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Best Tiger Safari in India

An adrenaline pumping Tiger Safari in India can transport you to a whole new world of adventure. Spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild is an experience parallel to none. The regal strides, the gracious demeanour, the royal stripes blending in the wilderness; make it an exclusive wildlife experience to cherish for a life time to come.

India with the highest population of wild Tigers and 53 Tiger reserves is the best place to see tigers in the wild. India is now home to over 3100 wild tigers, which is more than 2/3rd of the total world tiger population, making it the best place for Tiger Safari.

Best National Parks for Tiger Safari in India

With the largest stronghold of tiger population in the world, India offers one of the most exclusive Tiger Safari experiences. Tiger sightings are of course a matter of chance, yet some parks offer higher likelihood of sightings due to the landscape & forest type. With 53 Tiger reserves in India, the country offers varied options across the length and breadth of the country.

Bandhavgarh National Park


Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Vindhya hills of Umaria district. Declared Tiger Reserve in 1972, under the Project Tiger and Wildlife Protection Act it is now one of the preferred parks for Tiger Safari in India that includes photographing and tracking Tigers in wild.

Bandhavgarh National Park was a Shikargah, or game reserve for the Maharajas of Rewa and their guests. Spread across an area of 1150 sq. kms, Bandhavgarh has one of the highest density of tigers in the world. Bandhavgarh is the original home to Mohan, the father of all white tigers in captivity today. Bandhavgarh’s famous tigers are Sita, Charger, Dotty and Spotty. The episodes of Dynasties, a documentary by BBC, were filmed in Bandhavgarh.

Best Time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park:
October to June

Tiger safari Tour Duration:
Tailor made as per need; suggested duration is minimum 6-7 nights.

Highlights of Bandhavgarh:
Tiger Safari, Bandhavgarh Fort, Ancient Manmade Caves and Shesh Shaiya.

Best way to reach Bandhavgarh National Park:
Fly to Jabalpur and drive for 3 ½ hours to reach the National Park. Jabalpur is well connected from all major towns in India, hence making it an ideal town to reach Bandhavgarh National Park.

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba National Park has gained immense popularity in the recent years as the top park for tiger sightings in India. Tadoba is a dry deciduous forest offering better visibility throughout the forest and hence increasing your chance for a good sighting.

The park has been well maintained with plenty man-made water saucers, which act like magnets for tigers & other wildlife in the hot months of summer. Tadoba has extreme weather conditions where the temperature happens to soar close to 45-50 degree Celsius in peak summers.

Tigers can be spotted on the tarmac road leading to the park and even lying lazily near the man-made water sources. Some of the famous tigers of Tadoba are Maya, Choti Tara, Sonam, Bajrang and Madhuri.

Best Time to visit Tadoba National Park:
Throughout the year

Tiger safari Tour Duration:
Tailor made as per need; suggested duration is minimum 6-7 nights.

Highlights of Tadoba:
Tiger Safari, Black Leopard, Magan khadi & Ramdegi Temple.

Best way to reach Tadoba National Park:
Fly to Nagpur and drive for 3 hours to reach Tadoba National Park. Nagpur is well connected from all major cities in India.


Kanha National Park


This surreal tiger country with its magical landscape is a feast to the eyes. The large open meadows ensure that the chances of spotting tigers are high. Though Kanha’s greatest achievement has been the preservation of Hard Ground Swamp Deer or Barasingha, from near extinction, Kanha’s meadows sustain large numbers of Chital, Sambar, Barasingha, and Gaur, which in turn support populations of predators and co-predators like Tigers, Leopards, Wild Dogs, Jungle Cats, and Foxes. A shutterbugs delight, Kanha is an ideal place to capture magical tiger shots and is a popular destination for photography tours. David Attenbrough’s documentary ‘Tiger’, a very well made film on the tigress of Kanha, ‘Laxmi’ was shot in this park.

Best Time to visit Kanha National park:
October to June

Tiger safari Tour Duration:
Tailor made as per need; suggested duration is minimum 6-7 nights.

Highlights of Kanha:
Tiger Safari, Sal Forest & Meadows, Barasingha, and over 350 species of birds.

