The very best time is between February and early April, but you can go any time from October to May. From the end of April until the parks close in mid-June, it’s too hot for most people.When to visit India.
To give yourself the best chance of seeing a tiger, we'd recommend a 3-night stay. There are no lodge within any of the parks, but all are close by. They offer twice daily game drives into the parks.
We can plan a stay at one or more of these parks within a wider itinerary for you. Either look at some of our suggested holidays below, or we'll tailor made one for you.
You may not always see tigers, we had been warned...If we came all this way and avoided hitting all those cows in the road, surely we had to be successful. On day one in Bandhavgarh the truck rocked with excitement as the practised listening of Vijay the park guide and Binoo our driver heard the give-away clues. Binoo slammed the truck into reverse, potholes ignored and a rapid 3 point turn to bring us up to the rear of a cluster of other trucks stopped ahead. Up on the left ridge with the sun behind them three unmistakeable head shapes peering down towards us. But would they just drift away out of sight? They must have been well paid for their performance because they came down the slope and cavorted in the bushes and around the logs in front of us, chased across the track behind us so we had the front row seats then chased each other up the other side. Three cubs, two male one female, and mum was a short way behind. We wanted to see tigers go about their business and live their lives, showing off their power, grace and majesty as much as be photogenic, but when they were this close the pictures came pretty easily. Back at the park entrance, high 5s all round and a huge feeling of satisfaction back at the hotel later that the effort had indeed been worthwhile. And we accumulated a further nine sightings in Bandhavgarh, three on the last morning being the only repeats of our trip but they did a wonderful parade along a ridge in morning sunlight with the mountain and hill fort as a backdrop. Stunning!
On our fifth and last game drive at Bandhavgarh, at about 16.30, we came round a bend and saw a magnificent tigress lying across the track where she remained for a full five minutes (until a forest guide in a second jeep started shouting and waving his arms, someone whistled loudly to attract other vehicles and a woman in our jeep used a flash). Then she wandered slowly to one side of the track, sprayed against some bamboo, back across the track to 'hug' a tree, scratch and spray before walking slowly into the jungle. Brilliant!
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