Tiger safaris are one of the most exhilarating experiences that one can possibly have!
The meadow is heavy with morning mist and the sun just edging over the dark mass of Bamhnidadar plateau, is a hazy red ball. All around us the jungle and grassland is alive with the frantic yelping alarm calls of spotted deer and the deer calls of the rare and endemic swamp deer. We strain our eyes in the twilight dawn with barely contained excitement, hoping to spot the tiger that is the cause of all this loud anxiety. We know he is a large male for his tracks are etched sharp and fresh in the dust of the forest track we are on and they are large with square pads and thick stubby toes. Our expert naturalist guide points to where they disappear into the grass and whispers that this is a new male in this territory. A large swamp deer stag with a magnificent spread of multi-tined antlers festooned with ragged grass, is looking intently into a tall patch of grass where the tiger has veered off the track into the meadow. The calling has gone away and we feel disappointment setting in. But our guide nods to itself and drives. We think he has given up but he is experienced and cunning and drives a few hundred yards round a shallow bend where he stops instructing us to look behind us and stay absolutely still. And suddenly in the brightening morning light, padding masterfully towards us is the tiger.
Bengal tiger safaris are operated mainly in Central India and the Himalayan foothills using eco-audible comfortable and personalized camps with expert guides. Tiger safaris and wildlife holidays to India are often expertly tailor by India's top naturalists – be it a luxury safari through the heart of tiger country, or a specialist exploration of wildlife in the remote borderlands, and everywhere in between. India is a true paradise for the nature-lover, and it really is the only country in the world where you could on a single holiday go looking for virtually all the great cats of the Old World – which include tigers, lions, leopards, snow leopards, and clouded leopards. Why not team your tiger safari with a stay in an isolated forest bungalow, or an owner-managed, tented camp in the foothills of the Himalayas with an expert guide, far from the crowds and at the heart of the action?