Best way to reach Kanha National Park:
Fly to Jabalpur and drive 3 hours. Jabalpur is also well connected to all the major cities in the country and hence can be conveniently reached through road.

Pench National Park

This tiger reserve boasts of a dry deciduous forest with lush, verdant teak forests. A land of delightful splendor where myriad flora and fauna inhabit these stunning jungles. Some of the inhabitants are Tigers, Indian leopards, Sloth bears, several varieties of Deer, Nilgais, Chinkara, Wild Dogs and Gaurs. Pench is an idyllic land for bird watching, boasting of over 210 species of birds, including migratory birds.

Well connected with Kanha National Park through the Pench-Kanha corridor, the park offers the best of both the worlds. The late tigress Collarwali, is known worldwide for giving birth to the maximum number of cubs in the wild, till date and getting Pench on the world Tiger map. Spy in the Jungle is a film narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which got filmed in the mystical locales of Pench.

Best Time to visit Pench National Park:
October to June

Tiger safari Tour Duration:
Tailor made as per need, suggested duration is minimum 6-7 nights.

Highlights of Pench:
Tiger Safari, Leopards, Wild Dogs and Teak Forest.

Best way to reach Pench National Park:
Fly to Nagpur and take a road drive of 3 hours. Nagpur also makes for a convenient road trip destination as it is well connected from all major cities in India.


Panna National Park


In 1994 Panna National Park became India’s 22nd Tiger Reserve. Panna is situated at the junction of the Gangetic plains and the Deccan peninsula. The Panna Hills provide the catchment area for the Ken River, which is the life line of the park. It is home to over 40 species of mammals and over 300 species of bird and along with numerous butterflies and reptiles, it makes for an ideal wildlife paradise. The area hosts the second largest number of small cat species in the world.

It is predominantly an open forest, offering great opportunity to see the Tiger and other mammals. It also supports closed canopy forests, open forest with short grass and undercover, open Savannah woodlands which reflect sub Saharan habitats, tall grasslands and degraded scrub. Panna has been home to a highly successful Tiger relocation project. From near extinction the tiger population has now reached a healthy figure of 50 plus.

Best Time to visit Panna National park:
October to April

Tiger safari Tour Duration:
Tailor made as per need, suggested duration is minimum 6-7 nights.

Highlights of Panna:
Tiger Safari, Leopards, Crocodiles, Boat & Night Safari.

Best way to reach Panna National Park:
Fly to Khajuraho and drive for 45 minutes to reach the park. Khajuraho airport is connected from Delhi with frequent daily flights.

Best parks to see Bengal Tiger in India


Kanha Tiger Reserve


Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve


Panna National Park Panna


Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve


Satpura National Park


Pench National Park


Kanha National Park


Bandhavgarh National Park


Panna Tiger Reserve


Tadoba National Park


Satpura Tiger Reserve


Pench Tiger Reserve

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FAQS for Tiger Safari in India

  • When is the best time to visit the national parks for Tiger Safari?

    Most parks in India are open from 1st October to 30th June. October to March offers the best weather with sunny days and very few days of rain. April to June gets hot but is excellent for sightings in the park. Most of the parks core zones are closed from 1st July to 30th September but buffer zones stay open.

  • The most commonly used cards are Visa and Master card, but neither American Express nor Diner's Club are widely accepted in India. Outside the main cities, it is recommended that you carry enough Indian currency for purchases and tips. Most good accommodation in parks have visa/master available but due to remote location sometime it can be unreliable, so it is best to settle large amounts in advance. ATMs near park tend to run out of cash so it is best to withdraw from the city of arrival. Most park payments and small shops do not accept cards around the parks.

  • It's best to avoid drinking the tap water. All good accommodation provides safe drinking water in flasks in the rooms and during meal services. Bottled water is easily available at additional cost though the same is being discouraged to reduce plastic waste. It is advisable to carry a refillable drinking water bottle for your trip.

  • Yes, you will need a visa. This must be obtained before arrival and we recommend that you contact your local Indian embassy or consulate when planning your trip. Few countries have Visa on arrival which is easily available at the airports. You do not need a special permit to visit most of the tiger reserves except a few located in East India.

