• Bengal tiger safari, India

Which months provide the best time to see tigers in the wild...

Which months provide the best time to see tigers in the wild...

October to April is classed as the ‘best time to visit’ India. This is because the climate is cooler which means game drives and travelling will be far more comfortable. Throughout these months, viewing the tigers and the other wildlife in the national parks is fantastic, however, the scenery does change extremely quickly with the ever increasing temperatures. 

Bengal tiger safari, India
Tiger, India

October to the end of December is ‘green’. After the monsoons, the parks become lush and green, with water filled areas of land making the scenery spectacular. The grass is longer and water is plentiful, which can make spotting the tigers a little harder, maybe this just adds to the excitement though. Although trips to India are often purely based on seeing the tigers, do not dismiss travelling earlier. They may be harder to spot, but the scenery is fantastic, with flowers blooming and trees blossoming, this truly is a great time to visit. The birdlife during this time is second to none and if you are a keen birder, travelling at this time is a must.

Bengal tiger in India by Russ MacLaughlin

From January onwards the temperature increases rapidly, topping 40 degrees at times. With this increase in temperature however comes less water, drier, dustier land and less foliage. Because of the ever decreasing water supply, wildlife tends to congregate around the last remaining waterholes making it a good time to see and photograph the wildlife within the parks. The chances of spotting the tigers are higher as they have fewer places to disappear off into. 

Tiger in puddle - India - Copyright Richard Denyer

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