Tips for Tiger Safari in India

Even in the highest tiger population density areas, spotting tigers is not certain. Some tourists must take back-to-back safari for several days to increase the possibility of spotting tigers.

Elephant safari is the best way to get closer to the tigers while Jeep safaris will allow deep penetration into the forest, into the habitat of tigers.

Always follow your guide’s instructions while on a safari, your safety is important. This wild animals is a well-known carnivorous. Absolute silence is needed for tiger spotting. 

Usually, summers are the best time to spot tigers as the water holes will be drained out, pushing tigers to reach out of their usual habitat to find large water sources. Also, the grasses will be dried out, increasing your visibility.

What to Wear For Tiger Safari

The prime tiger spotting time is during the peak summer season. Thus, you should wear fully covering thin clothing, comfortable shoes or any footwear that covers your feet completely, sunscreen and hat as exposing your skin to sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration and other skin problems. Remember to carry a large bottle of water. And if you prefer early morning safari, carry a thin jacket.
Many of the naturalists in India are incredible as they can hear alarm call, sound of engine from a great distance. When you enter the tiger reserves in India it’s incredibly easy to become detached by your guide’s notes, instructions and eye movements, assuming that they have some inside knowledge about where the tigers are going to pop up while in fact, they don’t. So don’t be afraid to look the other way, get involved and try to discern the different deer and langur alarm calls from the broad-spectrum of jungle noises. You’re not going to become an expert anytime soon but it certainly adds to the whole amazing experience. 

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 5)

 Bandipur National Park

Bandipur along with Nagarhole and Mudumalai are major Tiger population area in Southern India. The tiger population in the Western Ghats is estimated to be a quarter of the whole country’s tiger population. Bus safari, elephant safari and jeep safari are allowed in this park. If you are expecting to spot tigers, it is best to choose elephant safari or jeep safari.

Situated in the Ooty – Mysore highway, this park is one of the most popular destinations for sporting tigers and elephants. The park covers along two states. On the Tamil Nadu side, this park is known as the Mudumalai reserve. The northwest region of the park with Kabini region is popular for spotting tigers during summertime. Besides tigers, visitors can find Nilgiri tahr, leopard, langur, Indian hare, and many others.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to end of June

Safari Timing – 6 am to 9 am and, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm by bus; 10 am to 11 am by elephant safari and, 6 am to 9 am and, 4 pm to 6 pm by jeep safari.

Closest Airport is Coimbatore international airport, which is 85 km away from the park

Periyar National Park

Periyar national park is a well-known wildlife sanctuary and tourism attraction of Kerala. Besides tigers and elephants, this place is filled with Indian wild dog, sambar, mouse deer, wild pig, barking deer, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr and others.

As the probability of spotting tiger is very small in this park, you must arrive at the park early in the morning. Boating in the Periyar lake is the best way to see thirsty tigers with cubs. To increase the chances of spotting tigers, better bring along binoculars.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to end of June

Safari Timing – 7 am to 4 pm on boat ride, early morning to 3 pm by jeep safari.

Closest Airport is Kochi international airport, which is 145 km away from the park

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 3)

Satpura National Park

Tigers are born predators by nature, familiar with lurk and survive in silence. Expecting such an animal to appear in front of a long row of canters and jeeps is unreasonable. Thus, Satpura permits only 12 vehicles per day. The best venue to find tigers is Sonbhadra River. During summer, visitors can spot tigers swimming in the river to avoid the heat. This is one of the very few tiger preservation sites where walking tours are allowed. Besides tigers, visitors can find chital, gaur, leopard, porcupines, wild boars, chinkara, hyena, black buck and others.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April and May

Safari Timing starts from 7 am to 11 am

Closest Airport – Bhopal Airport, which is 140 km away from the park

Pench National Park

This park is situated in the heart of the country, spreading 760 square kilometer of forest area. It nurtures 43 tigers within its boundaries. The lake regions are usually the most common tiger spotting areas. This park is one of the best sites to spot diverse wild animals. Besides the royal Bengal tiger, visitors can find sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, barking deer, hyena, Indian leopard fox, and others.