  • Besides basic precaution which is applicable for travel anywhere in the world nothing extra is required. Prevention from Malaria is a frequently asked question by the inbound traveller. Most of the Malaria cases are known to occur in the monsoons when the parks are closed, in winters Malaria cases are at the lowest. You may need to take malaria prophylactics or have some vaccinations before you travel. We recommend that you visit your doctor at least four weeks before the date of departure.

Top 5 Tips for Tiger Safari in India

Book your Tiger Safari at least 120 days in advance

Indian Tiger reserves have limited jeep carrying capacity, hence only a limited number is allowed for entry. The ticket sales open online, 90-120 days in advance for most of the popular parks, and these tickets get sold out within a day or two of opening. For peak periods the tickets sometimes get sold out within hours of opening. If booked timely, it not only safeguards your entry ticket on a preferred date, but also ensures that you also get the best zones within the park leading to a memorable Tiger safari experience.

Opt for a Tiger Safari with an experienced naturalist

All Tiger safaris in India require a forest guide in the jeeps, to monitor and regulate the excursion. There is a high probability that they are not well versed with flora & fauna and if they are, only a few speak English. This rule is in place, so as to encourage local employment opportunities, and integrate locals in the emerging eco-tourism sector. Over the years many have become experts in interpreting the flora and fauna, and have even learned English, however they are assigned based on a roster and a different guide is provided for every safari. To make your experience personalized and without counting on your luck to get a guide of your choice, it is advised to opt for an experienced English speaking naturalist who can become an interpreter between you & the jungle.

Experience a mix of different Tiger reserve zones

All the popular tiger reserves have many zones open for tourists. Park tickets are available zone wise. It is best to do a mix of different zones to experience the entire park. Some zones in the same park tend to have a different habitat, resulting in diversity of flora & fauna. Tiger sightings also tends to move around from one zone to another, depending on season centric factors such as a tigress with a new litter, water and food availability, etc. Many parks also offer zones in both core and buffer forest of the tiger reserve.

Clothing for Tiger Safari in India

In majority of the tiger reserves the temperature looks warm or moderate, and many guest come prepared accordingly. However, even in months like October and April which are considered warm months, the morning safari can get cold, as it gets very windy in an open jeep driving through a forested area. In these months the first two hours of the safari can be really cold, but once the sun is out it gets warm and sometimes hot. November to March come with lovely, sunny days; but Tiger safaris can get bitterly cold. So during this period good warm clothes are suggested. Most good safari operators also provide blankets and hot water bottles for these months, to make the safari comfortable. Therefore, it is best to come prepared according to the weather and pack appropriate clothing.

Minimum of 5-6 Nights to ensure sightings

Most guests come to the Tiger reserves hoping to see a wild tiger. For many of them it’s on their bucket list of things to see or do. Sighting wild tigers is a matter of chance, though a lot also depends on the weather, season and your naturalist and driver. Sometimes you hit the jackpot on the first drive, and sometimes never. Sometimes you do see a tiger, but it’s not a great sighting. It may be very far, or one where the tiger vanishes into the thicket, before you could get a chance to notice it. Therefore, it is best to give yourself a minimum of five-six nights with eight to ten drives; spread over two tiger reserves; if not more. This will ensure your chances for a great sightings and shall make for a memorable Tiger Safari in India. You are spending a lot of time & resource to reach the parks, so it is wise to give yourself a few extra days.

Questions before going for a Tiger Safari in India

  • What is the electricity supply in India and what plugs are used?

    The electricity supply is 230 – 240 volt, with three round pin plugs. Most western visitors will require an adaptor. Adaptors are available on request at all our lodges. Many of our lodges have international sockets in the rooms. There are ample sockets available for charging cameras etc.

  • All our lodges have basic internet connection available. We encourage our guests to connect to nature & disconnect from the world, when they visit our lodges. Internet speed is not the best but good enough for general work and correspondence. Internet may not be reliable at all times as breakdowns take time to fix as we are remotely located.

  • A delectable spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served at all the lodges; Breakfast is usually served on safari. Lunch and Dinner is a choice between both Indian & continental cuisines. Pure Vegetarian and other special food requests are taken care of on prior information. Chicken, mutton or fish are available for all major meals at the lodges. Beef and pork are largely unavailable. We source fresh non vegetarian and is safe to eat. Team can handle special dietary requirements if informed at time of booking the Tiger Safari.

