To witness a majestic and royal Bengal Tiger hiding behind the bushes or taking fierce steps on the ground is nothing less than a lifetime experience for wildlife aficionados. Wanna see a real one? Well, for all who would love to treat their eyes with the beautiful and wild tiger this summer, India is an empyrean as it offers plenty of exotic wildlife.
When it is about tigers, the country takes pride in being such a host where the count of tigers residing is nearly equal to the half of the world’s remaining wild tiger population. 1706 big cats possessed by the country are spread over more than 40 national parks in the country.
To see that one does not get disappointed in spotting a live tiger in India, following are listed top five choices where it’s most likely one will get a good sighting.
Bandhavgarh National Park: Maximum chances to spot a tiger
In Madhya Pradesh, this wildlife sanctuary has the highest density of tigers in the whole region. Being an abode to more than 50 tigers, the main area of the park is spread over 100 square kilometres. For the time being it was also famous as the land of the white tiger. Other animals in the park comprise of chital deer, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, nilgai antelope, four-horned antelope, Indian Bison, wild dog, leopard, blue bull, Indian fox and bear.
Tip: Tala Zone 1 is the most prominent area to spot tigers.
The park is open from October to June, however the best time to watch tiger is from April to June.
Ranthambore National Park: The unsurpassed park for charming tiger photos
Whenever one gets to see a snap of a tiger in India, it is most probably clicked at Ranthambore National Park. Due to its picture squeness, this one is the favourite of wildlife photographers and is one of India’s largest national parks spread in 500 square kilometres. The park announced protection for tigers from hunters in 1974 and is presently one of the best tiger reserves in India. One of the most enthralling features of the park is that it has a few remains of ancient ruins, in particular a fort where tigers and leopards are often spotted. Beside tigers, it is a home to leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals and crocodiles.
The Park is open from October to June. February and March have pleasant weather, however, to note here is- the utmost chances to spot a tiger are in April and May.
Kanha National Park: A ground that gave birth to Mowgli and team
The pictorial Kanha National Park talks about Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” This park has big open meadows where chances of spotting wildlife, including tigers, are really high. Kanha is also a home to the hard-ground Barasingha, an endangered species of deer only found here.Though the park is open from October to June, the best time to spot tigers is during the summer months from April to June.
Jim Corbett National Park: Vistas’ choice
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the 1318 square kilometres of Corbett offers intriguing sight of tigers. Plus, one can also spot leopards, jungle cats, fishing cats, sloth bears, jackals, Bharal, goral, Himalayan tahr, serow, chital, sambal and barking deer.
Tip: Birani, on the eastern side of Corbett, has numerous grasslands and water bodies that tend to attract tigers and their prey.
The park is open from October to June. The best time to spot tigers is from March to June.
The Sundarbans: The largest littoral mangrove belt in the world
The Sundarbans has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the royal Bengal Tigers as the core draw, one can also spot Saltwater Crocodiles, various primates, leopards, King Cobras and Indian Cobras. Different wildlife species in Sunderban National Park vary from birds, mammals and insects to reptiles and fishes.
So, it’s time to pack bags and embark on an odyssey to the dense forests of the country and encounter with the exotic wildlife!!
Anshul is a wildlife enthusiast, who loves to wander around different wildlife destinations of India. At the same time, he has got a command over writing and thus, he pens down and shares his experience with the world.