India’s first and oldest national park, the Corbett National Park is like heaven for adventure seekers and wildlife junkies. Though the chances of actually spotting a tiger inside this park are rare, you may see one that is not baited or tracked! It is one of the few parks in northern India with wild elephants. The jeep safari inside the park is worth a try.
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
If you want to do some ‘tiger spotting,’ a trip to the Kanha, situated in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh is your best bet. These forests are vast, but you can go deep into them, thanks to the park’s huge core area, surrounded by a large buffer zone. It has a significant population of the royal Bengal tiger,leopard,Barasingha and the Indian wild dog. Spread over 940 sq kms in a horse-shoe shaped valley, you can view the safaris in this park on elephants.
Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
Since the Sunderbans are a part of the world’s largest delta formed by the rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, it is densely covered with mangrove forests. It has one of the largest reserves of the Bengal tiger in the country, and also an abundant variety of birds, reptiles and invertebrate species like the salt-water crocodile! What’s more, you’ll be signing up for their safaris not in jeeps but in canoes.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
The highlight of this park is that it has the highest density of tiger population in the country, so spotting a tiger is not difficult. Another tourist attraction is the Tala village nearby, which has a great choice of accommodation, suiting all budgets. You have the option of enjoying your safari on an elephant.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Located in Assam, this park lies northeast of the narrow neck of land between Nepal and Bangladesh,and has a landscape of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, marshes and shallow pools. A world heritage site, you can see two-third of the world’s Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros population here. It’s also rich in elephants, wild buffalos, monitor lizards, and water birds. A private jeep tour or elephant ride are your options.
Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat
The Gir wildlife sanctuary is home to the last remaining wild Asian lions on earth. But chances of seeing a tiger here are zero, because it has no tigers. Apart from lions, the second most common predator found in these forests is the leopard. The park offers many excellent drives through scenic areas, in jeeps.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
If you want to see the tiger in its most majestic avatar, visit this 1,334 sq km park in Rajasthan. Here, you can spot the tigers even during the day time, while they are busy preying. It is also counted as a famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park.