What Are the Best Places to Photograph Tigers?
Tigers are some of the most popular animals in the world, and they make for excellent photo subjects. India is the area in the world that is most dense with tigers, and as such, India has over 50 tiger parks. These tiger parks are popular destinations for tourists who want to take photographs of tigers in their natural habitat.
The best parks to capture pictures of tigers are the parks that have favorable seasonal photography opportunities. Areas with water holes are magnets for tiger families, so knowing where these watering holes are ahead of time can be a big help in planning in advance where you’d like to go to capture some great shots of tigers.
With all of these tiger parks to visit in India, there has to be a few best ones. Let’s take a look at some of the best options for tiger photography destinations in the area.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is located in Rajasthan, which is in Western India. Wild tiger populations have increased in Ranthambore National Park, making it a great place to view tigers. The flip side to this coin, however, is that the park is divided into several different zones, and sometimes safaris have to be booked months in advance for the zone you’d like to check out.
In some of the zones in this park, tiger sightings are extremely frequent. In other zones, however, tiger sightings can be more rare. Your luck will depend on which zone you visit and where the tigers are moving on that particular day.
Bandhavgarh National Park
In the hills of Madhya Pradesh in central India, this 105 square kilometer park is surrounded by ridges, beautiful forests, and plenty of open meadows. It is even featured in National Geographic and the BBC.
Although fewer tigers actually live in this park compared to other tiger parks in the area, the sightings in Bandhavgarh are frequent and the beautiful views are second to none. Quality tiger photographs can be taken here, with the beautiful landscape providing green backgrounds and natural light.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
Located in Maharashtra, India, this tiger park features a good population of tigers and a high frequency of tiger sightings. This park is not split into zones, so tourists can go anywhere in the park and take all the photographs they wish.
It is important to note at this park, however, that since there are multiple points of entry and anyone can go anywhere in the park, certain areas can get crowded with people trying to take photos, especially if a certain section of the park is well known for how many tigers frequent it.
With all of that said, however, Tadoba Andhari is a fine tiger park with a beautiful environment and ample opportunities to capture the perfect tiger photographs.
Other Great Indian Tiger Parks
Nagahole (Kabini), Bandipur, Jim Corbet, Pench, Kanha, and Kaziranga National Parks also make for great tiger sightings and photography.