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Top Tiger Safari Parks in India During the Summer Season

As India is located so close to the equator, summer here might conjure images of scorching heat, but for wildlife enthusiasts, it unravels the perfect window to embark on a thrilling tiger safari. While monsoon rains might dampen some expeditions, several national parks thrive in the summer months, offering exciting opportunities to glimpse tigers like the majestic Bengal tiger. 

Let us start with some general summertime safari tips for any of these parks:

Opt for early morning or evening safaris to avoid the midday heat. Remember to carry light-colored, comfortable clothing and breathable footwear. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are essential for sun protection.

Here is a guide to some of the top tiger reserves in India that beckon you for a summer safari adventure

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Hidden within the rugged Aravalli Hills, Ranthambore boasts a thriving tiger population. The park’s deciduous forests and open meadows, abounding with wildlife, transform into a photographer’s paradise during summer. 

The scorching sun might pose a challenge, but it also translates to increased visibility, making tiger spotting more likely during mid- January to mid-April. Explore the park on jeep safaris or canter rides, keeping your eyes peeled for the magnificent striped predator lounging amidst the ancient banyan trees.

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Often hailed as the “Tiger Paradise,” Kanha is filled with vibrant greens and earthen tones during the summer. The park’s grasslands, interspersed with dense Sal forests, provide excellent opportunities for spotting tigers. The park’s summer boasts pleasant mornings and evenings, perfect for exploring the diverse wildlife. 

Besides tigers, the majestic barasingha (swamp deer) are also spotted, unique to this region. Although Kanha is open for visitors generally from mid-October to end of June, photographers and wildlife lovers prefer a summer trip (March-June) to witness a large variety of birds and increased chances of wildlife spotting.

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s jewel, Tadoba, comes alive during the summer. The lush landscape, dotted with lakes and waterholes, attracts a plethora of animals, like tigers, leopards, and sloth bears. 

The park offers an exceptional blend of jeep safaris and boat safaris on the Tadoba Lake, providing diverse perspectives of the wildlife. With summer bringing down water levels, tigers are more likely to be spotted near these vital sources, making your safari even more rewarding.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Renowned for one of the highest tiger densities in India, Bandhavgarh is a haven for tiger enthusiasts. The park’s undulating terrain, comprising hillocks and valleys, draped in deluxe green cover during summer, offers breathtaking backdrops for spotting tigers.  

Once home to the iconic white tigers, Bandhavgarh also consists of a rich variety of flora and fauna, making your safari an enriching experience. Summer tours are between mid-March to mid-June although May is the peak heat time with temperature reaching upto 44 C and rains beginning as early as mid-June.

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh 

Immortalized by Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” Pench National Park is a tapestry of meadows, forests, and perennial streams. Summer brings a golden hue to the landscape, making it easier to spot tigers and other wildlife. 

The park offers jeep safaris and even buffer zone safaris, providing a chance to explore the park’s fringes and witness the harmonious coexistence of wildlife and local communities. The taxing and humid summer months (April- June) experience temperature ranges of 25-50 C but have recorded the greatest number of tiger sightings through the year.

Take on an unforgettable adventure this summer and witness the captivating beauty of India’s wild splendor. 

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