6 Places To Spot Tigers In India And Around The World

Ahead of International Tiger Day on 29th July, we have curated a list of places where you can go to spot these feline creatures in their natural habitat
6 Places To Spot Tigers In India And Around The World
6 Places To Spot Tigers In India And Around The World

American-Canadian writer and journalist John Vaillant said, "The tiger will see you a hundred times before you see him once." And it is true. The big cat is as elusive as it is resplendent on the rare occasions you get lucky enough to spot it. International Tiger Day, or Global Tiger Day as it is also known, is celebrated annually on the 29th of July to raise awareness about the conservation and protection of these striking creatures. Through recent conservation efforts, the dwindling numbers of the big cat have been steadied in various national parks and sanctuaries across India and the world.

Some of these stunning tiger havens offer nature enthusiasts the opportunity to witness the grace of these magnificent big cats and immerse themselves in diverse ecosystems. If you are planning your next safari with an aim to spot the big cat, here are some of the best spots in India and even internationally where, with a little perseverance, you can glimpse these elusive creatures.

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

At nearly 3,30,000 acres, Ranthambore National Park is one of northern India's largest national parks. The park is home to 81 Bengal tigers as of 2021 and is known for its historical significance as a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur. With ancient temples, mosques, and a 10th-century fort scattered throughout the park, it intertwines culture and history with its diverse ecosystem. For the best tiger-spotting chances, visit during February and March for pleasant weather or in April and May when tigers frequent popular watering holes.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Blessed with hills and steep escarpments, Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is beautiful and provides year-round water sources due to porous rocks storing monsoon rains. This abundance of water is ideal for tigers and other wildlife. Though high visitor numbers have somewhat habituated the tigers to jeeps and disturbance, the 105km2 prime range of sal forest and grassland around Tala Village offers excellent opportunities for sightings.

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand holds significant historical importance as the site where Project Tiger was officially launched. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, it still boasts one of India's major tiger populations. While the limited network of forest tracks might make sightings less frequent, the park's varied landscape is a paradise for birdwatching and offers chances to encounter Indian elephants.

Zov Tigra National Park, Russia
Meaning "call of the tiger," Zov Tigra National Park is the last refuge of the endangered Siberian or Amur tiger, which are the largest of all big cats. With only 500 of these majestic creatures remaining in the world, if you wish to spot the it would require joining a responsible tiger expedition best suited to the more adventurous traveller. Even then, sightings are rare as these elusive cats prefer the cover of the region's dense forests.

Durminskoye Forest Reserve, Russia
Situated in far eastern Siberia, the Durminskoye Forest Reserve is home to the last remaining Siberian tigers and rare Amur leopards, making it a top destination for big cat enthusiasts. Exploring this remote taiga forest is best done as part of an organized Siberian wildlife tracking tour through reputable outfitters. Sightings of these rare big cats are low due to their elusive nature, but the rewards of being early explorers into this untamed wilderness are unmatched.

Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park, Bhutan

With its commitment to wildlife preservation, Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park in Bhutan is a haven for Bengal tigers, red pandas, golden langurs, and rare clouded leopards. As Bhutan aims to double its tiger population over the next decade, this park offers one of the best chances to witness these magnificent cats in their densely forested mountainous habitat.

Cover photo&nbspAmur tiger walking in the water in taiga forest, Russia. Credit Shutterstock

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