In the heart of Central India and two hours south of Nagpur is the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, one of India’s most exciting and best-protected tiger reserves, undiscovered, and with excellent tiger sightings reported regularly.
Dominated by teak forest and bamboo, it’s a rugged landscape comprising cliffs, caves, marshes, perennial lakes and boulder-strewn streambeds that cater to a host of biodiversity, not least the tigers, which number from 75 to 100 by the last count, including 24 cubs born in 2015. Tadoba has a series of camera traps set up around camps that continually monitor the comings and goings of the local wildlife. As the waterholes dry up in the summers and the grazing areas diminish in the upper reaches of Tadoba, herbivores like the gaur descend to the Chighghat Valley and can be seen in abundance. A leopard has been regularly sighted around the Khatoda Meadows. This area is also frequented by six tigers including the dominant male tiger Crooked Tail and the newest entrant, the Halleghat male tiger.
Tadoba management is proactive in offering new experiences for visitors and now includes walking trails in the buffer area and kayaking on the Irai Lake beside the Park boundaries. Furthermore, machans and hideouts are planned at some waterholes.
Since 01 April 2015, the state government of Maharashtra, India, has declared Chandrapur District as a ‘dry district’ (Tadoba and all the properties at every gate are located within this district). This implies a ban on the sale, purchase, production, and consumption of liquor at this destination. Visitors/guests are not allowed to carry their own liquor as well, although we are not aware of strict checks on this!
Accessed by flight from Mumbai to Nagpur, followed by a two-hour drive, Tadoba is certainly becoming an excellent park option to include in your itinerary if you are keen to see tiger. The only drawback at Tadoba is that the accommodation options are not extensive and what is on offer is rather simple; however, the wildlife experience is probably the best you will have in India.
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