Article by Rashmi Goyal
The number of yearly visitors to India number in the millions now. Many visitors come to India eagerly seeking to view the Tiger Safari and Delhi hotels abound in enquiries for the same. There are over 80 national parks and 500 wildlife sanctuaries in India. Accommodation such as lodges and even hotels is never a problem as hotels of all classes situated at these spots are at par with equivalent hotels in Delhi.
Well informed travelers choose their hotels in Delhi and subsequently arranged guides, tours and lodging from a position of knowledge, from luxurious Delhi hotels at city centers to waterfront and beachfront hotels with breathtaking sea and mountain views, from guest houses to comfortable forest lodgings.
The chances of spotting a Tiger depend on the size of a national park and the number of Tigers within it. While at your hotel in Delhi, you can quickly read up on India wildlife. Ever heard the term “green washing” of the travel industry; eco travel, eco lodges, eco hotels and just generally being “eco” has become a popular tourism pitch. Some examples are : volcano watching, whale watching , bird breeding farms , rural tours, heading for the artic!
India is one of the few places where Tigers can still be glimpsed in the wild, stalking through teak forests and terai grass. As recently as the beginning of the last century, up to one hundred thousand Tigers roamed the subcontinent, even though Tiger hunting had long been the sport of kings, maharajas and Mughal Emperors and the trigger-happy British, all indulged in it. Poaching took even a greater toll. An all-India moratorium on Tiger shooting was declared in the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act followed by Project Tiger Safari.
Rajasthan is home to plentiful wildlife, especially Tigers. The Ranthambore National Park here is the world’s foremost Tiger spotting destination. It also has the Sariska Tiger Safari Reserve. From the comfy confines of your hotel in Delhi it’s a short and easy journey to these magnificent Tiger Safaris. Ranthambore is one of the few places where it is relatively easy to see the Tiger during the day. Safari the jungle to see Tigers , leopards and other elusive species like caracal, hyenas, wild boars and deer. It’s back to your Delhi hotel for a breather.
The Kanha National Park near Nagpur is a very short flight from your Delhi hotel plus a brief ride, to one of the most beautiful parks in South Asia. Home to rich wildlife including Tigers, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, deer, wild oxen, wild boars, monkeys etc. The park is 940 sq km. Stay is at a lodge as good as any luxury budget hotel in Delhi and begin your Tiger Safari which includes a very early morning safari at 05:30, the best time to observe wildlife. Enjoy tribal dances or informal discussions with naturalists back at your lodge.
From here drive about 5 hours to Bandhavgarh National Park rich in savannah and jungle with the highest concentration of Tiger Safaris as well as a host of fascinating ruins.
Make sure to book your hotel in Delhi well in advance to get the most out of your India Tiger Safari tour. It is very convenient to use the travel desk services available in most Delhi hotels for your wildlife excursions – they have tie ups with the best tour operators ensuring good chances of awestruck gazing at the thrilling cats.