The Indian Tiger Trail

Tiger spotting is nothing short of an adventure sport that calls for preparation, patience and positive outlook. These popular national parks that can guarantee you a rendezvous with the Great Indian Tiger.

The emotions evoked on sighting the majestic big cat in its natural surroundings on a wildlife safari is magnificent. Let us explore some of the popular national parks and wildlife destinations that can guarantee you a rendezvous with the Great Indian Tiger.

1. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

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Established in 1936, this is India’s first national park. It is named after the legendary naturalist and conservationist Jim Corbett.  Located at the Himalayas’ foothills, near the popular hill-station of Nainital, the beautiful Jim Corbett National Park, is famous for being home to a large number of tigers, the highest among any Indian national park.

A paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, Jim Corbett National Park is known to house a population of 200+ tigers along a massive topographical area interspersed with hilly ridges and rolling grasslands.

2. Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Located in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India, the erstwhile hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa, the dense Bandhavgarh is known to the world as the home of the big cats.

The Tiger Reserve is Known for the healthy population of tigers and variety of herbivores. This area is unique from the point of biodiversity, as it comprises hills,valley, rivers, marshes and meadows to give rise to diverse vegetation. Apart from tiger, as many as 34 species of Mammals have been listed and nearly 260 species of birds and 70 species of butterfly.

However, the real thrill of Bandhavgarh is in seeing the tigers roam the jungles freely. History has it that the species of white tigers, known as the ‘elusive’ White Tigers, where first sighted in Bandhavgarh. So if luck comes your way, spotting a white tiger while you are seated on an elephant back can make your day.

3. Sunderban National Park, West Bengal

To drop Sunderbans out from the discussion on tiger trails in India would be sacrilege for this is the kingdom of the Royal Bengal Tiger (one of the ferocious breeds of the carnivore). The charm of Sunderban lies in navigating through the remote reaches of the dense mangrove forest that characterises the world’s largest Delta. What sets this vast tract of impenetrable forest situated along the Bay of Bengal apart is the mode of transport used to reach the habitat of the tiger.

Amidst a sprawling 15 bighas of forestland, the 2 hour motorboat ride from the Sunderban Tiger Camp calls for a culture-rich journey with local villagers performing to traditional songs and dances.

4. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

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Surrounded by the Avaralli and Vindhyachal ranges, the landscape of Ranthambore serves as one of the oft-frequented zones of tigers in India. The size of the park and its environment are two primary elements that determine the population and subsequent chances of spotting tigers. The territorial expanse, deciduous forests, rocky plains, lakes and rivers of Ranthambore confirm a suitable ecological climate for tigers to thrive in.

Ranthambore National Park was established initially as Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India. In 1973, it was declared as one of the Project Tiger reserves in India. It was on 1st November, 1980 that Ranthambore was declared a national park, while the forests located beside it were named Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary & Keladevi Sanctuary.

Tigers at Ranthambore National park have been known to even hunt in full view of human visitors.

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