Tigers are marvelous beasts that have beyond and power beyond comparison. These mighty creatures are sparsely located in a few parts of the world and live in herds. They are viciously nocturnal and are a natural predator of the forest. India is blessed to have a few spots where you can spot and observe these mystical creatures in their own habitat. The best ways to do so are through a national park trek, a wildlife safari, or better yet, a tiger safari India through the tiger reserves of India.
Indian tourism has recently boosted wildlife tourism and especially for tigers. Tigers were once extremely hunted for their fur and teeth and sometimes just for the sport. The Indian government has taken severe precautions to address the dwindling population of tigers. The Indian Bengal Tiger is one of the rarest and is still one of the tigers on the soon to be an endangered list. To conserve and preserve the tigers of the nation, tiger reserves have been created near the areas where the tigers naturally reside.
Tiger Reserves in India
There are many tiger reserves in India where the wildlife enthusiast can spot and observe these mighty creatures in their natural habitats. You could also embark on a guided tiger safari India where trained professionals would assist you in needling through the tiger reserve to spot tigers and observe them in safe and enclosed vehicles. These treks are undertaken in guided routes that are designed by the trained professionals who often interact with these tigers and are also well equipped to handle unprecedented issues. Tiger Safaris are quite popular in tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in India. Some of the most popular tiger reserves or wildlife sanctuaries with tigers are mentioned below:
- Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore national park is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan in India. The national park is smack in the center of Vindhya and Aravali mountain ranges that tower the western part of India. This national park has some of the most regal Bengal tigers of India. Rajasthan is a land of plateaus and hot weather and the vast open ranges offer a perfect spot for watching tigers in their predator form. This national park was covered under the 1973 Project Tiger and was coined as one of the Tiger Reserves in India in the year 1980. Tourists flock to Ranthambore to explore the scenic beauty of this 400 sq km range of national park from all over the world.
- Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is one of the first Tiger Reserves of India and the first to enroll in the Project Tiger act of the Indian govt as well. The Naturalist and wildlife enthusiast Jim Corbett and Hailey Corbett is whom this national park is named after. This National Park is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state of India at a sprawling 520 sq km range with plenty of hills, marshes, and water bodies scattered across this national park. This park is also home to some of the best Royal Bengal Tigers in India and it is also the only one where a tourist can reside through the night.
- Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is situated in the Maikal range of hills situated in the heart of India in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The true introduction to this national park would be to highlight that this mesmerizing forest range was the inspiration for the book and subsequent movie – The Jungle book by Rudyad Kipling. Little needs to be said about the dense forest and the abundance of fauna in this jungle as the book gives it all away. It is one of the thickest forests in India and home to a few varieties of endangered species such as the BaraSingha and the Royal Bengal Tiger.
- Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve falls inside the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve which is the only biosphere reserve in India. This very dense forest is in the heart of 4 major forest and sanctuaries – the Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, The Nilgiris Reserved forest, and the Gudalur Forest ranges. Smack in the center of 3 southern states of India, this sprawling dense forest has mesmerizing varieties of flora and fauna such as Tigers, Asian Elephants, Indian Gaur, Panther, Hyenas, and more. The tiger reserve is one of the densest in size and wildlife population so much so that the routes through the jungle are closed for passing by the Forest authorities during the night despite it being a state highway.
Tigers are a jewel in the marvelous crown of India’s wildlife and Tiger reserves in India protect these magnanimous beasts in their natural habitat.