According to the recent survey, the population of tigers in India has grown. Earlier, it was estimated to be approximately 1,411 tigers in the year 2006 & is now estimated to be 2,226 tigers in the year 2014 according to the “Status of Tigers in India, 2014”. Another thing to be proud of is that now India is home to over 70% of the Tiger population in the world. We should thank the “National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) of India” for this grand job.
Here is a list of the best tiger reserves in India where you can get the chance of spotting the majestic cat – Tiger.
The Bandhavgarh national park has the highest population of tigers in the area and is one of the best tiger reserves in India. It is situated in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. This Bandhavgarh was declared as national park in 1986. Its name literally means “Brother’s Fort”. It was previously known as the “Land of the white tiger”. The best area to spot the tiger is the ‘Tata zone 1’ and advance booking of tickets are needed there. Other animals that you can see here like Chittal & Sambhar deer, leopard, wild Indian bison, sloths, Indian Fox and approx 242 species of birds.
Best time to visit: The Park is open through the October to June month but the best time to spot tigers is from April to June.
The tiger population in this national park is slightly more deceptive and the tigress ‘Collarwali’ who raised 5 cubs and whose mother was part of ‘BBC’s Spy’ in the jungle series is also the special attraction. There are 32 mammal species including the tiger which lives in dense forests among meadows & lakes.
Best time to visit: Summer April to June months.
It is the most famous Tiger reserves in India with 1,443 sq km sanctuary area and you can see a picture of a tiger in India tourism ads which was mostly shot in Ranthambore. Apart from tigers, this national park is also a home to leopards, sloth bears, wild cats, foxes, crocodiles, and jackals etc.
Best time to visit: February and March have the pleasant climate and the best time to spot a tiger is during the April and May month.
This tiger reserve is home to the Barasingha deer which is an endangered species found only there. A tiger can be spotted there easily at their habitats. A jungle safari is the best option to enjoy the India wildlife tours and you can see the animals in their natural posture & splendor. Kanha National Park is regarded as one of the most amazing tiger reserves in India. Other animals sighted are the chital, squirrel, jackal, wild pig, langur, leopard, chinkara and samber etc.
Best time to visit: April to June.
This is the new ‘Tiger reserves in India’ and it reserve boasts of a booming population of big cats tigers. There are amazing and enchanting bird watching opportunities with approx 200 species of birds including the ‘Crested serpent eagle’. Other attractions are leopards and sloths.
Best time to visit: In summer months.
So head out to these Tiger reserves in India and enjoy the wildlife tours in India but be warned, don’t let the hunt for the tiger by your eyes hinder!