“There is nothing like the thrill of walking through the jungle looking for a tiger and knowing they could be watching you already,” said Ashlan Gorse Cousteau brilliantly.
Equipped with patience, with a gaze focused on its prey, the tiger hides behind the blades of grass and waits for the right moment. As the ear of its prey tingles upon sensing danger, the wild cat pounces upon with lightning speed to have a feast. If you are lucky, that is one of the rare sights you can see on a tiger safari in India.
Away from the sounds of the city and into the soothing melodies of the forest makes up for a perfect getaway. If you are looking to leave behind the domesticated way of life to explore the wilderness, experience a tiger safari in India. A country that is rich in its culture with fascinating places to explore, tiger safaris are another gem in India’s crown to go an enthralling adventure. The Royal Bengal tiger is also India’s national animal.
India is home to approximately 70% of the tiger population in the world with over 50 tiger reserves. Some of the best national parks for a tiger safari in India are Kanha in Madhya Pradesh, Jim Corbett in Uttarakhand, Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh and Sunderbans in West Bengal. With walking safaris and jeep safaris, the options to explore the jungles to have an encounter with the wild cat are plenty. You can also decide to live inside a forest in the tiger’s unspoiled natural habitat.
As it is rare to find a tiger wander on the road, it is essential to have patience and enough time to be able to spot the tiger while on a tiger safari in India. There are guides who can predict the movement of the tigers and help you spot one, even if it is through your binoculars it is important to be still and wait. The tigers are given names like Sita, Charger, Machali etc. and have some lovely stories to go along with those that are very interesting. For instance, Sita, a tigress who lived in Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh National Park, was the second most photographed tigress in the world. She also featured in several documentaries. Another tigress from Pench Tiger Reserve named Collar Wali holds the world record of giving birth to 22 puppies in six litters.
When you finally spot the dashing beast, that feeling is spellbinding. It is an experience incomparable to any other. With a royal walk, a flawless brown striped body and a strong built, this apex predator can weigh as much as 300 kilograms! It is known that a single blow of the tiger’s paw can kill a human being. As a stark contrast to the emotions that sight evokes, you can also spot a tigress and her cubs together and feel overwhelmed.
Along with seeing the majestic wild cats you will also be able to spot boars, deers, sloth bears, jackals and other flora and fauna depending upon the location you are in. This is also a chance to go off the beaten path and reconnect with nature, finding some peace and time to reflect. The ideal time to go on a tiger safari in India is from November to April, avoiding the monsoon months but it differs from place to place.
Imagine that moment when you hear the tiger’s roar followed by complete silence! Feel that adrenaline rush. Whether you are a wildlife photographer, a travel enthusiast or simply curious to know what the predator looks like, tiger safari in India is the best way to experience an unforgettable adventure. Are you ready to meet the wild cat?