There are seven safari zones in this park. The Turla region is the most popular region for spotting tigers. The regions around the stream in Turla are filled with tigers during summer season. Night safari is also permitted in this zone. Canter and jeep safaris are common transportation to discover the region and spotting tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to June

Safari Timing begins from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes among season)

Closest Airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 95 km away from the park

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 1)

With more than 1,500 tigers living within its boundary, India is home to nearly 50% of the world’s wild tiger. Living in over 50 different national parks, tigers is thriving in India. If you are expecting to take a tiger safari, you should choose the parks with the maximum number of tigers, various safari option and good visibility to spot the tigers.

Here are the Top Tiger Safaris in India that you can choose.

Bandhavgarh National Park

This wildlife sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh has the top density in terms of the country’s national animal. Around 55 tigers are living in just 100 square kilometer. This park was also popular for white tigers which was not spotted for 50 years ago and many other animals such as sambar, chital,  blue bull, antelope, wild boar, wild dog, Indian fox, leopard, bison, and nilgai.

The best way to get closer to tigers is by using jeep or elephant safari visiting four zones covered in this park. However, as only limited number of vehicles is allowed to access each zones daily, visitors should book in advance.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April and June.

Safari Open Time: 5:30 am to 10 am and,4 pm to 7 pm

Closest Airport – Jabalpur airport, which is about 200km away from the park

2. Ranthambore National Park

This park is one of the biggest in the country and is very popular among wildlife photographers. It’s used to be a hunting ground before being transformed to a protection and reserve site. Other important animals living here are jungle cats, sloth bear, jackals, Indian fox, crocodiles, and leopards. Tigers are usually living in the Bakaula region of the park, which is filled with a dense forest and many watering holes.

Ranthambore has the longest living tigress of the world. Of which, Machli – the queen of the park – was 20 years when she died- the higher age than the average lifespan ( 10-15 years). The tigress won lifetime achievement record for being a top tourism destination and playing a critical role in conservation. There are ten zones in Ranthambore National park and zone 4 has the highest number of tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April to May

Tiger Safari Open at 7 am to 10:30 am and, 2:30 pm to 6 pm

Closest Airport – Jaipur airport, which is about 150 km away from the park

Best Places to Celebrate New Year in India (Part 2)

Bangalore

The city is not only famous for its IT industries and hardworking people but also for throwing great parties. If lush green opened space, huge shopping malls, and beautiful weather are inviting you, Bangalore is the must travel place in order to celebrate the new year. The city can inspire you to tap your feet on beats of music without any hard attempt. A rocking crowd and live music can help you enjoy every bit of the celebration.

Puducherry
This place has always had a hipster charm and is gradually becoming as the new hip place to replace Goa. The French colonial charm of the Puducherry streets combines in harmony with the mix of cultures of peaceful Ashrams as well as ancient French architecture.

Similar to Goa, Puducherry provides a large selection of charming French style cafes, bars and lounges with affordable alcohol, visited by people around the world. If you want a relaxing New Year’s Eve then this is the ideal place to be.

Udaipur, Rajasthan
The city of lakes offers something more than just a historical place. Popular with its clear lake waters, massive Rajput Palaces, friendly people with colorful handicrafts and surrounded by the Ravalli range with its amazing wildlife.

All of this gets Udaipur to suit the title of“Kashmir of Rajasthan”. If this New Year’s Eve you would like to experience the past in royal style, then visit the heritage city of Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is another beautiful untouched beach destination that offers a serene environment for a relaxing holiday. Gokarna has a dual life of both religious spot for the Hindus as well as the abode of Lord Mahabaleshwar.

On the other hand, it is a lover’s paradise featuring peaceful beach, the blueness of the ocean, secluded and peaceful, all of which is away from the chaos of the city. You can also get affordable accommodation at Gokarna for a relaxing New Year’s with close friends and family if you book in advance.

