Panthera Tigris rules the Indian subcontinent is commonly known as the Royal Bengal tiger which is among the biggest wild cats alive till date. The Bengal Tiger regarded as the World charismatic megafauna is the National Animal of India and an emblem of its cultural and natural heritage. Out of 3890 tigers in the World, India is the habitat to 2226 tigers which constitutes 70% of the World tiger population.
These wild cats dispersed from the snow-capped Himalayas to the dense jungles of Southern India and dry forests of Rajasthan to the moist forests of north-east India. This legendary species undeniably intrigues every eye it meets. Prowl these Indian National Parks on Tiger Safaris to witness the World biggest cat untamed and in its wholesome wilderness.
Known as Bandhavgarh National Park situated in the Tiger state of India, Bandhavgarh is one of the most famous tiger reserves spread over a distance of 820 sq km. It has one of the highest densities of Royal Bengal tigers and is also a dwelling to White tigers. Apart from the vast biodiversity of tiger population, Bandhavgarh National Park also encompasses massive breeding inhabitants of Indian wolf, leopards, striped hyena, Caracal cat, langurs and multiple classes of deer.
It houses the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort that is of immense historical significance. Proliferated across the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh boasts of beastly and beautiful tigers like the tigress Sita, who is the second most photographed tiger of the World and has graced the cover of National Geographic. Bandhavgarh is guaranteed to take you through prosperous and tranquil grasslands, hillocks, dense forests, vast meadows and allows you to explore the 39 historic caves of the Bandhavgarh Fort. The best time to visit there is from October to June.
Kanha Tiger Reserve is the biggest national park of Madhya Pradesh with the core area of 940 sq km. The name Kanha comes from the clay textured soil, Kanhar found in the low lying earth of this region. This wildlife reserve established in 1955 with the solitary goal of preserving endangered species. This reserve has a significant population of Bengal tiger along with other endangered species of leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, elephants, hyenas, wild boars, and the nearly 200 species of birds.
The spellbinding geography consists of a horseshoe-shaped valley which has gained this ‘Tiger territory' an eternal portrayal. Munna and Bamera are the most photographed tiger of Kanha. Halon Valley and Banjar forests in this reserve tender a scenic vista.
The broad, lush green meadows, the generous forest, and crystal clear streams have a hypnotic and heart-warming effect on natural earth admirers. Apart from tigers, this reserve hosts bison, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, and several other species. What deserves a particular allusion is a hard-ground Barasingha, also known as the swamp deer, an endangered species found only here.
Tadoba National Park is one of the paramount standards of Tiger tourism in India. It is situated at the core of a reserved forest and envelops an area of 1725 sq.km. Tadoba Andhari national park has diverse species of flora and fauna. The entire forest eclipsed by teak and bamboo. The Tigers nest in the dense canopied forests of the Tadoba region.
Tadoba Reserve is native to 42 tigers as well as Tadoba crocodiles. The reserve forest of Tadoba is habitation to other mammals including Sambars, sloth bears, panthers, Indian leopards, and hyenas, jackals, barking deer, Indian Bison Gaur, and Indian wild dog Dhole. The supernatural landscape of the marshes, lagoons and the rigged cliffs are bound to leave one breathless.
For the wildlife enthusiasts and photographers who are seeking for some adventure then Tadoba National Park is impeccable vicinity. Wagdoh, Maya, Sonam, Amitabh, Matkasur, Shivaji and Malika are some of the eminent tigers of Tadoba. Best time to visit is from January to May, tigers, deer, gaurs, wild dogs, sloth bear, and other animals spotted at this time of the year.
Ranthambore National Park is one of the country's largest National Parks covering an area of 1,134 sq km, known for its prosperous inhabitants of Tigers in their geographical province. It is India's most renowned tiger territory and one of the most comfortable places to spot a Tiger. Ranthambore is known for its diurnal tigers that are a blessing to all nature lovers and wildlife photographers. The reserve has evocative landscape highlighting the ruins of an ancient fort. Tigers and Leopards prefer roaming in this ancient fortress and offer photographers fantastic opportunities to create images.
Ranthambore is also domicile to sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals, and crocodiles. The reserve conjointly breeds several marsh croc reptiles that include tortoises, Indian python, Russell's vipers and plenty of other species. There is a total of 60 Bengal tigers residing in Ranthambore which provides for legendary tigers like Machali, Ustad, Zalim, Sitara, Krishna, Mala, Sultan, Broken Tail, and Sundari. Best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is between November and May.
Jim Corbett National Park Established in 1936 and acknowledged as India's foremost National Park, Jim Corbett if famous for remarkable biodiversity of fauna and flora. This park comprises of a vast core area of 500 sq km hallowed with incredible sceneries. Safari rides around this reserve provide a panoramic vision of the flourishing pampas. The Royal Bengal tiger of this region lingers camouflaged within the shrubs.
