is not as much, thus the tiger safari experience is good here.

Panna is also home to a good population of Leopards due to its topography. Hyenas are also seen on the periphery of the national park. Ken river passes through the forest, so you get an opportunity to do a boat safari in this park. The river has a healthy population of the Mugger Crocodile. There was once a good population of Gharials as well here, but that has reduced drastically.

Some advantages that Panna has over other parks is that the closest Airport is just 45kms, unlike other parks where one has to drive 4-5 hours to catch a flight. The heritage temple city of Khajuraho is just 30 minutes drive. So if you wish to skip a safari, you can go and see over 1000 year old temples in this quaint town.

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National Park Panna National Park
Location Madhya Pradesh
District Panna and Chattarpur
Area 542.67 sq. Kms
Number of tigers 50
Tiger density 1.41 tigers per 100 sq km (2018-2019)
Chances of tiger sighting Moderate
Unique points of Panna National Park 1. Boat safari in Ken river
2. Sightings of Crocodiles and Gharials
3. Close to World Heritage site of Khajuraho
4. First park where tigers were reintroduced successfully after they all got poached in 2006.
Closest Airport Khajuraho Airport at a distance of 22 kms.
Best time to visit Winters (October -March)
Park closed June, July, August, September
Core tourism zones Madla, Hinouta
Buffer tourism zones Jhinna, Akola
When to book 120 days prior to safari date.
Suggested stay Minimum 3-4 days
Other nearby tourist attractions and destinations Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Khajuraho, Orchha
Approx. cost includes; per person on twin sharing,  3 meals daily, bed tea, evening tea, exclusive safaris, guide, permit charges, transfers in air-conditioned cars, and taxes. USD: 724 – 1400
GBP: 524 – 1000
EURO: 610 – 1200
AUD: 968 – 1800
CAD: 903 – 1750

7. Pench National Park

Pench National Park, nestled in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is a wildlife sanctuary that offers a rich tapestry of natural beauty and biodiversity. With a history dating back to the 16th century, this park has evolved into a prominent destination for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. The park takes its name from the meandering Pench River that cuts through its heart.

One of the park’s most iconic residents is the Bengal tiger. Pench boasts a significant population of these majestic creatures, making it a prime destination for tiger enthusiasts. Alongside them, Pench is also home to an array of wildlife, including spotted deer, sambar, and sloth bears. The park’s diverse habitats provide a haven for various species, and it’s not uncommon to spot elusive animals like the Indian leopard and the exceedingly rare black leopard.

Pench experiences three distinct seasons, with hot summers, monsoon rains, and mild winters. The best time to visit for tiger safaris and wildlife photography is during the dry winter months, from November to February. The temperature is more comfortable, and the lack of dense foliage makes it easier to spot wildlife. The park is open from October to June, and it remains closed during the monsoon season.

Pench National Park is divided into core and buffer zones. The core zone is more regulated and ideal for wildlife sightings, whereas the buffer zone offers a more relaxed atmosphere for visitors. Both zones provide unique experiences, but tiger sightings are more likely in the core area due to stricter regulations.

Reaching Pench is relatively convenient. The nearest airport is Nagpur, about 88 miles away, which is well-connected to major Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai. The Nagpur railway station is also a major transit point, linking Pench to other cities via the Indian rail network. By road, Pench is accessible from Nagpur and other nearby towns, making it a flexible destination for travelers.

Pench National Park has become a haven for wildlife photographers and enthusiasts due to its splendid landscapes, stunning sunsets, and the abundance of Bengal tigers and Indian leopards. The thrill of capturing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an experience that draws photographers from around the world. The park’s undulating terrain and pristine forests provide a breathtaking backdrop for photography.

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National Park Pench National Park
Location Madhya Pradesh
District Seoni and Chhindwara
Area 758.85 sq. Kms
Number of tigers Approximately 50
Tiger density 1.32 tigers per 100 sq km (2020-2021)
Chances of tiger sighting Excellent
Unique points of Pench National Park 1. Scenic Pench River
2. Rich biodiversity, including Indian Leopards
3. Abundance of Sloth Bears and Spotted Deer
4. Varied birdlife, a paradise for birdwatchers
Closest Airport Nagpur Airport at a distance of 88 kms.
Best time to visit Winters (November – February)
Park closed July – September
Core tourism zones Turia, Karmajhiri
Buffer tourism zones Jamtara, Sillari
When to book 120 days prior to safari date.
Suggested stay Minimum 3-4 days
Other nearby tourist attractions and destinations Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagpur, Ramtek, Nagpur
Approx. cost includes; per person on twin sharing,  3 meals daily, bed tea, evening tea, exclusive safaris, guide, permit charges, transfers in air-conditioned cars, and taxes. USD: 700 – 1400
GBP: 510 – 1010
EURO: 595 – 1190
AUD: 950 – 1890
CAD: 880 – 1760

Why tiger Safari in India?