Most Important Buddhist Pilgrimage Places (Part 3)

Key Monastery

Situated in an altitude of over 13,000 feet in Spiti Valley. Himachal Pradesh, Key Monastery is a particularly important Tibetan religious training centre for Llamas, featuring stunning monastic architecture. The monastery consists of various murals, houses and a good collection of scriptures and Buddha images.

The beautiful 3-storeyed monastery is situated in a remote region, thus it is visited mostly by adventure travellers and Buddha followers. 

Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Dharamshala

Known as the main seat of Tibetan Buddhism or the residence of Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama Temple is a colourful and enchanting monastery complex where Dalai Lama delivered his sermons.

The temple has a large statue of the Buddha. Morning and evening chants are immensely amazing and spotting the image of llamas performing their daily duties is peaceful. As visiting the complex, travellers must also visit Norbulingka Institute and Namgyal Monastery in the same ares of Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery is the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second largest monastery and the most popular places for a Buddhist spiritual in the world. Tawang Monastery is visited mostly by tourists, monks and Buddha followers. Situated at a height of 10,000 feet in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, the monastery with vibrantly colorful, serene and the architecture, decor and murals are breathtaking in a picturesque setting of the Tawang valley, featuring the decorated tall statue of the Buddha in the main hall and the sacred texts in the library. 

Rumtek Monastery

Popular for being the Dharma Chakra Centre, Rumtek Monastery is a political and spiritual centre of the Kagyu of Tibetan Buddhists which located in Gangtok, Sikkim.

The main temple is beautifully coloured and decorated with a bejewelled golden shrine commemorating the guru of the Kagyu lineage making it one of the best ancient relics and scriptures, as well as the architecture in the world.

Facts About India That Will Surprise You (part 2)

The Only Nation With a Bill of Rights for Cows
From the moment an Indian is born, he has a birth mother and Gaumata – Cows – which are believed to be holy in Hinduism. It’s also the reason why the Constitution has a set of rules that bans the sale and slaughter of cows. 

Shani Shingnapur – Village Without Doors
The village without doors and locks located in Maharashtra attracts over 40,000 devotees each day due to a 300 years old legend. Its residents sleep soundly in their establishments as they believe Lord Shani – the guardian of the village- will protect them. 

Madhopatti – Officer’s Village of India
Madhopatti is a small village in the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, well-known by producing the most number of IAS officers. With solely 75 households, there are  nearly 50 officers to Indian administration and many others made their careers by working for prestigious organisations like ISRO, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and World Bank. 

Tulsi Shyam – The hills that Defy Gravity
Tulsi Shyam in Amreli district, Gujarat features many anti-gravity roads where cars that are left in free gear, then start rolling up a hill against the gravitational pull. This strange phenomenon is a reality that you must witness.

The Largest Number of Vegetarians in the World
If you are vegetarian, you find the home of vegetarian food here with the majority of the population is Hinduism, and 30% -40% of them is vegetarians.

The Highest Cricket Ground in the World
India is a cricket loving nation, featuring the highest cricket ground in the world recorded by the Guinness Book. The ground is located at a level of 2,144 metres above sea level in Chail, Himachal Pradesh.

India is the Second Largest English-speaking Nation
India has around 10% of its population fluent in English and is expected to quadruple in the next decade. 

Tea culture of India (part 3)

Darjeeling

Besides the native Assam tea bush, the British were also trying to smuggle the much-prized tea plants and seeds of China into India such as Camellia sinensis sinensis. The tea bushes were grown in the high-altitude, cool, rainy, and rugged mountains of Darjeeling where the environment mirrored China. By the mid 1850s, tea growing in Darjeeling had been so successful; however, Darjeeling produces 1 percent of India’s total tea output which would never reach the output of tea from Assam. Darjeeling is often refer to as the “Champagne” of teas which is similar to the fickle grapes of France. Darjeeling tea quality vary from year to year depending on the weather, soil conditions, and the terrain where the bushes grow.

