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Tiger Tours: 6 Wild Tiger Refuges in India and Nepal

Spot the rare Bengal tiger at one of these conservation wildlife parks

If you\’ve ever considered purchasing a telephoto camera lens, now is the time, especially on an India tiger tour.
About 2,500 wild Bengal tigers remain in the world today, primarily in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Burma. Some of the best conservation efforts of this endangered species are in India and Nepal, on former big-game hunting reserves. These days, the only shooting allowed is with a camera.

Your best chance of seeing a tiger in the wild may be at Kanha National Park, in Madya Pradesh (central), India, with a population of more than 100 Bengals. One of the world’s densest populations of tigers is in Bandhavgarh National Park, also in Madya Pradesh. It is the ancestral home of the white Bengal tiger, though they have not been spotted here in 50 years.

In the Himalayan foothills bordering Bhutan (Assam, India) Manas National Park has an estimated tiger population of 80 to 90 individuals. It also has a wild elephant refuge. Young tigers run wild at Ranthambore National Park, near Jaipur, Rajasthan (northwest) India. Of the some 45 Bengal tigers, 25 were born in the past two years.

Nepal’s Chitwan National Park is one of the best wildlife refuges in Asia, with tigers as well as rhinos, leopards, langurs, elephants, and over 500 species of birds. The tiger population in Bardia National Park, in Nepal, has doubled in recent years. The park sees fewer tourists than Chitwan, which may improve your changes of seeing the tigers and 50 other mammal species.

Tour companies devoted to sustainable travel and conservation who lead tiger safaris in these parks include G Adventures, Wildland Adventures, and Wild Planet Adventures.

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