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Tiger Spotting in India

“We came round a bend and saw a magnificent tigress lying across the track where she remained for a full five minutes.”

Watching Tigers

Out in the wild, the moment when you spot even a glimpse of a fiery orange striped body your heart really does skip a beat!  Even though most Indian wildlife safaris have a strong focus on tigers, you still do have to work at finding them. When you do find them, it might not be a private experience, but it will be magical.

Tiger Conservation

There are less than 1300 tigers left in the wild in India and under 200 in Nepal. It’s a shocking fact that even though this is such a prized animal in the hearts of so many of us, the tiger is a rare and endangered creature. Responsible tiger tourism offers hope for their survival though as the money you pay to the parks helps with their conservation (though we probably all accept that not all the money ends up in quite the right place!). More than this though, the very fact that tourism brings money into the wider economy helps preserve tigers and their habitat.

Where to go on a tiger safari holiday

If you want tigers to be the focus of your wildlife viewing there are two or three parks in India which will give you a really good chance of spotting them if you stay for 3+ days.  These parks are Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Tadoba.  Other parks where you might see tigers include Ranthambore and Satpura, though we’d normally recommend these for more general wildlife viewing and regard a tiger sighting as a bonus. Ranthambore works especially well as a wildlife addition to a mainly cultural northern India holiday.

Permits and game drives

Permits to see tigers must be bought in advance, but when you can buy them depends on the park, and also the authorities change the rules relatively frequently.   For many parks you can only buy the permits about 3 month beforehand.To see the tigers you’re taken out either in small jeeps with about 4 people, or, in Ranthambore, cantors which take about 20 people.   We always try to arrange private jeeps for our guests, though this is not always possible.  There used to be what are known as ”˜tiger shows’ available whereby you can see tigers from elephant-back.  This is now not commonly available.

holiday itineraries

Highlights of Karnataka with Goa
Highlights of Karnataka with Goa

Experience the many facets of Karnataka as you tour historic sites, taste home-cooked food and go on safari, capped with a 3 nights stay by the sea in Goa.

Karnataka with Neeleshwar
Karnataka with Neeleshwar

Experience the history, culture, nature and wildlife of Karnataka, rounded off with easy days by the Arabian Sea.

Varanasi, north India
North India Classic

A rich mix of the north's highlights - from the Taj to the ghats and from tigers to palaces.

Taj Mahal at sunset, India
Tiger & Taj
A great opportunity to view tigers in the wild as well as see the iconic Taj Mahal - a majestic combination!
Tiger
Tiger Tiger
This is the best chance you will have to see tigers in their natural environment!
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