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Best Places for Tiger Safari in India

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The tiger represents bravery and strength. They are the lords of the jungle, and their attitude and power govern the entire territory. The Royal Bengal tiger is the most well-known species, found primarily in India. In India, tigers are affiliated with a variety of patriotic and religious causes. India has around 3000 individual Tigers spread over more than 40 National Parks. Away from the chaos of the city, discover breathtaking splendor in the natural terrain, wildlife, animals, and uncommon and migratory birds. Discover how tigers sleep, eat, and survive in India’s lush jungles. Tiger Safari in India has become one of the biggest hits in Wildlife tourism all over the world.

To see the Tigers in India, planning is most important, in which park and which zone to visit. Tiger Safari India is the best wildlife tour operator to provide the best Tiger Safari tour in India.


The top 05 best places for Tiger Safari in India are below:

  1. Bandhavgarh National Park

The most popular and the best Tiger Safari in India the Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district. Bandhavgarh National Park was established as a national park in 1968 with just 105 sq km. Today it covers an area of approx. 1500 square km. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is one of the best places to see tigers as the tiger population here has doubled in the last two decades. As per the last census in 2018 there are 124 Tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park.

In 2018 a small herd of Asiatic Elephants came from Chattisgarh and fell in love with Bandhavgarh just like the tourists and have stayed put here. Subsequently, another herd came, and today over 70 wild Asian elephants roam confidently in their newly found home in Bandhavgarh thus adding another attraction to the National Park.


tiger safari in bandhavgarh


The park is separated into six tourism zones, namely; Tala, Magadhi, and Khitauli. Dhamokar, Johila and Panpatha. Charan Ganga stream originates from the foot of the reclining Lord Vishnu statue and runs through the Tala zone throughout the year thus making it a beautiful zone in the Park. Tiger sightings have been consistently good in Tala, Khitauli, Magadhi, and Dhamokhar zones during the 2022 – 2023 season. Tiger sightings change every year, but in the last few months, all the known tigresses in the park moved around with their young litter thus giving an opportunity to see tigers in good numbers during their tiger safaris in Bandhavgarh.

Bandhavgarh has accommodations to suit every purse, purpose, and personality. From humble and modes lodges to luxury lodges, Bandhavgarh has them all. Samode safari lodge and Mahua Kothi Lodges are two of the best-known luxury lodges providing luxury safaris in Bandhavgarh.


How to Reach Bandhavgarh National Park:

By Air: Jabalpur Airport is 180 km and takes around 4 hour drive from the airport. Connected from New Delhi, and Mumbai.

Khajuraho Airport is 275kms, about a 5-6 hour drive from Bandhavgarh.

By Train: Umaria is the closest railway station 32 km takes around an hour to reach Bandhavgarh. Katni is about 100kms, and a 2-hour drive. Major cities from all over the country and connected by train to Katni.

By Road: Khajuraho is 275kms, a 5-6 hour drive. Kanha is 280kms, 5 hour’s drive. Jabalpur is 180kms, 3-4 hour drive from Bandhavgarh.

The best Tour to do with the addition of other Tiger Safari National Park is Just Tigers Tour of Tiger Safari India.


Best time to Visit Bandhavgarh National Park:

Bandhavgarh National Park is open to visitors every year from October 01 through June 30. According to the climate of Central India, Bandhavgarh National Park experiences its busiest months from October to March throughout the winter. Since the summers are so hot, the majority of visitors to the park come between November and March. The rain that fell during the monsoon season revitalized all of the flora and plants, making the months of November through February the best time to explore Bandhavgarh National Park. The majority of the foliage in Bandhavgarh National Park dries up from March to May, making it easier to see tigers than it is in the winter.


Safari timings for Bandhavgarh National Park

Park Safari Timings Morning Safari Evening Safari Time
01 Oct – 15 Feb 07:00 – 10:30 14:00 – 17:30
16 Feb – 31 Mar 06:00 – 09:30 15:00 – 18:30
01 Apr – 30 June 06:00 – 09:30 15:30 – 19:00


Safari Types in Bandhavgarh National Park

In Bandhavgarh, there are Jeep and Canter Safari.


