Male Indian tiger, Ranthambore, India

Tiger Safaris

Nothing prepares you for seeing your first tiger in the wild. The world’s most iconic big cat is a mightily impressive sight, exuding power, guile and athleticism. An increase in tiger numbers means an even greater opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

India’s eagerly awaited tiger census results were published in July 2019 and, as anticipated, tiger numbers in India have increased by 33%, from 2,226 to 2,967 since the last census in 2014.

The history of tiger conservation in India is a complicated one. But this recent growth in population does not just offer some hope for the big cats in the area, but also endangered animals right across the planet. India, a country that is almost bursting at the seams with its human population, has managed to find a way to accommodate and protect tigers. What then, is possible in the rest of the world?

Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa National Park, India

India Holidays

India is the best country in which to see wild tigers, however, with over 100 national parks across the country, it is imperative that you speak to our experts to get up to date advice on where tigers are most frequently being seen. Historically, the best places to see tigers have been Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha and Ranthambore however Steppes’s clients visiting Pench National Park, Tadoba and Panna are also experiencing successful sightings.

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Tiger Paw Print, India
Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Sustainable tiger tourism

We are a proud member of TOFT, (Travel Operators for Tigers ) who, in conjunction with Global Tiger Patrol, support a sustainable approach to tourism in the wildlife reserves of India. Through our membership of TOFT we have regular updates on which lodges are providing the most sustainable services in India. We are also given a regular update by a team of naturalists in India, informing us of exactly where the best tiger sightings can be found.

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Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India

All day permits

To avoid the crowds and access the parks at times when other visitors are back in their lodges, talk to our experts about purchasing an all-day VIP permit. Perfect for photographers wanting extended time with the park’s wildlife, full-day permits are available in Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Panna, Satpura and Tadoba. Permits are expensive but to have the park to yourself, without the distraction of other vehicles is worth every rupee spent. Tailor your holiday by adding a VIP permit, speak to one of our experts for more information.

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Bengal Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Bengal Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Tiger Safari in Central India

This holiday suggestion is perfect for anyone keen to see tigers in the wild. Experience 10 game drives over eight days, accompanied by best-in-field naturalists, in three of the top tiger parks in India; Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna.

10 days

from $7,875 pp

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Bengal tiger, a national park Ranthambhore, India

India – The Golden Triangle with Tigers

This classic tour of India’s Golden Triangle takes you to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and also includes a few days at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with private extended guided safaris. Stay in a mix of luxury and heritage hotels.

9 days

from $7,875 pp

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Searching for tigers can make for a fabulous wildlife holiday. Discover some of our experiences below.

Tiger walking along road, Dudhwa National Park, India

Tiger Safari

See a wild tiger strutting through the jungle, straight out of Rudyard Kiplings’s Jungle Book.

Kanha track, Kanha National Park, India

Luxury Tiger Safari

Stay at Taj Mahua Kothi Lodge in Kanha National Park for the ultimate luxury tiger safari.

Male Tiger, India

Ranthambore Tiger Safari

Go in search of tigers at Ranthambore National Park.

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Safari Game Drive, Baghvan, Pench National Park, India

See Bengal Tigers in India

Head out on a game drive by Jeep in search of tigers.

Tiger, India

Track Tigers in Central India

Visit one of India’s wildlife parks – Madhya Pradesh, Kanha, Bandavgarh, Satpura and Pench in search for tigers.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

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My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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