Monday, 3 February 2020

Where to go tiger-spotting before the season ends

It is the season to come face-to-face with the national animal, and if you don’t want to miss a chance to see the tiger, here’s an opportunity. Take your pick from the best national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India to spot the tiger.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

A couple of days at this extremely popular national park guarantees a few encounters with the Royal Bengal Tiger, which – due to its relatively small area – boasts perhaps the highest concentration of the striped cat in the world. Apart from the showpiece tigers, Bandhavgarh’s star attraction is the leopard – there are about 40 these creatures around here, compared to about 45 tigers.

Best time to go: November–May

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Striped tigers majestically roam an expansive savannah, and hundreds of eyes spy on you from the primal depths of an evergreen forest. Established in 1936 as India’s first national park, Corbett takes its name from the legendary tiger hunter Jim Corbett (1875–1955), who put Kumaon (the district in which the forest lies) on the map with his celebrated book The Maneaters of Kumaon. Covering an area of more than 1300 sq km, this terai wildland is home to nearly 200 tigers. The varied landscape of the park – ranging from dense vegetation to rolling grasslands – is an added draw.

Best time to go: November–May

Also Read: Ten must-see national parks in India

Also Read: Solo travel: how to keep costs down


via Lonely Planet India

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