Highest tiger Population

India hosts over 75% of the world’s tiger population, with recent estimates indicating a count of 3,682 tigers across diverse landscapes and forests within the country thereby greatly increasing your chances of sighting tigers during tiger safari in India. The tiger census in India occurs every four years, employing more accurate camera trap techniques compared to the earlier pugmark census method. The Indian government has embraced a landscape-level strategy and scientific surveillance for tiger preservation.

This strategic approach has led to a significant surge in the tiger population, rising from 1,411 in 2006 to 3,682 in 2022, spanning an area of 88,558 km². This concerted conservation effort not only benefits tiger populations but also positively impacts ecosystems and human well-being. It demands collective attention, resources, and dedicated efforts from all segments of society. Monitoring methods encompassing tigers, ungulates, and their habitats have been implemented, covering nearly 395,379 km² of forested areas in India.

For the tiger census, camera traps were strategically positioned at 32,803 locations across 175 sites, utilizing a mark-recapture analysis in systematically arranged 2 sq. km. cells. In regions where logistical constraints or insurgency issues hindered camera trapping and tiger density was low, molecular tools were employed to ascertain tiger presence by extracting DNA from scat samples.

Diversity of Tiger Habitats

On your tiger safari in India, you will experience impressive assortment of tiger reserves, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries spread throughout the country, each presenting a unique ecosystem and a chance to behold the magnificence of the tiger. The nation’s 10 biogeographic zones, 16 forest types, 106 national park, 567 wildlife sanctuaries, and 54 tiger reserves and a range of other categories of protected areas covers 5.28% of the country and effectively cater to the ecosystem services required for the mankind. From the lush forests of Corbett Tiger Reserve to the semi-arid environs of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, every protected area boasts distinctive allure and biodiversity significance. The diverse terrains, forests, and habitats offer a myriad of opportunities for visitors to observe these elusive felines amidst pristine wilderness settings.

Moreover, the diversity in habitats not only provides opportunities to witness tigers in various landscapes but also offers the chance to spot a plethora of endangered and captivating animals unique to each specific habitat.

Conservation Success Stories

Over the years, India has made remarkable progress in tiger conservation, evident in the notable rise in tiger population figures. The country’s commitment to safeguarding these magnificent creatures has led to the implementation of diverse initiatives, including stringent anti-poaching measures, preservation of habitats, and community engagement programs.

The local extinction of tigers from reserves like Panna and Sariska due to poaching prompted the government to adopt innovative approaches for nationwide tiger population monitoring and enforce stringent conservation measures to safeguard their habitats. The reintroduction of tigers and the enforcement of rigorous protection measures have resulted in an upsurge in the tiger population, not just in these reserves but across the nation. The success stories observed in several reserves, where tiger populations have thrived due to concerted conservation efforts, serve as a testament to India’s unwavering commitment to preserving these endangered species.

Photographic Opportunities

The allure of tiger and wildlife photography in India extends as an unparalleled opportunity for both amateur enthusiasts and seasoned professionals. With a rich diversity of tiger reserves, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries scattered across the country, India offers a mesmerizing canvas for capturing these majestic creatures and their natural habitats. For amateur photographers, these settings provide a thrilling chance to witness the grace and power of tigers in their wilderness, learning the nuances of wildlife photography while immersed in stunning landscapes during your tiger safari in India.

Professional photographers, equipped with experience and technical expertise, find India’s varied terrains and ecosystems a treasure trove for crafting awe-inspiring images, portraying not only the iconic Bengal tiger but also a myriad of other captivating wildlife species. The challenge of capturing wildlife in its natural element and the rewarding opportunity to document these magnificent creatures in their habitat make tiger and wildlife photography in India an enthralling and fulfilling pursuit for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Cultural and Natural Immersion

Tiger safaris in India presents visitors with a unique fusion of cultural immersion and natural exploration. Beyond the stunning landscapes and exciting wildlife encounters, India’s tiger reserves serve as gateways to a tapestry of cultural experiences. Exploring the regions surrounding these reserves offers visitors a chance to delve into vibrant heritage, diverse traditions, and local customs. Whether discovering ancient temples, partaking in traditional rituals, or relishing authentic cuisine, travelers can immerse themselves in the vibrant mosaic of India’s cultural heritage. 

