Since 1973, the Tiger Project works to ensure the survival of the big cat in Indian nature reserves. The center of the country brings together the best national parks where to see the tiger and enjoy the wildest nature.
National Parks in India are much more than nature. Ancient hunting reserves of the Maharajas or remote places in sparsely populated mountains, they often treasure palaces, temples and ruins within hectares of almost virgin jungle. For this reason, it is not only worth doing sunset safaris or riding on the back of an elephant among nature, but excursions and trekking can include little explored historical heritage, to feel like Rudyard Kipling again in the 21st century.
Traditional tourism usually visits the parks of Rajasthan or Kerala for their relative good situation, but it is in Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India, where the chances of meeting head-on with tigers are maximized. The improvement of railway and air communications in the last decade has put the reserves of the center of the country at a stone’s throw. We present the best parks to live with the unique flora and fauna of the subcontinent:
- Bhandavgarh is among the largest parks with the largest number of tigers, in addition to having an important population of leopards. Wander through the jungle on the back of an elephant at sunset or spend half a day climbing up to the ruins of Fort Bhandavgarh, which according to tradition has been built over the Umaria region for 2,500 years. The park’s luxury accommodations and campsites offer all kinds of amenities.
- Satpura is the “alternative” natural park. Just visited by tourism, it enjoys a privileged location on the banks of the Sargapana River and allows excursions to spectacular waterfalls. The tiger moves freely through the extension of the park and the safaris are almost intimate. Another advantage of Satpura is its proximity to Bhopal, the state capital.
- On horseback between Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the landscape of the Pench Natural Park is well worth the visit. Here Kipling placed his famous Jungle Book and little has changed since the years of the British Empire. The concentration of tigers is high and the charming accommodations near the park complete this journey through time.
- Kanha is the best-known park in Madhya Pradesh, and its fame is due to successes in the conservation of various endangered species such as barasingha, a species of native deer. Being one of the founding parks of the Tiger Project , it has a prominent population that has even served to repopulate the parks in the north of the country. From Bamni Dadar, the sunset over the pastures is extraordinary.
- And near Kajuraho, Panna is a perfect getaway to combine with a cultural tourism itinerary. The number of tigers is growing in this reserve, a bridge between the protected areas of the east and the west, although it is still more common to find leopards, wolves or crocodiles than with the great Bengal cat. In addition, Panna boasts of having the highest concentration of birds in the paradise of India.