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Top 5 Best Tiger Safari in India Tours 2023

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Tiger Safari India Tours – Wildlife Safari Tours in India

With the pandemic receding and the world opening its doors to international tourism once again, it was time that we took you back into the wilderness with our Top 5 Tiger Safari India Tours. These include tiger safaris in some of the best national parks in the country like Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore, Kanha, Corbett, Pench and Tadoba. Not only do these tours give you an insight into the best of Indian wildlife, but they also give you an opportunity to indulge in opulent experiences at the boutique lodges in these national parks of India.

 

Our Top 5 Tiger Safari India Tours include:

 

1. Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench Tiger Safari in India Tour

 

bandhavgarh, kanha, pench tiger safari in india

 

Tour Duration: 12 Nights – 13 Days

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01 Arrival in New Delhi
Day 02 New Delhi – Nagpur – Pench (flight + 100kms, 2hrs drive)
Day 03 In Pench National Park
Day 04 Pench – Kanha National Park (210 kms, 4-5 hrs drive)
Day 05 In Kanha National Park
Day 06 In Kanha National Park
Day 07 In Kanha National Park
Day 08 Kanha – Bandhavgarh National Park (280 kms, 6 hrs drive)
Day 09 In Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 10 In Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 11 In Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 12 Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (200kms, 4-5 hrs drive + flight)
Day 13 New Delhi – Onward Destination

 

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Overview:

This tiger safari in India is the perfect setting for any wildlife enthusiast. It comes with a story to tell, a story that won Sir Rudyard Kipling his Nobel prize – The Jungle Book. Pench and Kanha have been home to the characters of the jungle book and Bandhavgarh only adds to the tour’s historic enigma, with the Bandhavgarh Fort. Once you take this tiger safari, you are sure to relive the resonating roar of Sher Khan, the hissing of Kaa, and the quiet presence of Bagheera.

 

tiger safari tour in bandhavgarh

 

Bandhavgarh National Park has made its presence in books on Indian Culture: Ramayana, Upnishad’s and more. There have been mentions of the origins of its name (Bandhavgarh – ‘Bandhu’ meaning brother in Hindi and ‘Garh’ meaning Fort). It was named after the Bandhavgarh Fort which was gifted by Lord Rama to his younger brother Laxmana.

 

bandhavgarh park

 

As a park for tiger safari in India, Bandhavgarh is one place where a sighting is nothing but obvious. You are considered unlucky if you visit Bandhavgarh and still don’t see a tiger. It is one of the few parks in India with one of the highest tiger densities.

 

tiger walking in kanha national park

 

Kanha on the other hand is a bigger park with some of the biggest tigers India has ever seen. They look enigmatic and are even more beautiful to photograph. Other than Tigers, Kanha is also home to the jewel of Central India, the Hard Ground Barasingha. It has recovered from nearing extinction and is now found in abundance across Central India.

Kanha National Park is one park that has been time and again rewarded for its conservation efforts. So not only the Barasingha, but it has also helped its sister parks with depleting populations of the Bison and even the Royal Bengal Tiger. It has successfully translocated tigers across parks and helped renew the big cat population. Unlike any other national park in the country, Kanha is also said to be the most well-managed national park in terms of tourism.

 

barasingha on tiger safari in india

 

Number of Safaris on this tour:

You get the opportunity to take a total of 18 exclusive safaris across the three national parks:

  • 06 exclusive jeep safaris in Pench;
  • 05 exclusive jeep safaris in Kanha; and
  • 07 exclusive jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh.

 

Accommodation on this Tiger Safari India tour:

The Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Pench Tour encompasses some of the best accommodation choices in Central India. Mentioned below are the accommodations we recommend to our guests.

 

Taj Mahua Kothi (Bandhavgarh National Park):

The jungle safari resort in Bandhavgarh National Park has 12 standalone luxury cottages blended into a 45-acre private forest on the periphery of the national park. The guest areas are housed in a large brick building with deep verandas overlooking a grassland ringed by a forest patch.

 

taj mahua kothi

 

Taj Baghvan (Pench National Park):

Only a few minutes from the national park entrance, the 12 charming stand-alone bungalows are built alongside a picturesque river bed that demarcates the lodge premises from the national park. Each bungalow at the resort comes with its own rooftop machan, indoor and outdoor shower areas and a private sit-out surrounded by the woods.