Simultaneously, amidst the untamed beauty of nature, visitors witness the grandeur of the royal Bengal tiger and an array of captivating wildlife species, fostering a holistic and enriching journey that seamlessly entwines cultural discoveries with awe-inspiring natural encounters. For instance, Ranthambore not only provides exceptional tiger sightings but also houses one of India’s most robust forts within the reserve. Similarly, Panna Tiger Reserve, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and wildlife sightings, is in close proximity to the world heritage site of Khajuraho, famed for its captivating Hindu temples and architecture. Additionally, Satpura Tiger Reserve, known for its rich biodiversity, lies a short distance from the Bhimbetka World Heritage Site, featuring several prehistoric rock painting sites. These instances epitomize India’s diverse offerings, providing visitors not only with a glimpse of its extraordinary natural diversity but also its rich cultural heritage.

Responsible Tourism and Sustainability

Responsible tourism and sustainability play pivotal roles in preserving the delicate ecosystems and biodiversity within tiger reserves across India. These reserves serve as critical habitats not only for the majestic Bengal tiger but also for numerous other species of flora and fauna. Embracing responsible tourism practices involves minimizing human impact on these natural habitats, ensuring that visitor activities do not disrupt the wildlife or their surroundings. Sustainable tourism initiatives within these reserves focus on educating visitors about conservation, promoting eco-friendly practices, and supporting local communities.

Encouraging responsible behavior, such as following designated trails, adhering to wildlife viewing guidelines, and minimizing waste generation, helps in safeguarding the integrity of the ecosystem. Additionally, sustainable tourism fosters partnerships with local communities, providing economic opportunities through ecotourism ventures, thereby incentivizing their active involvement in conservation efforts. By harmonizing tourism with conservation objectives, tiger reserves can thrive as protected areas while offering immersive experiences that prioritize the preservation of wildlife and their habitats for future generations to cherish.

Nature Safari India, guided by its commitment to responsible tourism and sustainability, adheres to practices that aim to minimize the impact of tourism on natural habitats while ensuring sustainability through community participation and the utilization of local produce. Through their meticulous selection of wildlife lodges and service providers, Nature Safari India not only guarantees the ultimate tiger safari experience but also strives to minimize their footprint on the delicate ecosystems of the reserves and surrounding areas.

Ongoing Conservation Efforts and Support from Ecotourism

India’s laudable conservation endeavors have yielded positive outcomes; however, persistent challenges continue to threaten tiger populations. The prevalent issues of habitat loss, human-wildlife conflicts, and poaching pose significant risks. Sustained backing for conservation initiatives, heightened public awareness, and governmental policies dedicated to habitat preservation remain pivotal in addressing these adversities. Among the enduring challenges is the need to align expansive economic development aspirations with forest preservation, wildlife safeguarding, and the mitigation of human-tiger conflicts. Additionally, lesser-acknowledged yet escalating threats emerge from climate change’s impact on habitats and the gradual degradation of forest quality. Among the vast expanse of forests in the tiger states, only a third remain in relatively healthy conditions, emphasizing the urgency for conservation efforts. Illegal wildlife trade, despite strict regulations, persists due to persistent demand for tiger products, resulting in continued poaching activities. To counter this, the Indian government has intensified law enforcement and surveillance to deter poaching and illicit trade.

Nature Safari India actively champions social and environmental responsibility by supporting grassroots organizations like Earth  Brigade Foundation, Earth Focus Kanha, Waste Warriors Corbett, Satpura foundation and Bhoor Singh School. Moreover, they’ve undertaken a significant endeavor by planting 11,500 native trees on wastelands, aiming to restore habitats and ensure safe wildlife passage through fragmented corridors, benefiting tigers and other wildlife.

Faqs on Tiger Safari in india

India has over 50 tiger reserves. We can arrange tiger safari tours in most of them. But to ensure that you get good return for your investment of your time, effort and resources we provide you the best national parks for a tiger safari in India which will go well with your other special interests if any. The experience of our team of close to 3 decades of doing a tiger safari in India plays a big role in choosing the right national park for you. It is possible that you would have heard or read about some parks but what is the ground reality today, or tomorrow when you will be doing the safaris is of great significance. Our team on the ground knows the tiger sighting happening in various zones of the national parks every season and every month. Hence we suggest to you those parks and those zones in the respective parks where you have the best tiger sightings chances when on a tiger safari in India.

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We have tried to answer this question by listing the 6 best national parks for tigers and wildlife safaris in India. Depending on how much time you have on your India tour, or how many days you wish to do the safari for, we recommend these parks.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailem Tiger Reserve (3700 sq. km) is the biggest tiger reserve in India located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The tiger sightings are not so good here, and the tourism infrastructure is still coming up. Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, spread in 2100 sq. km is also a big park, and it has good chances of tiger sightings. Doing tigers safaris in Kanha is a joyful and soulful experience.