  • We request guests to refrain from tipping any individual staff at the lodge. In case you wish to show your appreciation in form of tipping, tip boxes have been placed in the offices. The tip collected is shared between the operations staff, junior staff and many behind the scene members.

    Note - Naturalists, Nature Guides and drivers are not part of the common tipping and may be tipped directly. Our lodges do not charge a service fee.

  • The Indian currency is the rupee, which is made of 100 paise. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easy to exchange throughout India. Most international airports throughout the country will have money exchange counters and also all cities have money exchange agents. Our wildlife lodges can change small amount of major currencies and large amounts on a days’ notice. ATMs are also readily available throughout the country, but near the parks they may run out of cash frequently. All our lodges also accept master/visa credit and debit cards.

Comparison Between Top Tiger Safari Parks

India is home to 80% of the tiger population in the world with tigers spread across 53 tiger reserves. A large number of tigers are found in North India in Uttarakhand and East India in Assam. In South India tigers are found in Karnataka and in Central India in Madhya Pradesh and in the western belt of Rajasthan. Due to the lush green forests and high undergrowth in Assam and Uttarakhand the tiger sightings are limited. In India the largest population of tigers is found in Central India as revealed by the census in April 2023. Some parks have a higher opportunity of tiger sightings versus others due to the dry deciduous forests and a larger number of jeeps visiting the parks.

The five best National Parks for Tiger Safari in India are as follows:

  • Kanha National Park
  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Panna National Park
  • Panna National Park
  • Tadoba National Park

Kanha Tiger Reserve

The rolling meadows and picturesque landscape of Kanha make it a quaint tiger country with the highest density of tigers. The mystical forests of Kanha tiger reserve is also the forest corridor that inspired the popular novel by Rudyard Kipling ‘The Jungle Book’ about a Mowgli the boy who was raised by wolves. The large open meadows ensure that the chances of spotting tigers are high.

The scenic meadows lined by Sal forests often changes to open meadows, bamboo clad slopes or a dense mixed deciduous forest. The seasonal streams also lend the forests a pictorial charm. A shutterbugs delight, Kanha is an ideal place to capture magical tiger pictures. These mysterious forests are home to hard Ground Swamp deer (Barasinghas) and Gaurs (Indian Bison), the largest extant bovine. Kanha National Park is easily among the top 5 places for Tiger Safari in India.

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba has become very popular in the last decade as the park with the top tiger sightings. The oldest protected forest of Maharashtra, Tadoba is a charming landscape with beautiful hilly terrains and the pristine, perennial Tadoba lake. Tadoba one of the best parks in the country for tiger sightings. A dry deciduous forest with mostly teak and bamboo trees, Tadoba has a mix of grasslands and dry forests. This type of vegetation allows better visibility throughout the forest and good for tiger sightings.

Tadoba is also home to a good population of Wild dogs or Dholes and recently a black leopard has kept it in news. Tadoba is a beautiful park and instead of rushing to water saucers for typical sightings you may want to just drive around and hope for exclusive sightings. Connectivity to Tadoba is excellent as it is just 2-1/2 hours from Nagpur International airport making it an ideal choice for Tiger Safari in India with limited time in hand.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Surrounded by the Vindhya hills, Bandhavgarh National Park celebrates a rich historical past and a diverse population of flora and fauna and one of the highest density of tiger sightings in the world. It is also known to be the first breeding ground for white tiger. The Bandhavgarh National park has twelve natural waterholes, several historical monuments, and remains of ancient caves that are witness to the two-thousand years of history.

Bandhavgarh offers some of the best tiger photography opportunities. The safaris also must be booked much in advance to avail multiple safaris and to avoid the rush, in this charming land. Bandhavgarh is the land of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the top place for Tiger Safari in India.

Pench Tiger Reserve

Also known as Kiplings country, this quaint landscape inspired Rudyard Kipling to pen his saga, Jungle Book. Sher Khan still romps around this landscape with the strong-hold of tiger population. The famous tigress Collarwali which put Pench on the world Tiger map, known to have the highest number of cubs in the wild passed away in 2022. Her daughters specially Patdev carries on the saga of Royal Bengal Tigers in Pench.