GEOGRAPHY

Located in the state of West Bengal in eastern India, Darjeeling’s tea growing area range from 2,000 to 7,000 feet and spread across hills, valleys, steep vertical mountain ranges and up into alpine forests. Many microclimates throughout Darjeeling were formed due to the radical changes in elevation, including cool misty breezes, subtropical forest humidity, strong sunshine and monsoon rains. The challenging geography and rough, inaccessible terrain make Darjeeling to be an exclusive tea.

The unique and prized flavor of Darjeeling tea is defined by the terrain; of which, the teas grown at higher elevation in colder temperatures is the most expensive. The high prices are due to the Darjeeling bush growing in the steep terrain which makes it difficult to harvest, especially in fickle weather.

THE TEA

Darjeeling tea both variety (assamica) and the China variety (sinensis), are completely unique to this region of India where it has acclimated to the high elevation and rugged climate similar but unique from China’s. Therefore, many Darjeeling tea bushes may be a China-India hybrid, but it can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Things to Do in Northern India (part 1)

If you plan to visit Northern India, there are a whole lot more to the region than the well-known Golden Triangle, the popular route of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur such as the peaks of the Himalayas tower over the far north, tigers roam in the jungles and the scent of toasted spices fills in the air.
No matter how many times you visited India, the country ever fail to blown your mind by the chaos, colour and culture of it. Here are our top suggestions for what to do while you’re here:

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, Agra

Watching the sunrise over the Taj Mahal is the sight of the lifetime, if you are in India. The delicately designed façade of the Taj Mahal is a monument commissioned by Shah Jahan Emperor in 1631 to honour of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. The building changes its colour throughout the course of the day. In the early morning, it is purples and pinks; in the late morning, it is bright gleaming white and in the late afternoon, it is soft orange and peach. If you want to see a different perspective of the Taj reflecting romantically in the calm waters, head across the Yamuna River to the Mehtab Bagh Gardens.

Hike up to the Amber Fort, Jaipur

The Amber Fort stands at the top of a large hill in Amber, around seven miles outside Jaipur, which can easily be accessed at day through ascending the steep pathways. It takes around 10 minutes in a sweaty walk, or take a taxi (or an elephant); however, the walk is a much better way if you want to take a look at the pretty views down to Maotha lake and the Kesar Kyari Gardens. As soon as you reach at the fort, it’s time to admire the gorgeous mosaics and colourful courtyards at one of Rajasthan’s stand-out architectural sights.

Interesting facts you may not know about India (Part 1)

Although dirt and poverty are challenges, India is still a country with incredible history, ruins of ancient cities, beautiful nature.

Native colors

India is a multi-ethnic nation where 400 people exist together. Women wear sari, men in jeans and T-shirts, old people wear lungi – a cloth wrapped around their bodies. Local people are very open, generous and love tourists.

Traffic

Be careful on the road because there are no rules here. The level of comfort in public transport depends on the price. For example, with the lowest ticket price, passengers will sit on the floor, luggage storage. If you pay more, you can sit in the air-conditioned compartment. If you want real luxury, choose the Maharajas express train. This is the best train in Asia.

Where to visit

Mumbai is the poorest and richest city in India – you can see the slums and skyscrapers here. You should visit the famous temples: Tirumala Venkateswara temple, Ellora cave, Somnath temple, Kashi Vishwanath, Jagannath, Meenakshi, Nelumbo temples and many other temples. There are also more than 300,000 mosques. One of India’s main attractions is the Taj Mahal, with more than 20,000 construction workers in 30 years.

Food

People in India like to eat spicy. Even if you ask them not to add too much spice, you will get a dish with lots of dill, turmeric, chili. Most residents are vegetarians so you can buy vegetables in many places. Good news for those who love mango, in New Delhi, there is an annual festival dedicated to this fruit.

Medicine

India is the home of Ayurveda – traditional Hindu medicine, based on the idea of ​​balancing systems in the body and using diet, herbal treatment and yoga. It’s not just a treatment – it’s a philosophy. Many tourists come to India for treatment when traditional medicine cannot help them.