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A Tiger Trail Across India

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HolidayIQ ranks these destinations in order of the likeliness of you seeing a Tiger High: Great chance of seeing tigers over four separate jeep safaris Good: reasonable chance of seeing tigers over four jeep safaris Low: less likely to see tigers but good for other wildlife

A Tiger Trail Across India:

  1. Tiger Den, Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh)
  2. The Serai Bandipur, Bandipur National Park (Karnataka)
  3. Tiger Camp, Corbett (Uttarakhand)
  4. Tiger Safari Resort, Ranthambore (Rajasthan)
  5. Tiger Land Resort, Sunderbans
  6. Green Forest, Thekkady(Periyar) (Kerala)
  7. Brahmaputra Ashok Hotel, Guwahati (Assam)

1. From a bygone era, Bandhavgarh

From a bygone era, Bandhavgarhsource: www.mouthshut.com

Set in the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh, this 400 sq km of steep ridges, undulating forests and open meadows has been the haunt of the Tiger since millennia. The Maharajas of Rewa used this as their hunting ground giving you a glimpse of a bygone era. The Nilgai and other prey base make this the ideal habitat for the 59 odd tigers that call this home!

Chakrabathy: If you like wild life then this is the place you definitely need to visit. Seeing a tiger walking out of the jungle and onto the road is a lifetime experience that you just cannot describe in words. I suggest that people should check this place once.

Tiger sighting Index: HIGH

Budget stays: Bhagela Resorts

Mid-range stays: Monsoon Forest lodge

Luxury stays: Syna Tiger Resort

2. A Maharaja's hunting ground, Bandipur

A Maharaja's hunting ground, Bandipursource: indianwildlifephotography.blogspot.com

Bandipur Tiger Reserve is spread across the foot hills of the Nilgiris.  Unforgiving terrain, the Moyyar River, and its immaculately managed waterholes nurture herbivores creating the essential ecosystem for the Tiger to thrive, and all 120 of them thrive. Once the private hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Mysore, the royal family has played an important role in the conservation of this wild haven. This area is also sacred to the Kuruba tribe.

Priyankush: We did bus safari as well as Jeep safari. The day before we went for the Jeep safari people saw tiger relaxing by the side of a pond inside forest. We saw a huge huge elephant coming towards our Jeep scary stuff indeed. We saw loads of deer and peacocks.

Tiger sighting Index: HIGH

Budget stays: Tiger Ranch

Mid range stays: Bandipur Safari Lodge

Luxury stays: The Serai Bandipur 

3. A collage of landscapes, Corbett

A collage of landscapes, Corbettsource: www.mumbaitravellers.in

Named after the legendary Jim Corbett, This collage of landscapes is a treat for the wildlife enthusiast. Grasslands engage large herbivores in their daily feeding rituals, dense woodlands are a sanctuary for the breeding wildlife. Tigers here are at an advantage to hunt for different prey during different seasons. The river Kosi adds to the vibrancy of the place. With around 170 tigers, Corbett is an excellent place to see Tigers in their natural habitat.

Milind Kumar:The National Park is really thrilling and adventurous. The open gypsy safari was really adventurous. We could see huge number of spotted deer. We met a group of seven wild elephants and a huge tusker. It was from a distance of about 50 feet. The unforgettable experience was with a tigress when she crossed the road at a distance of 8 feet from our open gypsy. 

Tiger sighting Index: HIGH

Budget stays: Deer View Hotel & Resorts 

Mid range staysWelcome Heritage Corbett Ramganga Resort

Luxury staysHideaway River Lodge

4. An ancient land, Ranthambore

An ancient land, Ranthamboresource: rock-shasa.blogspot.com

Hunting grounds of the erstwhile Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore is spread across the converging point of the Aravallis and the Vidhya mountain range. This is an ancient land and has been the haunt of the Tiger long before the Maharajas or the Moghiya tribe conquered it.  65 tigers rule over steep rising plateaus and grasslands, dotted with ruins of ancient forts and temples. This truly is a unique wilderness.

Mahan Jyoti Bhattacharyya: is paisa-vasool adventure trip. During the safari in the afternoon, by the grace of God, we saw a beautiful tiger. During the safari, we got to see lots of different animals too.”

Tiger sighting Index: HIGH

Budget staysTiger Safari Resort

Mid range stays: The Pugmark

Luxury staysThe Oberoi Vanyavilas

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5. The mysterious Sundari, Sunderbans

The mysterious Sundari, Sunderbanssource: en.wikipedia.org

The Sunderbans have the largest concentration of the Royal Bengal Tiger, anywhere on the planet. It is made up of a labyrinth of waterways lined with semi submerged mangrove roots. The mangrove forests keep visibility very low, giving the prey almost no time to react to an assault by its skillful nemesis. The Tigers here have been rumoured to be maneaters, giving that much more mystery and anxiety to your trip.

Rupa Murthy: Known for its mangrove forests, the Royal Bengal Tiger, and a wide variety of flora and fauna, this place is often missed out by tourists visiting Kolkata. My recommendation to all is to atleast spend two nights at Sundarbans to experience world's largest mangrove forest.

Tiger sighting Index: GOOD

Budget stays: United - 21 Resort 

Mid range staysSolitary Nook Resort

Luxury staysSunderban Tiger Camp

6. Evergreen, Periyar Tiger Reserve

Evergreen, Periyar Tiger Reservesource: indiawildlifetourism.wordpress.com

Often called the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady, the Periyar Tiger Reserve is a protected area in Kerala, India, known for its elephants and tigers. This reserve has seen a steep increase in tiger numbers over the past 3 years. Its 35-40 tigers are hard to spot, but the landscape and rich biodiversity are just as mysterious and exciting!

Anngr: This is a place for nature lovers. The place's main attraction is the boating and gardens with wildlife. This is a wildlife sanctuary, tiger reserve, forest area and also a tea estate.

Tiger sighting Index: GOOD

Budget stays: Tree top Hotel

Mid range staysCardamom County

Luxury stays: Spice Village

7. A success story, Manas National Park

A success story, Manas National Parksource: www.indialine.com

Manas, at the base of foot hills of the Bhutan-Himalayas in the state of Assam, with unique biodiversity and landscape is one of the first reserves included in the network of tiger reserve under Project tiger in 1973. The tiger numbers here have risen dramatically in the last few years to about 60. The park is also a success story of the “save the rhino” campaign!!

Bipul: This park established in Basks district, Batad Area, Assam, and is famous for Golden Langur and Bengal Tiger. Here you can find peace and also get to witness the beautiful tribal villages and the Tea gardens.

Tiger sighting Index: LOW

Budget stays: Rains Inn

Mid range staysRadisson Blu Hotel

Luxury stays: Lilly Hotel

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