TOFT’s campaign is focused on 6 of the best known Tiger Viewing Parks in India. Each park has numerous attractions, fabulous wildlife, unique flora and fauna and different experiences, so each is worth visiting in its own right and for a reasonable length of time.
Like any wildlife park, the best experiences are achieved if you are able to give a reasonable length of time to your visit to Tiger parks, with a recommended 3 night (or more) visit to get most out of your stay, and to enjoy all that these parks have to offer. Infact the longer the better if you are a keen wildlife traveller, as you will begin to get under the skin of these areas and get to know your guides and hosts better, helping to understand the myriad wonders, complex biodiversity and conservation efforts associated with these areas. Furthermore you increase greatly your chances of seeing a Tiger!
Madhya Pradesh, in the heart of Central India, has some of the last great Sal and Teak forests in India, the Satpura Maikal range includes the well known Tiger parks of Pench, Kanha and Bandavgarh and have high densities of Tigers (and often cubs) in their tourist zones, so the chances of seeing them are infact very good. Often two or more of these parks can be combined in a seven to ten day visit. Panna also in Madyha Pradesh is sadly now better known for seeing leopard, than tiger, because of recent poor protection, but it is a very beautiful park, with good chance of seeing other elusive animals including Sloth bear. It also has the benefit of far fewer tourists visiting it.
Corbett National Park, in Northern India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, is another beautiful lush park that harbours both tigers and wild elephants, which you have a good chance of seeing, besides a host of other species and some of the best birdlife in India. You want to try and get into the Dhikala range to ensure you get away from most ‘corporate tourism’ that is now booming here.
Ranthambhore National Park, the closest park to Delhi in the desert state of Rajasthan, situated in a belt of low hills is probably India’s most famous park and today has good tiger sightings and best known for tigers amongst the ruins of the ancient fort. Experiences can be spoilt by a poor tourism policy, large open plan buses and large visitor numbers, but can provide visitors with stunning sightings and photographs.