  1. Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambore National Park is definitely amongst the top 5 places in India to do Tiger Safaris in India. It is one of Northern India’s most well-known national parks. The Ranthambore National Park landscape was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur. Today it is a prominent wildlife safari tourism attraction that has garnered the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers.

The old residual structures at Ranthambore National Park are reminiscent of old ages. Throughout the park, there are several water bodies that provide great relief to the wild animals during the warm summer days. A massive fort stands atop a hill overlooking the park. Many forgotten era remains are dispersed throughout the jungle giving it a uniquely wonderful and mixed flavor of nature, history, and fauna. Tigers have been seen hunting in front of human visitors at Ranthambore National Park. This park has given some legendary tigers over the decades. To name a few, Ghengis Khan, Noorie, Ustad, Sultan and Machli were amongst the most photographed Tigers.

Tiger Safaris in Ranthambhore can be done in 10 different tourism zones numbered from 1 to 10.  Choosing the right zone for your Tiger Safari is very important.

The number of tigers and their cubs in Ranthambore’s surrounding territories has increased from 66 in 2019 to 81 in 2021. In fact, since the Reserve’s inception in 1973, the number of tigers today are at an all time high.


tiger safari in ranthambore


How to reach Ranthambhore National Park?

By Air: Jaipur is the closest airport 160 km, and takes around a 3.5 hrs drive.

By Train:  Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station which is located just around 18 km away from the National Park

By Road: The Ranthambore Park is closely connected by road to all of India’s main cities and towns. Tourists can easily access Ranthambore Park from places such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, and others by using the state bus or renting private buses and cabs.


Road Distance between Ranthambore and other cities –

Jaipur to Ranthambore – 160 Km

Udaipur to Ranthambore – 388 Km

Jodhpur to Ranthambore – 456 Km

Delhi to Ranthambore – 381 Km

Agra to Ranthambore – 239 Km

The Tiger Safari in Ranthambore tour will give the best opportunity to be in the Ranthambhore National Park along with the wonderful experiences of the Culture of Northern India.


Best time to visit Ranthambhore National Park:

Ranthambore National Park, India’s most well-known wildlife site, is open from October to June. Due to the beautiful weather when the temperature swings between cozy 10°C and 30°C, the winter season between October and March is thought to be the finest time to visit Ranthambore National Park. Animals can be observed lazing in the sun during this time of year. Ranthambore experiences summer weather from April to June, which is hot and humid with temperatures that sometimes reach 40°C. Temperatures in April are still bearable, hovering between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius. But the hottest months are May and June. The possibilities of seeing tigers and other animals, who constantly need to visit the water holes to stay hydrated, are higher in the summer.

Numerous areas of Ranthambore National Park are off-limits to visitors from July through September during the monsoon season. The buffer zone, which includes Gates 6 to 10, is open during the monsoon while the national park’s core, which includes Gates 1 to 5, remains closed.

So for higher sightings, it is better to visit from March to May and for the nature lover with the beautiful green landscape, October to February is the best for Safari in Ranthambhore.


Safari timings for Ranthambhore National Park

Park Safari Timings Morning Safari Afternoon Safari
1st October to 31st October 6.30 AM to 10.00 AM 2.30 PM to 6.00 PM
1st November to 31st January 7.00 AM to 10.30 AM 2.00 PM to 5.30 PM
1st February to 31st March 6.30 AM. to 10.00 AM 2.30 PM to 6.00 PM
1st April to 15th May 6.00 AM to 9.30 AM 3.00 PM to 6.30 PM
15th May to 30th June 6.00 AM to 9.30 AM 3.30 PM to 7.00 PM


Safari Types in Ranthambhore National Park

In Ranthambhore, there are two types of safaris, Gypsy safari, and Canter Safari.


  1. Corbett National Park (Dhikala Zone)

Jim Corbett National Park is the Tiger paradise as it is home to over 270 wild tigers, i.e. about 17 tigers every 100 sq km. The landscape here with a diverse range of flora and fauna makes it the most beautiful national park in India. Named after the hunter of man-eating tigers turned conservationist, and author ‘Jim Corbett,’ this park came into existence in 1936 in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand in Northern India. It is one of India’s most well-known wildlife sites, with many wildlife enthusiasts flocking there to see the majestic Indian tigers and big herds of Asian elephants.