 

taj bhagvan lodge

 

Singinawa Jungle Lodge (Kanha National Park):

Nestled within a sprawling forest land of 100 acres adjoining the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, the Singinawa Jungle Lodge is an ensemble of ecologically responsible tourism and the spirit of Kanha region. A world class luxury resort, it has 12 private cottages with the perfect blend of palatial accommodation, luxurious amenities and exemplary services.

 

singhinawa jungle lodge

 

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2. Tiger Safari Tour in Tadoba

 

tiger safari tour in tadoba

 

Tour Duration: 04 Nights – 05 Days

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01 Arrival in New Delhi
Day 02 New Delhi – Nagpur – Tadoba (flight + 100kms, 2-3hrs drive)
Day 03 In Tadoba National Park
Day 04 In Tadoba National Park
Day 05 Tadoba – Nagpur – New Delhi (100kms, 2-3hrs drive + flight)

 

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Overview:

Commonly known as the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, this national park is a true gem when it comes to tiger sightings. It is a dry deciduous forest with mostly teak and bamboo trees, with some grasslands and mixed dry forests. This type of vegetation is responsible for better visibility throughout the forest and hence good game viewing, especially during the dry months. Some man-made water holes in this dry area act like magnets for wildlife in the hot months too.

 

tiger walking in tadoba

 

Apart from an abundance of tiger sightings through the park, Tadoba also homes a number of other wildlife species such as the Indian Wild Dog (commonly called Dhole), Leopards, Sloth Bears and more.

The park’s close approach to near-by metros like Nagpur, makes it one of the most visited national parks by the locals over the weekend.

 

Number of Safaris on this tour:

You get the opportunity to take a total of 06 exclusive safaris on this tour.

 

Accommodation on this Tiger Safari India tour:

A Tiger Safari Holiday in the wilderness of Tadoba National Park will be incomplete without the lush experience of staying in a boutique wildlife lodge:

 

Svasara Jungle Camp:

Svasara at Tadoba is the first jungle lodge in conscious luxury. The lodge features 10 acres of restored forest with 12 elegantly furnished suite rooms. Equipped with all modern amenities and luxuries, multi-cuisine dining options including delectable, regional Indian, Continental, and local Varadi cuisine, as well as an immersive safari experience through custom-fitted jeeps accompanied by knowledgeable naturalists.

 

svasara jungle camp

 

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3. Tiger Safari in Ranthambore with the Best of Indian Wildlife and Golden Triangle Tour

 

tiger safari in ranthambore

 

Tour Duration: 20 Nights – 21 Days

Outline Itinerary:

 

Day 01 Arrival in New Delhi
Day 02 New Delhi – Corbett (275 kms, 5hrs drive)
Day 03 In Corbett National Park
Day 04 In Corbett National Park
Day 05 Corbett – Agra (320 kms, 6-7hrs drive)
Day 06 Agra – Ranthambore (260 kms, 5-6hrs drive)
Day 07 In Ranthambore National Park
Day 08 In Ranthambore National Park
Day 09 Ranthambore – Jaipur (180 kms, 3hrs drive)
Day 10 Jaipur – New Delhi (260 kms, 5-6hrs drive)
Day 11 New Delhi – Nagpur – Pench (flight + 100kms, 2hrs drive)
Day 12 In Pench National Park
Day 13 In Pench National Park
Day 14 Pench – Kanha National Park (210 kms, 4-5hrs drive)
Day 15 In Kanha National Park
Day 16 In Kanha National Park
Day 17 Kanha – Bandavgarh National Park (275 kms, 6hrs drive)
Day 18 In Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 19 In Bandhavgarh National Park
Day 20 Bandhavgarh – Jabalpur – New Delhi (180 kms, 3hrs drive + flight)
Day 21 New Delhi – Onward Destination

 

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Overview:

As the name suggests, this itinerary is the perfect amalgamation of the very best of Indian wildlife and cultural destinations within the country.

For wildlife: This itinerary includes the best parks for tiger safaris in India along with other wildlife viewings – Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park, Pench National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, and Kanha National Park. While Ranthambore and Corbett are the gems of Indian wildlife in North and west India, one can say that the latter three are the founding stones of wildlife in Central India.

Read about the Top 5 Safari zones in Corbett National Park.

 

tiger in ranthambore

 

Corbett, a park known for intense wildlife diversity, is surrounded by the Ramganga river on one side and the Himalayan Foothills on the other. It is most commonly known as the land of the roar, trumpet, and song since it is home to Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, and the chirps of more than 350 species of birds.

