Been on a jungle safari near Delhi NCR or other places yet still no luck in sighting a tiger? Are you also like many of the jungle safari enthusiasts who have only managed to see deers and monkeys in the name of wildlife? Have you ever felt dejected on seeing safari photos of others or listening to amazing tiger-spotting tales? Well, we don’t intend to rub salt on your already sore wounds, in fact, in this article we give your 5 pointers for ensuring a greater probability of tiger spotting in India & sighting other wild animals.
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Choosing the Right Safari Destination
To start with not all national parks are tiger reserves. Similarly, not all tiger reserves have other wild animals in bountiful numbers. While choosing the right safari destination especially for spotting tiger in India it is important to know which are the main tiger reserves within the country. There are 51 tigers reserves in India which boast of being the home to about 80% of Tigers found across the world. Sadly in India, the total count of this ferocious wild beast is just 2967. Ironically, Tiger being India’s National Animal, the onus is more on the country to save them. Which tiger reserve in India is your best place for viewing Tigers depends on the number of tigers inhabiting it. Also, the number of tiger versus the total area of national parks is important to consider.
Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve (NSTR) in Andhra Pradesh is the largest tiger reserve in India housing 60 big cats in it.
While as per the Hindustan Times report, Corbett Tiger Reserve has the maximum number of Tigers inside the reserve that is 231. The other populated reserves in India are Nagarhole Tiger Reserve (Kabini), Bandipur Tiger Reserve both in Karnataka state followed by Bandhavgarh and Kaziranga tiger reserves.
Some other good national parks for tiger sighting are Tadoba, Kanha, Pench, & Ranthambore.
Taking the Safari Expedition at Right Time
If truth be told, anyone or everyone who goes for a safari trip wishes to see a tiger. Even if one pretends that they are not they are! But one has to understand that tiger spotting is highly dependent on the time of the year one is taking up the tour. Mostly in monsoon months, almost all national parks are closed for safari. The months most tourists like to visit are from October to February as it is pleasant. Sightings happen but not many. If you are truly passionate to see this big wild cat then we suggest that one should select the hot summer days beginning from March to June. Spotting a tiger becomes highly probable though days can get really hot in these months. Smaller water bodies within the tiger reserve are the best places for sighting.
Select the Right Zone in National Park
Right zone selection is very important for ensuring a better chance of good wildlife sighting. Not all zones in any national park or a tiger reserve have an equal number of major wild animals. So one has to get the right zone for safari. This can be done easily by planning and booking a safari trip in advance. In peak season the booking has to be done 30 days prior for getting a good zone. Also, we would suggest taking up a full day safari.
Get the Right Guide
Thinking how Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt & Ranbir Kapoor managed to see the tiger during their latest Ranthambore trip? Well, one of the key reasons behind this is the right choice of guide and naturalists. The more experienced the guide is, the better are the chances of them sighting a tiger. In addition to this, a well-informed guide is always good to have as they tell extra information about the national park. They also tell about other birds and animals that you see during the safari. Excitement is built when safari vehicles start following tracks from where cheetal & sambhar danger calls come. It fills one with eagerness but many times no tiger sighting occurs. No offence to the amazing guides but sometimes the tourists are just left confused, isn’t it!
Hope this article was insightful for your next jungle safari near Delhi NCR or any other national park for tiger spotting in India.