Animal lovers still argue over the true king of the jungle; whether you think it’s a lion or a tiger, it’s best to know that the tigers are the giant wild cats in the world and are mostly found in India, where they rule the roost in a large number.
A tiger is a good swimmer with a roar that can be heard as far as three kilometers; you would mostly find them pacing slowly, coolly and elegantly as solitary hunters through the heart of their habitat.
The best way to see this wildlife is in terms of sightings and safari backups. Hence, here are a few top destinations for tiger tours;
8 Top Destinations for Tiger Tours
1. Kanha National Park: Nearly hundreds of tigers live in this large park in Madhya Pradesh, the middle of India. Grassy plateaus surround the Kanha National Park, open misty plains and bamboo forests that serve as a habitat for the tigers along with leopards, monkeys, mongoose, sambhar, chital and the rare swamp deer.
2. Sundarbans: This stunning landscape is the largest mangrove forest in the world, and you can find about five hundred tigers from the water or in tangled roots and branches. Sundarbans is between India and Bangladesh, with other creatures such as magnetic and Irrawaddy dolphins and many crocodiles.
3. Southeast Russia: Tracking the tigers is the exciting part of the trip. You will need to travel with a dependable guide to spot some of these big cats in the remote region of Russia. The taiga forest of eastern Siberia & Amur is home to about four hundred Siberian tigers and Amur leopards.
4. Bandhavgarh National Park: In Madhya Pradesh, visitors often mix a trip to Delhi and the Taj Mahal with a tour of Bandhavgarh National Park. It features an enormous rocky outcrop and the 2000-year-old Bandhavgarh Fort at its core. Here, you would sight caves, chasms and ruins as well as an abundance of incredible wildlife.
5. Periyar Tiger Reserve: Periyar Tiger Reserve is South India’s most famous wildlife reserve, with a stunning artificial lake created by the British. It is mainly known for its scenic lake cruise. The tiger reserve is home to about 2000 elephants, wild boar, sambar, bison and nearly 40 tigers that may be hard to spot.
6. Nepal: In Nepal, you can explore Chitwan and Bardia National Parks either by a canoe or a jeep or on foot to sight an abundance of leopards, sloth bears and about five hundred one-horned rhinos. Though spotting a tiger is rare but you must atoll brace yourself for an exciting adventure.
7. Tadoba National Park: Also named Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, the park is situated in the Maharashtra state of central India. The park was named after the god Tadoba or Taru and worshipped by the tribal people who live around its eponymous Andhari River and dense forests. Some of them are trained as field guides for tourists who visit this place.
8. Pench National Park: The Pench National Park is a serene park that features over 210 species of breathtaking birds that will make you forget all your worries and also inspired Rudyard Kipling to write The Jungle Book. Although tigers are less noticeable here, you can still spot an abundance of leopards.