With 50 Tiger reserves, India is blessed with a home to 70% of tigers in the world. India is not only known for diverse cultures and wildlife but also great experience to adventurous places for tiger safari in India.
India counts its tiger population once in every 4 years. Although India has lost almost 750 of its tigers in last 8 years due to variables such as poaching, natural as well as other reasons.
But still, India is a wonderful destination to see tigers. Well, now the question is why one should experience Tiger safari in India?
So the answer is due the agility, strength, and power of tigers, “The Bengal Tiger” has been declared as the National Animal of India” in 1973 to protect tigers under “The Project Tiger” and hence a great attraction for tourists to visit India and explore the adventures along with a wide variety of flora and fauna, jeep and elephant safaris, trekking, boating, etc. in the Indian National Parks. Below we have curated a list of best adventurous national parks for tiger safari in India :
|S. No.||Famous National Parks of India|
|1||Bandhavgarh National Park|
|2||Ranthambore National Park|
|3||Kanha National Park|
|4||Jim Corbett National Park|
|5||Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve|
|6||Pench National Park|
|7||Satpura National Park|
|8||Periyar National Park|
|9||Bandipur Tiger Reserve|
|10||Sariska national park|
1. Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh is a Sanskrit name which means brother’s fort. It is one of the most popular and adventurous tiger reserves in India, located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh and declared as a National Park in the year 1968. It is known for its largest biodiversity and also for the highest density of tigers hence best adventurous place for tiger safari in India. The park has highest density of tiger population in India.
The first white tiger named “Mohan” was first captured by Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa in 1951 in this park and now it is on display at the palace of “Maharajas of Rewa”.
India’s tourism department is also organizing webinar “Dekho Apna Desh” during COVID-19 lockdown in which people can explore this national park while sitting at their home.
This park has 3 main zones such as Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli and Tala is the richest zone in terms of biodiversity especially tigers. The other animals that you spot over here are Chittal and Sambhar deer, Leopard, Wild dog, blue bull, Indian bison, Indian fox, sloths, muntjac, rhesus monkeys, 250 species of birds, about concerning 80 species of butterflies and several reptiles.
Nearest airport : Jabalpur (170 km)
Nearest railway station : Umaria (32 km)
Nearest bus stand : Umaria (32 km)
2. Ranthambore National Park
It is located in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan and named after Fort “Ranthambore” which lies within the park. It is one of the most popular parks amongst Indian as well as foreign tourists due to its adventurous jungle safari to explore its rich flora and fauna. It was established in 1980 and is well known for Bengal tigers. One can spot tigers here in daytime easily. Inside the Park, one can get access to “Ranthambore Fort” which has 3 temples, red karauli temples devoted to Ganesh, Shiva and Ramlalji, Digamber Jain Temple of Lord Sumatinath (5th Jain Tirthankar) and Lord Sambhavanath. These temples were constructed in the 12th and 13th century.
3. Kanha National Park
It is located in the heart of India i.e Madhya Pradesh and known as the largest park in Central India. It was established in 1955 and named and Kanha tiger reserve in 1973. This park is situated in two districts Balaghat as well as Mandla. It is ranked as one of the best park for tiger safari in India. It has a notable population of the Royal Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog. The famous novel “ The Jungle Book” written by “Rudyard Kipling” based on jungles has depicted this park as well.
4. Jim Corbett National Park
It was previously known as “Hailey National Park”, one of the oldest National Park of India, established in 1936 to protect endangered Bengal Tigers. It is situated in Nainital District and Pauri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand and named as Jim Corbett after a known hunter and naturalist. The initiative of “The Project Tiger” was shown by this park.
It has been ranked as one of the favorite adventurous places for tiger safari in India by wildlife lovers.
In the month of August 2019,The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appeared as a special guest on Discovery Channel in the show Man v/s Wild with the host Bear Grylls where he talked about wildlife and nature along with jungle trekking which filmed in “Jim Corbett National Park” only and telecasted as special episode in 180 countries including India. And in 2005, Kaal, a Bollywood movie was filmed in this park.
5. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
This Reserve comprises of Tadoba National Park as well as the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. The word Tadoba has been taken from the God “Tadoba” or “Taru” worshipped by tribes and Andhari from Andhari River runs through the forest. It is located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and one of the oldest and largest national parks of Maharashtra. Along with endless adventurous tiger safari in India, one can access to the treasure of a diverse variety of flora and fauna, lakes, the landscape of rugged cliffs, marshlands, etc.
The main attractions are open jeep safaris with trained guides. It is estimated that the park currently has 115 tigers.
Nearest airport : Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur (140 km)
Nearest Railway station : Chandrapur railway station (45 km)
Nearest bus stand : Chandrapur (45 km) and Chimur (32 km)
6. Pench National Park
It is also known as Pench tiger reserve and located on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, which is 60 km away from Nagpur. The name Pench has been derived from the river Pench which is also its lifeline as flora and fauna survive in this river only. Apart from tigers, panther, gaur, sambar, chital, barking deer, blue bull, macaque, langur, wild boar, bear, wild dogs, civet cat are the other wild animals which are found in this National Park. It is one of the most visited national parks in India.
7. Satpura National Park
Also known as Satpura Tiger reserve is located in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, India and the name Satpura has been derived from the Range Satpura. It is rich in biodiversity. It was first spotted by Captain Forsyth of Bengal Lancers while searching for Tantya Tope in 1862. It comprises of 3 protected areas named as Satpura National Park (528.73 sq. km), Bori Sanctuary (485.71 sq. km) and Pachmarhi Sanctuary (491.63 sq.km) and a peripheral buffer area of 794.04 sq.km comprising of areas of Hoshangabad division, Rampur Bhatodi project division, and west Chhidwara division and hence due to wide area and rich flora and fauna it is well known for adventurous tiger safari in India.
It is the only national park in India where walking safari is allowed by the government.
8. Periyar National Park
It is known as a tiger reserve as well as elephant reserve and is located in districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta of Kerala, India. It is famous for elephants and boat cruises. The Pamba and Periyar are two main rivers that run through this park which helps flora and fauna to sustain in this region. It consists of 266 species of birds along with migrants. Due to several endless activities inside the park, it is one of the favorite places for adventurous tiger safari in India.
9. Bandipur National Park
It is situated in Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka, India, and is one of the best adventurous reserves for tiger safari in south India. The park has the second highest tiger population in India and the nearest city to reach here in Mysore. The park also won the “Best National Park Award” by Outlook Traveller in February 2020.
Due to dense forests and a large population of tigers residing in this park, there are good chances of spotting tigers. Apart from tigers, you can also get a glimpse of leopard, elephant, gaur, sloth bear, Asiatic wild dog, striped hyena, barking deer, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, mongoose, and the slender loris.
10. Sariska Tiger Reserve
It is situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. It is one of the first tiger reserves in the world to relocate extinct tigers successfully in the natural habitat. This park is not only known for the “Tiger population” and “Tiger reserve project” but it is also known for a variety of flora and fauna. Recently, the tiger population of this reserve is reported to be 20 (June 2020).
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and cleared your vision about adventurous tiger safari in India for your next visit. So take your friends and family along and hit the road to your favorite destination.