It is named after the famous hunter-turned-photographer, wildlife author, and conservationist, Sir James Edward Corbett. It is a landscape where one can easily spend a lifetime and still stand in awe of its beauty. Due to the reserve’s locations, both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna are found there.

The advantage of being in a place like Corbett is that you can stay within the jungle in a forest rest house. This is the Dhikala Forest Rest House, a 100-year-old rest house that has been used by several wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists in the past. It is now a favourite among wildlife photographers and people who wish to experience true wilderness.

 

ranthambore tiger safari in india

 

Ranthambore on the other hand is a park in the western state of Rajasthan. A dry deciduous forest, Ranthambore is a land where the royalty of the Bengal tiger and the maharajas, give you an experience of a lifetime. Tigers in Ranthambore have a distinctive feature about them – a mane around their head that tigers in other states do not seem to possess. It makes them look bigger and some even argue that Tigers in Ranthambore are actually bigger than those in Kanha.

For Culture: A crowd favorite, Ranthambore national park lies bang in the middle of the famous Golden Triangle. The sector encompasses some of the most renowned cultural and heritage destinations like Agra, Jaipur, and New Delhi. It is perfect for both wildlife and cultural fanatics.

 

hawa mehal, jaipur

 

Jaipur, the pink city of India and home to the Rajputana descendants, is surrounded by forts and palaces.

This city along with Agra is a perfect detour for architecturally inclined souls. The Taj Mahal in Agra was an ode of love from the late emperor, Shah Jehan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22,000 architects and a medley of Persian, Muslim, Hindu, Iranian, and European architecture, successfully make its mark in one of the seven wonders of the world.

 

taj mahal, agra

 

Number of Safaris on this tour:

You get the opportunity to take a total of 27 exclusive safaris across the five national parks:

  • 06 exclusive jeep tiger safaris in Corbett;
  • 05 exclusive tiger safaris in Ranthambore;
  • 06 exclusive tiger safaris in Pench
  • 05 exclusive jeep tiger safaris in Kanha; and
  • 05 exclusive jeep tiger safaris in Bandhavgarh.

 

Accommodation on this Tiger Safari India tour:

The tour encompasses some of the best luxurious yet highly experiential accommodation choices. Mentioned below are the resorts and jungle lodges we recommend to our guests.

 

Oberoi Vanyavilas (Ranthambore National Park)

The Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort, the best 5-star hotel in Ranthambhore, offers luxury tented accommodation inspired by the opulent caravans of the royal families. A fine restaurant serving authentic Rajasthani and international cuisine. And spa experiences customized to suit your needs. All are accompanied by the hospitality that is genuine and sincere.

 

Oberoi Vanyavilas

 

Oberoi Rajvilas (Jaipur)

Experience a sincerely warm welcome when you stay with us at our 5-star hotel in Jaipur: The Oberoi Rajvilas. Spread over 32 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, with traditional architecture, flaming Mashaal torches, and reflection pools. Exquisite accommodation, including luxury tents inspired by the era of Maharajas, and fine restaurants serving authentic Rajasthani and international cuisines.

 

Oberoi Rajvilas

 

Taj View Agra (Agra)

Experience the famed splendor of The Taj Mahal at Tajview, Agra. Spread over six acres of manicured gardens and equipped with smart rooms, the hotel near Taj Mahal Agra offers the finest amenities alongside hassle-free services.

 

tajview agra

 

Tree House Hideaway (Bandhavgarh National Park):

On and among the trees in the five tree houses, there is a route to hide away from fantasies. In the 21 acres’ area of land lies an option of experiencing the snug life inside the rooms or venture out in the tiger-infested wild. The property has its resident species of birds, reptiles and animals residing around the forest trees and over time the area has now become a small secure park.

 

treehouse hideaway

 

Jamtara Wilderness Lodge (Pench National Park):

This is a 12-luxury tented property in the heart of rural Pench. Surrounded by tall Arjuna Trees and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed, each tented room overlooks the forest which sets the perfect background for this jungle experience.

 

 

Jamtara Wilderness Camp Tadoba

 

Taj Banjaar Tola (Kanha National Park):

This safari lodge is situated along the banks of the Banjaar River overlooking the heart of Kanha National Park. Two intimate camps of nine tents each are built on the banks of the still river overlooking the national park. Each elegant camp boasts its own pool with outdoor as well as indoor lounge options and interactive dining areas.