It is also the first National Park to appear under the ‘Project Tiger' which strives at conserving this endangered species. As per the present tiger investigation, Corbett Tiger Reserve shelters a healthy population of tigers and rare species of plants along with several forms of fauna including the Himalayan black bear, Crested Serpent Eagle, leopards, crocodiles, and magnificent Indian elephants, Purest Sal trees grow here. Corbett is an abode for over 580 types of birds, many species of amphibians, reptiles, fishes, and dragonflies.
Kaziranga National Park is central to the top-notch density of tigers among the guarded regions of India and the world. Affirmed as a Tiger Reserve in 2006, Kaziranga National Park registered as World Heritage Site India and one of the four Tiger Reserve Assam. Terai-Savana area of Kaziranga Park has the highest number of protected tigers in Assam and also native to hefty grassland animal inhabitants of wild water buffalo, elephants, and one-horned Indian Rhinoceros.
The premium period to visit Kaziranga is from November to April. This reserve has the largest population of one-horned Rhinoceros in the World. Kaziranga has accomplished enormous triumph with its preservation ventures. The tea plantations around the park are noteworthy. Safari in a gypsy or a boat is the best way to spot rhinos and tigers. One can also have a bird-eyes view of the entire park from the watchtowers.
Bandipur Tiger National Park located in Karnataka that spans a course of 874 sq km. It is one of the foremost wildlife reserves in India to take on board Project Tiger in 1974. Bandipur reserve safeguards numerous species of India's endangered wildlife and forms the largest habitat of wild animals in South Asia. Located between the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats, Bandipur National Park has pleasing panorama to offer.
The park is an element of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and renowned for its noteworthy tiger and elephant inhabitants along with sandalwood trees. Some areas of Bandipur region also have a significant proportion of Black Panther in India. The parched deciduous jungle is illustrious for its petite residents of tigers.
Bandipur has a variety of biomes including damp and dry deciduous forests and shrublands. One can enjoy camping, lodging and safari tours in the national park. Bandipur swanks of incredible reckoning of wildlife species and a wide variety of flora. It is home to tigers, sloth bears, Indian rock pythons, jackals, dholes, and Indian elephants. Agastya and Prince are among the famous tigers of Bandipur reserve.
Sariska Tiger Reserve is situated in Rajasthan and encompasses of dry deciduous forests, gravel landscapes, hilly overhangs, and shrub-spine jungles. Rich flora and fauna and is a haven to displaced Bengal Tigers. Tourists and nature enthusiasts, as well as wildlife photographers, can witness Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, and Crocodiles in their most natural and untouched habitat. It is also a shelter to breeding tigers and bounty of reptiles and avian species. Apart from its wildlife, this tiger reserve presents numerous lures such as Kankarwadi fort, located at the center of the tiger reserve.
The pinnacle of Kankarwadi fort endows with a panoramic vision of soaring Egyptian vultures and eagles. Synchronized against the vista of Aravalli hills, Sariska Tiger Reserve lodges the remnants of the ancient shrines of Garh-Rajor belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries. The Siliserh Lake on the periphery of the park hosts a large number of crocodiles. Sariska is also the only tiger reserve that is close to both Delhi and Rajasthan that makes it a perfect weekend getaway.
Panna National Park, The grasslands of this Madhya Pradesh reserve, bestow a unique environment rendering it different from most of India's other tiger reserves. Panna Park, the most excellent preserved national park of India, situated at a distance of 57 km from Khajuraho, covers an area of about 543 sq. Km. It is home to some of the unique wildlife species in India including tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, wild dogs, nilgai, Sloth bears, and Sambar. Panna also homes to 200 species of birds, an array of reptiles consisting of rock python and ornate floral species.
The Pandav waterfall attracts a multitude of tourists every year to witness it up close and personal. The ravines and cascading fall transversely the course of River Ken displaying an outstanding and beholding view. There are about eight species of crocodiles in the Ken River that flows through Panna National Park. Positioned on the Vindhyachal Ranges, Panna is rich in picturesque exquisite vistas and waterfalls. At the foothills, there are some prehistoric caves, perennial springs, and lush green environment.
Due to its proximity to the popular tourist attraction of Khajuraho, Panna remains a popular stopover destination. The wildlife enthusiasts experience a treat in exploring the dense surroundings of the park through safari tours. Panna is a fabulous bird watching location and one can spot birds like changeable-hawk edge and the blossom-headed parakeet.
Pench National Park This is yet another national park which is an outstanding one on the list. Pench is the only national park straddled between the two states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Located on southern reaches of the Satpuda hills, named after Pench River, Pench National Park spreads over an area of 758 sq km. For the nature enthusiasts and wildlife admirers, this park is a treat to the eyes and senses.
The national park takes pride with being the native to 25 tigers. They have usually seen lurking around the Pench River, as the density of the prey population is higher there. The National Park has numerous varieties of flora and fauna, More than 210 types of birds, including a host of migratory species. The perfect months to visit Pench are between February and April. Collar Wali Tigress, a famous resident of Pench, has a world record of given birth to 22 cubs in six separate litters since 2008.