The Best Tiger Safaris in India

2024 - 2025

Explore some of our most recommended and booked tiger safari tours for the coming season. Sight the big cat in action while being accompanied by expert naturalists and guides on safari.

Tiger Safari in India

2024 - 25

Planning a tiger safari in India in the year 2024? Sharad Vats Safaris has your best interests at heart. We have been organizing tiger and wildlife safari tours in India for over 30 years, and as a result, we are the best option for anyone looking for a must-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter in India.

Offering the best in class luxury accommodations, and private safaris with the most experienced naturalists and guides in some of the chosen national parks and tiger reserves of India, our guests love us for the quality, reliability, and consistency in the delivery of services we promise.

Firstly, we would like to thank you for choosing India for your next wildlife expedition. India is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the majestic tigers of Kanha National Park, the regal tigers of Rajasthan, the most photographed tigers of Bandhavgarh, and the tigers of the Himalayan foothills in Corbett National Park.

All of these renowned national parks and the abundant wildlife they contain are included in our top-rated tiger safari in India tour packages. In addition to these qualities, an experienced team is essential for a successful tiger safari India vacation, and that’s where we come in.

At Sharad Vats Safaris, it is our endeavor to provide you with the best tiger safari India tours that provide learning, adventure, and unlimited memories. We recommend documenting your tiger safari in India with both video and still images so that you can look back on it with pleasure in the future and share it with your loved ones.

The best national parks and tiger reserves in India, with the maximum tiger sightings, the widest range of Indian wildlife species, and the most breathtaking scenery are on the itinerary for the upcoming 2023 and 2024 tiger safari seasons. Popular tiger safari parks in India are Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Ranthambore, Corbett, Pench, and Panna.

We have everything you need to have a wonderful time on your luxury tiger safari tour of India, from arranging your trip to remembering and praising us afterward.

Get in touch with us and our expert wildlife tour coordinators will help you plan everything.

Top destinations for tiger sightings

Best National Parks and Wildlife Destinations for Tiger Safaris in India

Jim Corbett National Park

UTTARAKHAND

About Corbett National Park in India

The Corbett Tiger Reserve is located in the South Patlidun region of the Himalayan foothills, spanning altitudes from 400 meters to 1,210 meters. It stands as one of the nine Tiger Reserves established during the inception of Project Tiger in 1973.

This reserve encompasses Corbett National Park, the inaugural national park established in India. Initially declared as Hailey National Park in 1936 covering an area of 323.75 sq km, it expanded later with the addition of 197 sq. km. as Ramganga National Park. In 1957, the entire area was amalgamated and named Corbett National Park, honoring the famed hunter turned conservationist, Jim Corbett. Renowned for its historical significance, picturesque landscapes, and diverse wildlife, Corbett is among India’s most celebrated Tiger Reserves, attracting a vast number of tourists.

The Corbett Tiger Reserve in India spans the foothills of the Outer Himalaya to the north and the Shivalik ranges to the south. The northern boundary, consisting of the Outer Himalayas, encompasses Kanda, the highest point, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the reserve.

The reserve boasts diverse vegetation across its varied terrain, which includes hills, riverine areas, temporary marshlands, plateaus, and ravines. The lower hilly ridges and flat valleys are characterized by dense stands of Sal trees, contributing to Corbett’s distinct landscape. The grasslands, known as chaurs or savannas, are adorned with various tall grass species.

Home to about 50 mammal species, Corbett Tiger Reserve hosts an array of notable wildlife, including Tigers, Leopards, Asiatic Elephants, Sambar deer, Cheetal, Hog Deer, Barking Deer (Indian Muntjak), Wild Boars, Himalayan Brown Gorals, and Golden Jackals. The elusive Himalayan Serow occasionally makes appearances in the Kanda ridge.

During winters, the Asiatic Black Bear frequents the northern region, while the Sloth Bear resides in the southern part of the reserve. The reserve also houses the two largest Indian reptile species, the Gharial and Marsh Crocodile, alongside various amphibians, lizards, King Cobras, and Indian Rock Pythons. The Ramganga streams within the reserve teem with prized game fish such as Golden Mahseer and Indian Trout.

Corbett serves as a paradise for bird enthusiasts, recording nearly 600 bird species. The reserve houses a remarkable variety of diurnal raptors, with 51 out of the 69 species found in the Indian subcontinent. Additionally, among the 26 species of woodpeckers, 15 are reported within Corbett’s boundaries, making it a hotspot for avian diversity and observation

Reaching Corbett National Park

Nearest Airport:

The closest airport to Corbett is the Pantnagar Domestic Airport in Uttarakhand, situated approximately 123 kilometers away. For a more extensively connected travel hub, the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi stands at a distance of 247 kilometers from the city.