 

taj banjaar tola

 

Dhikala Forest Rest House (Corbett National Park):

This Forest Rest House was built more than 100 years back, so it is old architecture and is basic in nature, yet maintaining the charm of the British Era. Located next to the Ramganga river, overlooking the Shivalik hills, it is located amidst the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

 

dhikala forest guest house

 

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4. Big Cats of India Safari Expedition

 

big cats of india tour

 

Tour Duration: 23 Nights – 24 Days

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01 Arrival in New Delhi
Day 02 New Delhi – Rajkot – Sasan Gir (flight + 180 kms, 4hrs drive)
Day 03 In Sasan Gir National Park
Day 04 In Sasan Gir National Park
Day 05 Sasan Gir – Ahmedabad (330 kms, 6-7hrs drive)
Day 06 Ahmedabad – Bera (290 kms, 5hrs drive)
Day 07 In Bera
Day 08 Bera – Jaipur (390 kms, 7hrs drive)
Day 09 Jaipur – Ranthambore (180 kms, 3hrs drive)
Day 10 In Ranthambore National Park
Day 11 In Ranthambore National Park
Day 12 Ranthambore – New Delhi (Train)
Day 13 New Delhi – Chandigarh – Shimla (Flight + 120 kms, 3-4hrs drive)
Day 14 Shimla – Rampur (130 kms, 4-5hrs drive)
Day 15 Rampur – Tabo (10-12 hrs drive)
Day 16 Tabo – Kibber
Day 17 In Kibber
Day 18 In Kibber
Day 19 In Kibber
Day 20 In Kibber
Day 21 In Kibber
Day 22 Kibber – Rampur
Day 23 Rampur – Chandigarh (425 kms, 8hrs drive)
Day 24 Chandigarh – New Delhi – Fly Back Home (flight)

 

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Overview:

The Big Cats of India Safari expedition takes you on an exciting journey, where you get to witness not one, not two, not three, but four different big cats that India is so proudly home to. It is a safari to view the following felines:

  • Royal Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore National Park;
  • Asiatic Lion in Sasan Gir National Park;
  • Indian Leopard in Bera; and
  • Snow Leopard in Kibber

The undulating landscapes and varying topography along with an abundance of diverse Indian Wildlife make this a perfect safari holiday for a wildlife enthusiast.

 

gir lion

 

Home to about 300 Asiatic Lions, Sasan Gir today is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat. Since the turn of the 20th century, its range has been restricted to Gir National Park and the surrounding areas in the Indian state of Gujarat. Historically, it inhabited much of Western Asia and the Middle East. Other species found in Gir are Jungle Cat, Chinkara, Golden Jackal, Wild Boar, Wild Ass and more.

Bera, Rajasthan is located adjacent to the Jawai Dam. It is well-known for its magnificent sightings of Leopards. The experience is unique as it’s not a forest; instead, you will sight leopards near this sandy village.

 

bera leopard

 

Bera is home to a number of mammals and birds, it attracts wildlife enthusiasts from all over to spot the elusive Leopard, the mighty Bluebell, the Mugger Crocodile, the ever so mischievous Hyena, the graceful Pelican, the Greylag Goose, Robin Accentor, Demoiselle Crane, and the Bar-headed Goose, to name a few. Indulge in a Late evening safari as you navigate trails that share space with leopards.

The last leg of the tour is definitely the most exciting yet the most challenging one. It is not for the faint-hearted and requires a higher fitness level. Yes, this is the snow leopard tour in India.

These clouded beauties are found in Kibber, at a height of 14500ft above sea level. The sights of a snow leopard are challenging to say the least, but our team of spotters in Kibber keeps a sharp eye on their movement every single day. They carry a pair of binoculars, scopes, cameras, and walkie-talkies to constantly keep in touch with each other.

 

snow leopard

 

These spotters go out every morning, get news on the latest sightings of snow leopards in the area, come back to the lodge, pick you up and trek with you to the sighting track. They even help carry your camera equipment in case you’re carrying big lenses to photograph the cat.

This tour is definitely one for the adventure seeker and for someone who wishes to explore Indian wildlife in all its glory.

 

Number of Safaris on this tour:

You get the opportunity to take a total of 18 exclusive safaris across the three national parks:

  • 06 exclusive jeep safaris in Sasan Gir;
  • 06 exclusive safaris in Ranthambore; and
  • 06 sharing safaris in Bera

Other than the above, you will also be taking multiple trekking tours (depending on snow leopard sightings) in Kibber.

 

Accommodations on this tour:

The tour encompasses some of the best luxurious yet highly experiential accommodation choices. Mentioned below are the resorts and jungle lodges we recommend to our guests.

