International Tiger Day: 5 national parks where you can spot tigers in their natural habitat

Witness the beauty, power, and grace of these majestic creatures in their home.

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Every year on July 29, wildlife enthusiasts around the globe come together to celebrate International Tiger Day, an occasion dedicated to raising awareness about tiger conservation and the urgent need to protect these majestic cats. On this International Tigers Day, let’s turn the spotlight to India, which boasts the largest number of tigers in the world, making it an ideal destination for spotting the wild cat. Here are the top destinations in India where travellers can witness the raw charisma of tigers and contribute to their conservation efforts:

Ranthambore National Park

One of the most well-known tiger reserves in India, Ranthambore National Park is situated in the royal state of Rajasthan. It covers an astonishing area of approximately 1,334 sq. km. and is known for its diversified topography, which includes dry deciduous woods, lakes, and historic sites that are perfect habitats for tigers and other species to thrive in. During safaris, travellers have a high chance of seeing these elusive cats lazing in the sun or strolling through the forest. Apart from tigers, the park also hosts leopards, sloth bears, and a variety of avian species

Kanha National Park


Situated across the state of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is another popular spot for tiger enthusiasts. It is a captivating wilderness abounding with different flora and fauna and is often cited as the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The sal and bamboo forests of the park provide a window into Mowgli and Shere Khan's world. Several Indian wild dogs, sloth bears, and Indian bison are also found in the park in addition to the tigers, enhancing the wildlife experience.

Jim Corbett National Park 

Named after the hunter-turned-conservationist, Jim Corbett, this national park is located in Uttarakhand. The park is renowned for its substantial conservation efforts for Asian elephants and the critically endangered Bengal Tigers. It boasts beautiful deep woods and grassy meadows, offering tigers and other wildlife the ideal habitat. Visitors to this historic location have the option of taking elephant back rides or jeep safaris to explore the wilderness. 

Bandhavgarh National Park

Its dense tiger population makes Bandhavgarh National Park one of the best places to sight tigers. Located in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, this park was initially the hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa but at present offers a magnificent setting for your tiger safari with its lush vegetation and rugged terrain. In addition to tigers, Bandhavgarh is also home to leopards, deer, and various bird species.

Tadoba National Park

Although Tadoba National Park is one of the lesser-known tiger reserves, it offers a fantastic opportunity to see tigers in their natural habitat. It is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park and its smooth meadows, deep valleys, lakes, and bamboo woods provide the big cats the perfect habitat for survival. 

While making travel plans to these national parks, it's important to keep in mind that tiger sightings are subject to chance because these majestic animals are inherently elusive. To enhance your chances of seeing the rare Bengal Tiger, it is advised to reserve multiple safaris and spend a few days in each park. To ensure responsible wildlife tourism, always adhere to the rules and guidelines provided by the park authorities and contribute to the conservation efforts in your own little way.