Face to face with a tiger

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There is nothing like the thrill of walking through the jungle looking for a tiger and knowing they could be watching you already.

Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

shutterstock_1071313307Ever wondered what it would like to be face to face with a tiger?  Head to India, where more than half of the world’s wild tiger population roams.  There are more than 40 national parks in the country which boast of thrilling tiger sightings, but these five will be your best bet to see one in:

1. Bandhavgarh National Park:

Bandhavgarh National Park is a wildlife sanctuary in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It lays claim to having the largest population tigers in the region. The park was once home to the white tiger, sadly none roam freely here now.  The last white tiger captured here was in 1951 by Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa.

2. Ranthambore National Park:

This is one of the most famous and scenic national parks, frequently visited by wildlife photographers and enthusiasts alike. It boasts of ancient ruins, including a fort where tigers and leopards are often spotted, thus making it a unique and intriguing backdrop for photography.

In pre-independence times, the park was under the Maharaja of Jaipur and shooting tigers was a popular sport.  Protection measures for tigers were introduced in 1973, and it is now one of the best tiger reserves in India.

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3. Kanha Tiger Reserve:

Kanha Tiger Reserve, also called Kanha National Park, is the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh, the state in the heart of India. The park has a significant population of the Royal Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog. The famous novel Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling depicts the forests of Kanha in its storyline.  The Kanha Tiger Reserve was also the first in India to introduce a mascot, “Bhoorsingh the Barasingha”

4. Jim Corbett National Park:shutterstock_165340553

Jim Corbett National Park is a forested wildlife sanctuary in northern India’s Uttarakhand State. Rich in flora and fauna, it’s known for its Bengal tigers. It is one of India’s oldest parks, named after the legendary hunter-turned-conservationist Corbett.  Tucked within the foothills of the Himalayas, Corbett showcases a wide variety of terrain, from sal forests to marshes. Corbett is also known as “elephant park” because of its large number of wild elephants.

5. Satpura National Park:

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Satpura National Park keeps a relatively low profile, as the park is relatively new, being established in 1981, and less busy with tourists. The forests of Satpura are enriched with thrilling hilly terrains, exquisite tunnels, compelling waterfalls and alluring valleys. If you are a safari person, then Satpura is no doubt the place for you.

The park offers three different kinds of safari experiences –  including jeep safari, elephant and boat safari, choosing between them can be hard at first.  The park is home to tigers, hyenas, leopards, barking deer, mouse deer, wild boars, black bucks, foxes, porcupines and flying squirrel, among others.

Tigers are the defacto rulers of the jungle. Come explore how this majestic animal sleeps, eats, and live, and experience the adventure of a lifetime. You will not be disappointed.


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