Global Tiger Day : Best places to spot tigers in India
The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, most recognizable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar, and snow leopard. Tigers are apex predators, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and bovids. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on Earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans. Tiger, was on a few years ago but the numbers are getting better now. India is a home to several Tiger reserves and national parks where you can spot this wild beast. So, on Global Tiger Day 2017, we give you a list of places in India where you can spot tigers.
Kanha Tiger Reserve
One of the finest wildlife protected area not only in Asia but also in the world, Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, it was declared as Reserve forest in 1879 and upgraded to Wildlife Sanctuary in 1933. Winter (November to February) is the best time to visit Kanha. It conducts safaris and also has lodging and accommodation for those who wish to stay here. Apart from tigers, you can spot 43 species of mammals at Kanha and a wide variety of flora too.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. Its one of the favourite tiger reserve in India for Wildlife photographers. Safari rides are available twice every day – at 06:30 and 14:30, for about 3 hours.
Tadoba National Park
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the finest & largest National Parks in Maharashtra. It is one of India’s 47 project tiger reserves existing in India. It lies in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state. This beautiful wild paradise is situated 45 km close to Chandrapur District of central Indian State Maharashtra, and is about 150 km from Nagpur city which is the nearest airport for visiting Tadoba national park. It is often referred as ‘Jewel of Vidharba’. Apart from tigers, you can also spot leopards, gaur, wild dogs, sloth bears, jungle cats, hyenas, sambar, cheetal, nilgai and barking deer.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) is situated in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the Southern Western Ghats of peninsular India. The major portion of the Reserve forms the catchment of the river Periyar and the rest that of river Pamba. Its also home to elephants. Apart from tiger and elephants your can spot reptile, birds with beautiful mountains as backdrops.
Corbett National Park
The Jim Corbett reserve in Uttarakhand was established in 1936 and has the distinction of being India’s first national park. The reserve inspired the India-wide Project Tiger program started in 1973 for conservation of wild tigers and saw the creation of 22 other reserves. It offers an intriguing sight of tigers and is also home to wild elephants (200 to 300 live in the reserve), sloth bears, langurs, rhesus macaques, peacocks, schools of otters.
Pench National Park
Pench National park, nestling in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south. It is located on the southern boundary of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra, in the districts of Seoni and Chhindwara.Pench National Park, comprising of 758 SQ Kms, out of which a core area of 299 sq km of Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park and the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and remaining 464 sq km of pench national park is the buffer area.
The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Pench Tiger Reserve and its neighbourhood is the original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s most famous work, The Jungle Book.
70% of the world’s tiger population is in India.
1,411 was what India’s tigers population had depleted to in 2007
1,706 tigers in 2011 gave the country hope of being able to revive its big cat population.
2,226 was the population according to the last national tiger census in 2014
(Facts source: HTmedia)
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