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India has many protected zones for tigers known as tiger reserves. These tiger reserves, with their rich flora and fauna, are a wildlife lover’s delight. There are about five such tiger reserves in India. About 80 per cent of the global tiger population is in India. So, India has a big role to play in preserving this magnificent beast from becoming an endangered species. India has set up a large number of tiger reserves under Project Tiger to save their natural habitat. 

What is Project Tiger?

The Project Tiger is a tiger conservation program run by the Government of India. The tiger project in India was launched in 1973 to protect the tiger population from extinction and to preserve the ecosystem conducive to their growth.  

Under this project, tiger reserves were set up all across the country to run exclusive tiger conservation programs. As of 2022, there are 53 tiger reserves in India.

5 Important Tiger Reserves in India

If you are a passionate wildlife enthusiast who yearns to spot a tiger in its natural habitat, refer to the following list of tiger reserves in India. Apart from spotting tigers, the following five tiger reserves are well known for their natural beauty and heritage.   

  • Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh

Spread over an area of 3,728 sq. km, Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam is the largest tiger reserve in India. The forest is well known for its reservoirs, the temple of Lord Mallikarjuna, and the rich flora and fauna. Apart from the Tigers, the forest is also home to various exotic animals like the Indian leopard, sloth bear, snakes, etc.  

  • Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

One of the oldest national parks in India, Jim Corbett National park is also a major tourist attraction in Uttarakhand. Named after the hunter-turned-naturalist Jim Corbett, the park was the first to come under the Project Tiger Initiative. 

Club Mahindra Corbett can be an ideal resort to drop your anchor and explore the hypnotic natural beauty of the park and its tiger reserve on a Jeep Safari.

  •  Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Once a hunting ground of Maharajas of Rewa, Bandhavgarh National park today has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world. You can also spot elephants, barking deer, and nilgais freely roaming around the forest. 

Bundela Resort, Bandhavgarh, a Club Mahindra affiliate resort, is located in the middle of the wilderness. You can experience the thrill of living in a jungle with full safety and modern amenities.  

  • Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Kanha-Kisli is the largest national park in Madhya Pradesh. Its tiger reserve is one of the biggest in India. The lush green forest is also home to Indian Leopard, Barasingha, and many other endangered animal species.

Club Mahindra Kanha is situated deep inside the forest. Apart from tiger safari, you can indulge in various adventurous or community activities during your stay at this magnificent resort in Kanha.

  •  Sundarbans Tiger Reserve, West Bengal

Sundarbans national park is a part of the Sundarbans and a biosphere reserve in West Bengal. The mangrove forests densely cover the Sundarbans delta. The forest is one of the largest tiger reserves for the Royal Bengal tiger and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The forest dwellers of Sundarbans worship Dakshin Rai (King of the South), the revered deity who rules over beasts and demons of Sundarbans, irrespective of their caste, creed, and religion. 

Apart from the Royall Bengal tiger, the area is also home to saltwater crocodiles, Asian water monitor lizards, and many other animals.

Seeing the majestic tiger in its natural habitat is an experience of a lifetime. The magnificent animal is revered, feared, respected, and loved by people of all ages. Include the aforementioned destinations in your upcoming tour plans and embark on an extraordinary vacation. Don’t forget to carry a pair of binoculars and a DSLR camera to capture some great photographs while Mother Nature provides the necessary background and filter.

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