Aman-i-Khas (Ranthambore National Park):

The domain of the majestic Bengal tiger, Ranthambore National Park is starkly beautiful, it’s green and gold hues the perfect backdrop to Aman-i-Khás. Situated on the threshold of the reserve, this intimate tented camp offers incomparable privacy and daily safaris seeking out the reserve’s wildlife. Back at camp, spa therapies, swimming, and dining take center stage.

 

aman-i-khas

 

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest (Gir National Park):

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest is one of the best leisure hotels in Gir, located just opposite the Hiran River at the fringe of the dense Gir Forest. The surrounding Gir Forest lends an atmosphere of calm and serenity to your days. Spacious rooms equipped with modern amenities and dedicated staff on stand-by ensure your stay with us is truly comfortable.

 

gateway hotel-gir

 

Jawai Leopard Safari Lodge (Bera):

Jawai Leopard Safari Lodge is regarded as a perfect vacation destination resort offering tremendous serenity away from city life. It offers two different types of accommodation categories to choose from Luxury swiss tents and Stone Cottage rooms – aesthetically designed and promising a warm and cozy stay. It’s ideal for a short weekend break with all necessary amenities keeping in mind the modern Hospitality standards with the comfort of the guests.

 

jawai leopard safari lodge

 

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5. Tiger Safari and Black Leopard Tiger Safari in India Tour

 

black leopard tour of india

 

Tour Duration: 06 Nights – 07 Days

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01 Arrival in Bangalore
Day 02 Bangalore – Nagahole (270kms, 6hrs drive)
Day 03 In Nagarhole National Park
Day 04 In Nagarhole National Park
Day 05 In Nagarhole National Park
Day 06 In Nagarhole National Park
Day 07 Nagarhole – Bangalore – Fly Back (270 kms, 6hrs drive + flight)

 

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Overview:

Nagarhole National Park is a wildlife abode located in Kodagu district and Mysore district of Karnataka, India. It is one of India’s premier Tiger Reserves along with the adjoining Bandipur Tiger Reserve. This park was declared the thirty-seventh Project Tiger reserve of India in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere that plays host to a plethora of flora and fauna.

 

tiger safari tours in india

 

The Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-Cluster including all of Nagarhole National Park is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. The park encompasses a rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys, and waterfalls.

The important predators and carnivores in Nagarhole National Park are the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Ussuri dhole, sloth bear, and striped hyena. The herbivores are chital, sambar deer, barking deer, four-horned antelope, gaur, wild boar, and Indian elephant.

 

elephant in corbett

 

A Tiger Safari in this reserve is coupled with a surprise visit by another mysterious cat, the black leopard. The Black Panther is on the wish list of anyone who’s familiar with ‘Bagheera’ from the ‘Jungle Book’ for seeking such an illustrious cat instills a great sense of thrill and wonder. Clandestine its approach, it dissolves impeccably within the darkness of the night, moving silently through the thickets of the forest floor.

 

Number of Safaris on this tour:

You get the opportunity to take a total of 10 shared jeep safaris across Nagarhole National Park.

 

Accommodations on this tour:

Evolve Back (Nagarhole National Park):

While you are cradled in the lap of luxury, the resort gives you a wildlife experience like no other and enjoins you to be part of the vibrant social tapestry of the local Kadu Kuruba tribe. Steeped in local culture, and inspired in design by the Hadis (tribal villages), this picturesque resort is bordered on two sides by the Kabini River.

 

evolve back

 

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3 thoughts on “Top 5 Best Tiger Safari in India Tours 2023”

  1. I’m trying to learn about the best times to go on a Wildlife Safari tour in India to see the best Wildlife Parks and learn about the easiest ways to get to India for a Wildife Safari trip.

  2. I’m trying to learn about the best times to visit India and the best times of year to go on a Wildlife Safari trip in a National Park in India along with learning about the best Wildlife parks to go visit in India.

    1. Thank you for your comments and your interest in wildlife safari in India. The wildlife season in India starts from October to June is the wildlife but best time to see tigers and other mammals is from March to may when water availability is less in the forests and tigers have to visit several waterholes created by the forest department. Though winter is the peak season for tiger mating and this time one can see the tigers searching for their mate or if lucky can see the mating pair. Winter season is also good for birding in India and for Snow leopards. Central Indian parks like Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench are the best for tiger sightings. For birding there are several bird sanctuaries where one can go to see the winged visitors in India. If you let us known your interesst and time of travel, we can make a customized itinerary for you.

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