The population of tigers, the world's biggest land predator, is sadly in a parlous state. Land encroachment and the obscenity of poaching for the ludicrous ancient medicine demand have left an indelible mark on the future of this magnificent beast. However, due to the herculean efforts of conservationists, charities and tourism it is still possible to see tigers in the wild. The best places to watch tigers are Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthambore in India and also Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal. Tiger safaris are done either by vehicle or elephant back and although not offering the profusion of game you may find in Africa, there is plenty of other game to enjoy as well as a good chance of a sighting of this elusive and endangered predator.