4 Best Places to See Tigers in India For Wildlife Lovers

Have you ever seen a wild tiger in real life? Considering the fact that these big cats are endangered and are on the verge of extinction, the sighting of tigers is, in fact, rare. It is not completely impossible though. All those daredevils dying to fulfill their wish of seeing a tiger must travel to India, where more than 70% of the world’s tiger population roams freely in the expansive national parks of the country. The tiger population is steadily increasing in India, thus increasing your chance of witnessing the largest cat species the most popular one among the world’s charismatic megafauna. So, all the wildlife lovers out there, book your flights to India now! Below are the best places to see tigers in India; keep your eyes peeled, and you may catch a glimpse of one or two or even more. 

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan:

A popular national park in India, the odds of spotting a tiger at Ranthambore are very high. Most of the pictures of tigers in India that you have come across are most likely to have been shot here. Spreading across 1,334 sq. km, Ranthambore National Park that was once a hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur is now a safe haven for several rare and endangered wildlife species. Dotted with ancient ruins of forts and temples, Ranthambore boasts beautiful landscapes like rocky hills, tropical forests, large fields, and lakes. Thus, exploring the wonderful wilderness of this park is always an enjoyable experience, which becomes all the more memorable with the sighting of a tiger. 

Best time to visit: April to May

Nearest airport: Jaipur Airport

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh:

As a popular tiger reserve, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most famous places to see tigers in India. This is the place where an episode of BBC’s Dynasties (a documentary series on five endangered animal species) was filmed. Although the park is primarily known for tigers, a great variety of animals including leopards, sloths, chital deer, sambar deer, Indian Bison, blue bull, Indian fox, rhesus monkeys, and nilgai antelope, among others, take shelter in the rocky hill ranges, forested valleys, open meadows, and grassy swamps of the Bandhavgarh National Park. This park is divided into sections, and Tata Zone 1 is the best area to watch out for tigers casually strolling in their protected environment. 

Best time to visit: April to June

Nearest airport: Jabalpur Airport

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand:

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Jim Corbett National Park is India’s oldest national park. As the country’s first tiger reserve established in 1936, this is where India’s first tiger conservation project Project Tiger was initiated. Today, Jim Corbett National Park boasts the highest tiger density in India, and this fact puts it at the top of the best places to see tigers in India. Look out for the tell-tale movements in the dense foliage of Jim Corbett to catch sight of a Royal Bengal tiger while you also enjoy sightings of a large variety of birds, insects, flora and fauna that call this scenic park their home. The watchtowers within the park allow you to spend hours doing what you love, wildlife spotting. 

Best time to visit: October to June

Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport

Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh: 

One of India’s most beautiful tiger reserves, Kanha Tiger Reserve (also called Kanha National Park) is a favorite among wildlife lovers and photographers. Kanha’s beautiful landscapes are said to be the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s imaginary forest in ‘The Jungle Book’. Housing a significant population of Royal Bengal tigers, Kanha National Park is among the best places to see tigers in India. It is also known to be the only place where you can see barasingha, an endangered species of deer. A safari through the vast expanses of thick jungles and open meadows is the best way to spot the wild residents of the park, including leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, sambar, wild boar, chinkara, gaur, Indian wolf, and more. Keep an eye out for tigers as they are quite adept at eluding you by blending into the forest cover. 

Best time to visit: April to June

Nearest airport: Jabalpur Airport 

                  A few more popular places to see tigers in India include Kaziranga National Park in Assam, Nagarahole National Park in Karnataka, Sundarbans Tiger Reserve in West Bengal, Pench National Park, Panna National Park, and Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh, and Tadoba-Andhari National Park in Maharashtra. Book cheap flight tickets with Indian Eagle and enjoy your wildlife tour in India.