Best places to spot tigers in India
India has almost half the population of Tigers present in the world, and this ensures quite a few beautiful places to spot tigers in India.
There are around 1400 tigers in India, spread around 40 national parks and with each national park offering other wonders of wildlife as well. However, the consistency of sightings is not equal in those national parks, at some it’s easier to spot tigers in comparison to the others. Therefore, here’s a list of best places to spot tigers in India:
- Bandhavgarh National park: Bandhavgarh national park is one of the best places to spot tigers in India. It is known for its high tiger density, where more than 50 tigers live in an area of about 100 sq kms. This park was once used to be the home of white tigers, but there’re none present here. Moreover, along with the tigers, you can also spot different types deers, antelope, Indian bison, Indian fox, leopard etc. in Bandhavgarh National park. The best time to visit the park to spot tigers is during April to June, because as the temperatures increase, the wild cats are generally spotted around watering holes.
- Ranthambore National Park: When it comes to the favourite national park of Tiger lovers in India, Ranthambore is perched at the top. This national park is one of the best places to spot tigers in India. Ranthambore is one of the largest national parks in India, and is also renowned for the wonderful wildlife photography opportunities. One of the best tiger reserves in the country, Ranthambore is also a home to leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals, crocodiles etc. The best time to visit Ranthambore national park is during the months of February and March, thanks to a pleasant weather, and increased chances of spotting a tiger.
- Kanha National Park: Next in the list of best places to spot tigers in India lies the Kanha National park, also the setting for Rudyad Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This is one beautiful national park with open meadows, where your chances of spotting a tiger increases. Kanha is also known for the presence of hard-ground barasingha, an endangered species of deer. Along with Tigers, you can also spot Jackal, chital, gaur, striped hyena, leopard, chinkara samber, black buck etc. in Kanha. This nationl park is open all around the year, except during the monsoon months, and visit it during summer months for the best tiger sightings.
- Sunderbans National Park: Sunderbans National park is not only one of the best places to spot tigers in India, but it’s also one of its own kind national park in the world. This national park is spread over 54 islands and instead of elephant or jeep safaris, it’s accessible only by boats. This makes it one of the most thrilling experiences in India. Spotting tigers is a bit difficult here but the whole experience makes a visit to Sunderbans a must do on your travel wishlist.
- Jim Corbett National Park: It is one of the oldest tiger reserves in Asia, and spreads over 500 sq kms in the foothills of Himalayas, featuring grasslands, sal forests and marshes. It is one of the most famous tiger reserves in India, and is also home to leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, jackals, Himalayan Tahr, Barking Deer, Wild Elephants etc. Corbett national park is also one of the prettiest jungles in the country, and the Brijrani zone of the park has numerous waterholes, where one can spot tigers during the summer months.