Nearest Railway Station:

The closest railway station to Corbett is Ramnagar, located approximately 12 kilometers from the park. Ramnagar station has direct connections to railway stations in Delhi.

By Road:

  • Delhi to Corbett – 276 Km, 5h 20 min
  • Lucknow to Corbett- 440 Km, 9hrs. (Via Bareilly, Moradabad)
  • Nainital to Corbett – 80 Km, 2h 16 min (Via Kaladhungi)
  • Almora to Corbett – 108 Km, 3h 45 min
  • Ranikhet to Corbett – 70 km., 2h 35 min

Kaziranga National Park

Assam

About Kaziranga National Park in India

Kaziranga National Park is a globally renowned wilderness, primarily celebrated for its population of the Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. Positioned within the Brahmaputra River floodplains, Kaziranga holds world heritage status, forms part of the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong Elephant Reserve, and is proposed as a Ramsar Site.

The landscape of Kaziranga National Park in India is predominantly flat, ranging from 67 to 80 meters above sea level, sloping east to west and south to northwest. Areas bordering the Karbi Anglong plateau, at an elevated 80 meters above sea level, create natural highlands unaffected by floods, providing a sanctuary for wildlife during inundations.

Kaziranga’s habitat consists significantly of waterbodies and grasslands, encompassing wetlands (7%), grasslands (57% – including tall grass (52%) and short grass/marshes (5%)), sand (7%), and woodland (29%) of the original Kaziranga NP area. The Park features three primary types of vegetation: alluvial inundated grassland, Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest, and Tropical Semi-evergreen Forest.

Recognized for its diverse range of large mammals, Kaziranga is hailed as the domain of India’s prominent big five – the Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Elephant, Wild Buffalo, Swamp Deer, and Tiger. Additionally, the park houses 15 species of threatened mammals.

The other species are Slow Loris, Capped Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Hoolock Gibbon, Sloth Bear, Otters, Gangetic Dolphin, Barking Deer, and Malayan Giant Squirrel. Kaziranga NP boasts a bird population exceeding 500 species, with as many as 27 species categorized as threatened. It stands out as an exceptional birding area, especially for tall, wet grassland birds, serving as a crucial wintering ground for Bar-headed Geese. Among the 500+ bird species, over 200 are permanent residents, while others are migrants, including local ones.

Notable resident species with substantial populations include the Spot-billed Pelican, Lesser Adjutant, Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican, Pallas’s Fish-eagle, Greater Grey-headed Fish-eagle, Black-necked Stork, Bristled Grassbird, Marsh Babbler, Black-breasted Parrotbill, and Finn’s Weaver (Yellow Weaver). Additionally, uncommon birds like the Black-bellied Tern, Pied Falconet, Greater Adjutant, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Swamp Prinia, Jerdon’s Babbler, and Slender-billed Babbler thrive here. Despite their presence, some species, particularly those in tall grasslands and dense shrubs, may not be as rare as presumed due to the challenges in spotting them, particularly during brief birdwatching surveys. The White-bellied Heron is a sporadic species encountered in the park

Reaching Kaziranga National Park

Nearest Airport: Most convenient way to reach Kaziranga is to take a flight to Guwahati for all those coming from outside the North-east India. Guwahati has regular flights to and from Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Agartalla, Bagdogra, Dibrugarh, Silchar and Jorhat. The Guwahati airport is 223 kms. from the National Park.

Nearest Railway Station: One can reach by railways to Guwahati, which is well connected to the rest of India. From Guwahati, one can, then, go by road to KNP.

By Road: Kohora and Bagori is the main tourist hub for Kaziranga. It’s on the National Highway 37 (NH 37) which is linked to Guwahati on the west and Jorhat on the east. From Guwahati, it can directly be reached by road. It takes anything from 4-5 hours (223 kms. ) depending upon time of travel and traffic congestion.

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

Maharashtra

About Tadoba-Andhari National Park in India

Established in 1955, Tadoba National Park stands as one of India’s earliest national parks, covering 116.55 sq.km., while the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary spans 509.27 hectares.

Together, they constitute the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, encompassing a core area of 625.82 sq. km., later expanded by an additional buffer area of 1,101 sq. km., totaling approximately 1,727 sq. km. Within the park, Lake Tadoba serves as a haven for migratory waterfowl during winter, alongside two other lakes, Kolsa and Jamni, also frequented by winter migrants.

The Park owes its name to King Taru, allegedly slain by a tiger, revered and memorialized by local tribals who established a shrine in his honor, which remains a pilgrimage site for the indigenous people.