This tiger reserve boasts of a dry deciduous forest with lush, verdant teak forests. Also well connected with Kanha National Park through the Pench-Kanha corridor, offering the best of both worlds and probably the best connected park for Tiger Safari in India.

Panna Tiger Reserve

Panna National Park spread over 543 sq. km was carved out of the hunting reserves of the erstwhile Panna, Chhattarpur and Bijawar states. It is home to over 40 species of mammals and over 300 species of bird and along with numerous butterflies and reptiles. The area hosts the second largest number of small cat species in the world.

It is predominantly an open forest, offering great opportunity to see the Tiger and other mammals. It also supports closed canopy forests, open forest with short grass and undercover, open Savannah woodlands which reflect sub Saharan habitats, tall grasslands and degraded scrub. Panna has been home to a highly successful Tiger relocation project. From near extinction the tiger population has reached a healthy figure of 70 plus. Hinauta range of the park is open throughout the year and besides wildlife it offers cascading waterfalls.

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Top Tiger Safari Tour Options

Great India Tiger Safari - 9N/10 Days

Tadoba - Kanha - Bandhavgarh

Great India Tiger Safari covers three Tiger parks of central India – Tadoba, Kanha & Bandhavgarh. This safari is ideal for a wildlife enthusiast focusing on Tiger. Together they are home to close to 20% of wild tigers in India. These 10 days Great Indian Tiger Safari also gives wildlife seekers get the best of the world by getting a chance to witness a starkly different terrain across these 3 parks.

Tiger Tiger - 9 nights / 10 days

Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Pench

This Tiger tour in India is ideal for a wildlife enthusiast focusing on the Tiger as it covers the three best National Parks of India – Bandhavgarh, Kanha & Pench. Each park offers a unique habitat, hence making them ideal tiger destinations for being explored by wildlife enthusiasts, who come to witness the wildlife of India through this popular tiger tour in india.

The Jungle Book Trails. – 12 nights/13 days

Satpura - Pench - Bandhavgarh - Kanha

This tour has been designed carefully to give you an insight of the very best of Wild India - Satpura, Pench, Bandhavgarh & Kanha, offering beautiful scenic views, mesmerizing rivers, and the finest Tiger Sightings. The Tour will take you through the ravine’s of Satpura to the Lush green Meadows of Kanha to the Deciduous forests of Pench & Bandhavgarh.

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How to book Tiger Safari in India

  • Pugdundee Safaris is recognized as one of India's leading responsible safari companies. With seven intimate jungle lodges in Central India and many bespoke wilderness experiences it presents the very best of the Indian subcontinent wildlife & hospitality. Between 2009 and 2023, we have been awarded for our excellence in wildlife safaris, our commitment to sustainability, our experienced naturalists and our pioneering mobile safari initiative.
  • Pugdundee is a Hindi word meaning a foot trail commonly used by humans and animals, this word is popularly used for such beaten paths in the Indian jungles. We continuously strive to deliver the best possible guest experience, while still integrating the conservation of jungles and the people living around. We are motivated by the hope of reaching out to people in the remotest areas of our country, as we believe that they are the front-runners of wildlife conservation. However, maybe just a drop in the ocean we consider that we are making a significant contribution to wildlife conservation and rural economy wherever our lodges are.
  • Driven by the love of Indian jungles we made an unplanned humble beginning in 1986, with a small-tented camp at Panna. Today, Pugdundee Safaris is run by a passionate team of wildlifers and hospitality professionals with a team of over 400 people committed in providing an incredible wildlife experience. The team includes naturalists, nature guides, boatmen, trackers and a marketing team based in Delhi.
  • Besides its mainstay of running wildlife lodges, Pugdundee Safaris has been keenly engaged in conservation and community development activities. At Pugdundee we believe local people hold the future of the forests in their hands and can either help protect or destroy them. If we wish to conserve our forests, we must look after the needs of local people by helping to improve their ability to earn livelihoods. Our lodges set mostly in remote locations away from regular tourism hubs help ensure that the benefit of eco-tourism is distributed far and beyond.

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