Despite a high tiger density, the tiger sighting here is not so consistent in all zones for various reasons. Dhikala is one of the prominent places to stay, see and photograph tigers in Corbett National Park.  Being inside the undisturbed Tiger Habitat makes this place one of the best places for Tiger Safari in India. The position of this establishment on the banks of a river, overlooking the Himalayan foothills, provides a panoramic view, and the fact that it is situated in the center of a lush woodland area adds to the unique nature of your stay.


tiger safari in corbett


How to Reach Corbett National Park?

By Air: Patnanagar airport is the nearest airport located about 80 km from Corbett. Patnanagar airport has direct flight from New Delhi, Dehradun and Pitoragarh.

By Train: Ramnagar railway station is the closest railway station which is just around 05 km from Corbett National Park. It is well connected to the major cities of India.

By Road:  Most of the travellers travel by road from New Delhi it is 260 km, takes around 05 – 06 hrs. Other close by cities distances are;

Pithoragarh to Jim Corbett National Park – 242 kms,

Almora to Jim Corbett National Park – 134 kms,

Nainital to Jim Corbett National Park – 66 kms,

Ranikhet to Jim Corbett National Park – 112 kms,

Bareilly to Jim Corbett National Park – 165 kms,

Lucknow to Jim Corbett National Park – 450 kms,

Haridwar to Jim Corbett National Park – 158 kms,

Meerut to Jim Corbett National Park – 212 kms

Lansdowne to Jim Corbett National Park – 118 kms

Corbett, Taj Mahal, Ranthambhore and Jaipur Tour is one of the Tiger Safari India’s tour which gives you the ample opportunity to explore the wildlife of Corbett and Ranthambhore along with some cultures.


Best Time to Visit Corbett National Park

Corbett lies on the foothills of the Himalayas, the monsoon hit a little longer. Corbett is best to visit after mid-November. The monsoon also arrives early here so it is good to visit Corbett National Park from November till May. From November till mid-February, the National Park will be filled with plenty of food for herbivores so as for the predator. Sightings are less but quality wise is the best. During winter the temperature goes below 0 degrees Celcius so there will be frost on the forest floor. To avoid the chilled water droplets we see Tigers walking on the vehicle tracks marking their territory and staying more active till mid-day. And summer due to heat the sightings are more frequent near the water body however the movement is less.

Corbett is best to visit between November till May.


Safari zones and schedule of Corbett National Park

Corbett Safari Zones Zone Open Schedule
Jhirna Zone Throughout the Year
Dhela Zone Throughout the Year
Sonanadi Zone Throughout the Year
Garjia Zone 01 October-2021 to 30 June-2022
Bijrani Zone 01 October-2021 to 30 June-2022
Durgadevi Zone 15 November-2021 to 15 June-2022
Dhikala Zone 15 November-2021 to 15 June-2022


  1. Kanha National Park

Kanha in central India is another beautiful national park with rich biodiversity. Known as a tiger bastion, today it is home to over 100 wild tigers. Sal trees with a dense canopy on the top give shade to wildlife here when the summer temperatures rise to 40-45 degrees Celsius.  Around three decades back, the park was filled with human settlements. Saunf was the first village relocated outside of a national park in the 70s. Beautiful open grasslands have been formed after the relocation of the villages from the core area of the park. The Park management team has created history in wildlife conservation by bringing back an almost extinct population of Hard Ground Barasingha (Rucervus Duvaucelli Branderi) from around 60 individuals to 800+ today.

Kanha National Park has four prime zones for Safaris, namely, Mukki, Kanha, Sarhi, and Kisli.


spotted deer in kanha


Just Tigers – Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench Tour is one of the best tiger safari tours to see maximum Tigers with the natural beauty of Kanha National Park along with Pench and Bandhavgarh National Park.


How to reach Kanha National Park

By Air: Raipur is 220kms, Jabalpur 200kms, and Nagpur 275kms from Kanha.

By Train: Gondia (135kms) and Jabalpur (200kms) are the closest railway stations to Kanha National Park.

By Road: Kanha is well connected with the major cities of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and Maharashtra.