Jim Corbett National Park in the state of Uttrakhand has 231 tigers. This park also has the maximum tiger density, with about 14.5 tigers per 100 sq. km. This is followed by Nagarhole with 127 tigers, and Bandipur with 126 tigers. These figures are as per the tiger status report published by Government of India 2018-19.

This is really a tough question to answer, and I have provided several reasons in my blog above. But you have excellent chances of tiger sightings in the 5 national parks I have listed above.

India has over 410 mammals which is almost 9% of the world mammals, and about 1300 bird species which is about 12.5%. Almost 200 critically endangered animals have made India their home. Different parks have visibility of different animals. But animals that are present in the tiger reserves are Leopards, Sloth Bears, Indian Gaur, Asian Elephants, One Horned Rhinos, Indian Wild Dogs (Dholes), Indian Grey Wolf, Striped Hyenas, Jackals, India Fox, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Blue Bull, Barking Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Black Buck, Wild Boar, Yellow Throated Martens, etc. Some parks also have the Mugger Crocodiles, Gharials, Smooth Coated Otters, Hard Ground Swamp Deer.

Wildlife is a state subject, and every state has its own set of rules to manage the forests, wildlife and tourism. While in one park you can book the zones one year in advance, in some other parks you can book four months before, or even two months before in some parks. We always recommend that you give yourself the best possible chances of getting best tiger safari in India experience by booking your tour at least 6 months in advance with us. This way we are able to choose the best park, best zone, and most importantly the right naturalist to be with you in those parks during tiger safari in India.

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There is no fixed cost, as there are several factors that determine the cost, to list a few below:

> Number of days you choose to do safaris.

> Number of people in your group, or are you travelling solo

> The category of Hotel, Jungle Lodge, or rest you prefer to stay in during the safaris

> Whether you wish to do exclusive safaris, i.e. just you in the safari vehicle with a dedicated naturalist, or you want to share with other guests.

All the above information will assist us in providing you the best tiger and wildlife safari tour in India.

There are many tour operators doing Tigers Safaris in India. So why choose us? At Nature Safari India, we assist you in curating your own safari. The service differentiation we create in terms of your overall experience during a tiger safari will be remembered by you for long.

Though we have several popular programs, but we like to hear from you about your preferences in terms of number of days you wish to spend on a tiger and wildlife safari, type of hotels you prefer to stay in, whether you have some other bucket list points you wish to accomplish in your tour, or other important points like food preferences, allergies, medical condition if any. Once we have all the information we set up your Tiger safaris that suit you best.

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As per Jim Corbett, “the air is crisp and laden with all the sweet scents that are to be smelt in an Indian Jungle in the early morning, it goes to the head like Champagne”. During a tiger safari in India the impact of the fresh air in the nostrils is heavenly. Breathing becomes deep, and slow. The pleasure of listening intimately to the language of the jungle in solitude, silence, and stillness has a deep meditative effect. Hence for city dwellers, wildlife enthusiasts and professional wildlife photographers who are seeking time in green space tiger and wildlife safaris in India are the ideal getaway in 2024.

Yes it is safe to do Tiger Safaris in India post Covid. Tiger safaris are conducted in and around the national parks which have less human population density. So, your interactions with others is limited. We recommend doing exclusive safaris, i.e. just you with our safari guide and driver in the vehicle, basically you do not share the safari vehicle with anyone else. Staying in small boutique hotels which are taking all precautions with respects to social distancing, sanitizing all facilities, including dining, and vehicles is recommended.

The importance of the right team of naturalists, drivers, and guides cannot be stated highly enough while doing the tiger safaris in India. One might fly first class, stay in the best of wildlife lodges, sit in most luxurious limousines, but if you do not have the right team with you, it can be frustrating tiger and wildlife safari experience. A good naturalist has good jungle knowledge. He understands the signs, sounds, and smells in a Jungle. He understands the alarm calls, to know more about the alarm calls please see the video below on what is an alarm call.

When a monkey calls, the naturalist with good jungle lore will know if the monkey is calling seeing the tiger or a leopard. When a chital calls he would know if he is seeing a tiger walk at a distance with belly full and not interested in a hunt, or in ambush. These are some fine points which can make or mar your tiger tour experience in India.

Though tiger sighting is a matter of luck, but you can increase your luck by choosing the right team to go with during the tiger safari tours in India and by choosing the Best Tiger Safari operator in India.

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"Amazing and worth every penny"
this was our second tiger safari at Corbett with Nature Safari and turned out to be worth every penny.We saw 7 tigers in 3 days and from quite close distance too. The best part was seeing a tigress wit her 2 grown cubs who crossed our path and walked...
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