The ever-elusive big cat was endangered since past few years and its numbers began to dwindle at an alarming pace, due to the unchecked hunting since the times of royal sport of hunting. This man vs. beast activity found favor with the greedy humans out to prove their mettle, armed with powerful weapons against which the majestic tiger stood little chance. Royals and later British generals found a deep sense of pride killing one of nature’s most gorgeous beasts, stuffing the dead animal carcasses to adorn their homes. The beautiful coat of the tiger had been used as floor coverings and to make seats for the powerful men. Also many villagers wanted to hunt the tiger in order to protect their cattle and themselves as dwindling forest cover often led to these wild beasts venture into human habitats, in search of prey.
If you are taking a trip on a vehicle for the ultimate safari experience, you would be made to sit in special safari vehicles and driven on well-defined tracks to the innermost deep parts of the forest. The vehicle is usually a jeep or a canter and is specially designed to take care of your safety.It is wonderful to explore the rich flora and fauna of the jungle as the vehicle makes its way through the dense forest. It pays to bepatient and avoid making noise, as your guide will tell you. Animals love peace; do not provoke them. If you are lucky, you would be able to trail the paws of the tiger as he wanders in search of his prey.While taking close-up pictures, do not get tempted to jump off the vehicle it can be very dangerous and is often illegal. The best will not attack if it does not feel threatened or disturbed by your presence. The perfect harmony is what can help you make the most of your trip.
Elephants are accepted well by tigers and they have a mutual understanding of not disturbing each other. An experienced ‘mahout’ and a well-trained elephant can take you through the densest of the forests to meet the most elusive tigers. See the territorial markings of the tiger in the form of scratch marks on tree barks, bushes and rocks! The trail is as exciting as the real spotting. Watch your mahout follow the call of the wild; animals often let out a warning cry if one they spot a tiger in the vicinity. This is a perfect indication for your mahout to try and spot the majestic animal for your benefit.
In places where water bodies constitute a large part of forest reserve, boat safaris are organized to get a view of the hidden tiger and other animals.
There is a saying about the Park that goes: “In any other Park, You are lucky if you see a tiger. In Bandhavgarh, you are unlucky if you see only one tiger!”
Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the towering Western Ghatson the Mysore-Ooty highway in South India, it is easily accessible to the tourists. The breathtaking view of the surrounding Nilgiri peaks and a dense green cover make it quite a scenic forest. Kabini water reservoir separates this park from Nagarhole Park. The lush greenery and water sources at Nagarhole support the highest density of herbivores here in all of Asia. The jungles have a high concentration of big herbivores such as elephant, chital, sambar, gaur, wild pig, langur and macaque. The food chainin turn contributes to the large population of carnivores, including tiger, leopard and wild dog. Such is nature’s wonderful ecosystem!
Situated atthe foothills of the Himalayas in the Nainital district of North India, it is India’s oldest and most prestigious national park. Sheltering a healthy population of tigers and rare species of animals like otters and the endemic fish eating crocodile, this national park is one of the most sought after destinations for wildlife buffs. The Ramganga River flowing through the thick jungle attracts loads of animals on its banks. Catch the sight of the tiger stealthily preying on the unsuspecting animals quenching their thirst.
Located in Assam in East India, it hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceros. It also boasts the highest density of tigers. The tall grasses provide an excellent camouflage for the tiger, so you need to be lucky enough and look carefully to spot the tiger. Your guide has been trained to do just that for you. However thepresence of tiger can be felt by way of many pug marks, remnants of its remarkable kills, territorial markings and an occasional resounding roar!
Situated near Jaipur amidst the Vindhya and the Aravalli Ranges in West India,it is considered as one of the best locations in India to see the tiger in its natural habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted during the day; preying or cuddling their young ones. The famous tiger queen ‘Machali’ liveslike a royal aristocrat in the park.There are many water bodies located all over the park, which provide perfect relief during the extremely hot summer months. The place is home to a large variety of animals, birds and reptiles. Ruins of erst while royal forts within the forest environs which are now occupied by real tigersdot the park. A treat for the modern visitors indeed!
So what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to the natural abode home of the great tiger that is India’s National Animal, along with a host of other animals and to experience the peaceful and rustic life of the jungle. Get ready to capture the mesmerizing moments and encounters with exotic wildlife in your camera as proof when you share envious stories of tiger spotting back home!