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Tiger in Bandhavgarh

Wildlife Tours in India

Wildlife Tours in India

Top national parks in India for wildlife viewing

India is home to more than half of the world’s wild tigers, and a key component in plans to grow the population. So it’s arguably the best place to see tigers in the wild. Of course, there’s no such thing as a guaranteed tiger sighting, but here are a few of the best national parks in India for tiger safaris:

Bandhavgarh National Park: This wildlife sanctuary in the state of Madhya Pradesh boasts the highest density of tigers in Asia, with more than 50 animals spread out over 100 square kilometers. The Park also offers wildlife lovers a chance to spot a host of other species, including chital deer, wild boar, nilgai antelope, Indian bison, wild dog, leopard, blue bull, Indian fox and bear.

Kahna National Park: Another Madhya Pradesh park, Kanha famously provided inspiration for The Jungle Book. Established in 1955 and covering 750 square miles, the picturesque park’s wide open meadows offer scenic sightings of a diverse array of wildlife, including tigers, leopards, common langurs, striped hyenas, pangolins, and an endangered deer species called the hard-ground barasingha, another great conservation story that you won’t find anywhere else.

Ranthambore National Park: One of India’s largest national parks (828 square miles), Ranthambore is a favourite among photographers due to the fact that you can find tigers, leopards, and ancient ruins of a fort where the animals are often spotted. The Park also has three lakes where copious wildlife congregates, including sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals and crocodiles.

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