The reserve’s landscape predominantly comprises Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest, interspersed with expansive meadows, a mosaic habitat that offers both prey foraging grounds and strategic hiding spots for tigers. Teak and bamboo dominate the forest, while patches of Moist Deciduous Forest showcase prominent species like Jamun, Pisa, and Harra, alongside recorded presence of epiphytes, lichens, and ferns.

With a diverse plant life of 705 species, including 333 herbs, 112 trees, and 76 grasses, the reserve hosts a wealth of wildlife: 28 mammal species, 235 bird species, 30 reptile species, 5 amphibian species, 26 spider species, and 70 insect species.

The prominent mammalian inhabitants comprise tigers, leopards, Indian wild dogs, gaurs, sambars, chitals, barking deer, wild boars, sloth bears, four-horned antelopes, Indian giant squirrels, common langurs, bonnet macaques, Indian pangolins, and mouse deer (Indian spotted chevrotain). Furthermore, the introduction of the Marsh Crocodile into Tadoba Lake adds to the reserve’s ecological diversity.

Reaching Tadoba-Andhari National Park

Nearest Airport: Nearest Airport is Nagpur International Airport (Dr. Babsaheb Ambedkar International Airport) which is 108 kms. from the tiger reserve

Nearest Railway Station: Chandrapur Railway Station is the nearest railhead from the tiger reserve. The railway station is very well connected with the trains from cities like Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

By Road: Tadoba National Park is at the distance of 45 Km from Chandrapur and 32 Km from Chimur. It is also well connected by road with all major cities.

  • Nagpur to Tadoba – 132 Km, 2h 55 min
  • Pune to Tadoba- 788 Km, 13h 39 min (Via NH222)
  • Raipur to Tadoba – 333 Km, 5h 33 min (Via NH6)
  • Hyderabad to Tadoba – 435 Km, 8h 15 min (Via NH7)

Bandhavgarh National Park

Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most densely populated jungles when it comes to Tiger population. Not only is it a favorite amidst wildlife photographers and enthusiasts for its fauna, it also holds a strong relevance in Indian mythology. The three zones for tiger safaris in Bandhavgarh, namely – Tala, Magadhi and Khitouli are action packed with tourists flying in from all parts of the world. 

Reaching bandhavgarh

Airport : Jabalpur

Railway : Katni Junction, Katni Murwara, Jabalpur

Road : Jabalpur – 220 kms/3 hr drive

Kanha National Park

Madhya Pradesh

Parking itself around the Banjar and Halon rivers and a perfect setting for the Tiger, Kanha National park is an evergreen forest with tons of undergrowth that provides ambush. The rolling grasslands and meandering streams provide food for herbivores; and if the prey has food, the predator will always follow. This national park happens to be one of the best-managed forests in terms of wildlife tourism.

Reaching Kanha

Airport : Raipur and Jabalpur 

Railway : Jabalpur, Gondia

Road : Jabalpur – 130 kms/3 hr drive

Pench National Park

Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra

Pench National Park along with Kanha, was the inspiration behind Nobel Laurette Rudyad Kipling’s Jungle Book. Pench has seen one of the most legendary Tigers in India – Mataram (aka, Collarwali). Birthing over 25 Tigers, she single handedly put Pench on the Tiger tourism map for India. Most famous for it’s leopards, Pench has off late also had sightings of Bageera (aka Kalu) – the elusive Black Leopard. 

Reaching Pench

Airport : Nagpur

Railway : Seoni, Jabalpur, Nagpur

Road : Nagpur – 100 kms/2 hr drive

Ranthambore National Park

Rajasthan

Located at the junction of the Aravallis and the Vindhyas, Ranthambore National Park is a unique juxtaposition of natural and historical richness, standing out conspicuously in a vast arid and denuded tract of eastern Rajasthan, barely 14 km. from the town of Sawai Madhopur. It is hard to believe that once in the town of Sawai Madhopur, one is simply only 10 km away from a national park where Tigers roam freely. 

Reaching Ranthambore

Airport : Jaipur

Railway : Sawai Madhopur

Road : Jaipur – 200 kms/3 hr drive

Top wildlife species found in India

Wildlife species found in the top national parks in India

The national animal of the country, The Royal Bengal Tiger is endemic to India. The Big cat is found in the prime national parks of Corbett, bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Panna, Ranthambore, Tadoba and more.

Bageera – the ghost of the jungle – this cat is super mysterious and shy. However, off late, it has made its presence very prominent in central India national parks – Pench and Tadoba National Park.

