Highlights of an India wildlife safari

An India wildlife safari provides a colourful and exciting mix, with over 350 mammal species, well over 1000 bird species and some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna of which many cannot be viewed anywhere else on earth. India has over one hundred national parks to explore on your wildlife safari, created not only to maintain India’s indigenous flora and habitat, but also to protect her extensive wildlife – much of which is now under serious threat of extinction. The habitats of the country range from the soaring peaks of the Himalayas to the forests, lakes and steamy backwaters of Kerala in the south, creating a unique richness of biodiversity that will appeal to any wildlife enthusiast. 

The most feted of India's wildlife to see on safari are the Bengal tiger, snow leopard, Asian lion and Asian elephant, all of which can be spotted on specific safaris that we can arrange within your itinerary.

Tiger Tracking

Perhaps the most famous of the many Indian national parks is Ranthambore, located in the state of Rajasthan. With luck, it is still possible here to spot some of India’s last remaining wild tigers on safari – a jeep safari will be one of the highlights of your stay. There are approximately forty tigers in this reserve of over one thousand square kilometres and it is also possible to spot wild boar, hyenas and leopards, as well as a huge variety of birds. Ranthambore has become deservedly popular in recent years – although not guaranteed, your chances of tiger-spotting can be higher here than elsewhere, however, this does mean that you are likely to share any tigers you do see with plenty of other tourists. Nonetheless, the park is well-organised and a truly memorable experience.

Bandhavgarh National Park also has a relatively large tiger population, as well as a large leopard breeding population. Corbett National Park is one of India’s oldest and since it has a sub-Himalayan topography, it offers a different experience to the jungle setting of other national parks. Pench, Kanha and Panna National Parks are among the other parks known as tiger reserves, although it is worth checking the latest status of any park, since tiger numbers can vary from year to year.

To find out more about tiger conservation read about our Natural World Hero, Julian Matthews, pioneering tiger conservationist and founder of TOFTigers.


Whichever park you choose, should you be lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of one of the last remaining tigers living in the wild in India, it will be an experience which remains with you forever.

Elephant Safaris and other Wildlife

Asian elephants form a significant part of Indian history and a major part in their way of life, with most temples being related to them in one way or another. Shorter than their African counterparts, they have smaller ears and a more arched back. Sightings are best in Corbett National Park or Kerala and you can even embark on elephant back safaris in the former. The experience of just being on an elephant, a silent giant who has unmatched cross-country abilities is unexplainable in words, yet tracking tigers on them is something even more thrilling. Being on an elephant means you can get very close to the tigers in their natural environment, if you are lucky enough to spot them, without disturbing them for a completely unique experience.

Whilst in Kaziranga National Park you may encounter the prehistoric-looking Indian Rhino, also known as the Great One-Horned Rhino, now limited to about 1,700 in number. Sasan Gir National Park is the only place to spot an Asiatic lion, increasing in number these have been one of India’s success stories as they now roam in large numbers. 

In the north, during the winter, the snow leopards of India descend the mountains in search of food. At this time it is possible to spot this remarkable creature in its natural habitat, as well as other animals such as blue sheep and ibex.

Slightly smaller and darker in colour than its African relatives, Asiatic lions have a scruffier appearance endearing to any wildlife enthusiast.

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