Best Place to See Tigers in India
Interested to see Tigers in the Wild and trying to figure out which is the best place to see tigers in India?
India, is the right place to visit if you are among one of the many who would like to spot tigers in their natural habitat. Home to more than seventy percent of the total world tiger population, India has almost 50 Tiger Reserves managed under Project Tiger, a tiger conservation program launched in 1973. The largest tiger reserve in India is the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve that is spread across 3,296 sq. km in the state of Andhra Pradesh and the smallest tiger reserve in India is the Bor Wildlife Sanctuary (spread across 138 sq.km. in Maharashtra) which was declared as a tiger reserve in 2014, but that does not guarantee tiger spotting. A better way to pick a tiger reserve is to understand the tiger population in India statewise or an even better benchmark would be to ask which national park has the most tigers or has the highest density of tigers in India.
The national parks in India with the most tigers are:
|TIGER RESERVE||TIGER POPULATION|
|Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand)||215|
|Bandipur National Park (Karnataka)||120|
|Kaziranga National Park (Assam)||116|
|Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh)||105|
|Nagarhole National Park (Karnataka)||101|
|Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (Maharashtra)||88|
|Sunderban National Park (West Bengal)||76|
|Satpura National Park (Madhya Pradesh)||70|
|Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan)||62|
|Pench National Park (Madhya Pradesh)||53|
|Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh)||45|
Note: These are approximate figures as per the statistics of 2016
The national parks in India with the highest density of tigers are:
|TIGER RESERVE||NO. OF TIGERS / 100 SQ KM|
|Orang National Park (Assam)||35.44|
|Kaziranga National Park (Assam)||12.72|
|Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand)||11|
|Bandipur National Park (Karnataka)||10.28|
Note: As per preliminary estimates of 2017. Final numbers to come by end of 2017
Some interesting statistics about wildlife reserves and their population is as given below:
- There are about 500 wildlife sanctuaries, 103 national parks and 50 Tiger Reserves in India.
- India houses roughly 172 species of the rarely found animals which include Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Lions, One-horned Rhinos, Blackbucks, Lion-tailed Macaques, Snow Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Elephants, Indian Black Bears, Indian Bison and many more.
- As per latest statistics, there are about 2,226 Tigers in India (according to 2014 census), which is a whopping 70% of the total world population of Tigers.
- Each and every part of the country is blessed with a bounty of fauna apart from the rich diversity of flora.
- Apart from over 500 species of wild mammals, National Parks in India are an abode of plentiful varieties of reptiles, amphibians, fishes, birds and insects too.
To help you decide or increase the odds of spotting a tiger in the wild, here’s our pick of some of the best tiger reserves in India or we could put it as – ‘the best places to see tigers in India‘. Also, do click on given hyperlink if you are wondering which is the best time of the year to see tigers in India.