Raipur to Mukki Gate 180 km,

Jabalpur to Mukki Gate, 190 km,

Nagpur to Mukki Gate, 245 km,

Bhilai to Mukki Gate, 270 km,

Bandhavgarh National Park to Mukki Gate, 250 km and

Pench National Park to Mukki Gate, 210 km.


Best time to Visit Kanha National Park

Most of the National Parks have a similar story similar as other National parks. The tiger safari in Kanha National Park opens on the 01st of October every year and closes on the 30th of June. From October till February the park is at its peak beauty. These months are the best time for photography because the light will not be harsh. Tigers like in Corbett we see them moving much during winter and in summer Tigers will mostly move around water bodies.

For Tiger Photography Kanha National Park is best to visit between March and June. And if you enjoy the general photography of other wildlife and nature or you love nature all together then Winter from October till March is the best time to visit.


Safari timings for Kanha  National Park

Park Safari Timings Morning Safari Evening Safari Time
01 Oct – 15 Feb 07:00 – 10:30 14:00 – 17:30
16 Feb – 31 Mar 06:00 – 09:30 15:00 – 18:30
01 Apr – 30 June 06:00 – 09:30 15:30 – 19:00


Types of Safari in Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park offers both Jeep and the Cater Safari.


  1. Tadoba National Park

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and Sanctuary is a well-known wildlife destination and is known for Tiger Safari in India. It is situated in the Maharashtra state of India, in the Chandrapur district. The name Tadoba comes from the local tribal God Taru or Tadoba, as well as the Andhari River, which runs through the area. Tadoba is one of Maharashtra’s largest and oldest national parks, having been established in 1955 covering an area of around 1727 square kilometers. Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1986, and it was later diluted with the land of Tadoba National Park.

The Tadoba National Park is separated into different zones, namely; Moharli, Pangadi, Zari, Kolara, and Navegaon Zone. The ‘Tadoba Lake,’ ‘Kolsa Lake,’ and ‘Tadoba River,’ are three lakes and one river in the park that are filled every monsoon.’ These lakes and rivers supply essential elements for the park’s survival. In Tadoba almost all the tourism zones have the same chances of seeing Tigers.


tiger safari in tadoba


Pench and Tadoba Tour is one of the best tours to see the diverse wildlife of the dry deciduous forest of India. Along with Tigers Leopard, Wild Dogs, and Sloth Bear sightings are better on this tour.


How to Reach Tadoba National Park?

By Air: Nagpur is the closest airport about 140 km takes around 03 hrs to drive.

By Train: The nearest Railway station is Chandrapur, 45 km from the National Park. The railway station is connected to Mumbai, Nagpur, Chennai Hyderabad, and Jhansi.

By Road: Buses from Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, and Jalgaon run routinely to Chandrapur and Chimur, which are 45 and 32 kilometers apart. From Chandrapur and Chimur, local transportation can be hired to get to the reserve.


Best time to visit Tadoba National Park

The greatest time to see tigers is from March through May because summer temperatures are at their highest, particularly around May. The monsoon season lasts from June to September, and by mid-June, the arrival of the monsoon has brought vegetation and insect life to life. The post-monsoon season, which lasts from October to November, is the finest time to visit Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary because the lush, flower-covered jungle will make you feel revived. Winter season lasts from December to February, however, because of the tropical environment, it is still relatively warm during these months.


Safari Timings for Tadoba National Park

Park Safari Timings Morning Safari Evening Safari Time
01 Oct – 30 Nov 06 AM – 8 AM till 10 AM 2:30 PM – 4 PM till 6:30 PM
01 Dec – 28 Feb 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM till 11 AM 2 PM – 3:30 PM till 6 PM
01 Mar – 30 Apr 5:30 AM – 7:30 AM till 10 AM 3 Pm – 4:30 PM till 6:30 PM
01 May – 30 Jume 5 AM – 7 AM till 9:30 AM 3:30 PM – 5 PM till 7 PM


Types of Safari in Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National park also offers both jeep and the canter Safari.


Other Best Places for Tiger Safari in India

There are several other tiger reserves where we can do tiger safari in India. Some of the other National Parks where tiger safari is possible to do are Pench National Park, Panna national park and Sariska National Park.


Also Read: Top 05 most beautiful national parks in India.

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