Everything you need to know about a tiger safari in India...
You’ll feel the atmosphere of the jungle change when a tiger is close. The air fills with the sound of animal warnings and you can feel the tension as a majestic tiger enters their territory. Your first glimpse might just be the white flecks of hair on the tiger’s ears as he stalks through long grassland, occasionally catching a flash of bright orange or black.
You might be perched on the back of an elephant, exploring the forest before coming to a clearing of open grassland and find a tiger basking in the sun before melting into the surrounding forest.
It’s a privilege to see one of these big cats in the wild and we are proud that as big cat specialists all but one client has had a successful tiger safari in India. A critically endangered species in the wild, a successful sighting depends on being in the right place at the right time. We track down parks where there has been significant tiger activity and use local guides with intimate knowledge of the tiger’s natural habitats to maximise your chance to become one of the lucky few to see these amazing creatures in the wild. View our video footage and images of tigers in the wild.
One of our tiger experts, Will, says of his first sighting of a tiger in the wild ‘This is an experience not to be underestimated. Seeing these beasts up close and personal beats any other big cat sighting throughout the world’. Contact Will Bolsover or Arabella Lakin for a tailor-made itinerary or to talk more about their tiger experiences.
The tiger is the largest of the big cats reaching 4 metres in length and weighing in at around 300 kilograms. Tigers have an unmistakable and unique black striped pattern over orange fur which helps them to stay camouflaged as they lay in wait for their prey. No two tigers will have the same stripes, similar to the fingerprints of a human.
Generally they are solitary except during mating season and when the female has cubs with her. Renowned for their strength and power, they hunt alone taking medium to larger prey, travelling long distances to catch buffalo and wild pigs, as well as other large mammals. They are one of the few cats that are very comfortable in water often swimming or lounging in the shallows to cool off.
Bengal tigers are the most common subspecies of tiger and live in India, becoming a huge part of their tradition and lore over time. Females with give birth to litters of between two and six cubs at a time and proceed to look after them for about 2 or three years when they leave to find their own territory.
When is the best time to see tigers in India?
What are the best National Parks in India to see tigers?
Level of Protection
Tigers are endangered to critically endangered with 4000 – 6000 animals left in the wild with 3 subspecies already extinct. (Balinese, Javan, Caspian tiger).
Best Time to Visit
November to June before the monsoons when many of the national parks close in India.
Natural World Safaris can arrange a tiger safari in India, heading to the best national parks to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
Our favourite tiger safari experiences include:
Ultimate India Safari
India Wildlife, Temples & Palaces Safari
Tigers & Temples of India Safari
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