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Tigers in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

India's wildlife & national parks

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India wildlife holidays


India is rich in natural wonders, blessed with enchanting landscapes and an amazing variety of flora and fauna, the likes of which inspired Rudyard Kipling to create the Jungle Book more than 120 years ago. Indeed, India's 80 national parks and 441 wildlife sanctuaries are home to an astonishing array of species, from Royal Bengal tigers and one horned rhinos to Asian elephants, Gangetic dolphins and more than 1,250 species of birds including kingfishers and cormorants, hawks, kites and eagles.

The country's astounding biodiversity is due, in part, to a unique topography that ranges from steaming lowland jungles to the alpine forests, meadows and grasslands of the Himalayas. Sadly, however, a steadily increasing human population in need of both land and resources has driven many vulnerable species to the verge of extinction. Fortunately, the situation is improving and since the 1970s organisations such as Project Tiger have worked tirelessly to halt this decline. Vast swathes of previously unprotected countryside, particularly in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, have become much needed sanctuaries for some of the country’s most endangered animals.

Ranthambore National Park

A former hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, this 400 sq. km region of jungled hills and peaceful, crocodile-filled lakes is India’s most popular national park. Head out on safari along Ranthambore National Park's forest trails, taking in crumbling ruins and a 10th-century fort as you go in search of what is Rajasthan's largest tiger population. As the poster child for Indian tiger conservation, the big cats are understandably the main draw, but there's much else to see here, too, from wild boar and sambar to langur and leopard. And, as the home to some of the country's finest national park accommodation, your days in the wild will be beautifully balanced by the likes of gourmet dining and spa treatments. 

Tiger in Ranthambore National Park

Kanha National Park

Indian bison, deer, antelope, Indian leopards, a burgeoning population of tigers and around 300 species of birds – from bee-eaters to hornbills – make their  homes in this vast and beautiful national park and tiger reserve, located in the northern state of Madhya Pradesh. It's also something of a haven for India's plant species, with over 1,000 species of flowering plants found amid its forests and meadows.

Kanha National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

This small national park in Madhya Pradesh is perhaps the best place to spot a tiger in India. At the last census in 2014, 68 tigers were counted here, all living within the 453 sq km territory that comprises the reserve's central zone. Stay a couple of days, and your chances of an encounter are high. But, if your lucks out, there's also a healthy population of leopards – although these are harder to spot than the tigers – as well as deer, wild boar, langur and some 250 species of birds.

Panna National Park

Spot crocodiles, sloth bears, leopards and more than 200 species of birds in this national park, located within the Vindhyan mountain range in Madhya Pradesh. Tigers are making a comeback here, too, having been reintroduced to the park in 2009. Now, there are through to be more than 35 individuals in what is a real environmental success story. The park is also just 30 kilometres from the Khajuraho Temples complex – a UNESCO World Heritage site comprising some 25 nagara-style monuments, dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries.

Panna National Park

Pench National Park

The least visited of Madhya Pradesh’s four national parks, Pench is said to have inspired Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Its hills and valleys, shrouded in teak forest, are home to tiger, leopard, wild dog, sambar and chital. And, despite the chances of seeing a tiger being small in comparison to Bandhavgarh and Kanha, the sheer beauty of the place, and the comparative lack of tourists, makes visiting worthwhile. 

Pench National Park

Kaziranga National Park

One horned rhinos, wild buffalo, Asian elephants, Gangetic dolphins and a small number of rarely seen tigers all inhabit this stunning national park, located on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in the eastern state of Assam. Yes, it's remote, but the lack of any sizeable human population makes it a joy to explore. Pair a stay here with a cruise on the Brahmaputra for the ultimate off-the-beaten-track experience. 

Kaziranga National Park


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India wildlife holidays

Maharajas' Express

Indian Splendour: Delhi, Mumbai & The Maharajas' Express

10-day luxury rail holiday from £9,055 pp incl. flights

Visit Agra's Taj Mahal, take a tiger safari in Ranthambore and explore the glittering palaces of royal Rajasthan before sweeping south to Mumbai aboard the opulent Maharajas' Express.

Royal Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park

Rajasthan, Taj Mahal & the tigers of Ranthambore

11-day tailor-made holiday from £4,080 pp incl. flights

This curated journey takes in many of northern India's most iconic sights, from Agra's Taj Mahal to the 'pink city' of Jaipur, followed by a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park.

Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, India

The Maharajas' Express & Treasures of India: Delhi to Mumbai

11-day tailor-made rail holiday from £8,615 pp incl. flights

The Maharajas' Express is the latest word in luxury train travel in India. In a country renowned for its majestic opulence, this palace on wheels is the perfect way to experience the many sights and sounds of India in total comfort and style.

Bengal Tigers, Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Tigers of Madhya Pradesh

10-day tailor-made holiday from £5,825 pp incl. flights

Go in search of tigers, leopards and more on this journey through the beautiful national parks of Kanha and Bandhavgarh. Enjoy a week of incredible wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and stays at two of the region's finest safari lodges.

Places to stay in India's national parks

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore, India

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore

Traditional safari lodge

Renowned as one of the finest properties in India, the Oberoi Vanyavilas offers unparalleled, personalised service and luxury, tented accommodation on the edge of the Ranthambore National Park, one of the world's best tiger-viewing regions.

Baghvan Jungle Lodge

Baghvan Jungle Lodge, Pench National Park

Contemporary lodge

Surrounded by dense forest, with birdsong weaving through the canopy, Baghvan is the perfect place from which to view India’s iconic wildlife, including the elusive tiger.

Tented Suite, Banjaar Tola

Banjaar Tola – A Taj Safari, Kanha National Park

Contemporary tented camp

A luxury tented safari camp, Banjaar Tola – A Taj Safari, Kanha National Park offers game drives, a great family programme, and exceptional accommodation

Maharajas' Express

The Maharajas’ Express

Luxury train

The Maharajas’ Express combines some of India’s most enticing destinations with a raft of Raj-like experiences, from champagne breakfasts at the Taj Mahal to travelling by canopied camel cart for sundowners in the sand dunes of Bikaner.

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Where to go in India's wildlife & national parks

Pench National Park


Made famous by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Pench National Park sprawls over a breathtaking landscape of hills, forests and valleys home to roaming leopards and elusive tigers.

Tigers, Ranthambore National Park


Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park is home to one of the finest and most popular tiger reserves in India.

Gwalior fort, Madhya Pradesh, India

Madhya Pradesh

Madyha Pradesh is the heart of India, due in part to its location and as home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam.

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