The population of tigers in India has risen. Earlier, it was estimated to be around 1,411 in the year 2006 and is currently estimated to be 2,226 in the year 2014, according to the ‘Status of Tigers in India, 2014’. Another truth to be pleased with is that India is currently home to over 70th of the Tiger population in the world. this can be exciting because tigers very recently faced the fear of extinction in India. we should congratulate the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) of India for this grand achievement. To commemorate this brilliant achievement, here is a list of the best tiger reserves in India where the chance of spotting the majestic cat is extremely high.
1. The Bandhavgarh national park, Madhya Pradesh – one amongst the best Tiger Reserves in India
The Bandhavgarh sanctuary has the highest density of tigers in the area, 63 at the last count and is one amongst the best and most famed tiger reserves in India. situated in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavarh was declared a national park in the year 1986. It’s name literally means ‘Brother’s Fort’.
It was previously called the land of the white tiger until the last white tiger was captured here by maharajah Martand Singh of Rewa in 1951. the best area to identify the tiger is the Tata zone 1 and tickets for here must be booked well before. other animals that you will spot here include the Chittal and Sambhar deer, leopard, wild dog, blue bull, Indian bison, Indian fox, sloths, muntjac, rhesus monkeys and about 242 species of birds.
Special attraction: you can rent a car and take a visit to the Bandhavgarh fort, 600 m from sea level, on a cliff over looking the Vindhya mountains.
Best time to visit: although the park is open through the months of October to June, the best time to spot tigers are from April to June.
2. Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra- Madhya Pradesh border
Among the lesser well-known Tiger reserves in India, the Pench Tiger Reserve is thought to have inspired Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle book. There are 32 craniate species here, including the tiger, living in these deciduous forests among meadows and lakes. The tiger population here is slightly more elusive, and it includes the tigress Collarwali who raised 5 cubs and whose mother was a part of BBC’s Spy in the jungle series.
Special attraction: The Pench Jungle camp offers safari tents and a well furnished library among different amenities.
Best time to visit: Summer months of April to June.
3. Ranthambore national park, Rajasthan – A densely inhabited Tiger Reserve in India
The 1,443 sq. kilometre sanctuary of Ranthambore perhaps one of the most famed Tiger reserves in India, and if you have seen an image of a tiger in India tourism ads, its most likely to have been shot here, in Ranthambore. apart from tigers, it’s also home to wild cats, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, crocodiles and jackals.
Special attraction: There are 3 lakes enclosed within the sanctuary, Padam talao, raj talao and Milak talao, where the wildlife tends to congregate. One can often spot tigresses and cubs in the densely forested Bakaula area.
Best time to visit: even though Feb and March have pleasant climate and the park is open throughout, the best months to spot a tiger is during the months of April and may.
4. Tadoba- Andhari Tiger reserve, Maharashtra
Among the relatively new Tiger reserves in India, the Tadoba – Andhari reserve boasts of a booming population of tigers. A whopping seventy, along with leopards and sloths. There are excellent bird watching opportunities too with about two hundred species of birds including the crested serpent eagle, the grey headed fish eagle and the changeable hawk eagle.
Special attractions: a good look into the jungles of central India.
Best time to visit: Summer months.
5. Jim Corbett national park, Uttarakhand
Nestled within the foothills of the Himalayas , whether or not you get to see the tiger at the Jim Corbett National Park depends both on luck and on your guide. this is one of the less densely inhabited tiger reserves in India, but one of the most well-liked national parks. The park contains a dusty atmosphere but at the same time is known for its giant wild elephant population that can be seen roaming near the Ramganga river. The park has a wide range of terrain, from marshes to sal forests,and many varieties of mammals just like the Sambhar, langur, macaque, Chittal, and birds.
Special attraction: The park has huge grasslands and watch towers (Dhikal area) where you can stand for hours and observe the wildlife around you.
Best time to visit: April to June