One of the largest and smartest predators in the world is the Tiger. With an average body length of 2.5 meters to 2.9 meters this big cat species undoubtedly fascinate every eye that has seen it. The size and color of the tiger vary according to the climate and geographic location. They are solitary animals and are very much territorial.
In Indian culture and natural heritage, Tigers are a very powerful icon. Housing 80 percent of the Tigers in the world, as of 2018, there are about 2967 Tigers in India, mostly spread over 50 designated Tiger Reserves all over India. Beginning in 1973 as Project Tiger, which is administered by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, all Tiger Reserves come under it.
Every one of us has an innate passion for visiting the jungle, spotting some wild animals. And if that animal is going to be the magnificent Tigers, then the excitement increases many folds. But where to go to spot a Tiger? The Following are some of the Tiger reserves with a High tiger density.
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Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Nicknamed "The Tiger's Den", the Bandhavgarh National Park was formerly the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Rewa. If you are a Tiger lover and like to spot tigers the Bandhavgarh tour package is the one for you. The Bandhavgarh National Park has the greatest density of Bengal tigers in the world. As many as 44 to 49 tigers were estimated to be in the Bandhavgarh National Park in 2012, the numbers have risen since then. and as of the last count, it was 63. Tourists taking the Bandhavgarh tour package have frequently sighted Bengal Tigers on their trip. The Forest is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. It was declared as a national park in 1968, and then in 1993, it was declared a Tiger reserve. Tour operators have been operating the Bandhavgarh tour package since then.
Spread over a sprawling 105 square kilometers, the Bandhavgarh National Park has a density of 1 tiger in every 4.77 square kilometers of the forest. Tourists on the Bandhavgarh tour package have several stories to tell about the tigers of Bandhavgarh National Park. There's a tiger named Charger, known to be charging at the elephants and the tourists (however never harmed anybody), who has been living in the park since 1992. "Charger" is considered to be the second most photographed wild tiger in the world. He also appeared on the covers of the National Geographic magazine. Sita, a tigress, was also frequently seen by the tourists on the Bandhavgarh tour package. Joita, Langru, B2 the children of Charger, and Sita maintain the tradition of frequent sightings like their parents. There are several other tigers like Mohini, Mahaman, Bamera, Blue Eyes, Mukunda, Rajbehra, Damdama, Mirchaini, Sukhi Pattaya, Banbehi by tourists on the Bandhavgarh tour package.
If you are on the Bandhavgarh tour package you are sure to visit the Bandhavgarh Fort, which sits on an 800-meter high cliff overlooking the park. In fact, the Bandhavgarh National Park got its name from the fort itself.
In addition to the tigers, there are about 22 species of mammals and over 250 species of avifauna in the Bandhavgarh National Park.
The best time to be at the Bandhavgarh National Park is during the months of April to June when the chance of spotting a tiger is very high.
Sundarbans, West Bengal
Of all the mangrove forests in the world, the largest is the Sundarbans. Situated at the delta of the river Ganges on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, it is the home to the "Royal Bengal Tiger".
With an average body length of 2.7 meters to 3.1 meters, this magnificent creature will leave you awestruck. They are the largest, fiercest, and most powerful of the Big Cats. It is interesting to note that no two Royal Bengal Tigers look the same, that is no two Royal Bengal Tigers which have the same pattern of stripes on their body.
Extending over 4260 square kilometers in India and 6017 square kilometers in Bangladesh, the Sundarbans have been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. You will find 290 bird species, 120 fish species, 42 mammals species, 35 reptiles, and eight amphibian species. This includes a number of endangered species like the Ganges river dolphin, Saltwater Crocodile, Olive Ridley Turtle, and others.
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If you want to visit the Sundarbans the best time would be during the months of September to March. However, if you want to spot a Royal Bengal Tiger, you should visit the Sundarbans in the month of November to February, when the chances of spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger are the highest.
Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh
Also called the Kanha–Kisli National Park by some, the Kanha Tiger Reserve is a picturesque and huge forest out of Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book". It is exactly the stomping grounds of Mowgli.
Named a National Park in 1955, and then declared a Tiger reserve in 1973, the Kanha Tiger Reserve covers an area of 550 square kilometers and is one of the largest in India.
The Kanha Tiger Reserve hosts The Bengal tiger, The Indian leopard, The Sloth Bear, the Barasingha, The dhole among other mammals. You can find the chital, three-striped palm squirrel, gaur, common langur, wild pig, blackbuck, sambar, mouse deer, jackal, striped hyena, chinkara, leopard, porcupine, and ant-eating pangolin here as well. The Kanha Tiger Reserve is also home to more than a thousand species of flowering plants. There are around 300 species of birds that can be found in The Kanha Tiger Reserve.
The best time to be at the Kanha Tiger Reserve is during the months of April to June. The Kanha Tiger Reserve has a good population of tigers, so the chances of spotting a tiger are high.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
The Ranthambore National Park is a unique reserved forest that is bordered by the Banas River on the North and the Chambal River on the South. This 1334 square kilometer park gets its name from the Ranthambore Fort, which lies within the perimeters of the park. The Ranthambore National Park is home to the jackals, wild cats, leopards, Indian foxes, hyenas, crocodiles, sloth bears and not to forget the magnificent Ranthambore Tigers, which are basically Bengal Tigers.
The Raj talao, Milak talao, and Padam talao are the three watering holes within the park. It is here, where the wildlife comes to quench their thirst and is the best spot to spot the wildlife of the Ranthambore National Park, including the Tigers.
The best time to visit Ranthambore National Park is between the months of February to May, however, the highest chance to spot a tiger is during the months of April and May.
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The Jim Corbett National Park is regarded as the oldest National Park in India. Established in 1936 as the Hailey National Park, it was renamed Jim Corbett National Park in 1956. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, the Jim Corbett National Park will give you the essence of Jim Corbett, the great tiger hunter, and naturalist.
The best time to visit is between the months of October to June.