Second in kin to their big brothers in Africa, the Asiatic Lion is the second largest cat species found in India. Gir national park – the only haven and sanctum for this species, proudly boasts of 600 lions roaming wild and free in its jungle.

With a body covered in rosettes, the Indian Leopard is abundantly found in most of the prime national parks in the country. Among them is Pench, where a sighting of this species on a ghost tree is considered to be golden!

The ghost of the Himalayas, the Snow leopard is found in two of the most beautiful trans Himalayan landscapes – Kibber and Hemis. It camouflages itself to the point where sighting this species is only a professional’s cup of tea!

The giants are found spread across the Indian subcontinent. Some of the most popular destinations where they are found are Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Periyar, Kabini, Sanjay Dubri, Kaziranga and Manas National Park.

The One Horned Rhino is present in the north eastern parks of India, namely –  Kaziranga and Dudhwa. These two parks also border Nepal, where the One Horned Rhino is found in Chitwan National Park.

The blackbuck or Indian Antelope is native to India and Nepal. It inhabits grassy plains and lightly forested areas with perennial water sources, thereby marking their territory in Blackbuck National Park in Velavadar.

When to take a tiger safari in India?

Best time for tiger safaris in India

Summer

March - May

Though wildlife sightings are good through the months of November till June, the duration of tiger sightings improve considerably between March and May. As the temperatures rise during the day, tigers and other predators prefer to be in shade and closer to the water holes while hunting. The necessity for frequent access to water curtails their wandering in the hot season, when pools are few and far in between. Hence in these months, the duration of sightings of all wildlife increases considerably. This time is usually preferred by the professional photographers who want extra time to see tigers, as tigers do not move much due to the hot weather and are found lazing around the water holes.

Winter

December - February

The winter months are conducive for tigers and they are more active during the day, compared to the summer times when the tigers are mostly active early morning and late evening only. So in winter months during the day you get to see tigers walking on the road, patrolling, marking their territory, and searching for their mates by loud roaring. At times hearing a tiger roar in a Jungle is more exciting than seeing one. If you happen to hear a tiger roar in jungle setting, be rest assured that you have heard the most exciting sound in the jungle. It has to be heard to be appreciated. The rich winter coat of a tiger, the morning mist, the sublime golden light makes a perfect canvas in the forest. The national park is also more lively with activity of all animals and birds.

Monsoon

July - October

National Parks in India are closed during the monsoon season. Reason being the water does not allow the gypsy to meander through the narrow jungle trails. With a lot of slush and silt, the vehicle could get stuck in the park. Even wildlife prefers to stay under covers during such heavy rainfall. Although some national parks are open even during the monsoon, for instance, the buffer zones of Ranthambore are open throughout the year, sightings are rare a few in between. We therefore recommend to avoid these months to travel for tiger safaris.

Top Tiger Safaris in India for 2023 - 2024

Explore the best tiger safari India tours for the coming season

14 Nights / 15 Days

This luxury tiger safari in Central India takes you through 4 of the most prime national parks for tiger and wildlife viewing, namely – Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna.

The abundance of fauna coupled with indulgent rendezvous in exotic jungle lodges, will paint you a memory of a lifetime. Experience this pristine opulence exclusively on our luxurious wildlife getaway in the laps of mother nature…

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14 Nights / 15 Days

This luxury tour of Rajasthan, India introduces you to Rajasthan’s wildlife and cultural facet, encompassing some of the most popular tourist destinations. The state’s cuisine, culture, lifestyle and colorful ensembles have captivated visitors from India and throughout the world alike. Known for its royal hospitality and engaging arts, it is one of the few states in India that are both culturally as well as naturally blessed.

This tour takes you through the rugged fort ruins of the Mughal Empire in Jaipur, ornamental palaces in Jodhpur, a beautiful lake side retreat in Udaipur and also gives you a peak at the big cat territory of Ranthambore National Park and Jawai Bandh!

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11 Nights / 12 Days

This luxury Lions and Gujarat tour introduces you to the majestic lions of Gujarat and the vibrant cultural facets of the region, encompassing some of the most sought-after tourist destinations. Gujarat’s rich wildlife and cultural heritage, along with its delectable cuisine, unique lifestyle, and vibrant attire, have fascinated visitors from across India and around the world. Known for its warm hospitality and diverse arts, Gujarat is a state that is abundantly blessed with both cultural and natural treasures.

This tour takes you on a captivating journey through the wild landscapes where lions roam free in the Gir Forest National Park, explores ornate palaces and historical sites in cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Junagadh, and offers a glimpse of the unique culture and traditions of Gujarat. Experience the essence of Gujarat’s vibrant culture and the majestic lions that call this region home on this unforgettable journey.

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