Tiger, tiger, burning bright
See tigers in the wild. The sheer beauty, power and majesty of the tiger is simply magnificent.
Tigers in the wild
"We came around the bend and saw a magnificent tigress lying across the track where she remained for a full five minutes."
Where, when and how
INDIA: Tadoba, Bandhavgarh and Kanha are our top tips - great chance of seeing tigers, small jeeps, not too busy. Ranthambore is also good and it's closer to Delhi, Agra & Jaipur, but this makes it busier.
NEPAL: Bardia National Park is less visited than Chitwan with more open landscape making it easier to see wildlife. Chitwan is easier to get to and has a high tiger population.
The best time is between February and early April, but you can go any time from October to May. From the end of April until parks close in mid-June, it's extremely hot.
Give yourself the best chance of seeing tigers with a 3-night stay. There are no lodges within any of the parks, but all are close by. They offer twice-daily game drives into the parks.
For even more information, take a look at the tiger section in our 'Guide to Big Cat Safaris.'
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.