Imagine this. You are driving along a dirt road tracking this big royal creature. You are goose pimply as you follow its progress in the bushy undergrowth alongside. And then-you hear that deep throated growl. She is too close for comfort. Will she choose to pounce or just disappear into the dusk? With palpable tension in the air you freeze-as the tigress chooses to pad her way right in front of the jeep!
Just a picture of the Royal Bengal tiger sunning itself in the wild can make your eyes go wide. How would you like to see the same from atop an elephant's back? Top safari parks in India can make this possible.
However, before you start your journey into the wilderness, you must remember that tigers in India are on a decline. Poaching, the biggest threat for these magnificent creatures, have left very few tigers alive in India. So, consider yourself lucky if you get to spot one!
Bandavgarh, Madhya Pradesh
The Bandavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh offers the best chances of spotting a tiger in the wild. You can also savor the attractions of the alluring village of Tala-located close to the main gate of the Reserve. With affordable accommodation facilities and elephant safaris to its credit, this is one of the best locations for wild life enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
Appropriately called the "Tiger Territory" of India, Kanha National Forest boasts of separate beats which gives tourists an excellent chance of viewing the tiger at closer quarters. The forests are dense and deep and home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Along with deer, wild buffaloes and boars, you can certainly spot a large number of birds, amphibians and smaller animals, waiting to be noticed.
Sunderbans, West Bengal
Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger-Sundarbans boasts of over 200 tigers in its vicinity. It is a region distinguished humid climate, swampy terrains, crocodiles basking in muddy waters and canoes lined to take tiger trackers into the wild. Best visited in the winter months of December-February, Sundarbans is a few hours away from Kolkata-the City of Joy. Cheap air booking helps you reach this capital city of West Bengal.
The Mecca for wild life enthusiasts in India, The Corbett National Park was originally known as the Hailey National Park and had flung open its gates in 1936. This oldest tiger park can be reached by purchasing cheap air fare international. Though the chances of sighting tigers in this Reserve are pretty slim, tourists really enjoy waiting for wild elephants which may come their way -even as they sit patiently for the much awaited striped king of the jungle.