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Which reserve in India is the best to see the Bengal Tiger?

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1. Posted by claretrick (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

Can anyone tell me which would be the best Nature Reserve to try and see the Bengal Tiger!??? Plus I will be in India from Nov to Jan and in Nepal in Oct would there be any chance of sighting one at this time of year???

I know there are so many well know reserves such as Pench but which is my best bet??

Thanks to anyone who can help

:)

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

in the sundarbans, south of Kolkata...

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Apart from Sunderbans, tigers can also be sighted at Ranthambhore wild life reserve which can be easily by combining it along with the Golden Traingle of India(Delhi_Agra_Jaipur)

U have chosen the best time to visit India and of course yes tigers can be sighted during this time.

Do let me know if u need more info:)

Cheers
Arif

4. Posted by claretrick (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

Is the Pench reserve no good then!?. The best sightings are in Sunderban then! ??Is it a national reserve, how much should I look at paying for a day, and when would be the best time during the months I am in India???

sorry for all the questions, there are so many choices, dont want to miss the chance at sighting these beautiful animals in there natural habitat!!!

Thanks

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Hello Clare:)

Welll a total of 27 tiger reserves have been created by the indian government under the "Project Tiger" mission.

Ranthambhore and Sunderbans have quite a lot of tigers and there is good chance of u coming face to face with the big cats. The advantage of Ranthambore is that it is close to the Golden triangle area so it can be done along with it.
The best time is from October to March.

Pench is the latest addition in the list, but its located in Chindwara district of MP which is quite far off and u have to go their just to see it.

As for affordability, it can be done cheap if u combine it with a tour of 5-7 days of other cities like Jaipur, etc, but if u wish to stay there accomodation can be a bit expensive and u can get a decent one for around 70-100 USD per night

Hope this helps

Let me know if u need more info

Arif

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

As I still want to go to india and visit the tigers, I did some research a while ago and noticed that in general things don't look good for the tiger, as in some parks the number of tigers has gone down and in some northern park (sorry forget the name) still called Tiger reserve there aren't any anymore!
Also Ranthambore is still ok, but not the best. Sundarbans should have the highest population, but the park is huge and not really navigatable very well.

Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh (and a fourth somewhere over there) should do the thing.
By the way, watch this guy's photos of tigers in Kanha.

Best time is the dry season from October/November until May, with the last months (from late February onwards) being the best when vegetation is more scarce.

O, something nice as well: In Gujarat there is park with the last remaining Asian lions. I forgot the name though

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 20, 2008, at 11:54 AM by Utrecht ]

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

O, something nice as well: In Gujarat there is park with the last remaining Asian lions. I forgot the name though

Well, its Gir National Park, the last remaining reserve for Asian lions and it is in Gujarat

8. Posted by saiful007 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Hello Claretrick

Greets from my side. If you want see the Bengal TIger then Indian Sundarbans is the best in India. But condition of the Indian Sundarbans are very poor, many people live inside jungle in permanently. Inside the juncle there are have a hospital, but not pet, human hospital. in this Indian Sundarbans have maximum 70-80 tigers.

I think you didn't ever heard Bangladesh side Sundarbans. It is the biggest mangrove forest in the world, double of Indian Sundarbans in size. more than 400 world biggest Royal Bengal Tiger live there. 230 categories of birds live there and many more.

So, I believe that If you want to see the Royal Bengal Tiger then You should must come bangladesh.

Saiful:)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
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9. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 8y

a few good ones are

Ranthambore - Rajasthan

Corbett - Uttaranchal

Kanha - Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh - Madhya Pradesh

Just been to Corbett in March08...saw 5 tigers ... but it' crucial to stay inside the forest (FRH's forest rest houses) here for better sighting

cheers!

10. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 8y

u must spend at least 3 days in a park to have a good sighting...